Teatime and need a little nibble? Make these Vegan Peanut Butter Biscuits to munch on!
I call them biscuits, of course as a nod to my English husband, but also because these cookies are flaky, crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and balanced in sweetness and saltiness. They’re PERFECT for tea time!
I first made these Vegan Peanut Butter Biscuits for my vegan friend’s birthday and it quickly became a favorite for all of my family and friends—dietary restrictions or not.
Peanut butter in dessert is highly debated in my house. My husband is not a fan, but I am ALL ABOUT IT. It is so rich and creamy—the perfect compliment to chocolate and the perfect base for a cookie.
AND it’s nostalgic.
With one bite, these take me back to my elementary school brown bag lunch of a peanut butter sandwich and Dunkaroos. These are also incredibly delicious with a little jelly spread on top or dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. And now I’m salivating.
Vegan Peanut Butter Biscuits Tips and Tricks
Why Vegan Baking?
The mass production of eggs and dairy farming contributes a staggering amount to our overall greenhouse gas emissions and contamination of soil and water. I always buy local, organic eggs and cheese when I can.
Leaving out the dairy and eggs while baking is a great way to reduce your consumption of eggs and dairy. And it’s just as delicious and at times, more nutritious (you all know I can’t resist a good rhyme when it presents itself).
Green tip: Industrial dairy production has a huge impact on the environment, especially because of the amount of land it takes to sustain and its high amount of greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing your dairy consumption is one great way to reduce your ecological footprint.
It’s All About the Butter
This recipe calls for creamy salted peanut butter to give you that perfect balance of nuttiness, saltiness, and sweetness. How do you know if your peanut butter is salted?
Well, it is salted unless otherwise specified. Brands will use terms like “unsalted” or “no salt added” or “salt-free” right on the front label.
Using crunchy peanut butter is an option, too. It will just give you a chunkier cookie—still delicious! And if you only have natural, unsalted peanut butter, just add 3/4 teaspoons of salt instead of 1/2 a teaspoon to yield the same result.
Some natural brands do separate in the jar, so make sure you are stirring well before adding to your cookie batter. It may even help to put it in the microwave for 15 seconds before stirring to help integrate the oil and the peanut butter.
And The Other Butter
We need peanut butter and well, butter butter to make these tea-time snacks. Vegan butter is easy to find in your local grocery store or specialty health food store.
I use Earth Balance Olive Oil Buttery Spread, mostly because I always have this on hand. It’s great on toast and melts really well in baked goods.
There are plenty of other options to choose from for butter substitutes, many of which have fantastic reviews!
I will admit I have made this recipe with regular butter, too. I honestly can’t tell the difference. They are delicious both ways! The vegan butter certainly has less saturated fat and more ALA omega-3.
Adjust Your Sugar Based On You Milk Choice
As far as non-dairy milk goes, you can choose soy, almond, oat, coconut, hemp, cashew—the list goes on! However, you want to make sure whatever milk you choose is unsweetened.
As with any baked good, you need to have control over the amount of sugar you are adding so you don’t go overboard and get a toothache!
In the batch pictured, I used Califia Farms Coconut Milk & Coconut Water Blend with no sugar added. If you have to use sweetened non-dairy milk, you will definitely have to reduce the amount of granulated sugar you add in by 1 tablespoon.
Why You Should Make These Vegan Peanut Butter Biscuits
- They’re balanced. Not too sweet, and a little bit of salt.
- The texture is perfect. Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside.
- They’re accessible. Dairy and egg-free, and easy to make!
- They’re quick! Only about 15 minutes of baking time!
- They’re a peanut butter lover’s dream. Chances are if you found this recipe, you love peanut butter as much as I do.