This protein peanut butter cookies recipe is such a healthy treat, I will even eat them for breakfast! Find out how to make them and what makes them so healthy by reading on.
Energy ball turned cookie
This recipe was originally an energy ball that I made when my son was an infant and I was breastfeeding him. I will tell you a secret… they are actually originally a lactation energy ball! So these protein peanut butter cookies are perfect for breastfeeding mamas!
Thee energy balls were so good well after I was done breastfeeding my son I kept making them. They are such a healthy and delicious snack!
Why are they so healthy?
Most people think something like cookies can only be “treats” or considered “dessert.” Which for most cookies that would be the case, but with these ingredients they are both a treat and a substantial snack or breakfast!
The gluten free rolled old fashion oats provide a rich whole grain as the base of this cookie.
The peanut butter and eggs provides a great protein.
The ground flaxseed meal brings in an extra grain, protein, hardiness and so many beneficial nutrients.
And to top of the nutritional benefits of this cookie, honey is used to sweetened it instead of sugar and brown sugar!
Flaxseeds were something I wasn’t really aware of until I started researching how to eat for hormone balance. They have so benefits to them. They are packed with healthy o-mega-3 fatty acids, so they are great source of healthy fats!
For us women they help to boost progesterone which is essential for our fertility, healthy menstrual cycles and aids women during menopause.
For more benefits on flaxseeds and another one of my recipes rich in flaxseeds check out my Pumpkin Flaxseed Pancakes.
If you are someone who is avoiding peanuts or legumes, you can swap out the peanut butter for almond butter or cashew butter.
The honey in this recipe really makes this recipe as healthy as it can be. It’s learning how to make these little swaps in our cooking and baking that can help us eliminate processed sugars in our diet.
Regular table sugar is not needed to make something like a cookie structurally. Sugar is typically in recipes purely for the sweetness of the item you are making. So replacing it with honey for example, makes something so much healthier!
If you are interested in learning more about how to eliminate processed sugars in your diet and switch to more natural sugars, grab a free copy of my ebook Sugar Detox Tips: 21 Small Steps to Eliminating Processed Sugars.
Recipe and instructions:
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3 cups gluten free rolled old fashion oats
1.5 cups creamy natural peanut butter
1 cup ground flaxseed meal
1 cup raw honey (regular honey will work too, but raw honey is the more pure form you can purchase).
1-2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda.
One large handful of dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix in a standing mixer rolled oats, peanut butter, flaxseed and honey. I used to mix this by hand, but then realized how much easier a standing mixer is. This dough gets pretty thick.
Then mix in eggs, vanilla and baking soda.
Add chocolate chips and mix until incorporated
Scoop out cookies with spoon and put them on a lined or greased baking sheet and bake at 375 for 13-14 minutes.
Pro tip on the baking soda, if yours is all clumpy like mine tends to get, scoop out a tsp in your hand, and then sprinkle it in with you fingers. There is nothing worse than biting into clump of baking soda!
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After making these cookies, you will make them again and again. Eventually you will not need to look at the recipe, but none the less here it is!
Protein Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
- 3 cups rolled old fashion oats
- 1.5 cups creamy natural peanut butter
- 1 cup ground flaxseed meal
- 1 cup raw honey regular honey will work too, but raw honey is the more pure form you can purchase.
- 2 eggs
- 1-2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda.
- One large handful of dark chocolate chips
- Mix in a standing mixer rolled oats, peanut butter, flaxseed and honey. I used to mix this by hand, but then realized how much easier a standing mixer is. This dough gets pretty thick.
- Then mix in eggs, vanilla and baking soda.
- Add chocolate chips and mix until incorporated
- Scoop out cookies with spoon and put them on a lined or greased baking sheet and bake at 375 for 13-14 minutes.
What is one treat you enjoy that you would like to have a healthier version of?
Leave me a comment below! I am always looking for more creative inspiration in the kitchen!
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