Double Chocolate Peanut Butter (vegan) Cookies

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Sometimes I make things that are so good I just have to share them. I am not the kind of person who has secret recipes. I would much rather share so that everyone can enjoy the deliciousness!

I am always on the look out for treats that are kinda healthy. If something can be 100% amazing and even just 50% healthier then the typical, why not right? I have had BAD luck with healthy cookies in the past. They usually end up crumbly, or not very sweet or just a general disaster. These cookies are vegan I have never really ventured too deeply into vegan eating (I like my dairy and eggs!) but I follow a few ladies on instagram who make some amazing looking vegan food. When I came across this recipe today it spoke to my constant craving for chewy, chocolate-y, peanut butter-y things. I couldn’t wait to make them and luckily I had all the ingredients I needed!

Double Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookies (Originally from a new-to-me blog Oh She Glows)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp ground Flax mixed with 3 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup natural Peanut Butter
  • 2/3 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain Sea Salt
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1.5 cups Oat Flour (grind up whole oats in your food processor)
  • 1 tbsp Almond Milk
  • 2/3 cup mini Chocolate Chips (or what ever vegan chocolate you would like)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  1. Mix flax with water and set aside to thicken up. Whisk again once the flax has thickened up.
  2. Add the rest of the wet ingredients to the flax and beat until well combined. You can used a mixer, but a firm rubber spatula did the trick for me.
  3. Next, beat in the dry ingredients one by one following the order of the ingredient list. Only add the milk if your mixture seems very dry. It should be moist, but not super sticky.
  4. Shape into balls that use about 2 tbsp of dough each. Pat balls down into 1/2 inch thick disks on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Space the cookies 2-3 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes (mine were perfect at 13!) and the let cool on the pan for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. Enjoy alone or dipped in milk (or…what ever you would like).
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When "Bake Zucchini Cake" is on Your To-Do List, Your Bound to Get at Least One Thing Done

I need lists. I am probably the biggest procrastinator you know. I can waste too much time on Facebook, Pinterest , and blogs that I get nothing done for hours!

So I make lists. Every morning while I eat breakfast and check Facebook, I make my list of things that need doing that day. Usually there is at least one house cleaning item, dinner, some yard work and some impossible task that getting written down day after day and never actually gets done. ie. paint the living room, clean the fridge, go to the bottle depot ( I hate going to the bottle depot…is like…wahoo I am going to bring in all these bottles and cans I have been saving all this time and get some money and then I can feel awesome…and then you go and empty out the sticky bags and take all the lids off the bottles and sort all the different sizes and then bring them up to the counter and they ring it through…”and you get $4.67 back today, don’t spend it all in one place!” gee…thanks…)  . Anyways, that was a little side note.

So yesterday I started my day by making a list…

 Yeah, its messy…but really who else was supposed to read it? For about 30 seconds I considered making a nice neat one and fakin’ it for the picture…but this is real life. 
I like how I felt the need to clarify that I only “sort of” needed groceries. Meaning, of course, that I only needed eggs and cinnamon sticks. 
By the end of the day, I had completed all of the things on my list except cleaning the upstairs bathroom, and reprocessing my unsealed pears. 
I did find it funny that I added “Bake zucchini cake” to the list. Because really…since when did I need to remind myself to bake? It probably would be better if I forgot once in a while. Haha..not likely. 
Anyways, I made the zucchini cake. This was my second time and my oh my..its just so tasty. Just a little chocolatey, and a little zucchini-y and perfectly soft and tender and moist and really really great for breakfast. (But really, what cake isn’t?)  Um on the topic of eating cake for breakfast, just the other day, somebody was quite shocked that pie is a regular breakfast item at my (and my parents!) house. I think I have a dessert problem. 
Ugh I keep getting off topic! So I made the cake. And its really really good. And you should totally make it. 
This is what it looks like. Kinda plain, I know. The actual recipe says to top it with chocolate chips, but you know me..always trying to cut down on the sugar, so I left them out. 
Actually I just forgot. And I found it totally tasty this way. 
This recipe I found through Tasty Kitchen  and is actually from another girl/lady’s blog, so when that happens I don’t generally like to post the recipe on my blog. So here is the LINK . I have not spent too much time on this blog yet, but it looks interesting! She even took step by step pictures! Yay. 🙂 

Granola Bars….Health food….not chocolate

I made granola bars today and in the world of homemade granola bars, I would venture to say that they are quite good.
 They are flavorful and not too hard or too soft or too sticky. But…I still had to FORCE myself to eat them.

 Maybe because the container right beside them was full of Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies.

But I think it was because I can’t eat healthy food. I mean I can eat fruit, I love fruit, and I can eat salad. I quite enjoy salad. But grains…I seriously struggle with grains. I like bread. White bread and “100% whole wheat” bread that can’t actally by 100% whole wheat. I think my brain knows I can’t eat healthy things.

 I think that is why these granola bars are the healthiest things I have ever baked in my entire life.

(PS. healthy food to me is defined as; contains less sugar then cookies or cake, contains oatmeal, seeds, fruit, whole grain flours or veggies, doesn’t have very much butter/fat/lard, isn’t store bought or pre-packaged excessively.)

I am currently resisting the urge to melt some chocolate to dip the granola bars in.

I ate my last piece with a big mug of hot chocolate. Perfect combination.

If anyone has any healthy recipes that taste and look like junk…. I will need them to get me through January.
Please.

By the way, this recipe is from my friend Taryn who just started her own blog a day or two ago! (Yay go Taryn!) She is a healthy conscious and eco-friendly mama with a super sweet baby girl. Check her out! (thanks for making me healthier Taryn!)

On another note, today was a terrible day to take pictures of food. So was yesterday. It was dark and gloomy all day. I feel like I live in the arctic where it stays mostly dark for months at a time. I need to go to a tanning place and get some vitamin D and maybe the gym for some exercise. The glommyness forced me to take a 3 hour nap this afternoon. I am so well rested now and feeling very lazy.

Anyways, for the Granola Bar recipe, please visit Taryns site! Click HERE
Eat healthy food. Yum.