Saturday, September 28, 2013

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Cookies

Is there anything better than a cookie still warm from the oven?? How about a cookie that is guilt free and still warm from the oven!?! My latest creation peanut butter oatmeal protein cookies were inspired by a post I saw on Pintrest. I love finding recipe inspiration
on Pintrest and then revamping it to make it healthy. These cookies are absolutely delicious and the best part is they are flour free, sugar free, and egg free!! And if it couldn't get any better it does!! There is only 99 calories a cookie!! 

I promise they are super easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients already in your pantry. You will need:

2 ripe bananas, mash them up
1/3 cup reduced fat peanut butter
2/3 unsweetened applesauce, I like to use Meijer Brand Organic unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cup quick or old fashioned oats
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 scoop of chocolate or vanilla whey protein powder 
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
a few raisins to top the cookies with before they are put in the oven

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with tinfoil or parchment paper (helps with a quick and easy clean up).
 Mix together the mashed bananas, peanut butter, applesauce, oats, vanilla, and salt (and the protein powder and chocolate chips if desired). Combine ingredients well the batter should be semi-thick. 
Scoop two tablespoons of batter onto the baking sheet for each cookie. You can top the cookies with raisins if desired. You should get between 20 and 30 cookies unless you make monster cookies in which you will get fewer cookies. 
Bake for approximately 22 minutes (bake between 20-30 minutes depending on the strength of your oven). When the cookies are done the tops should be golden and the edges should look
crispy. Allow a few minutes to cool and harden up then you can enjoy a warm cookie guilt free!!

I like to have a peanut butter oatmeal protein cookie after my workout between breakfast and lunch. The cookie is packed with protein so it helps keep me full until lunch plus it's delicious!! ENJOY :)

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