Who has two thumbs and a serious love for peanut butter anything? This girl (yes, I awkwardly pointed at myself with my thumbs after typing that one. This lady is a total dork!) I mean… PB is magic, am I right? And what’s more classic than peanut butter cookies?! I certainly can’t think of anything. Which is why I wanted to do what I do best – healthify the heck out them!
Are you ready for super easy, no bake, healthy peanut butter cookies? I know I sure am! Let’s do this:
Why Peanut Butter Cookies
I think my adoration for all things peanut butter is weaved into my DNA. It’s was a pretty big staple in my childhood home. We’d pop that stuff on toast and bagels, drizzle it onto our cereal, make awesome desserts and even enjoy it solo (I still do that on the regular). And I was always gaga for sweet, sweet PB cookies.
Some of my earliest kitchen memories involve me trying (and failing) to sneak up behind my mama and steal a little peanut butter cookie dough from the bowl before those suckers met the oven. It rarely worked. Let’s just say that it’s a good thing that I’ve never wanted to be a spy – I’ve never been very good at subtlety.
My failure was still often met with a little taste of the dough (thanks mom!) It was never enough (I could have eaten the whole bowl) but it certainly started a trend. Peanut butter cookie dough and I developed an unbreakable bond… that is, until I became a Graves Disease warrior and had to seriously rethink my diet.
But if I’ve learned anything over the years it’s this:
Healthy eating is never about deprivation: there is almost always a way to create a healthy version of old favourites!
Which is why these bad boys are no bake. I mean – since the dough is the best part why in gods name would I ever want to take it a step further? And hey, since we’re keeping these delicious treats raw we also won’t be losing out in any way in the nutrition department. Total win!
Let’s Talk Nutrients Baby
Peanut butter has some awesome nutritional goodness waiting for you. But only if you get the right kind. Lots of peanut butters out there come with an ingredient list longer than this entire cookie recipe! They’re overflowing with sugars, salt, corn, vegetable oils and more. Basically a bunch of needless junk that’s getting in the way of the only thing you truly need to make yummy peanut butter… peanuts. It’s that simple!
And, my favourite part, when you treat yourself to pure, amazingly fantastic peanut butter you’re also loading up on tons of copper, manganese, vitamin B3, molybdenum, folate, biotin, phosphorus, vitamin E and niacin. Not to mention, we’ve got protein and healthy monounsaturated fats in the house too! (source)
But what do all of those nutrients really have to offer you?
The monounsaturated fats found in peanuts are heart health superstars! Regularly consuming peanuts can actually help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (source). Gotta love something that’s being so kind to your heart, right?
And if the whole high fat thing has you worried about weight gain let me ease those fears. These are good fats and have no interest in affecting your waist line. In fact this study found that people who enjoy nuts at least twice a week are less likely to gain weight than those who don’t. Don’t let healthy fats scare you away! They’re too good to miss out on.
Why stop at the heart – Niacin has some amazing benefits for that beautiful brain of yours. Regularly enjoying niacin rich foods like peanut butter can help to protect you from Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline (source). That’s one exciting bonus for indulging in something so yummy!
There’s also this cool flavonoid found in peanut butter called resveratrol that might help to prevent the risk of stroke (source). More studies are needed, but that’s one pretty cool possibility in my books!
Oh and if Gallstones run in your family you may want to add nuts and nut butters to your shopping list. After gathering data for 20 years and monitoring over 80 000 women, this study found that eating at least 1 ounce of a nuts per week can lower your risk of developing gallstones by as much as 25%. That’s like 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or a handful of nuts in a 7 day period. Let’s just say that it’s totally doable! (And delicious).
Don’t forget to store your peanut butter in the fridge
Peanuts need to be stored in a cool and dry environment because certain fungi and bacteria like it as much as we do! There’s an especially icky fungus called Aspergillus flavus that adores peanut butter… and it can be a pretty big health concern! So don’t give it a chance and keep that peanut butter nice and cold. Your health will thank you!
Ready to get your peanut butter on? Me too! Let’s make some cookies!
Healthy No Bake Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
I’m sure that it’s absolutely no surprise that I like to make sure that all of the ingredients are rocking it in the health department! If you need help tracking down good brands here’s what I’m using:
For Peanut Butter I prefer the Nuts to You brand. And I love to stick with crunchy! But smooth will work wonders too. And any brand that keeps it simple in the ingredient department is fantastic (remember – we only want peanuts up in there).
I’m also a big fan of the Camino Chocolate Chips – fair trade, organic chocolate chips made with awesome ingredients (it’s 55% nutrient dense cacao and only 3 ingredients!) Keep your eye out for brands that keep it simple in the ingredient department – we’re looking for cacao (preferably fair trade), cacao butter and maybe a little cane sugar to cut the bitterness down a little.
I hope that helps! Now, who’s hungry?
Healthy No Bake Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
- 3/4 Cup Almond Flour
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter Like Nuts to You
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Raisins or pitted Medjool dates
- 2 Pinches Himalayan Pink Salt
- 1/4 Lemon - Juice Only
- 1/4 Cup Organic, Fair Trade Chocolate Chips Like Camino
- Sprinkle Maple Sugar on top Optional
Add the ingredients to a food processor and blend until you have a thick dough that easily clumps together.
Add the chocolate chips and stir using a spoon (we don't want to break up the chocolate).
Roll the cookie dough into balls, then flatten with a fork into cookies.
Sprinkle with some maple sugar (optional).
Store in the fridge for a maximum of 10 days (I highly doubt they'll last that long ;))
Are you eager to give these healthy no bake chocolate chip peanut butter cookies? What are your favourite treats? Any peanut butter recipes you’d love to see healthified? Let me know in the comments below!
Health and love,
Thought of the day: Less is often more.
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