I am currently demolishing one (okay you got me, two) of these cookies as I write this post. And before you ask, yes it is 10.02am, and no I don’t feel guilty. You know why? Because these peanut butter cookies are flourless, sugar free and of course, vegan. And they are the ideal lazy girl cookies! They almost taste like the inside of a Reece’s peanut butter cup (though I haven’t had one since I’ve been vegan, so I could be wrong).
Now don’t let the lack of traditional cookie ingredients turn you away from this recipe. I was just as shocked as you will be. I’ll make you a deal. If you make these and you’re not head over heels in peanut butter heaven, I will personally deliver an “I’m sorry my recipe failed you” vegan donut from my favourite (and when I say favourite, I mean favourite. The guys know me now…) Cherry Darlings Bakehouse.
Okay, I’ll get on with the recipe now. Rice malt syrup is my favourite sugar alternative. It is now the only sweetener I use because it is 100% fructose free and it works well in all recipes (think of a honey like taste and texture). If you’re not convinced, I love Sarah Wilson’s article about sugars and sweetners. Read it HERE.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup smooth natural peanut butter (literally just peanuts!)
- 1/3 cup rice malt syrup
- Egg replacer equivalent to 1 egg
- 1/2tsp baking soda
- 1/2tsp salt
Okay are you ready for this? I mean these are pretty hard to make…
- Preheat your oven to 180c and prepare a tray with baking paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth and creamy.
- Spoon mixture onto baking paper into small balls, flatten and cook for 8 – 10 minutes until golden.
- Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes until they become firm. Eat straight away or store in an airtight container (pop them in the freezer for a chewy peanut butter experience like no other).
You can make as many or as little cookies as you want with this mixture. I made six big cookies, but it’d also make close to fifteen small ones. I was just feeling greedy (and eating one big cookie over four little ones makes me feel less guilty. Logic?).
NOTE: Don’t make these if you don’t like peanut butter. But I mean, who doesn’t like peanut butter? So go and make these. Because it’s Friday. And who doesn’t like cookies on a Friday (or any day for that matter)?