Flourless Crispy Rice Peanut Butter Cookies

You know those three ingredient peanut butter cookies you learn how to make when you’re a babysitter? These are an updated, vegan, low sugar, super quick version that adds some additional crunch from crispy rice cereal and salted peanuts. There’s pretty adaptable and so good straight out of the freezer, like a mini peanutty good-for-you fudgy cookie that’s perfect for breakfast on-the-go.

Flourless Crispy Rice Peanut Butter Cookies

Flourless Crispy Rice Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Servings: 16 cookies
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2 tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 cup natural, crunchy peanut butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups gluten-free crispy rice cereal (I use Nature’s Path)
1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.

Put the warm water and ground flaxseeds in a small bowl. Mix to combine, then let sit for about 2 minutes, until thickened.

Put the peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, baking soda, and baking powder in the bowl of your stand mixer or a large bowl. Using the stand mixer or a hand mixer beat until well combined. Stir in the crispy rice cereal and peanuts.

Spoon the batter (about 2 tablespoonfuls) into small mounds on the prepared baking sheet, pressing gently to about 1-inch thick. The mixture will be sticky.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until firm on the top and the sides. Cool completely on the pan.

These are best stored in the refrigerator (for up to a week) for the freezer.

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PB&J Vegan Protein Smoothie

I love anything PB&J — if you have all of my books, you’ll know that a PB&J-inspired recipe is in each one. In an effort to create a post-run drink that I’d love and make me realize smoothies can be delicious (they’ve never been my favourite… I only have one other smoothie recipe on my site), I set out the following guidelines and am now drinking to success everyday:

  • Not too banana-y
  • Low FODMAP
  • No effort
  • High protein (this clocks in at about 24 grams)
  • No stevia
  • Tastes like a PB&J
  • And, of course, gluten-free and vegan

PB&J Vegan Protein Smoothie

PB&J Vegan Protein Smoothie

5 medium frozen strawberries
1/2 small banana, cut into slices and frozen
1 scoop (21g) natural/unflavored brown rice protein powder (see Notes)
2 tablespoons (10g) peanut powder (see Notes)
1/2 teaspoon psyllium powder (see Notes)
1/2 to 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Pinch salt

Put all ingredients in a blender (I use an immersion blender; easier clean up). Blend until smooth.

Notes:

  • For the unsweetened brown rice protein powder, I use this one from Sunwarrior
  • For the peanut powder, I use Jif (this one).
  • You don’t have to include psyllium; this isn’t added for texture or taste, but just for extra soluble fibre

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Popcorn Puppy Chow

If you haven’t had Puppy Chow (also known as Muddy Buddies), it’s pretty important that you do. I’ve made countless of variations from the original recipe — my favourites being the classic version (peanut butter and chocolate) and a mint chocolate version, using cashew butter for the peanut butter and adding mint extract.

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I’ve added various cereals, chopped nuts, dried cranberries and raisins. I’ve given it as gifts (an excuse to snack on it, really), made it for every occasion (and non-occasion), and love it straight from the freezer.

Two things remain the same: it’s likely my favourite snack ever and I always add more chocolate and peanut butter than the classic recipe, not really measuring either after I hit the recommended amounts (another spoonful of peanut butter? Sure. More chocolate chips? Yes, please.)

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This version uses popcorn, which I freshly pop on the stovetop with olive oil and salt. I like the Chex (well, Wegmans brand fake Chex) better — it has more of a crunch, but this is a close second that’ll make it back into the snack rotation for sure.

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Popcorn Puppy Chow

8 cups popped popcorn (plain)
1 1/2 cups nondairy semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, such as Enjoy Life
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup nondairy buttery spread
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch salt
1 1/2 to 2 cups icing sugar, sifted

Put the popcorn into a large bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper.

Put the chocolate chips, peanut butter, nondairy buttery spread in a large microwavable bowl. Heat on high for 1 minute. Stir, and then microwave on 30 second intervals until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the vanilla and salt. Let cool about 5 minutes, which will help the popcorn not get soggy.

Pour the mixture over the popcorn, carefully stirring until coated. Scrape the mixture into a large Ziploc bag (I do this in two batches).

Add icing sugar to the bag. Seal and shake until well coated. Spread on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Let stand at room temperature to firm, or speed up the process by putting the baking sheet into the freezer (recommended!)

This can be stored for awhile in the freezer in an airtight container.