Last night I felt like something. Something not chocolatey. I know, was I feeling okay? Yeah, every chocoholic knows when to take the occasional break. Flipping through my collection of recipes to get ideas I decided to make up my own cookie inspired by two different recipes. Taking bits from each, substituting ingredients, simplifying, adjusting amounts, and voila~ the Nutterbutter N’ Jam Cookie! Both Chris and I immediately thought of those Nutter Butter peanut butter sandwich cookies from our childhood. Only these are good for you!
Nutterbutter N’Jam Cookies
Inspired by Ani Phyo’s Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and No-Bake Thumb Print Cookies from Whole Foods Market
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup medjool dates
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- sea salt to taste
- …and your favorite jam for topping the cookies with
Add all ingredients (except jam) to food processor and blend until a dough forms. If the dough is too dry (not sticking to form balls) add some more maple syrup. Another option is to soak your dates in warm water first to add moistness if they are on the drier side. Roll into balls and slightly flatten. Make a thumbprint and spoon in some jam. No baking. Store them in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!
These are the kind of cookies to have in the house for those sweet cravings. You can even add in chocolate chips in place of the jam. Kids can help shape them into balls and can lick their fingers with no risk of salmonella from icky raw eggs.
One of my missions is to show people that you truly can enjoy incredibly delicious foods (like these) while at the same time actually feeling good about what you eat. You just need to think outside the traditional cookie box. I mean, who feels good eating cookies made with things like white flour and white sugar? But when you use foods like oats, peanut butter, and dates you are actually fueling your body with nutrition it can use and not empty calories. You get protein and healthy fats from the peanut butter. The fiber helps with maintaining proper blood sugar levels as well as promoting healthy digestion. And because these are ridiculously easy and so fast to whip up, there are no excuses for not making them!
A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand. ~Author Unknown