Friday, March 7, 2014

Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

I have been pretty good sticking to my diet and cutting back on the sweets lately... I'm working hard on that summer bod! ;) Unfortunately, I still have a bit of a sweet-tooth that rears it's ugly head around 3 or 4pm every day. I decided I would cave in and bake a batch of these Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. 


 

Since they are made with no butter or oil and reduced sugar, I can feel a little less guilty indulging in one (or two) of these soft cookies. Plus, peanut butter and oatmeal are ingredients that are high in protein and fiber to keep you full and going strong. With that being said, these Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies make a great breakfast-on-the-go or afternoon snack!


I added mini chocolate chips (because I love my chocolate), but you could opt for raisins instead or leave them out entirely!

Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
adapted from your Everyday Home Cook
Yield: 2 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce *
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Beat together applesauce and peanut butter until well combined. Add sugars and beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Add flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix just until blended. Fold in mini chocolate chips (optional).

Drop batter by heaping teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. If batter is too sticky, put in refrigerator for 10 minutes to make more pliable,


Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not over bake. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for at least 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


* I made this recipe with 1/2 cup applesauce instead of 1/2 cup butter - for a healthier cookie. Well... initially the cookies suffered from lack of "gooey" factor but after sitting for a day, the cookies really moistened up. If you are looking for a gooey, chewy cookie right out of the oven and don't care about calories, I would advise the using butter instead of applesauce. 


I enjoy being able to grab a cookie mid-day and not feel like I undid all my hard work for the week. :)

Just be careful, peanut butter is high in fat and calories and can really pack on the pounds if you eat it in excess! EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.

Enjoy!

-Janel




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