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3-Ingredient Vegan, Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe So Everyone Wins!

Healthy chocolate chip cookies now exist, so why can’t peanut butter?! Thanks to a new cookbook Eat Your Feelings ($25) by Lindsey Smith, they do. These little nibbles only require three ingredients, just so happen to be vegan and gluten-free, and will help alleviate depression. What was that last part, you may be wondering… Smith’s cookbook offers intriguing insight into why we reach for certain (junk) foods when we’re sad, stressed, tired, hangry, and bored, and which nutrient-rich foods we should aim to eat instead.

Whether the weather is crummy, you had a bad day, or it’s that time of the month, raise your hand if cookies usually make you feel a little better. Smith explains in her book, “[Y]our body is always attempting to find balance… [W]hen you are sad, your body wants you to be happy. Therefore, it hopes to find the pleasure-seeking chemicals found in foods to help make you happy. Typically, people tend to gravitate toward carbohydrates and sugar because they can help increase your serotonin levels. However, they only increase it temporarily and then leave you to crash.”

Instead, in her book Smith says the key is to pause to feel your feelings first. “If you are sad, don’t immediately run to chocolate cake to attempt to fix your sadness, but instead acknowledge that it is okay to feel sad… We have a wide range of emotions we can feel on a daily basis, and sometimes feeling sad is okay and completely natural. So first acknowledge the sadness,” she says. “Then, once you allow yourself to feel the feelings, ask yourself what your body really needs. If you are craving something comforting like pizza or macaroni and cheese, then recreate one of [my] mood-boosting recipes…”

With that, let’s jump into the recipe. These peanut butter cookies are legit, but I’ll be honest, I had a few concerns. I didn’t know if they would actually bake up like regular cookies or crumble into a thousand almond meal bits upon touch. Since there’s no salt, I wondered if they’d even have any flavor. All of my fears were dispelled when the cookies came out of the oven and I took the first bite. These cookies are extremely rich, chewy, and peanut buttery. You really only need one (said no one ever — until now), and you’ll get your cookie fix without that awful sugar crash. The only thing that could possibly make these cookies any better is the addition of a few dark chocolate chips. Otherwise, these are sheer cookie perfection.

From Eat Your Feelings by Lindsey Smith

Brit + Co may at times use affiliate links to promote products sold by others, but always offers genuine editorial recommendations.

(Photos via Chris Andre / Brit + Co)

Oh yeah, and they fight off sad feelings.

3-Ingredient Vegan, Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe So Everyone Wins!

Healthy chocolate chip cookies now exist, so why can’t peanut butter?! Thanks to a new cookbook Eat Your Feelings ($25) by Lindsey Smith, they do. These little nibbles only require three ingredients, just so happen to be vegan and gluten-free, and will help alleviate depression. What was that last part, you may be wondering… Smith’s cookbook offers intriguing insight into why we reach for certain (junk) foods when we’re sad, stressed, tired, hangry, and bored, and which nutrient-rich foods we should aim to eat instead.

Whether the weather is crummy, you had a bad day, or it’s that time of the month, raise your hand if cookies usually make you feel a little better. Smith explains in her book, “[Y]our body is always attempting to find balance… [W]hen you are sad, your body wants you to be happy. Therefore, it hopes to find the pleasure-seeking chemicals found in foods to help make you happy. Typically, people tend to gravitate toward carbohydrates and sugar because they can help increase your serotonin levels. However, they only increase it temporarily and then leave you to crash.”

Instead, in her book Smith says the key is to pause to feel your feelings first. “If you are sad, don’t immediately run to chocolate cake to attempt to fix your sadness, but instead acknowledge that it is okay to feel sad… We have a wide range of emotions we can feel on a daily basis, and sometimes feeling sad is okay and completely natural. So first acknowledge the sadness,” she says. “Then, once you allow yourself to feel the feelings, ask yourself what your body really needs. If you are craving something comforting like pizza or macaroni and cheese, then recreate one of [my] mood-boosting recipes…”

With that, let’s jump into the recipe. These peanut butter cookies are legit, but I’ll be honest, I had a few concerns. I didn’t know if they would actually bake up like regular cookies or crumble into a thousand almond meal bits upon touch. Since there’s no salt, I wondered if they’d even have any flavor. All of my fears were dispelled when the cookies came out of the oven and I took the first bite. These cookies are extremely rich, chewy, and peanut buttery. You really only need one (said no one ever — until now), and you’ll get your cookie fix without that awful sugar crash. The only thing that could possibly make these cookies any better is the addition of a few dark chocolate chips. Otherwise, these are sheer cookie perfection.

From Eat Your Feelings by Lindsey Smith

Brit + Co may at times use affiliate links to promote products sold by others, but always offers genuine editorial recommendations.

(Photos via Chris Andre / Brit + Co)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/8 cup pure maple syrup (you can add more if you like a sweeter taste)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine the peanut butter and maple syrup in a medium mixing bowl and mix until creamy. Slowly add the almond meal until it makes one solid dough ball.

Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake for 6 minutes, then press the dough down with a fork.

Bake an additional 4-5 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. Let cool before serving.

Our Latest In

Wedding styles run the gamut from modern to traditional to our very favorite: the earthy and ethereal boho. Think whimsical flowers, woodsy decor, and a creative edge from aisle to style. Not just a summer trend, boho is perfect year-round. That's why we were so excited to team up with All Who Wander to share their collection of 17 gorgeous wedding dresses designed for the modern-day bohemian (AKA us in a nutshell).

We love a little free spirit vibe mixed in with our wedding bliss — something new, something blue, and something totally unique. Here's a peek with four All Who Wander dresses styled for every season, because finding your perfect dress is the next best thing to finding your favorite person, right? Congrats btw!

Winter

It takes a bold woman to book a winter wedding but the benefits are pretty amazing: more venue options, cheaper rates, no humidity, and stunning winter scenery, to name a few. The voluminous Joey gown has these 3D floral elements that almost float down the tulle like snow.

Check out the crosshatch on the tulle — so pretty!

For that wintery vibe (really this dress goes with any season) we paired it with a faux fur shawl and a bouquet with wintery waxflower, matthiola, and pine cones.

Makeup artist Stephanie Cardenas went bold with darker lips in cool tones. "We tend to have less color in our skin in winter months," says Cardenas. "Lips are the real showcase here so deep cheek contour and matte makeup are a great contrast. A nice highlight on the cheekbone can go a long way," she adds.

Joey Gown

Essense of Australia

Emery gown

Essense of Australia

Skye gown

Essense of Australia

Harlo gown

Essense of Australia

Spring

Spring weddings are all about the blooms, from head to table. The floral and sheer lace panels throughout the Skye gown's skirt gives it beautiful drape and an airy feel for warmer days.

It was also so comfortable to wear. The built-in cups in the bodice gave it really nice shape without having to worry about what bra to wear.

For makeup, Cardenas went with a fun, bright lip (go for matte to keep it from straying from your lip) and loose boho waves for hair. Oh and that flower crown? Made from a $5 bouquet!

Here's a simple how-to for the crown.

You'll need:

  • paddle wire
  • floral stem wire
  • wire cutters
  • floral shears
  • two bouquets of your choice
  1. Measure paddle wire around your head, leaving 2 or 3 inches for closure.
  2. Clip with wire cutters and twist ends together to close.
  3. Trim 3-inch stems of blooms.
  4. Use floral stem wire to wrap each stem around the crown.
  5. Wear and feel like a bridal queen!

Summer

Midsummer Night's Dream theme, anyone? Really, who can resist a woodsy backdrop against bright flowers and a dreamy dress? Yes, please! We paired the modern simplicity of the Emery gown with a simple baby's breath crown (so easy to make) and a colorful bouquet of ranunculus, calla lilies, mums, and snapdragons. Yellow shoes topped off the look!

The Emery gown's plunging neckline and keyhole back adds a dash of sexy without having to go sleeveless if that's not your thing. And the lace bodice adds really nice character on the minimal gown. A beach wedding would be sweet for this one too!

Fall

The Harlo gown was a favorite at the B + C office. Fringe and soft sequins give it beautiful texture and sheen but also a really fun edgy vibe. With a dress like this you can really play. We paired it with a fun rancher hat and beautiful orange sunflowers.

And look at how it swings!

Here's a close-up of the Harlo's lace detail, swoon...

So what do you think? Have a better idea of what you'll want to wear down the aisle? All Who Wander has many more designs (find a retailer near you here) for the adventurous bride, no matter what kind of wedding you're planning any time of year. Makes us want to do it all over again!

Author + Creative Direction: Theresa Gonzalez

Photographer: Kurt Andre

Stylist: Kayla Haykin

Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Cardenas

Models: Irina (Winter), Lauren (Spring), Anala (Summer), Malia (Fall)

B+C Studios in partnership with All Who Wander