Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

Frequently, I get mistaken for someone who does not like dessert or sweet things because I’m healthy.  I either try to convince them that I do very much like my dessert despite the ‘yeah right’ look in their eye or I just smile politely and think ‘if they only knew’.  Why has the universe convinced everyone that healthy eaters are poor deprived souls with an anti-dessert movement?  Tis not so. These Healthy Honey Peanut Butter Cookies would have anyone singing praises for desserts! By now, you should know my husband is my guinea pig.  He knows it.  I know it.  It’s a mutual agreement!  I thrive off the challenge of sneaking health into my recipes.  I’m always plotting my next recipe with some hidden health benefit and hoping to knock it out of the park on the very first try. To be honest, I usually have to bake something a few times before I hear the magical phrase, ‘babe… this is REALLY good!’  Not this time.  As soon as my healthy honey peanut butter cookies were pulled from the oven, he downed at least 4.  They are chewy, soft, sweet and nutty.  Everything you dream a peanut butter cookie to be. I really love Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour.  I know, I know.  I keep mentioning it.  But have you tasted it’s fluffy goodness in my Banana Zucchini Muffins or Morning Glory Muffins? I’m not getting paid for my opinion… I seriously just love the flour.  It’s finely ground whole wheat flour which results in light, fluffy baked goods. I actually got the idea for this healthy peanut butter cookie recipe from the back of the...
Jamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo’d Smoothie Copycat

Jamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo’d Smoothie Copycat

Just thinking of combining rich chocolate, creamy peanut butter, and smooth bananas makes my mouth water.  Well, why settle for dreaming when I could create my own version of Peanut Butter Moo’d with only three ingredients.     To create the tastiest and healthiest version of this smoothie, here are my recommendations.  Remember how I mentioned in my Caribbean Passion recipe how most of us have dairy sensitivities and don’t even realize it?  Well, the original Jamba recipe calls for frozen yogurt and chocolate milk.  Frozen bananas are a creamy, sweet substitute for frozen yogurt and chocolate almond or coconut milk are a velvety, calcium-rich substitute for dairy milk.  You will not taste any difference, but your insides will thank you for making these small changes.   Also, choose a natural peanut butter like Adam’s Peanut Butter.  It has one ingredient: peanuts.  Other PB have additional oil, sugar, salt, and even sometimes molasses.  Your peanut butter doesn’t need anything more than good ol’ peanuts.  Read those ingredients!       This is my forth Jamba makeover and am loving how simple I’ve been able to re-create some of my favorites.  Mango-A-Go-Go, Razzmatazz, and Caribbean Passion have already been mastered with 4 ingredients.  I didn’t think I could make it any easier until this peanut butter chocolate smoothie.  Hmmm… which smoothie should I recreate next?   PrintJamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo'd Smoothie Copycat Ingredients2 cups chocolate or dark chocolate almond or coconut milk 1/4 cup natural peanut butter 2 frozen bananasInstructionsIn a Vitamix blender, add ingredients in order listed. Blend on high until smooth and slushy. Enjoy!3.1http://www.nodietsallowed.com/jamba-juice-peanut-butter-mood-smoothie-copycat/   Mango-A-Go-Go Razzmatazz Caribbean...
Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log

Whether you have kids or not, these Ants on a Log are an easy, tasty, quick, and nutritious little snack.  Crunchy celery topped with creamy peanut butter and juicy grapes and/or raisins?  Oh, I’m in love with these little critters.   I love fruit and vegetables!  Okay, I may be a little addicted to fruit and vegetables.  They have such bright and vibrant colors and a variety of flavors and textures.  Ants on a Log are a perfect option when either hosting a party, getting a snack for the kids, or just needing something sweet and juicy.   When purchasing celery or grapes, organic is best.  They have such thin skin that they absorb pesticides and chemicals.  Definitely purchase organic if possible.  Regardless, you need to wash those bad boys.   Don’t know the value of washing your fruits and vegetables? Check out my post where I SHOW you the importance.  It doesn’t take much time, but it’s worth every second! I can’t wait to hear how you enjoy this simple yet finger-licking-good recipe!  I think I love them most with the grapes on top. PrintAnts on a Log Ingredients5 or 6 stalks of celery, washed, dried, and cut into 2 to 3 inch sticks 1 Tbs natural peanut butter or almond butter per celery stick 1/2 cup raisins 1 cup red grapes, washed and quarteredInstructionsSpread peanut or almond butter down the center of each celery stick. Sprinkle raisins and/or red grapes down the center on top of the peanut/almond butter. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve...
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

I originally shared this addicting recipe at What’s Cooking with Ruthie. I’m addicted to these cookies.  I probably should enlist in some type of recovery program because it’s becoming a problem.  I can’t live without them!  I make two dozen of these every Sunday and by Monday afternoon they’re gone.  AND let’s just say I’m not freely sharing them.   I first fell in love with my flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites.  Then my addiction just snowballed out of control when I created these Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies!  Let me share a little secret with you… come closer.  A  LITTLE closer.  These cookies are not only flourless, but they are also sugar-free and vegan (no milk or eggs).  They are full of protein and fiber and are OH so tasty.  A healthy AND tasty cookie?  Trust me, my friends.  I wouldn’t lead you astray.   PrintFlourless Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients1/2 cup honey or agave 4 tsp pure vanilla extract 2 tsp baking powder 2 (15 oz) cans chickpeas or garbanzo beans, rinsed well 1 cup natural or freshly ground CHUNKY peanut butter InstructionsPreheat oven to 375°F. In a food processor or blender, add honey, vanilla, baking powder, and garbanzo beans. Blend for about 2 minutes until smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and top and process again until they’re combined. Move contents to a medium-sized bowl. Stir in chunky peanut butter. Mix well. The mixture will be very thick and sticky. With wet hands, form into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place onto baking sheet. Press down slightly with a fork making a crisscrossed pattern. Bake for about...
PB&J Smoothie

PB&J Smoothie

Who doesn’t love a creamy (or crunchy), finger-lickin’-good PB&J?  Since many are loyal fans of the classic PB&J, I decided to create a smooth, creamy, sweet, and slightly nutty smoothie.  Promise me.  You won’t miss your PB&J once you have this! PrintPB&J Smoothie Ingredients1 cup coconut or almond milk 2 Tbs natural peanut butter 1 banana, peeled 1 small red apple, with seeds and core 1 cup frozen organic mixed berriesInstructionsIn a Vitamix blender, add ingredients in order listed. Blend on high for 30 to 45 second until smooth. For thicker consistency, add more frozen mixed berries or ice.3.1http://www.nodietsallowed.com/pbj-smoothie/ Did this make you crave MORE peanut butter?  Here’s ideas for a quick and healthy PB & Banana Sandwich.  Need a little dessert to top it off?  You’ll die for these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie...

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