Jan 14, 2014
Healthy Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Would you ever guess that these thick, soft and chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are healthy?? Well, all I know is that after one bite you sure won’t believe that they’re actually guilt-free and totally nutritious. These cookies are packed with peanut butter flavor and no butter, no sugar and no refined flours.
Sadly, these cookies were a long time coming. I haven’t had the best of luck making cookies
lately (this happens to me quite a bit) so it took five trials to perfect this recipe. All of the previous trials were not up to par… they were too crumbly, not chewy enough, not sweet enough, or would dry out the next day and turn into rocks. So sad.
^^ Trial #1: a little dry, too thick and too firm
^^ Trial #2: rubbery in texture and I could taste the baking soda
^^ Trial #3: wasn’t sweet enough and felt like a muffin top
But then I remembered my Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
, the soft and sweet cookies perfect for the PB lover out there. I have actually made the cookies at least
once a month since I posted the recipe
back in May. I was tired of making failed batches of the PB Oatmeal Cookies so I cheated and just copied the original PB Cookie recipe, but just added rolled oats to it 😉 It worked perfectly!
^^ Trial #4: perfect, soft and chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie!
Not too sweet, not dry at all, not rock hard and certainly not crumbly.
These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are super peanut buttery, sweet and super rich. My sister tried one off the cooling rack and her eyes burst open. She said, “it’s SOOOO peanut buttery,” and took another bite, walking off with the cookie. My dad brought some to work and texted me,
“Everyone loved your cookies. Please send more before you go back to AZ!”
Trust me, I did. I’m glad nobody noticed the two missing cookies that I snuck with me to the airport, shhhh!!
Goodbye, New York. Hello, Arizona!
Healthy Thick, Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line two cookie sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, stir together the peanut butter, applesauce, almond milk and stevia.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut flour, oats, erythritol, flax, baking powder and salt.
- Dump the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients and fold together. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to portion out the dough and place on the prepared baking sheets.
- Wet your hands with some water and flatten the dough rounds until they are the thickness you want. Bake for ~9-11 minutes, or until the surface of the cookies are firm, yet soft.
- Slide the Silpat/parchment paper off the hot cookie sheets and let cool completely.
Store cookies on a covered plate at room temp.
This recipe is: eggless, sugar free, high fiber, high protein, gluten free, vegan!
I thought I would make the nutrition label for these cookies because a lot of people have been asking for the nutrition stats of my recipes. When I made the label I was pleasantly surprised and wanted to see how it would compare to a typical (unhealthy) PB cookie recipe
. The AllRecipes
nutrition label is on the left
, the Desserts with Benefits nutrition label is on the right
Wow… WHAT. A. DIFFERENCE.
Compared to the AllRecipes cookies, my healthified Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie recipe has:
- 130 less calories
- 10g less fat (and less saturated fat too)
- less sodium, half the carbohydrates, 5x the fiber and nearly 3x the protein
- NO cholesterol and NO added sugar
- ZERO grams of the dangerous/deadly trans fats (compared to 4g in the AllRecipes recipe!!)
While I know I am total bias and preferential to my own recipe, I think we can all see that my recipe is healthier than the AllRecipes recipe. Oh, and my cookies are just as delicious
You’ve gotta make these cookies, they’re delicious, jumbo-sized and secretly healthy!