• Posted by Califia Suntree on March 15th, 2011, 9:55 AM

    There aren’t that many junk foods that I really crave. Sure, I like donuts and the occasional potato chip, but a 2-ounce bag of M&Ms will literally last a week in my house. But when it comes to Snickers bars, it’s another story. Sometimes, I need one. (Remember those Snickers buses in New York? My candy intake skyrocketed—I never realized how much a bus looks like a candy bar! Just like an airplane looks like a giant Tylenol.) But the unflabby angel on my shoulder reminded me that one Snickers has 14 grams of fat, and a whopping 30 grams of sugar.

    So I listened to the better angel of my nature (she’s so toned!) and made a batch of super nutritious vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies instead. After three of them, the Snickers craving was soothed. And I was so full that I skipped dinner—talk about your hungerectomy.

    Makes about 2 dozen 2″ cookies

    2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 cup chunky natural peanut butter (not Skippy!)
    1/3 cup vegetable oil
    3/4 cup agave syrup or honey
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup (or more!) dark chocolate chips

    1. Heat the oven to 350F and cover two large cookie sheets with parchment.

    2. Combine the flour, soda and salt in a medium bowl.

    3. In another bowl, combine the peanut butter, agave, oil and vanilla and stir well. (Tip: Measure out the peanut butter and oil first; this will make the agave or honey slide right out of the measuring cup.)

    4. Pour the liquid ingredients over the flour mixture and stir quickly to combine. (Do not use an electric mixer! Your wooden spoon is the tool of choice here.) Stir in the chocolate chips.

    5. Using a teaspoon, scoop out dough and roll into 1″ balls. Put these on the cookie sheet and, using a fork, press into 2″ rounds. The cookies won’t spread, so you can place them pretty close together on the pan.

    6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. They should be just golden brown, not dark. Let cool slightly then transfer to a rack.

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