Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Let’s be honest, typically when something is labeled “Vegan,” most people are turned off. These cookies, however, are the exception!

I am not Vegan, but I am a cookie fan – especially when there is chocolate and peanut butter involved! :) My son asked me to make cookies this weekend, and I remembered I had made these delicious treats a few months ago!  Not only are they yummy, they are super easy to make!

Here is the recipe (originally from Chocolate Covered Kate – an awesome dessert blog with healthy recipes)!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, or almond or sunbutter
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp flour (whole-wheat pastry, all-purpose white, spelt, Bob’s gf mix all work)
  • 1/4 cup sugar or evaporated cane juice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional: tiny pinch salt (around 1/16 tsp) (Taste dough to decide – I like to add it.)
  • optional: chocolate chips

Instructions

Mix dry ingredients very well. Then add wet and form cookie balls. If you want soft cookies, fridge the dough for at least an hour. Then bake in a preheated oven (350F) for 8 minutes. They’ll look underdone when you take them out, but that’s ok. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from tray.

To keep these cookies soft, store leftover cookies in a plastic container. This recipe will make about 12-16 cookies, depending on how big you roll them. (For 16 cookies, they’ll have 65 calories per cookie.)

ENJOY!!!!

 

Try the World

This is the PERFECT gift for the foodie / travel enthusiast in your life!

Try the World, is a subscription service that brings gourmet food from around the world DIRECTLY to your doorstep!

Every other month, chef’s from around the world curate boxes that feature delicious treats from such places as: Morocco, Japan, France, and more!

Gift subscriptions starts at $50, and you can check it out here: Try the World

 

Garden Tote

Want to spruce up your space this Spring?  Then check out these awesome garden totes by Liz Pulver Design!

Each tote fits a standard 4′ nursery pot, can be used inside or out, and comes in 4 different colors.

My favorite is the Red :)

They are $28, and you can check them out here: Liz Pulver Garden Tote

 

Mexican Giftspiration

We just spent the last week in Cancun – aka – paradise (see pic above)!  Needless to say, I am a bit depressed to be back, so what better way to cure depression then with SHOPPING! :)

While in Mexico, we hit up a few of the local pottery stores to purchase souvenirs, gifts for the kids, etc.  I ended up with two little bowls for myself (second row-second pic from the left).  Now that we are home, I really regret not getting more!

Hand painted Mexican pottery is called Talavera , and the colors and patterns are GORGEOUS!

I did some digging, and there are a few good sites to buy Talavera (without the cost of a trip to Mexico).

Here are a few of my favorites:

Direct from Mexico

La Fuente

Talavera Emporium

Crazy Cookies

 

Ever wanted to see yourself as a cookie?  Well now you can, thanks to Parker’s Crazy Cookies!

Simply fill out their online order form, send in a picture, and viola! The folks at Parker’s create YOU in the shape of a delicious cookie!

They are perfect for weddings, birthday favors, retirements, and more!

To see all of their designs and pricing, click here: Parker’s Crazy Cookies

 

Handwritten Bling

There are many options when it comes to customized necklaces, but this one is truly unique because you can wear your love-one’s handwriting around your neck!

The handmade necklaces come in silver, gold, and rose gold.  They are made in the US, and start around $90.

Check them out here: The Urban Smith

Spring Treats

Spring is HERE (although in the Northeast we are beginning to wonder), and with that comes all of the delicious Spring treats!  Here are some of my faves:

1. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny: two adorable solid chocolate bunnies: $34.95

2. Sunny Pop:  super cheery sunflower lollipops made by one of my favorite chocolatiers $15

3. Peanut Butter Eggs: 10 chocolate and peanut butter robin’s eggs $11

4. Lady Bugs: raspberry, mint, and honey lavender lady bugs with a chocolate shell $29.95

5. Chocolate Carrot: milk chocolate and covered in nonpareils. $4.20

6. Matzo Brittle: simple recipe for delicious sweet/salty matzo brittle candy.

Enjoy, and Happy Spring! :)

SwimLids

Summer is around the corner, and these are going on my MUST get list!

SwimLids were created by a mom who was sick of her baby’s hat falling off (at the pool, on the boat,etc).

Think of it as a combo swim cap / baseball hat – with SPF 50+ waterproof protection!

They are $12.95 and fit sizes XS – Adult! Check them out here: SwimLids – Swim. Splash. Play. Protect

Bow & Drape

Looking for a unique / trendy gift idea? Then check out Bow & Drape!

Created in NYC, each B&D item is designed by YOU!

Of course they have a ton of pre-made options to chose from (I especially love the urban dictionary sayings, like HANGRY) – or – you can put your own saying or design on any of their items (sweatshirts, bags, pouches, doggie apparel).

Long sleeve sweatshirts start at $55 , and you can check them all out here: Bow & Drape Design Studio

Sweet Spoons

How adorable are these? Perfect for an anniversary gift, these vintage spoons are handmade and personalized with your initials and wedding year.

They come in many different sayings and designs (forks, mugs,etc).

Spoons start around $18 (and the fork set is $30) – check out all of their unique gifts here:

Milk & Honey Luxuries