Easy Peanut Butter Jelly Cookies (vegan)

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Hey friends!

As of Sunday I'm back from the music festival, and I'm down with a cold - in July!! -.- I felt it coming on after two days of being exposed to a harsh contrast of hot days and cold nights, breathing dust and smoky air, and by the time of Saturday night it had hit me hard. I was congested, sniffling, sneezing, and just feeling pretty yucky. I came home Sunday night instead of Monday noon, in an attempt to cure my cold at home, and I'm feeling a little bit better now.

What's more important though is what I packed for the festival in order to survive as a vegan ;)

My snack pack included homemade roasted chickpeas (with curry, paprika powder, salt and pepper), homemade falafel, homemade granola bars (adapted from Oh She Glows - my ingredients were 1 cup oats, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup pumpkin and sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup raisins, a handful of cacao nibs, 2 heaped tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter, 1 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt), and of course these soft, chewy peanut butter jelly cookies. Yum!


Preparation time: 20 mins
Main ingredients: oats, banana, peanut butter, jelly
difficulty level: easy peasy
makes: around 8-10 cookies
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, low-sodium


1 cup oats
2 ripe bananas
2 tbsp cranberries (or raisins)
2 tbsp jelly
1 tbsp peanut butter (i used the crunchy sort)


Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F. 

In a bowl, mash your bananas with a fork until no longer lumpy. (If they are not soft enough to be easily mashed with a fork, they are not ripe and therefore not sweet enough!) Add the rolled oats, dried cranberries, peanut butter and jelly (I used red currant jelly but any type of jelly would work!) and mix thoroughly.

Take one tablespoon of the mixture in between your palms and then press down in the form of circles. Place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. It should make about 8 to 10 cookies. Bake for 15 minutes. 

These won't spread and they won't really get crispy, but they'll be chewy and delicious.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes before eating.

These peanut butter jelly cookies will not be a decadent "dessert" cookie but rather a breakfast cookie - they do taste good, they are pretty healthy and they're great for a snack on the go. If you wanted more of a dessert cookie, you could definitely add some chocolate chips, walnuts, or even just more peanut butter.