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plant-based peanut butter cookies

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 11, 2021  |  2 Comments

plant based cookies

Yep, you can absolutely have scrumptious cookies while going plant-based … just bake up a batch of these plant-based peanut butter cookies. You can have your chocolate, too … just dip them in melted, dairy-free bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate. So good!

Making the dough

You’ll make a chia gel by mixing together chia seeds and jasmine green tea (or other tea); this will act like eggs in the dough. (Tip: I use tea instead of water since I like to use a flavorful liquid whenever possible.) You’ll use whole-wheat pastry flour to punch up whole grain goodness, including fiber. Rather than butter, coconut oil is the ideal swap for it here. The sugar in the recipe is turbinado sugar … which gives kind of a hint of crunchiness to these chewy cookies. (Though you can experiment with other sugars here, if you like.) And the extracts will provide bonus flavor.

plant based cookies

Baking the cookies

After rolling the dough into balls, then pressing and forming crisscross marks with a fork, you’ll bake the plant-based peanut butter cookies, of course. Try not to overbake; these are actually best when on the softer, chewier, rather than crispier, crunchier side.

plant based cookies

Enjoying the cookies

After baking, you can savor the cookies as is. Or you can dip some (or all!) of the cookies into melted vegan chocolate and then sprinkle with a flaky sea salt. Hint: I like to freeze the cookies then, when ready for a chocolatey cookie break, I dunk just one while it’s frozen into just-melted chocolate (mmm, fondue style!), and then eat while the cookie is still chilly and chocolate is still dribbly. And that finish of a flaky sea salt like fleur de sel is a must per my tastebuds. A true delight!

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plant based cookies

plant-based peanut butter cookies

  • Author: Jackie Newgent
  • Yield: 22 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Yep, you can absolutely have scrumptious cookies while going plant-based … just bake up a batch of these plant-based peanut butter cookies. You can have your chocolate, too … just dip them in melted, dairy-free bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate. So good!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 tablespoon white chia seeds
  • 60 milliliters ( 1/4 cup) unsweetened jasmine green tea or other mild tea
  • 200 grams (1 1/2 cups) whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
  • 105 grams (1/2 cup) virgin (unrefined) coconut oil, liquified/melted*
  • 215 grams (1 cup) turbinado sugar
  • 215 grams (3/4 cup) creamy no-added-salt, no-added-sugar peanut butter
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • Optional: melted vegan bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate for dipping; flaky sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C. Line two large baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper or Silpat liners.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the chia seeds and tea. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and, if using, ginger. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, blend together the liquified coconut oil and powdered sugar until evenly combined. Add the peanut butter and blend until combined. Add the chia mixture (gel) and extracts and blend until well combined. Add the flour mixture and blend on low speed until evenly combined.
  5. Scoop then roll dough by hand into 22 balls (about 2 tablespoons/36 grams each). Arrange onto the baking sheets. Slightly flatten the cookies with a fork in crisscross style.
  6. Bake until slightly browned around the edges, but not firm, about 15 minutes.
  7. Let completely cool on the baking sheets on racks. Cookies firm up when cool. If desired, dip some or all cookies in melted chocolate** and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Enjoy!

Notes

*For enhanced peanutty taste, replace 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil with roasted peanut oil and/or use peanut butter flavor extract in place of almond extract.

**If making a melted chocolate for dunking the cookies fondue-style (or churro-style), stir in a little bit of hot unsweetened jasmine green tea (or other mild tea) to create a slight bit looser/dribblier texture. If you plan to dip the cookies into melted chocolate and cool them for later, don’t add the tea … but you might want to add a teaspoon or two of the virgin coconut oil for a slighted softened texture.

Tip: If you prefer smoother cookie edges, after rolling the dough into balls, flatten into about 2-inch diameter disks and smooth the sides with your hands (as if forming perfectly round slider/burger patties), then press with a fork in crisscross style.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 180
  • Sugar: 10g includes 10g added sugars
  • Sodium: 95mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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plant based cookiesFor more plant-based dessert recipes, try my favorite plant-based chocolate chip cookies (see recipe HERE), dark chocolate dessert hummus (see recipe HERE), and dark chocolate strawberry mousse pudding (see recipe HERE).

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