I did a little taste test with these guys. I brought a box of these cookies to some friends and asked them what they thought. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive. I asked people what they thought they were and they said “Peanut butter, oatmeal” and I smiled and told them that they were peanut free! When I asked my fiance he said he thought that they tasted like the maple brown sugar oatmeal packets he likes so much. Funny because there was no maple syrup in them at all!
The secret to these fake peanut butter cookies? Wowbutter. I remember when I was a kid trying soynut butter for the first time. My parents brought it home and I was thoroughly disappointed. It was not good at all. However time have changed, sometime in the last 5-10 years they managed to make soynut butter taste good. Wowbutter is my go to, I usually have a jar in my fridge. A little boost of protein when I need it. I went with crunchy instead of smooth to get a little extra bite.
They are a little bit dry in consistency, I don’t mean this in a bad way, they just aren’t as cake lake in their consistency as some of the cookies I make. They are a bit more crumbly, but they are delicious. These cookies made me seriously happy. Peanuts are the one and only allergy I have that can, you know, kill me. I like it when I find recipes that I can substitute the soynut butter for regular peanut butter and have them taste just as good. I adapted a recipe from the recipe book Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.
They are a little bit sweet, a little bit salty and very addictive. Somehow the vast majority of these have disappeared over the course of 24 hours. The recipe made two dozen cookies, so that’s really saying something. They are delightful, they make me think of cozy sweaters. I added a pinch of nutmeg and I think that that’s what gives it the taste of comfort and home.
I love how quick cookies are. You take some ingredients and toss them together, pop them into the oven for 10-12min and that’s it, that’s all. It’s so easy, so quick. Ready in no time.
“Peanut” Butter and Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup chunky soynut butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 4 tsp flax seeds
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350, grease two cookie sheets
In a medium size bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and oats.
In a large bowl beat together the oil, soynut butter, sugar, brown sugar, coconut milk, flax seeds and vanilla until smooth.
Fold in half the flour mixture, once it’s all combined add the final second half.
Drop the dough by the tablespoon onto the cookie sheets. Flatten them with damp fingers.
Bake for 12min.