Thursday, February 17, 2011

I'm convinced...Peanut Butter really is the essence of life.

It seems like I eat a little peanut butter every day. I am in love with it. You can imagine my excitement when Brittany from Sunland Inc. sent me three kinds of Sunland Natural Peanut Butter to try. H-E-A-V-E-N. The three varieties she sent were...
...Almond & Peanut mixed nut butter, banana peanut butter, and valencia peanut butter. You better believe that upon arrival I cracked them open to dip in my finger and make sure they were tasty. The good news is they are not just tasty; they are divine. My favorite is the banana peanut butter. I made it a point to put it with my chocolate peanut butter oatmeal the morning after I got it, which was a great move. It was really REALLY good!
They also have other crazy flavors like dark chocolate, caramel peanut butter, and cherry vanilla peanut butter. Imagine the possibilities...I wanted to make a healthy recipe sample for my boot campers tonight, and I wanted to use my new peanut butter, so I came up with a delicious peanut butter cookie recipe. I used the plain peanut butter, and it was extremely tasty. It was a great mix of smooth PB with a few crunchy peanuts here and there. The cookies turned out REALLY good, and are only 50 calories each. BOOM! Such a great little snack to have on hand, and totally low fat.

Low-fat Peanut Butter Cookies
Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup sugar free maple syrup (you can use honey or splenda as well)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 ripe banana mashed
2 egg whites
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I used the Sunland Natural Valencia Peanut Butter and it worked great)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oatmeal
Directions: Combine all ingredients together
Bake at 325 for 8-‐10 minutes.
Recipe makes 36 cookies.
The nutrition facts for these cookies are:

Not bad, huh? Thanks again to Brittany for the finger-licking-good peanut butter! These peanut butters are all natural and made from Valencia peanuts. I would totally recommend them...especially the banana PB!!

What is your favorite way to eat Peanut Butter?? I LOVE PB & banana/apple, PB& honey sandwiches, PB & jelly, any form of peanut butter confection, ohhhh and PB and chocolate combos? Unreal. I used to be afraid of peanut butter until I realized how healthy it is for you. Do you have any amazingly delicious Peanut Butter Recipes for me??

P.S. I know some of you were having a hard time watching the Step Up Push Up Video from yesterday's exercise of the week. It should be fixed now if it wasn't working for you!!

22 comments:

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

You KNOW I am all over this post...if I had to eat one food for the rest of my life it would be peanut butter. Always. I love it and those cookies look and sound amazing. They are bookmarked!

Cheryl said...

I eat it right off the spoon, and sip coffee...aaahhh so good.

Sarah said...

um I want the dark chocolate kind and I want to spread all over a banana or in my oats

Shannon said...

Peanut butter cookies that are only 50 calories each? I am SO there!

I like peanut butter in frozen yogurt ;) Straight from the spoon, on a grilled sandwich with anything from jelly to cream cheese to marshmallow cream and pretzels.

Julie said...

I like to split a banana in half and smear it with peanut butter and then smoosh it back together so I have a peanut butter banana sandwich. YUM! These are great before a long run or workout.

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

PB is like coffee for me. A daily fix!! I could go into withdrawls way to easily!
LC

Emily said...

The banana one sounds amazing!

Generation X (Slomohusky) said...

Peanut butter "has and always will be ..." my eats! My favorite way to eat pb is straight out of the jar on the ends of my fingers! Okay, I will use a spoon instead. A REALLY BIG ONE!!! :)

Cynthia said...

Yay i'm your 200th follower! :) I came over from Hungry Runner Girl.

Banana peanut butter??? Are you serious those are my two most fav foods ever I must try that! And that chocoloate peanut butter oatmeal looks DELICOUS!!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

I WANT THOSE COOKIES!! I could put pb on EVERYTHING!!! Oatmeal is the best. I am loving a grilled pb and banana sandwich!! LOVE YOU and thank you for the gift. Billy loves when I hang out with you because I come home in the BEST MOOD!!!

Mel said...

I totally need to try these! I would have to half the batch, or i'd get myself in huge trouble, lol!

Allie said...

BANANA peanut butter? I must have died and gone to heaven. I love love baking with peanut butter. Nutella is making its way up the ranks as well :-P

fashionfitnessfoodie said...

Peanut butter is my number one favorite staple food... I honestly think that I go through withdrawal if I dont have any for a day!

Jenn said...

Awww... 50 Calories!! Thats insane, and Im making them tomorrow!! :) I love peanut butter but have always been afraid of it cause its so high in fat and cal but the more I read, the better it seems PB is for us!
Thanks for the best recipe, I will report back!
:)

Edible Art said...

spoonful of peanut butter, oreo cookies, and milk. ahhhh perfectionn (:

hello! i came across your blog from Meg's page (:
im loving the bloggg

Natalia - a side of simple said...

Peanut butter straight from the jar always leaves me satisfied :)

Stephanie said...

I counted 9 jars of nut butter in my cupboards this weekend. I would write you a list of the ways I use it but this comment would then be a post. :)

Stephanie said...

Yes, peanut butter is essential for my survival. I blog about my love for peanut butter all the time. Just discovered your blog by the way. We seem to be passionate about a lot of the same things. Check out my blog at http://gardengirlsteph.blogspot.com

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