sunday sweet stuff: vegan peanut butter cookies

note: I am not vegan, but vegetarian, and trying out whole food, plant based eating for health reasons. These posts are mainly to prove to myself that 'cheat day' junk food can still be filled with good stuff and delicious while containing no animal products or preservatives. 

This recipe was super easy, and vegan as well as gluten free. I've been sharing these sunday sweets with a friend who has celiacs, so have been making them to accommodate, but you can use all purpose flour in place of the Cup 4 Cup I have used here. These cookies came pretty close to what my mama used to make when I was a kid. A little chewy, the right amount of density and deeeeeeelish. The only thing I truly missed was a nice cold glass of milk to go with these.....

2 T ground flaxseed
6 T water

2 2/3 C Cup 4 Cup (or just regular all-purpose flour if you don't need these to be GF)
1 C coconut oil, just melted
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
1 C peanut butter
1 T vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp finely ground salt

First, preheat your oven to 325

then, you want to mix the ground flaxseed and water, and set aside....

next, mix the coconut oil, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, baking soda, and peanut butter in a bowl with a fork.....
add your flaxseed mixture to the peanut butter/coconut oil/ sugar mixture and continue to stir with a fork until all is combined.
now add your flour and mix until its all combined but a little crumbly....

now roll into balls about 1 1/2" in diameter and set onto your cookie sheet. I prefer to use parchment paper, but this is not necessary.

Press each cookie with a fork, pop in the oven, and bake for 10-13 minutes. 
 Christian really loved these, and I must say that it is fairly easy to make vegan & gf treats. All you need is to make a few tweaks to the original recipes, and here I used coconut oil instead of butter and the flaxseed instead of eggs. Gluten free flour is easy to find now, premixed, or you can mix your own. 

If you make these, I'd love to know what you think!


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