Peanut butter biscuits or cookies

Magic Peanut Butter Biscuits (Cookies)

My mother in law taught my daughter to make these biscuits (cookies to my US readers) when she was young. Her cooking teacher was so amazed that you can make biscuits without any flour that he took them to the staff room to show them off.

Only half of them returned :)

This is a great recipe to make with small children, as long as you don’t mind them eating ridiculous amounts of sugar afterwards :P

This recipe makes about 15 biscuits.


1 cup of peanut butter. I like to use crunchy but smooth will work as well.

1 cup of white sugar

1 egg or equivalent in vegan egg replacer for a vegan version. We’ve tested both and they work really well

Optional additions include a couple of tablespoons of candy coated chocolate chips, mini M&Ms or extra nuts.


Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C or 350 degrees F.

Go and do something else for 10 minutes or by the time you go to put them in the oven it still won’t be hot enough.

Mix everything together until thoroughly combined.

Place heaped teaspoonfuls on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper and press down with a fork to flatten slightly and make ridges on the top. You can get about 8 on one cookie sheet. They’ll spread quite a lot.

Cook on the top shelf of your oven for about 20 minutes or until slightly browned on top.

Leave to cool completely on the cookie sheet before removing.


One egg banana cake with orange icing

One Egg Banana Cake

Originally published as “Banana Cake” in The Central Queensland Herald, Thursday the 14th June 1951

The cake in the photo above is made with all vegan ingredients.


3 mashed bananas

1/4 lb or 120gm of butter or dairy free margarine

1 cup of sugar (these are 240 ml or standard US cups)

1 egg or equivalent of vegan egg substitute

2 cups of plain or all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 cup of milk or soy milk

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (known as baking soda in some countries)


Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C or 350 degrees F

Grease a 22 cm or 9″ cake tin or other cake tin of similar size

Cream the sugar and butter together

Add the beaten egg

Mix in the mashed bananas

Gently mix in the siftted flour and baking powder

Dissolve the bicarb soda in the milk and add it to the batter

Bake for 1 hour or until cooked

If desired top with lemon, chocolate or orange icing.