The Best Vegan Peanut Butter and Oat Cookie Recipe
A while ago I was looking around the kitchen for something sweet to eat but there wasn’t anything. Looking in the cupboards and the fridge I found the ingredients to make peanut butter and oat cookies.
These peanut butter and oat cookies have now become a favorite in our house. I leave all of the baking to my more than capable thirteen year old who seems to be a promising candidate for Junior Master Chef.
She has made these cookies several times now and not only are they delicious and made with wholesome ingredients, but most people will already have all of the ingredients in their kitchens.
This recipe is simple to make and comes together in a matter of minutes.
Alicia likes to use chunky peanut butter as she likes the texture it makes, and it holds the mixture together better. For health benefits try and use unsweetened, salt free peanut butter. If you do buy a peanut butter with salt in it, do not add salt to the recipe or they will
be far too salty, and they’ll end up in the bin.
Use natural, organic, salt free peanut butter if you can.
Use real maple syrup not the cheap fake pancake syrup as it’s full of artificial ingredients and really high in refined sugar. Read the label before you buy it and make sure the only ingredient is maple syrup.
If you don’t have any maple syrup you can use a cup of lightly packed brown sugar instead of the maple syrup. Adding the sugar instead of the syeup will make the mix much thicker which means you’ll have to roll each tablespoon scoop into a ball and flatten it with your hands.
I use plain old fashioned rolled oats which give you the best consistency. Oats are gluten-free but are often stored in grain silo’s with gluten rich grains. If gluten is a problem for you look for oats labelled “gluten free", your local supermarket should have them.
If you don’t like the oaty texture of rolled oats in cookies you can blend the oats into a flour. I order my oat powder from myprotein.com but you can blend your own to save money.
You can pulse the oats in a food processor to make a coarse oat flour before adding it to the recipe. I love hobnobs so I just pour in the whole oats.
Obviously, being vegan I don’t eat eggs but that hasn’t been a problem when cooking so far. You can either use egg replacer or you can make you’re your own egg supplement by combining 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes prior to baking. Once it has become gel like it’s ready to use. The flaxseed mix makes the biscuits more crumbly but I like that.
You just can’t make cookies without using vanilla extract. Use a good vanilla extract to reap the health benefits as the cheaper extract is full of preservatives and not much vanilla.
Salt brings out the sweet flavours in the maple syrup. I use Himalayan pink salt. As mentioned above, if your peanut butter has salt in it, don’t add more salt, leave it out.
I like salt and I add it to everything but in small amounts. I add a sprinkle of salt to the top of the peanut butter oat cookies when they come out of the oven. We use black salt flakes but you can add a dusting of normal salt if you don’t have salt flakes.
MY PEANUT BUTTER AND OAT COOKIE RECIPE
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes
These peanut butter and oat cookies are easy to make and fun and delicious to eat.
1 cup thick peanut butter (no added sugar or salt)
1/2 cup whole rolled oats
1 x teaspoon of egg replacer or flaxseed mix.
1 x cup maple syrup (real maple syrup)
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt (leave out of mixture if peanut butter contains salt)
1 x teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 x cup of choc chips (optional)
optional: Salt flakes to sprinkle on top of the cookies
Preheat the oven to 350F or gas mark 4
Combine the ingredients but not the oats and mix until the mixture is smooth.
You can use a wooden spoon, spatula to mix by hand, or you can use a hand mixer to make life easier.
Add the oats and mix again until well incorporated.
Line a baking try with parchment paper so it is easy to clean.
Spoon 1 x tablespoon of the cookie dough onto the baking sheet and repeat until all the mixture has been placed on the baking tray.
Cook in the oven for 10-11 minutes until the cookies are set. Do not let them go brown or they will set hard.
Optional: Sprinkle with flaky salt whilst they are hot out of the oven.
Well that's my cookie recipe and it probably took you longer to read than it will to make. I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you do, please share it so others may benefit.
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