Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

As I’ve mentioned before, I like baking for my class every week.  Last week, we started talking about random things at the end of class, and one girl mentioned she is a vegan.  I felt a little bad, because every week she hadn’t been eating my baked goods!  While I don’t want to change the goodies only for one person, I think it’s okay to accommodate her dietary needs every so often.  Remember my post about being a “Picky Eater”?

I hadn’t really planned a baked good when I went to the grocery store on Friday.  So I looked around for a recipe using ingredients I had at home. Here’s my version:

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

adapted from 101 Cookbooks Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (you can probably use spelt or all purpose)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy should work, I used smooth)
1/2 cup Agave Nectar
2 1/2 tbsp Canola Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl.  In a larger bowl, combine the wet ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine.  Chill dough for a few minutes in the freezer (I did this while I quickly washed dishes).

Spoon dough onto a baking sheet (about tablespoon sized drops), press with a fork, bake for 8-10 minutes.  Allow to cool and eat your heart out!

Makes about 20 cookies.

In other news, today has been the most unproductive day of my life!  Other than going to the gym and baking, I’ve pretty much done nothing since 7:15am when I woke up.  I need to get some reading done, prepare for my discussion section and then babysit!

Lastly!  I’m almost out of peanut butter!

While I know I just bought 2 jars of Barney Butter, I like having a variety of nut butters around.

What’s your favorite Peanut/Nut butter?

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Wake up and smell the COFFEE Cake!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

About 10 minutes after my last post, there was a knock at the door.  This arrived:

Thanks, Lovely Fella!

After smiling for a good while and admiring my flowers, I headed out on my mission to find new running shoes.  The first stop was Kohl’s.  I tried on pretty much every pair of running shoes they had and decided upon these Asics.

Can you believe they were only $35!!!!  What a steal!

I may have also done some more shopping… long exercise pants and maybe a pair of red pumps…

Sadly, I might have to return them 😦 They’re a little too tight!  This is sort of silly but I saw them at the store, didn’t even try them on just grabbed them and walked straight to the register.  These are the pumps I’ve been looking for!  I made the lovely fella go to every Marshall’s and TJ Maxx in the Bay Area to find my size!  A little sad they’re too small. Oh well!  There will be other red pumps!

Earlier this week, my friend Liz e-mailed a recipe to a bunch of friends (myself included) wondering if someone would be willing to bake it for Valentine’s Day.  You really don’t have to twist my arm to get me to bake… Of course I said yes!

I was intrigued by this recipe!  I’m sure most of you have heard of Pioneer Woman, right?

This is her recipe for Coffee Cake, Literally… as in coffee flavored cake, not coffee cake.

This recipe turned out ridiculously good!  I would definitely make it again (for a new crowd that is!).

The recipe makes a cake but I decided to make cupcakes because they’re easier to enjoy, and they’re just darn cute!   I used my environmentally friendly baking cups!

The recipe called for buttermilk, which I never have around so here’s a tip: 1 cup milk (-1 tbsp) + 1tbsp of vinegar.  Let it sit for 5-10 mins!  Voila!  You’ve got buttermilk!

Honestly, I liked them better without the frosting.  The cake is so light and moist! The coffee flavor isn’t too strong in the cake.  The frosting on the other hand is very strongly flavored!  Pretty delicious as well!

I am thoroughly impressed at how good these are!  I feel like I need to try more of Pioneer Woman’s recipes!

I will be taking these cupcakes to a Valentine’s Day gathering!  But before that, I’m babysitting for a friend so he and his wife can have a Valentine’s Day outing!  They probably need it!

What are your plans for the day?

Have a great day!!!!