Vegan peanut butter and chocolate chip biscuits

Joe (she added the ‘E’ because that’s how she rolled) was beautiful, sweet, wise, brave, funny, passionate, a letter writer, smart as a whip, suffered from a chronic illness but never complained. An absolutely devoted wife, her equally devoted husband is bereft without his soul mate. Beloved baby sister of the Yak, a loving daughter, a committed vegan, animal lover and mother to two very fine cats. An amazing Aunt, sender of wonderful Christmas packages to our boys, the best of sister-in-laws and a true friend to many.

We are lost, The Yak is undone. She died far too young. As I write this it’s raining, like some cliched Hallmark movie. Except that real grief is not like a Hallmark movie. It’s hard, cold and shit.

The Yak made it to her bedside in the UK hours before she died, he went thinking he would be keeping her company in hospital. He came home for a short time then flew back again for her funeral. The tryanny of distance. The lads and I are preparing to leave on our pre-planned trip to the UK to meet up with The Yak. The original purpose was to visit with our Joe.

I have not had the heart to bake, write or blog. But it had been in my mind for the longest time to do a vegan post just for her. So here it is. Vegan peanut butter chocolate biscuits, I hope Joe would have loved them. Just like we loved her.


1/2 cup unsalted natural peanut butter
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white caster sugar (see cooking note below)
1/4 cup almond milk
1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder or 1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp ground flaxseed (this can be omitted if you don’t have it, it assists in binding the ingredients a little more)
1 cup vegan dark chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 180C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
Place the peanut butter, grapeseed oil, sugars and almond milk into a large bowl. (If you are using vanilla essence add it here.) Beat well until the ingredients are well combined. (I used an electric hand beater.)
Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and vanilla bean powder into the bowl with the peanut butter mixture. Add the ground flaxseed and stir well.
Mix in the chocolate chips.
Roll heaped teaspoons full of the dough into round balls and place on the baking tray allowing room for spreading.
Bake at 180 for 12-15 minutes until light golden brown.
Let cool on the tray slightly then remove to a wire rack to complete cooling.
This made about 22 biscuits.

Cooking Note: it appears that in some parts of the world, some white sugar is processed using bone char. Ewww. That appears not to be the case in Australia but to be safe, I imagine vegans would check it out before they used a particular brand of sugar.

Recipe adapted from the Vegan Yoga Life blog. Link follows photos.

Original recipe:

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

32 thoughts on “Vegan peanut butter and chocolate chip biscuits

  1. Hard to ‘Like’ a post with such a heartbreaking subject. I’m so sorry for your loss, and appreciate your heartfelt tribute to your sorely missed SIL. I hope the Yak and all his family find peace and space to grieve her as she deserved.

  2. Lisa,
    This is a distressing post to read. My thoughts are with you, the Yak and your family. I lost my own sister some seven years ago. I was by her bed when she passed. It is an anguish that I have never attempted to describe.
    My best at a difficult time,

  3. Oh Lisa, my heart just did that thing where it crunches in on itself while reading your sad words. Thinking of you and your family as you take each day as it comes. Your Joe sounds like a truly beautiful person. M.xx

  4. Sometimes cookies like these can just be awful. I was actually at a party yesterday where someone had brought gluten free chocolate chip cookies and no one had any idea until the lovely lady that brought them had mentioned it. I will have to try this recipe!

    • These were really good, most of my gluten free recipes have eggs or butter but these were very good and whilst they weren’t gluten free, they were delicious despite being vegan. I do have some gluten free choc chip bikkies on the blog as well. I think the fat from the peanut butter and almond milk make these tasty.

  5. What a devastating loss Lisa, I can’t imagine your heart-break. And yes, the distance during such times makes an awful situation worse. This recipe and blog post is a lovely way of honouring Joe. These bickies are so amazing, and I love that they are cruelty free. Be kind to yourself x

    • Thanks so much Mrs H. Really thoughtful words. It’s been a pretty challenging and crap year for us. Was great to go to see The Yaks family in the UK and we made special memories and did some great things but it was also a very sad time too. Thanks again for your words of wisdom. Xx

  6. That was a really heartfelt post. Thank you for putting yourself out there and honoring your loved one. I am totally making these cookies too! And I am going to try Pamela’s lemon scones too!

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