Thursday, April 2, 2015

Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, and Dark Chocolate Cookies


I read the other day that the secret to successful weight loss is to start small...change one bad habit at at a time. So, I swapped out a cup of white flour for white whole wheat flour in these cookies. This is not diet food--way too much butter and sugar for that--but it's got dark chocolate and some whole wheat flour! And peanut butter! If you haven't guessed, I'm in the midst of trying to lose lead a healthier lifestyle. My motto has always been "everything in moderation". Somehow, that moderation got away from me....time to reel it in.

Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, and Dark Chocolate Cookies

Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, and Dark Chocolate Cookies

Simply swap one cup of regular flour for one cup of white whole wheat flour to make these tasty cookies just a bit healthier!

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 (12 oz) package dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.; line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat together the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla and eggs; continue to beat for another one to two minutes.
  4. Combine the flours, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl. Whisk until well combined. Fold the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Add the oatmeal and mix thoroughly. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the cookies just start to brown around the edges. Allow the cookies to set on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Makes about 4 dozen.
Yield: 4 dozen
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 12 mins.
Total time: 22 mins.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 138
  • Fat: 6.9 (g)
  • Totalcarbs: 19 (g)
  • Dietaryfiber: 1.3 (g)
  • Protein: 2.1 (g)
  • Sodium: 143.4 (mg)
  • Cholesterol: 16.4 (mg)

Tags: cookies, oatmeal, peanut butter, healthy, dark chocolate


Use a cookie scoop to get them all the same size.....


Next time, I'm going to freeze these dough balls to make fresh cookies quick.

Believe it or not, this changing one small thing at time thing is working quite well. I may never be a health fanatic, but I've learned to appreciate all things cauliflower (have you tried cauliflower rice? life changing!) and exercise is becoming routine. Cookies, however, will always be part of my diet. 



2 comments:

  1. Love, love, love this recipe! Gonna make them ASAP! MMMmmm...

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    1. Thanks, Lin! Let me know how you like them. :)

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