I found myself heading to an event which would be attended by a good number of vegans. Since my body hates soy being vegan hasn't really been an option for me so I've never delved into vegan baking before. I searched around online and found something that looked pretty good. Sugar free vegan peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies (or some combination of those words.) I only got to taste test half a cookie because they're made with soy milk. Let's just say I was underwhelmed, and so were most of the people that ate them. This time I'll include the recipe so you can see what I was dealing with.
1/3 cup peanut butter (it's supposed to be sugar free, I went with Jif)
2 ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons unsweetened soy milk (I wonder if coconut, rice or almond milk would work?)
2 tablespoons maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
2 1/2 cups quick cooking or rolled oatmeal
dash of cinnamon (optional)
1/4 cup flour
In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork until smooth. Add peanut butter, soy milk, vanilla and maple syrup & mix well. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
Drop spoonfuls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 13 - 16 minutes at 350, or until done.
OK! I'm thinking regular peanut butter was a good call. Sweetened milk might have been as well. A little brown sugar might also have helped. I'm really glad I added the optional cinnamon because without it they would have been completely bland. They may have needed a little more wet ingredients, a tad more milk perhaps? or maybe some apple sauce? what about a little extra peanut butter or banana? I'm not sure yet. These cookies have me a little annoyed so I've decided to show them who's boss by trying variations until they come out yummy! I'll keep you posted.
At least they looked alright.