Sometimes you just need a stack of cookies. Whether they're for dessert, breakfast or a snack, life is short and cookies are good. While I'm all for the whole indulge and have a stack of normal cookies, I simultaneously want a stack of healthy cookies and that's not an indulgence or 'cheat' meal . That can't be too much to ask for, right?
Riiiggghhhtt. After spending way too much time looking for a healthy peanut butter cookie recipe, I came up with nothing. Nada. Zilch. Pinterest, Food Gawker, TasteSpotting, and all other popular food sites had failed me.
After a few days of what ifs and made up scenarios of immense failure in my head, I whipped up my own dough recipe. Once the dough was made, I taste tested it (of course). It was delicious! I like to think that if the dough tastes good then you're halfway there!
After 10 agonizing minutes of bake time, I got to test the final product. I tried to keep my expectations low, but in all reality, I really wanted my cookies to be a warm, not too sweet, peanut buttery, and healthy at the same time. I'll let you decide whether it fulfills your wildest foodie dreams, but I loved these little cookies! I even added a little peanut butter on top to make the baking success all the more festive. And I like peanut butter. Woops.
Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies
(No, healthy cookies are not an oxymoron!)
- 2 Cups of Oatmeal (I used quick oats)
- 1 Egg
- 1/3 Cup of Peanut Butter (I used crunchy!)
- 1/2 Cup of Applesauce
- 1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
- Salt to taste (if needed)
- 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
- 2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
- Combine oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt (if you used it) and baking powder.
- Stir in vanilla and egg.
- Add the applesauce and peanut butter.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes (less if you want moist and soft cookies!)