Monday, September 20, 2010

vegan peanut butter cookies

i'm not vegan. although i do have much respect for people that are. but i was looking for a desert to make last night and came upon these lovelies. i am a peanut butter fanatic! so i whipped up a single batch of these. i sent the remaining cookies with tyler to work this morning. i was going to inhale all of them if they weren't out of my sight! see... even i struggle with self control and food... mostly treats. and i have been a BAD girl while pregnant. very BAD!

1 1/4 c. spelt flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 TB unrefined sugar (i used date sugar, but i'm sure you could use honey and just combine it with the wet ingredients)
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/3 c. + 1-2 TB all natural peanut butter (i used the adams chunky brand. and no skippy or no other normal peanut butter has a truly "natural" peanut butter. if you don't have to stir in the oil, it almost always means there is added sugar. :) )
1/2 c. pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp. blackstrap molasses (i'm pretty sure i accidentally used 1/4 c. oops. but they are super good with that)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 TB canola oil

Preheat oven to 35o degrees. In bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and soda together. Add sugar and salt, stir until well combined. In separate bowl, combine 1/3 c. peanut butter with maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla. Then stir in oil until well combined. Add wet mixture to dry, stir through, and as it's coming together, stir in remaining 1-2 TB peanut butter (not completely; leave bits of peanut butter throughout the batter). Place large spoonfuls on cookie sheet and press with fork. Bake 11 minutes- no longer. Let cool no more than 1 minute and move to cooling rack to prevent drying out. Makes 1 1/2-2 dozen.

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