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

 

Dinner’s Good Intentions

green-chef-5Hey little mama. Yeah you! The one with the adorable little apron making your 3 course meal complete with all the right proportions of vitamins and nutrients. You haven’t been able to do a gosh darn thing today outside of grocery shopping, chopping, dicing, rinsing, baking, setting and cleaning… but DAMN your dinner looks good and you have the pictures to prove it. Don’t sweat over the fact that your kids sit down and declare “NOT LASAGNA!!” when you have busted your tooshie for three hours to make said lasagna. One day they will understand.

Hey mama – I was sometimes you about 6 months ago before I started this blogging thing and Beautycounter thing trying to encourage something better. But damn these days it’s hard to always get a good-looking meal on the table and try to juggle 5 schedules (6 if you include the dog), a social life and a career. So for your stressed mamas, you overwhelmed mamas, you I hate cooking mamas, I hear you… and I get it. Now what are we gonna do about it? 

Let’s start by agreeing that a home cooked meal is where it’s at. They are more nutritious, encourage bonding, build healthier habits and more.

Luckily there have been a ton of new companies on the food scene that are making it easier for mamas like us who give a fuck about what we feed our families to get tasty and nutritious meal on the table without all the leg-work. I’m sure you have seen the ads, coupons and mailers trying to draw you in. I would tell you about all of them but I like to focus on what I have tried and love. Green Chef got my attention for a number of reasons:

green-chef-8green-chef-71. They source organic ingredients.

2. They care about where their food comes from and you can see who their suppliers are on the web site.

3. They accommodate for different dietary preferences (gluten-free, paleo and yes.. finally, vegan).

4. They use sustainable packaging

5. They color code each of the three recipes they include in the box which makes it easy to tell what goes with what even if you’re a moron in the kitchen. It also helped make it fun for my kids to help choose which recipe to try first.green-chef-menusgreen-chef

6. You can pick from multiple delivery dates and skip a week whenever you need to.

7. You get the glory without the guts. You get to play chef but don’t have to worry about chopping all the veggies and making all the sauces. Most everything comes ready to use.green-chef

8. There’s next to no waste. You don’t have to buy a bag of carrots to get one chopped carrot. I loved that.

We made the Maple-Glazed Tofu with veggie-studded couscous and apple-celery root salad. And look! It wasn’t one of those Pinterest fails. Our meal actually came out looking like the photo on the meal card. And it was good! Like my kids actually tried it.

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So, when you’re short on time but still want homemade and healthy maybe you will give one of these services a try. Click here to get $50 off your first box.

And just to relieve a little guilt… for nights that you just can’t get it together, know that just the simple act of sitting down to a meal together regardless of what it is or who delivered it, is also good for your family. Postmates anyone!?! (use code 93jte for $10 off your first delivery).

Cheers!

*I did want to give the Purple Carrot a go as well, but alas, they don’t deliver to Missouri. Go figure.green-chef-4

Eat Like You Give a Fuck

 

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My reasons for starting The Better Have are half altruistic and half selfish. Let’s skip right to the selfish part. I had grown tired of being part of the seemingly small minority of people who give a fuck about this shit. I thought to myself – I live in a community filled with generous, health-conscious, highly educated and caring people yet many of them just don’t know a god damn thing about environmental health. What the fuck is up with that? If someone cared enough to share this shit with these people they would certainly give a fuck too.

When my good pal Emily (who happens to be part of the minority who gives a fuck) asked me if I had read Thug Kitchen the answer was no. After a quick peek at what was inside, I couldn’t wait for her borrowed copy – I immediately ordered that shit.
thug-kitchen-booksWhen the book arrived and I dived in, it was like coming home to myself. Why hadn’t I written this cookbook? I love plant based food, I love an excuse to swear, and I also want people to give a fuck. This shit was nothing short of genius.

For those who don’t know – my husband and I are accidental plant-based (vegan-ish) people. We didn’t really give two fucks about all this shit until January 18 2011 when I attended a pre-screening for Forks Over Knives. Holy shit was that movie eye-opening. I immediately came home and told my husband he needed to get the fuck off statins and try eating some motherfucking vegetables instead. He thought I was bat shit crazy. I invited the moderator to my house to teach me and some friends what she knew – while my husband stayed upstairs watching television probably eating some artery clogging bon bons. Meanwhile, I started reading more articles, learning from more experts and becoming more and more sure this was a big fucking deal.

thug-kitchen-pad-thaiI hadn’t brought it up to my other half for a while (probably 36 hours) until one sunny afternoon in July he walked in the door and told me he was going to go vegan for three months. What the fuck had I done? I was the fucking cook in the house. Suddenly my wish was his command and I was fucked. So, like a boss, I marched my ass to the store – bought a shit ton of vegetables and got to cooking. For the first few months we felt like mother fucking birds. “Do you want some vegetables with your vegetables” became our tag line. Then we gradually got used to our new way of existing. I got my certificate in Plant Based nutrition from eCornell so haters could back the fuck off asking me questions like “where do you get your protein” and I could wave my god damn diploma in their faces. The rest is history and if you want to read the long-ass story with the technical shit thrown in you can do that here.

Now nobody needs a lecture on why the fuck they should be eating this instead of that. There’s too much fucking judgment around what people are putting in their mouths as it is. I really don’t give a fuck if you want to eat a chicken for dinner. But what I do give a fuck about are my family & my friends and I know that we can all do better by taking a page out of Thug Kitchen and just trying to give a little bit more of a fuck. I am fucking sure that given the choice most of us would prefer to eat more vegetables than have open heart surgery.

I have seen first-hand how plants can heal some shit. They are miracle workers. I have met people with arthritis, cancer, diabetes and heart disease who have cured all that shit without a motherfucking pill. My own father is a doc who used to eat salmon and cheese like it was going out of style. Today he eats nothing but fucking plants because he knows better. He puts signs in his waiting rooms telling patients to “let thy food be thy medicine.” How’s that for bringing down those fucking medical bills? But you don’t have to be a M.D. or some smart yuppie to figure this shit out. Don’t let anyone let you think that eating more plants has to be painful or hard or depriving. That shit is just not true.

Now I want to share with you just a few excerpts from the book. Why? Because even if you don’t want to eat a vegetable to save your life, this shit is fucking hilarious.vegetable-soup

“Eat like you give a fuck. And why not? You eat three times a day. That seems like an adequate amount of fucks to give on a daily basis.”

“Cooking vegetables takes a minute and a little finesse, but it’s not fucking rocket science. It’s easier to sauté kale with some garlic than it is to eat pizza bites without burning the fuck out of your tongue. We just hadn’t tried.”

“We don’t understand why eating real, healthy food has to be such a BIG FUCKING DEAL. These days, trying to do right by your body and palate comes with a fuckton of baggage, but it shouldn’t have to. Nobody should apologize for trying to take care of themselves or have to struggle just to get better food for their families. You don’t have to be some uptown asshole to pay attention to what you eat.”

“No matter who you are or where you are from, you are welcome at our table and to this conversation about diet. Shit is about to get real. Now pull up a fucking seat.”

“Let’s get to fucking work.”