Recipes

Cocoa & PB Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup peanut butter (for more texture try crunchy)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used soy but use your preference/what’s in the fridge)

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan on medium heat combine milk, oil, maple syrup, cocoa powder and bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in peanut butter, oats, vanilla, and salt combining until all oats are covered with mixture.
  3. Line baking pans with parchment paper. Place rounded teaspoons of dough on pans. Or you can spray oil on mini muffin pans and fill with even amounts of mixture for a more uniform look.
  4. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours prior to eating. I find them best cold but they are still delicious at room temperature. Enjoy!!

Health Benefits:

Okay, yes these are cookies and yes they contain real sugar. Sugar is a hot topic in the health world right now. You may have seen an article or documentary saying sugar is behind the obesity epidemic but, there is so much wrong with that one statement. Our diets contain more than one nutrient therefore, more than one nutrient contributes to obesity. Life is about balanceYes, you can survive without sugar but you can survive without a lot of life’s luxuries. Just like any other luxury in life, keep it for the special occasions. These cookies are delicious and contain some nutritious items such as oats and peanut butter which provide fiber! Fiber is your friend for so many reasons, find out more here.

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