My daughter loves Peanut Butter cookies. I try to make them a step healthier. Here is what we use for our recipe… Her reply – “Yum, mommy, these taste just like the other cookies! This recipe uses less sugar and a substitution of some protein powder to offset some of the empty carbs.
1 cup organic butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut Butter
1/4 cup Protein Powder
1 1/4 cup organic all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
1 cup oat meal (if you have a texture picky child, like mine, you can grind this into a flour)
Preheat your oven to 350 degree F
Mix protein, flour, baking soda, sea salt and oats in a medium bowl – save to add to wet
In a mixer cream the butter, sugars and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time until well blended. Blend the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined completely.
Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. I used a medium sized Pampered Chef scoop to measure them out.
Bake 10-15 minutes in the preheated oven. JUST UNTIL LIGHT BROWN. Don’t over-bake.
Store in an airtight container, or give to neighbors. 😉
In a world of quick options, we frequently “don’t have that option” so I make things from scratch. Since I’m making it from scratch, I may as well kick the nutrition up a bit as I go… So here is my recipe for healthier Fruit Pizza.
Start with the crust:
- 1 cup softened butter
- 3/4 cup natural sugar
- 1 1/4 Tbsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup instant protein
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp salt
In a large bowl with your mixer:
- Beat butter for 1 minute
- Add sugar and beat another 3 minutes
- Beat in vanilla and eggs – mix 1 minute
- Scrape the sides of the bowl if needed
- Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- Spray down your stone baking dish with olive oil (very well)
- I divided dough between two pans (see photos below) and spread it out with my hands.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned
- Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
For cream topping:
- 8 ounces Neufchatel Cheese (WARM & SOFT)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 1 tsp orange zest
- Beat cream cheese with mixer 2 minutes
- Mix in sugar & vanilla for 1 more minute
- Beat in sour cream until mixture is smooth
- Mix in zest of the orange
- Spread 1/2 of mixture onto each baked cookie crust and smooth around
- Arrange fruit around on the pizza top as desired.
- Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes and slice to serve
Fruit pizza with a bit of protein to stabilize blood sugar, no preservatives or artificial anything! Great for a pot luck or just as a special treat for cleaning your plate of all the veggies and protein!!!
Well, Christmas is almost here, less than a week. My darling daughter has been begging me to make cookies for Santa so we did.
I always try to kick the health up a bit when I bake or cook for my family, so this recipe has a few healthy changes as compared to most other recipes. (Like 1/2 the sugar, mixed flours, and protein powder)
What it takes:
1/4 Cup Instant Protein
1 Cup oat flour
1 Cup unbleached flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (sometimes I do less than this-like a 1/4)
1 Cup (2 sticks) organic butter – softened
1/2 Cup cane sugar
1/2 Cup brown sugar
2 tsp Vanilla extract
1 Bag of Un41’s (Unreal Candy)
1 Bag Pretzel Crisps (flavor your choice)
- Preheat oven to 350* F.
- Stir flour with baking soda and salt; leave for later.
- Beat softened butter and sugars on medium speed until creamy.
- Add vanilla then eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed. Mix it all up good.
- Gradually blend dry ingredients into creamy mixture.
- Scoop out into rounded balls (I use a pampered chef cookie scoop so they are all the same size.)
- Place the Un41’s, 3 per cookie, in a close triangle. These will spread as the cookies bake.
- Place 2 broken pretzel crisps in the side of the dough ball, over the eyes.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes, depending on your oven.
This recipe allows for great taste, half the sugar, a slight protein punch and mixed grain flours to up your fiber a bit. Unreal candy is from whole foods with no artificial ingredients, corn syrups, or preservatives. The pretzel crisps only have 3 ingredients. Enjoy!
It IS still a cookie, but it is also just a step healthier.
Just to keep it real… They didn’t all look this cute!
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