No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chewies

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on November 29, 2012

No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chewies

So earlier today I decided on posting my biscotti that I mentioned earlier in the week… But then I sat down to write out the post and realized the pictures weren’t very nice.  Obviously they looked OK to me earlier in the week when I uploaded them, but not today.  In fact I think I need to make them again, but that’s fine by me :D  I hope you wont mind waiting for those.  For now I hope you’ll enjoy these little “Larabar” type treats.

No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chewies

I do realize this makes 2 no-bake treats in a week though.  I don’t know about you, but I like some variety.  Then again, I can never have too many no-bake treats(especially but not exclusively in summer) that I can whip up in minutes and enjoy without guilt.  Or feed to my kids for breakfast without guilt, whether it be first, second, third or even fourth breakfast because that’s how things go in this house.

No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chewies

So, moving on… These are the “raw” version of your favorite peanut butter cookie.  I’m hoping to post a regular baked peanut butter cookie pretty soon, but I got the craving for something more like these and so these came first.

No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chewies

I say “raw” because my peanut butter is not raw.  It is made with roasted nuts, but I’m pretty sure you could make a raw version if you really wanted.  My peanut butter is only peanuts though, no extra oil or even salt or sugar.  These aren’t exactly overpoweringly peanutty.  I’m hoping you understand what I mean by that sentence because I’m not sure it makes sense.

No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chewies

Like I said, not crazy in-your-face peanut flavor, but still enough peanut flavor to know they’re supposed to be peanut butter cookies.  Plus all the awesomeness of brown sugary dates wrapped up in a creamy, crunchy peanut buttery cookie.  Yum!

No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chewies

Sorry for the picture overload, I loved these little guys and had fun tweaking my pictures just a little bit each time I took more.

No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chewies

If they look a little oily, not to worry.  They might seem a little oily once they’re mixed and shaped, but once they’re stored in the fridge they’re just fine.  And speaking of the fridge, I like them best straight out of the fridge.  You might like them just at room temperature(and I’m sure they’d be fine there for quite a while) but they will be rather soft and sticky.  It’s up to you.

No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chewies

To make these even simpler, you could even just leave these round.  Enjoy!

No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chewies

 

No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chewies
 
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The raw, vegan, healthy, no guilt version of your favorite peanut butter cookie!
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Yield: 1½ dozen
Ingredients
  • ¾ C Medjool dates, pits removed
  • ½ C natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 generous pinch sea salt
  • ¼ C whole peanuts
  • ¼ C chocolate chips or roughly chopped dark chocolate bar
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, process the dates until they form a “dough”.
  2. Turn the food processor off, break up the dough using a spoon, and then add the peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt. Process until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the peanuts and chocolate chips and pulse just until combined.
  4. Remove the dough. Roll into bite sized balls and either store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge or flatten with a fork before storing.
Notes
Almond butter chewies would be an awesome variation!

 

Inspired by this recipe from The Sweet Life.

No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chewies

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1 Ari @ Ari's Menu November 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

These look great–almost like Larabar consistency. I bet they would be great in bar form too. I always love just eating the dough, so they look pretty perfect for me ;)
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2 Julia December 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I love peanut butter–in anything! These cookies sounds so yummy!
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3 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies December 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

Is it still no guilt if I eat 10 of these? Because these look so good, I might have to eat 10…
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4 Vicky December 4, 2012 at 1:51 am

THese sound so good and remind me of the larabar bites I made a while back! I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter and generally feel like the taste is pretty overwhelming so I’m glad these are not too peanut buttery. I’m currently jumping from hostel to hostel in Asia but as soon as I secure an apartment rental I’ll be whipping these up!

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5 Cindy December 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

Love these! Made them yesterday for after school and they are already all gone. Not too sweet. Just perfect. Posted a link on my FB page. THANKS!

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6 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

So glad you liked them Cindy! Thanks for stopping by and thank you for the share!

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7 Maggie@SoulFoodComp December 10, 2012 at 7:26 am

Delicious! Love how easy they are to whip up, need to make more no bake treats! Especially this time of year, love these!

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8 Erin @ Texanerin Baking December 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Hey Heidi, you know how you think you’re behind with blog reading? I’m in a post from November. Oy oy oy…

Anyway, these look interesting! I’ve never had / seen larabars but I’m sure these are way better!

I hope you had a nice Christmas if you celebrated. :)
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9 Sarah | Shine Food January 8, 2013 at 11:55 am

These look amazingly delicious! I’ve made my own homemade Larabars but they were not nearly this decadent looking. Can’t wait to try these.

We’re collecting healthy recipes for the Shine Supper Club this month and your recipe would be a great contribution. Hope you’ll join us!

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