Vegan, Gluten Free – Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies


I’m not gonna lie… generally speaking, vegan baking leaves something to be desired. But not these cookies. They leave nothing to be desired – except wishing you had made more. I double dog dare you not to love these as much as any other cookie you’ve had. Vegan means you can eat the dough, too. A win-win!

Angela Liddon (@ohsheglows) did it again with this recipe from her “Oh She Glows Every Day” cookbook.

Enjoy!

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

1 tablespoon ground flax

3 tablespoons water

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp fine see salt

1/4 cup non-diary mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup natural smooth peanut butter

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ground flax and water, and set aside for a few minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk coconut, rolled oats, sugar, baking powder, salt and chocolate.
  5. Add peanut butter, vanilla and maple syrup to the bowl with the flax mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. The mixture will be thick.
  6. Spoon the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir. You may want to knead with hands at this point to mix everything together.
  7. Lightly wet your hands and form the dough into 12 balls about the size of golf balls. Gentle press down each ball to flatten slightly.
  8. Bake 12-14 minutes. Let cool 5-8 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Store in airtight container in fridge for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

*Reduce salt quantity if using salted PB

*To make these nut-free use sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter

 

Got dirt?

Have you ever thought about composting? I hadn’t either until a few years ago when I realized how easy it was and how much waste I could save from the landfills. Why should you give a fuck? Because our food scraps make up around a third of what we throw away, and keeping that waste out of landfills frees up space and lowers the release of methane (a greenhouse gas). Add to that the fact that food scraps really aren’t waste at all! They are awesome, nutrient rich material that can be used to help your plants grow. Compost will lock moisture in the soil, keep away diseases and pests, reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and encourage beneficial bacteria. In a nutshell, it’s food for your garden.

Since we are mostly plant-based over here, we go through an enormous amount of compostable food scraps. When we re-did our kitchen I insisted on building out a compartment under our sink where we could house a great little compost bin like this. There I would collect food scraps. 

Then, we bought the mother of all outdoor compost bins (sort of like this one) which took no less than 2386 hours for my husband to put together. He was really loving me during this time (see exhibit A). When he finally finished, we stood in awe of the greatness. Even if our compost was shit, our process was on point.

Exhibit A

About a year and a half has gone by. I have saved hundreds of pounds of waste from our landfills. My biceps have grown bigger and stronger from turning our compost bin. And nothing makes me feel more green than when I march from my indoor bin to my outdoor bin with my little bag of waste. But guess what… my compost is shit.

Until a few weeks ago I honestly didn’t care. I figured my garden was growing so amazingly well (wink, wink) that I really didn’t need to add anything to it. So what if my compost sucks, I am saving the world and the world is more important than my compost being perfectly perfect. One day once I figured out the right ratio of green to brown I would open the bin and my perfect mixture would appear. That was my story and I was sticking to it.

But the following text from a friend change it all. For sake of anonymity, let’s just call my friend “Betty.”

Here’s how it went down:

 

 

I spent a few minutes looking at the web site and price tag and quickly decided my gloppy sub-par compost was just fine. I wasn’t going to spend $350 on something I didn’t need.

A little while later that little person on my shoulder showed up and said “don’t you want to just try it?” “Wouldn’t it be kinda cool if it worked?” “Don’t you want to share this information with your friends?”  And just like that, guess what just showed up on my doorstep a few days ago? My husband was once again pumped…or something.

At first inspection I was intimidated. For someone who wants nothing more than a kitchen without clutter I wasn’t quite sure where this thing would go. I hadn’t planned for this to be a part of our space…and this life changer isn’t exactly small. But, I needed to take one for the team (that’s you guys – you’re my team) so I unboxed the thing and got rockin’.

The FoodCyler promised to deliver odorless, ready to use fertilizer in an energy-efficient way in less than three hours… and I was counting on it. It seemed too good to be true when traditional compost can take weeks or months to create. But, I am here to tell you this thing actually works. The process is really simple. You fill the container with food waste, lock the top into place, and press the start button. The machine is quiet, it’s easy, it shuts itself off… and the end result is a soil amendment I can take right outside and shake onto my garden. Oh, and there is NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. If you factor in what you might spend for a nice indoor and outdoor compost bin and compostable bags – the cost difference isn’t far off.

I played around with places to put this thing and determined that it really didn’t have to go in the kitchen. As luck would have it, we just recently moved our upright vacuum out of our laundry room closet because we got a smaller, sleeker Dyson (which I am also in love with). That move freed up just the right amount of floor space for the FoodCycler.  Just goes to show – where there’s a will there’s a way.

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Something’s in the water…

It doesn’t take an environmental health guru to know that the state of our nation’s drinking water is far from ideal. While the situation in Flint is alarming, it isn’t isolated. The EPA has stated that only nine U.S. states report safe levels of lead in their water supply. Water treatment facilities do not eliminate drugs from our drinking water and most supplies also contain contaminants from fluoride to disinfection byproducts and more. My own research on our local water revealed levels of chlorimines, fluoride, arsenic and testosterone that I wasn’t confortable with. The water supply isn’t the only problem. Outdated infustrcture and pipes adds to the issue by leaching contaminants into our water. Our schools and other places where we routinely access drinking water don’t have standard protocol for routinely testing water to be sure it is safe.

Knowing all of this, I knew I had to do something about the water my family was drinking on a daily basis. But buying a water filter felt a little like buying a diamond to me. I didn’t really know whether what I was looking at was legit or whether I was being sold a cubic zirconia. As a result of my confusion, I spent the past 4 years considering what kind of water filter to get. Was it a good value? Should I consider reverse osmosis? Maybe carbon? UV lights? What about remineralization? Where was it made?  Were the parts going to kill me even if the water wasn’t? Would it be better to get a whole house system or one for under the sink? What if I didn’t want the cheesy fixtures most come with to clash with my brand new kitchen faucet? How would I have them installed? Would they filter for everything I wanted them to? What did I even want to filter for?

The questions were endless and they left me exhausted. And the systems aren’t cheap. So, for 4 years I did nothing.

Well, I can’t lie. There was the notorious “Wu Wei” I bought that supposedly “structured” our water. None of us really knew what that meant and many a friend and family member mocked me for buying this thing… yet all of them would use it when they came to my house. I mean, when in Rome, right?

Then there was about a 12 month period mixed in there when I drove to buy glass bottled spring water from a local supplier. I would haul the jugs from my house to the vendor and back again . One fine winter day I accidentally left one of those things in my car overnight and came to find it had exploded all over the place. All 2.5 gallons of it. Glass everywhere, water everywhere. My husband misunderstood me when I called to tell him that my water bottle broke in the car. I was impressed with how calm he was. Come to find out he thought I meant the 24 ounce kind of water bottle I take to the gym. Needless to say, this schlepping situation couldn’t go on forever.

When a report came out about high levels of lead being found in a local school bearing the same name as the one my children attend, I knew I had to do something. I decided to put on my big girl panties and do what any modern day woman would do with her hard earned paycheck. I hopped online and bought me the best water filtration system I could come up with. Actually, I bought two. One would filter water as it comes into our house and the other would filter it again at the kitchen sink. The whole house unit would help with water quality we used for bathing, clothes washing, watering our plants, etc. and the undercounter system would filter again after the water had gone through our plumbing system, potentially picking up contaminants from the pipes, etc.

This is the one I got for my whole house:

This is the one I got for under my kitchen sink:

I feel better knowing that when we are home we are drinking water that is non-toxic. And I believe a water filter is an important investment.
Find out what’s in the water you drink every day by finding your local water report. Water is essential to life. Safe drinking water is essential to human health. We all deserve BETTER.

*For the record… I still use the Wu Wei. Can’t hurt, right?