Sunday, December 12, 2010

Healthier Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

just a little "HEALTHY"...

and a bunch of  good-for-ya "DELICIOUS"...

sometimes "healthy" and "delicious" don't fit in the same sentence.  these little pea-nutty, oatie, cranberry nuggets are just right...breakfast, snack, late nibble...whenever.  
they're just not as dangerous as the full-phat version...sure peanut butter is full of fat, and brown sugar really isn't better for you than white sugar...but the oats are there to make you feel good about it...right?...


it's like a P B & J packed with good-for-ya OATS and FLAX.  you have to feel a little righteous nibbling on a cookie that you know won't kill ya if you happen to have more than a few.

check out the original recipe with comments at Taste of Home by Marilyn Blankshien
adapted with a few extra goodies

preheat oven to 350 degrees

1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 and 1/4 cups quick oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tbsp flax seed
dash of cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries

NOTE...some said they weren't sweet enough, so go ahead....taste your dough or bake one and check it out.'s supposed to be a little healthy!

in a small bowl, cream peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy.  beat in the egg and vanilla.
add the oats, flax, cinnamon and baking soda to the creamed mixture.  mix well.  theow in your cranberries and mix a little more.

drop by large tablespoons 2 in. apart onto greased (or parchment) baking sheets.  flatten slightly... use a fork dipped in flour for the peanut butter cookie effect.  bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes.   remove to wire rack to cool.  store in airtight container.  they keep for quite a while in the fridge in a ziploc.  


crustabakes said...

Oh yesh, these definitely qualify as health food! YUMMYY!!

Jennie said...

I LOVE how much healthier these cookies are! They look great! *saving*

Lauren said...

These cookies sound fantastic! I'm all about baked goods that don't require butter and tons of sugar, so these are definitely going on my to-make list.

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