Thursday, February 21, 2013

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Made By: Ryan Noelle    February 21, 2013

     My hubs has been working really late all month!! He is a CPA and this is just that busy time of year.  Feeling bad for him and his coworkers, I decided to make some cookies.  I thought it would be a fun treat to bring to them to cheer up their long nights.  I knew I wanted natural sugars (no sugar high and then crash) and no butter or flour.  With these stipulations in mind I whipped up Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies.  

     Ooooo look how good they look all zoomed in.  :)

    These cookies get their sweetness from *whispers*, prunes! Shhh... I can't say that too loud, prunes have such a bad rap.  People are terrified to eat them for some reason.  I want to change all that here and now! Prunes are one of our most fabulous Super Foods! They are full of rich antioxidants, even more than blueberries!  Antioxidants protect from free radicals.  Free radicals are what cause pre-mature aging, some cancers and cardiovascular disease.  Prunes also are a natural laxative, loaded with vitamins and are full of fiber.  This is great for your digestive system!  Not to forget, prunes protect against osteoporosis and are a natural sugar but do not cause a rapid rise in blood sugar.  Prunes are awesome!! And that my friends is why I love to bake with them.  :) I know a little bit of a rant.  Full info here Prunes!

     Anyway... These cookies are super sweet, moist and chewy! They came out great.  I love also that you can add any little extras that you love.  Meaning they would be great if you added: raisins, dark chocolate, coconut etc...

    
     I hope you try these.  And please let me know if you love them! You can chime in on my Instagram or Pinterest. XOXO


Healthy Tidbits: low in sodium, high in Vitamins A & K. High in Fiber. Natural sugar.
Servings:  24  Size:  1 cookie  Calories:  90  Fat:  5g  Carbs:  8.9g  Fiber:  1.8g  Protein:  3.3g  Sugar:  3.3g  Sodium:  55mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup Blanched Almonds pulverized into a flour
  • 1 cup prunes soaked and pureed 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter, or almond butter really any nut butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • Any add in's : raisins, coconuts, toffee bits, shredded coconut, walnuts...



Get Cooking: 
Soak prunes in a bowl of water for at least an hour.  In a food processor pulverize the prunes until you get a creamy paste.  I had to add a tbsp. of water every now and them to thin out and help the processor puree the prunes, Texture seen in picture.  Take the cup of almonds and pulse those in a grinder or food processor until they turn into the texture of flour.  This does not take very long.  Preheat oven to 350.

In your kitchen aid mixer or mixing bowl with electric mixer add prunes, peanut butter and mix well on low speed.  Next add vanilla and egg.  Mix until well blended.  Add almond flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon next.  Mix until blended.  Lastly add the oatmeal and whatever add ins you would prefer.  None are needed.  Drop the cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Let set on cookie sheet when taken out of the oven for about a minute.  Remove and let cool.  Enjoy. Yum, Yum!


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