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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted Aug 20 2014 6:12am

This is the crowning jewel in my cookie crown.

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From now on, this is the it cookie. We will accept nothing less. 1 cookie = 25 calories of rich, chewy yet slightly crunchy, sweet yet slightly salty, peanut buttery perfection.  This changes everything.

And no words can do them justice.

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adapted from Spark People

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 36 cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories per serving: 25

Fat per serving: 0.5 grams

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana, or butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar OR erythritol
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar OR erythritol plus 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter {use Better n' Peanut Butter for a lower fat version}
  • 1 egg {or 1 1/2 teaspoon Ener-g egg replacer mixed with 2 tablespoons water}
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour {see note below for gluten free}
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the applesauce or banana or butter, sugar or erythritol, brown sugar or erythritol plus molasses, and peanut butter. Beat together until thoroughly combined. Beat in egg or egg replacer and vanilla extract. Add in flour, salt, and baking soda and stir to combine.
  3. Drop the cookie dough by rounded teaspoon amounts onto the prepared baking sheet. Lightly flatten the balls in a criss cross pattern with a fork. To prevent it from sticking, lightly moisten the fork and coat it with flour before flattening the cookies. Bake in the oven at 350°F for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on wire racks and devour.

Recipe Notes and Substitutions

For a gluten/grain free option, use about 1-1/4 cups almond meal in place of the wheat flour. If the dough is too wet, add in more almond meal 1/4 cup at a time.

For a paleo version, use almond butter.

For a nut free version, use sunflower seed butter.

Nutritional information calculated with applesauce, erythritol, egg replacer, and Better n' Peanut Butter.

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How are you enjoying your summer?

1) laughing more 2) eating cookies 3) talking less 4) utterly denying that August is half over 5) eating more cookies

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