(healthy) peanut butter oatmeal cookies

In guest on June 7, 2010 at 2:01 am

part one of a two-part baking extravaganza guest blog from my cousin the almost-lawyer who clearly spends a lot of time studying!

i don’t know about you all, but something about sitting at a desk for hours on end makes me starving.  counter-intuitive, but that’s life, i suppose.  after a few too many whoopee pies and cinnamon rolls from downstairs, i decided that i needed something a little less unhealthy to cure my mid-afternoon craving.  i started with a recipe from for the love of cooking, but modified it to reduce the sugar and butter.  applesauce (i use unsweetened) is a great substitute for butter and sugar.  i also substituted some honey for the granulated sugar.  not exactly health food, but honey provides more sustained energy than sugar, so you don’t crash so quickly.  this version is very flexible—i’ve made it with quick-cooking oats, old-fashioned oats, regular creamy peanut butter, all-natural peanut butter, real butter, and margarine.  and i just about always eyeball the applesauce.

whisk together until the butter is pretty well broken-up and the whole thing looks like a mess (i omitted a picture of the mixed product because it’s really not very attractive):

1/4 c. butter/margarine, softened
1/2 c. applesauce
1/4 c. honey
1/3 c. brown sugar (packed)

mix in:
1 egg
1/2 c. peanut butter
splash of vanilla

at this point, the batter should be pretty wet and well-blended.  doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth though.  i don’t use an electric mixer for this recipe because i like it a little bit chunky.

in a separate bowl (or a big measuring cup) combine 1 c. flour & 1/2 tsp baking soda.  stir this into the wet batter.

mix in 2 – 3 cups oats.  i usually start with 2 cups and keep adding until you reach a consistency you like.  i like mostly oats, with the batter just holding them together. i’ve also made this as a more batter-y cookie (less oats) and that works too.

at this point, you could add chocolate chips or toffee or caramel if you wanted to sweeten up the cookies.  i find that the peanut butter and oats provide plenty of flavor.

scoop onto greased cookie sheets and bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes, until the peaks of the cookies just begin to brown.

after removing from the oven, let stand on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to wire cooling racks and enjoy!

  1. They don’t tempt me……..

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