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.

Total home run folks! I make a batch of these at least once a week now. My kids just looooooooove them!!! And I love giving them to them, knowing that their bodies are benefiting in so many ways :D

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

Smart Substitutions:

  • Use refined coconut oil for a coconut flavor free goodie.
  • Agave can always be used in place of maple syrup.
  • Almond butter or any other nut butter instead of peanut butter.

Vegan Chocolate-Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
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Serves: 2 dozen
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch fine-grain sea salt
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
  • ¾ cup oat flour*
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, salt, and peanut butter until well combined. Stir in oat flour.
  2. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheet. Place in freezer until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer.
Notes
*Make your own easily in your food processor (about ¾ cup oats = ¾ cup oat flour). The amount of flour you need will vary depending on how loose and oily your peanut butter is.

 

 

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  • Michal September 1, 2014, 12:23 pm

    This looks really good!
    That’s exactly how i make my own oats flour, thanks!

  • M November 14, 2014, 1:18 am

    Can you just use oats?

  • lmachell November 17, 2014, 5:07 pm

    You can try it and see if you like it. I personally did not like the way it tasted with raw oats. Oat flour can easily be made using your food processor though.

  • Teenvegan December 16, 2014, 1:46 am

    Delicious! Two thumbs up. I used olive oil instead if melted coconut oil, and still delish! Two thumbs up

  • lmachell December 16, 2014, 3:25 pm

    Interesting substitution. Glad that it worked out for you!