Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies

This year marks a year of health. A year of happiness. A year of fulfillment. Cooking with a variety of colors in the kitchen will bring us health. Eating as a family and enjoying each other’s company will bring us happiness. And all that combined will bring fulfillment.

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Now this is just food focused. Of course, family time, God time and play time add to the mix as well.

But I decided to make my first post of 2016 for the Fill the Cookie Jar, a healthy option. This was my second attempt at experimenting with coconut flour, and researching a variety of recipes, from breads to cookies, to muffins to cakes, to understand the ratio other cooks used. There is a science to baking you know!?

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Coconut flour is dry, but absorbent, so less is more. Protein powder is the same. In this recipe I used MRM Veggie Meal Replacement in Vanilla Bean, which is gluten free, whey free, and soy free and all veggie based. It is so good!

I swapped some of the butter fat in typical peanut butter cookie recipes for fat free greek yogurt. (I have a healthy obsession with this stuff!) And I added honey for moisture and natural sweetness as well. And I love the flavor of molasses in the brown sugar. I’m sure you can make these with raw unrefined sugar, but I don’t have any in my house. If I want to go total organic next time, I’ll be sure to use that.

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The end result with these cookies is a peanut buttery, fluffy and chewy cookie, with a hint of honey and a burst of vanilla.

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My kids couldn’t stay away from these. And when my husband and I came home from dinner after leaving the kids with a tray of cookies and a babysitter, all I found when we returned was a few crumbs and a half a cookie (at least I only made half a batch!).

But I must point out, that after a couple hours, these cookies did not harden, did not flake, did not crumble, and were still irresistibly chewy. (Because I ate those crumbs and half a cookie when I walked in the door-shhh.)

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Score! I succeeded with my first gluten free cookie recipe! And yes!! I can give this to my finicky shark when watching his gluten levels!

My five-year-old made these his dinner. I didn’t mind since they are a healthy cookie option, packed with protein.

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If you are looking for a new slightly guilt free cookie to satisfy your cookie cravings, give these a try. Nobody ever said, “I wish I didn’t bake those cookies!”

May God bless your 2016!!!

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies

Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 45

Per Serving 56 calories

Fat 3 g

Carbs 5 g

Protein 2 g

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Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 4 Tb butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup, plus 1 Tb creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tb honey
  • 1/4 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vanilla bean vegan protein powder (MRM Veggie Meal Replacement-gluten free, soy free, whey free)
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 Tb coconut flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch Himalayan pink sea salt
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, optional

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, combine the butter and brown sugar and cream together until fluffy. Add the peanut butter and mix well. Add the honey and fat free greek yogurt and mix well.Stir in the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the coconut flour, protein powder, baking soda and pinch sea salt. Whisk together.
  3. Add the dry mixture to the peanut butter mixture and mix thoroughly until combined. Let batter rest a few minutes.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a silicone lined baking sheet spaced 1-2 inches apart. Top each cookie dough mound with a peanut before baking, if desired.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned on the bottoms. Let cool on baking sheet about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  6. Enjoy cookies within 5 days, stored in a covered container. No need to refrigerate.

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3 Minute PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies – Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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Tonight was all about getting yummy food in my belly! You know those days where you can’t stop thinking about the same food until you finally get to make it? That was me today. I made a super zesty Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing for dinner. That was fantastic! I’ll share that recipe soon ūüėČ

But for dessert…I had to¬†stay¬†with the healthy theme of dinner, and I had already promised my boys cookies. But I didn’t have much time. And I wanted a sweet contrast to my tangy dinner, without all the guilt of sugar. I had a ripe banana lying on the counter and could only think how awesome it would be to find a microwave banana cookie recipe.

Yep, I’m one of those moms that gives her kids¬†cookies right before bed…yea, they are a bit spoiled. I’ve even been known to sneak into their rooms after I’ve put them to bed, with a piece of freshly baked brownies and given them a bite. Oh I know the Tooth Fairy is frowning on me right now!

So I found a recipe on Pinterest¬†for some quick Oatmeal Cookies made with just¬†2 ingredients-Banana and Oatmeal! So I added Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips. I mean, we have to go all out right!?!¬†And I only added 30 seconds to my¬†prep time ūüėČ

3 Minute PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tb natural creamy peanut butter

In a large bowl mash the banana and then mix in all the ingredients really well to make a “dough”.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, portion the dough onto parchment paper or a heat proof pastry mat sprayed lightly with cooking spray.

Press the cookie mounds down lightly with your fingers.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Place the “tray” of cookies¬†in the microwave (I put mine on the wire rack) and heat on high heat for 1-2 minutes. Check after 1 minute. Mine took 2 minutes.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Remove from the microwave carefully and cool slightly before transferring to a platter to serve.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Makes 10 Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Yep, those are good.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Nope, I don’t feel guilty. Don’t forget the milk!

*For peanut allergies, omit the peanut butter. For a vegan option, substitute raisins for the chocolate chips and add a pinch of cinnamon.

3 Minute PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies - Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Number of servings: 10

Per Serving 146 calories

Fat 5 g

Carbs 21 g

Protein 4 g

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3 Minute PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies - Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Weight Watchers PointsPlus¬ģ: 3

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus¬ģ calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tb natural creamy peanut butter

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mash the banana and then mix in all the ingredients really well to make a ‚Äúdough‚ÄĚ.
  2. Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, portion the dough onto parchment paper or a heat proof pastry mat sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Press the cookie mounds down lightly with your fingers.
  4. Place the ‚Äútray‚ÄĚ of cookies in the microwave and heat on high heat for 1-2 minutes. Check after 1 minute.
  5. Remove from the microwave carefully and cool slightly before transferring to a platter to serve.

Notes

*For peanut allergies, omit the peanut butter. For a vegan option, substitute raisins for the chocolate chips and add a pinch of cinnamon.

Do you have a quick dessert recipe you’d like to share? Please comment!

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