A “not-as-bad-for-you” Cookie

If you know me, you know I love to eat healthy and find new health items to stock in the fridge..(Confession #1: I really could eat pizza and brownies ev-er-y day…if only my body wouldn’t hate me for it) But back to the health food–yes, my poor parents and husband have to endure this trait about me. I always try to pick restaurants with healthy options; when it’s my turn to cook dinner, I always throw in some veggies and baked chicken; and yes, I love finding new “healthy” recipes to whip up in the kitchen.  Thank goodness my sweet husband is patient with those Pinterest recipes that turn out tasting not quite as good as the picture looked. But this recipe..yes, it is one (one of the few) that actually turned out to be DELISH!

Now I bet you’re thinking one of two things…1) “There’s no way a cookie that is supposed to be healthier-than-most can actually be edible.” or 2) “OMG YES!! A new “healthy” recipe–I can’t wait to get home so I can start baking!” (Confession #2: I was thought #2 all the way! I found a similar recipe one night, & the next day these cookies were in the oven.) Now about the cookies…if you know me, you know that I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter–especially when you put the two together, and those are two of the main ingredients. You may want to twist and tweak the recipe a bit for your own likings…go for it!! I think that’s one of the best things about baking–you are the creator in the kitchen, and you can put anything together that you want. I just hope you enjoy this bit of yummy goodness as much as I do! Now it’s time to bake, enjoy, and EAT some cookies!!

Love Always — LC

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|RECIPE|

1 cup peanut butter (I used a mix of creamy & crunchy, but you could use only one)

2 eggs

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup whole wheat oats (for a gluten-free cookie, use gluten-free oats)

1 tsp baking soda

2/3 cup chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate, but any kind would work)

|DIRECTIONS|

1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray cookie sheet.

2. In a small bowl, mix oats and baking soda.

3. In a larger bowl, mix the peanut butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Mix with a spoon until uniform and creamy-looking. Pour in the oat mixture and combine, then pour in chocolate chips and combine.

4. Drop dough onto cookie sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes.

NOW TIME TO ENJOY!!

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