A couple years ago, I had some serious health issues and had to completely change my eating. The hardest part about my new way of life was giving up my sweets. Brownies and chocolate chip cookies have always been my absolute favorite desserts. After much trial and error, I finally developed a recipe that I can eat. The best part—it tastes like a regular cookie … maybe even better! It only has 1/2 cup of brown sugar for the entire recipe, and there’s no butter or flour. These cookies have been my saving grace. I save up my calories and limit myself to one per day. Knowing that I can have my cookie gives me the willpower to turn down other desserts that are loaded with unhealthy fats and refined sugars. Because my cookies don’t have any butter, you will need to form them instead of scooping them out. They have no flour, baking soda, etc. so the size you form them will be the size they are after they’re baked. Do not overtake the cookies. They will set up as they cool. I still find it hard to believe that my healthy cookies are so delicious. If you eat them soon after you bake them, they are a taste of heaven!
Tips: When I say a heaping cup of peanut butter, I mean a HEAPING cup, rounded at the top.
-If you measure the oats after you grind them, use a scant 1/3 cup.
Jennifer's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Recipe (shocker alert ... it's healthy, but you won’t know it!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 heaping cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup ground oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
ground flaxseed (approximately ¼ cup)
Blend peanut butter, sugar, and egg, and oats together. Add chocolate chips. Add flaxseed until dough resembles normal cookie dough.
Form into cookies and place on an un-greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 11 minutes. (Start with 9 minutes and then check them. Don’t over-bake)
Recipe makes approximately 8 cookies