peanut butter chocolate chunk vegan gluten free cookies copyright dana bueno

When my girl, Audra, was little, and I would miss her, I would bake to keep myself busy and engaged, holding back tears as best I could. I would bake several batches and freeze for later, since there was no way I could finish off two dozen cookies all by myself in one weekend.

She’s not so little anymore–17 years old and a high school senior. This upcoming school year will be our first time apart for an extended period, since she is finishing out high school back in Springfield.

It’s been 2 months since we arrived in Nashville, and as great as it has been, there are times when I have needed to go back to what I know–baking when lonely for my girl.

Here is my latest creation…with more stashed in my freezer.

I hope you love it!

I love you my girl, Audra!

xo, dana

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies // Vegan and Gluten-free
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  • 1 cup ground peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • ⅔ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chunks or chips
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon garbanzo bean flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl sprinkle 1 tablespoon ground flax seed over 3 tablespoons warm water, mix well and allow to set for 10 minutes
  3. In a medium bowl mix peanut butter, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract.
  4. In another bowl mix the rice flour, garbanzo bean flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. After the flax and water has set up - add the mixture to the wet ingredients and incorporate.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just incorporated.
  7. Use a rounded tablespoon to place cookie dough on prepped cookie sheet.
  8. Flatten the round of dough slightly with the palm of your hand.
  9. Bake for approximately 12 minutes.
  10. After you remove the warm cookies leave on the cookie sheet to fully cool before removing with a spatula.
  11. Makes approximately 12 cookies.

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