Hey Valentines! I am currently sweating my sunscreen off in Vietnam in a coastal city called Da Nang…but I hear the snow storm is a real pain in the ass in Canada. Here’s a cookie recipe to keep you occupied while indoors. It’s also a tasty treat to help you cultivate self-love OR something to share with your lover. I love how simple this recipe is and I’ve been making it for years, ever since I first started cutting out gluten and dairy.
Now, just because it’s free of gluten and dairy doesn’t mean they are “healthy” or “nutrient-dense”. So don’t eat 20 of these and blame me if you don’t feel so good after. It does contain some sugar, but at least it’s coconut sugar. On the spectrum of nutrient density, it’s not the best but it’s by far not the worst. Plus, I think it is VITAL to enjoy treats that don’t bug your stomach or give you hives occasionally. Any sustainable, healthy lifestyle needs to have room for foods that aren’t the most nutritious, but I do think you should avoid foods that you are intolerant/allergic to as much as you can. These cookies are the perfect balance of fun and whole foods for me.
I’ve been through that yo-yo dieting bullshit where I swear off cookies for the rest of my life only to gorge on shitty oreos when they were presented to me. I have learned that adding in healthy treats frequently eliminates the idea of good vs bad food and in turn I don’t care for processed junk foods. I’ll take a couple bites and feel like I’m over it because it’s not off limits in my mind and therefore not that special. Can you relate to this? I feel like a lot of people have this mindset but don’t talk about it enough. Comment below if you have a similar experience.
Keren’s 5 Ingredient PB Cookies
1 cup all natural peanut butter (you can sub for any smooth nut butter e.g. almond, cashew, etc - just no crunchy bits)
1 cup coconut sugar (you can use white sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar or anything granulated - no liquids like agave, honey, syrups, etc)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp real vanilla
1 whole egg
Optional: I love sprinkling some sea salt in to break up the sweetness and of course a handful of chocolate chips. You can also add 1/3 cup of nuts, oats, bacon bits, or whatever crunchiness you want!
Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix your ingredients in a big bowl evenly. I know you’re supposed to mix the wet and then add the dry ingredients, but honestly it’s a fucking free for all in my kitchen. It really doesn’t matter as long as it’s evenly mixed. Use a spoon or an electronic mixer if you’re fancy.
Form little 1.5-2.5 inch balls and then flatten them into a cookie shape.
Bake on parchment lined tray with a good amount of space between the cookies (they spread quite a bit).
Bake it for 10mins in the oven or until they look golden and have expanded. Then you cut the heat and leave them in the oven with doors closed for another 2-5mins. This gives them a crunchier texture, I’m all about crunch.
Take em out and let them cool/set before devouring them!
Let me know if you give these a go! Stay warm and safe out there!