These vegan snickerdoodles are delicious and easy on the planet! This recipe was kindly donated by Namely Marly. It is decadent while also packing in some good nutrition, with lots of peanut butter and whole wheat flour. Please click here for the original recipe for Snickerdoodles with additional photos and info. Namely Marly has many other incredible recipes, particularly the vegan Texas Sheet Cake!
Carbon footprint information for the major ingredients in this recipe:
|This recipe||GHG emissions for amount in recipe (g CO2-eq)||A traditional recipe||GHG emissions for amount in recipe (g CO2-eq)|
|Vegan butter||152||Dairy butter||1,335|
|Peanut butter||248||Peanut butter||248|
|Soy or almond milk||14||Dairy milk||81|
Per cookie, this recipe has a footprint of 25 g CO2-eq, compared to 59 g CO2-eq for the traditional one. Changing your snacks alone can really add up for the planet! An afternoon snack of vegan milk and two of these cookies has a footprint of 137 g CO2-eq. A similar snack of dairy milk w tradition cookies has a footprint of 445 g CO2-eq. The reason for the difference? The dairy milk and butter. Cows are particularly hard on the climate due to the methane that is produced as part of their natural digestion. This holds for both grass fed and more intensively raised cows. Changing out just this one snack a day for a more planet-friendly option amounts to 8% of the per capita Paris Climate Accord target of 3,660 g CO2-eq per day—that’s the reduction that everyone in the US would need to achieve to add up to the 447 million metric ton reduction that is in accordance with the agreement. Foods are an easy way to achieve that target. Switching out a meal of beef chili for Indian dahl (a lentil soup) amounts to 81% of the target! Transportation changes are also very effective ways to reduce your footprint. Giving up one 10 mile drive also gets you around 80% of the way to 3,660 g CO2-eq! Please see here and here to learn more about the per capita Paris Climate Accord. Please visit Namely Marly for more of her great recipes!!
Marly McMillen Beelman of Namely Marly
Founder and Creative Director, Marly is a former consultant, executive director and COO turned entrepreneur! She has an MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked her way up the corporate ladder, but all the while had her eye on creating her own career path. She’s passionate about living a high energy life and earned a certificate in Plant-based Cooking/Health from Rouxbe Cooking School to help better hone her skills in developing and sharing vegan recipes. Marly’s creative flair doesn’t only reside in the kitchen. Marly has a background in business including former executive experience, she’s a volunteer member of her community Parks and Recreation board of directors, she’s the director of the Chopped Conference and the host of the Chopped Podcast, and a previous volunteer for the Small Business Development Center. Learn more about Marly here.