Spork Foods + {vegan} Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

{from left to right, all vegan: pimento cheese canapés over micro greens, strawberry + almond streusel muffins, raspberry + pomegranate mimosas, chocolate pot-de-creme, Spork Foods door, vegetable frittata, blueberry buckle, tempeh ruben sandwiches, black + white cookies}

Anyone who has ever asked “what the hell do vegans eat?” has clearly never spent time with vegans.

All the vegans I know are the ultimate foodies — I imagine this is an occupational hazard of being a vegan as they need to constantly cater to their strict eating rules.  There was a time when I though I’d never be able to go vegan (hello, baked brie), but I might be more easily converted now:  in recent months the vegan food I’ve cooked and eaten has been some of my favorite.

Last Christmas, my bosses (who are the greatest managers, mentors, and friends a girl could ask for) gave me a set of vegan cooking classes with Spork Foods, a vegan cooking company owned and operated by sisters Heather Goldberg and Jenny Engel.  These girls teach four cooking classes per week, cater many events in and around Los Angeles, run a cooking show online, all the while educating everyone around them about how to make vegan food delicious.  Heather and Jenny even hosted a vegan GrubWithUs event at Culina, the restaurant at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.  The bar at the Four Seasons just started offering a supplementary vegan menu so the chefs were excited to be challenged to prepare an entire vegan meal for us, and they certainly delivered an over-the-top menu.  Yes, there were lots of veggies, but the desserts (slash stars of the meal) — a chocolate pot-de-creme with raspberries and chocolate chip cookies — were to die for.

The Spork Foods sisters are aware that veganism isn’t for everyone, but these girls are seriously committed to making veganism fun and accessible to long-term vegans and carnivores alike.  They’ve opened their kitchen and their hearts to anyone who is even willing to try to be vegan for even a meal.  In the four cooking classes I attended, I learned that eating veganly (I like to invent words) really isn’t that difficult and there are some pretty great substitutions for everyday non-vegan items like eggs, milk, butter, and cheese even for an avid baker like myself.

To entice you into this vegan world filled with creepy-sounding words like nutritional yeast and vital wheat gluten, here is a simple recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.  When I brought these to work, I didn’t tell my coworkers they were vegan and a few of them said it was their favorite baked good yet.  Do this experiment on your sisters, bosses, lovers, or grandparents.  Report back.

{vegan} Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from from the Spork Foods cookbook, Spork-Fed)

1/2 cup Earth Balance buttery spread

3/4 cup organic cane sugar

2 heaping tablespoons creamy peanut butter

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 flax eggs (2 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 6 tablespoons water; let sit for two minutes.  The mixture will become gelatinous.  Don’t freak out.)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup white whole wheat flour

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (Whole Foods has them!)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat Earth Balance buttery spread and the cane sugar until light and fluffy.  Add peanut butter, maple syrup, salt, flax eggs, and cinnamon and mix until combined.

Add flour and oats until ingredients are just incorporated — you don’t want to over mix.  Fold in chocolate chips.

Using a spoon, scoop out small balls of dough onto the baking sheets.  Bake for 15-18 minutes until cookies are golden brown around the edges.  Have fun fooling your friends.

how awesome do those look?!


2 thoughts on “Spork Foods + {vegan} Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

  1. Molly says:

    Kels! I’m going to make these cookies for my new vegan roommate! I feel badly because I keep making all these ice cream cakes and accidentally offering them to her. This will be the perfect treat, thanks for the inspiration!

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