Gracen and I have experimented with making many different versions of healthier peanut butter cookies – cream cheese ones, two ingredient ones, banana-based ones – but sadly, none have ever turned out really well. Late this afternoon, however, when she randomly declared that “We should make cookies! Yummy no sugar ones that Gracen can have – YEAAAAAAAAH!”, we came up with our first batch that actually taste like real peanut butter cookies. Only they’re much healthier. ☺ Here’s our new go-to peanut butter cookie recipe…
Healthier Peanut Butter Oat Cookies (based off of this recipe by Weelicious)
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of good honey
- 1 cup of all-natural peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups of wholewheat flour
- 1 cup of old-fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment.
Using a mixer, cream the coconut oil and honey together until smooth. Add the peanut butter, egg, maple syrup, and vanilla and mix again until smooth.
Add all of the dry ingredients to a separate bowl and whisk to combine.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix just until combined. Scoop out 1 tablespoon balls of dough and flatten with a floured fork. (For an additional nutrition boost, you could roll the balls in chia seeds or hemp hearts before flattening.)
Bake for 9 or 10 minutes, then cool and serve.
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