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Vegan Chocolate-Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch fine-grain sea salt, 1/4 cup natural peanut butter, 3/4 cup oat flour @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

One day when I was flipping through one of my old recipe notebooks (trying to sort through the vegan/non-vegan recipes) I came across one of my girlfriend’s favorite cookies- Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bakes. You know the ones. They’re those easy cookies made by boiling sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa powder together and then stirring in some peanut butter and oats. And you just plop them on a tray and set them in the fridge rather than having to bake them. Super EASY and incredibly addictive. I definitely remember them fondly….

Well, how easy would it be to make them vegan!? Very, verrrrrrry easy! Swap the cow’s milk for a non-dairy milk and the butter for some Earth Balance. Done.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch fine-grain sea salt, 1/4 cup natural peanut butter, 3/4 cup oat flour @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

Unfortunately though, just because they are vegan it does not necessarily mean that they are god for you (Hello! 2 cups granulated sugar and 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup butter…). So, I set out to come up with a HEALTHY vegan variation that could take me back to the taste of the good ol’ days.

AND I wanted to be able to make these for my kids as a power treat instead of an indulgent dessert.

I’m happy to say that I was able to come up with the perfect VEGAN Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie!

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch fine-grain sea salt, 1/4 cup natural peanut butter, 3/4 cup oat flour @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

Instead of butter I use coconut oil and rather than white, refined sugar, I use maple syrup. I omit the milk completely to make up for the added moisture from the syrup. And instead of raw oats (whose texture I found to be unpleasant once I made these changes) I use oat flour. [click to continue…]

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Almond Butter Pasta

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Almond Butter Pasta- SUPER creamy and incredibly low in only healthy fats!! @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

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Secretly Green Chocolate Smoothie-Shake

Secretly Green Chocolate Smoothie-Shake. Sneak in those greens in the most delicious of ways! #vegan #healthy

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Coconut Pecan Macaroons

Coconut Pecan Macaroons (NATURALLY SWEETENED- pecans, flax seed, coconut, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, & almond butter) @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

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Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

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Bok Choy Salad

Creamy, Sweet, and Crunchy- Bok Choy Salad @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

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Gluten Free & Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Gluten Free & Vegan Black Bean Brownies @ TheGreenForks.com. Sweetened only with prunes and maple syrup! #vegan #healthy #glutenfree

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Homemade Vegan Yogurt

Homemade Vegan Yogurt @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

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Peanut Butter-Banana-Oatmeal Chip Cookies

Made without flour- just OATMEAL! Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

There are about a million recipes out there for oatmeal cookies made from mashed bananas. But I wanted to create one for myself. One that was sweet enough WITHOUT using any refined sugars. One that used nut butter for extra healthy fats!... Read More

Chickpea Sunflower Seed Veggie Burgers

Chickpea Sunflower Seed Veggie Burgers @ TheGREENForks.com #vegan #healthy

I can easily say, that without a doubt, veggie burgers are my favorite part of being vegan. LOVE them! I probably have veggie burgers for dinner at least once a month. They are just so easy to throw together! Right... Read More

Raw Broccoli Smoothie

Raw Broccoli Smoothie @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

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