Because Maddy tries hard to stick to a vegan diet, when I cook for our family I try to be conscious about including things that she can eat in the menu, but it isn't always easy for me to come up with vegan ideas other than salads! For example, last night we had company over for dinner. The main dish was a family favorite chicken enchilada casserole. (I posted a crock pot version of it here.) So, that wasn't something she could eat. I also made a cabbage salad that had onions, almonds, mandarin oranges and ramen in it. It was delicious and definitely vegan, something she could eat. For dessert we had pumpkin pie, so she couldn't eat that. I wasn't sure if everyone liked pumpkin pie, so I decided to make No-Bake Cookies as an option. But, as I started to make them, I realized that I had used all of the canned milk when I made the pies. What I did have was canned coconut milk, so that got me to thinking that I could turn this recipe vegan for Maddy's sake, plus it would be something everyone else could enjoy as well.
I substituted the milk with coconut milk, the butter with coconut oil and I added a cup of coconut into the mix. Maddy buys herself vegan peanut butter. I don't know what makes peanut butter not be vegan, but I do know it has less sugar in the vegan variety. But, I used regular peanut butter. I didn't want to use up all of Maddy's pricey stuff, but if you are died in the wool vegan, that is an option. Also, you could substitute coconut sugar for the regular sugar. We didn't have enough for this recipe. The cookies came out softer than regular no bakes, and even though there is a lot of coconut products in there, there isn't a strong coconut taste. But, everyone enjoyed them and I hope that you will as well!