Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Money Maker of The Week

Oh you readers reallllly make my day sometimes. Let's be honest...lots of times. Last week fabulous reader Natalie emailed me with this AWESOME Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie recipe.

She said...
"I love all your healthy baking recipes! I don't have a blog (yet) to post my healthy recipes, so I thought you might like to share this one (or just use it for yourself). It is a healthy twist on the classic no-bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies. The average chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookie has 204 calories, 26 carbs, 10 grams of fat (EEK!), and 4 grams protein. This version (that tastes IDENTICAL to me) has 82 calories, 11 carbs, 3 g fat, and 3 g protein per cookie. Obviously amazing stats, right?"

Here's the recipe:

Natalie's Healthy No-Bake Chocolate PB Oatmeal Cookies 
*makes 24 cookies
6 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I substituted skim milk)
1/3 cup Splenda or other sugar substitute
1/3 cup light agave syrup (I used honey because I didn't have any agave)
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup peanut butter (I use natural PB)
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 cups oatmeal
*optional - 3 tsp ground flax seeds

Heat milk, sugar, and cocoa powder over high heat until boiling, stirring constantly.
Take off heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter. Stir until peanut butter is completely melted.
Stir in wheat germ and oatmeal (optional - stir in ground flax seeds).
Drop by large spoonfuls onto cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Place in refrigerator. OR eat with a spoon right out of the bowl :)

"These are my husband's favorite cookies, and I'm so glad I can make them more often now that I came up with a healthier version."

Ok...I made these tonight and THEY. ARE. BOMB. Seriously SOOOO good. I love the original no-bake PB cookies, and I love this version even more. Thanks so much for the recipe Natalie! You are awesome, and you're going to make a lot of people VERY happy!

Do you have any favorites that you want made over? I love taking recipes that taste great and making them good for you too. Do you have any favorites that you have already made over? I would LOVE to try them!!


Stephanie said...

I just imagined using Dark Chocolate dreams pb in this recipe and drool hit my keyboard. Thanks Natalie for that awesome recipe!

ally said...

these sound amazing. and also meg: have you heard about nike training center? i keep meaning to ask you. i'm sure you have...but it's pretty frickin awesome so just makin sure.

Curt & Cassie Ford said...

Megan, I just wanted to thank you for kicking my butt today! I've done one of your circuit workouts twice now and I love it. I have become a regular follower of your blog. You do such a great job. Thank you for sharing all your hints and tips. You truly inspire me every time I read your blog. You're amazing!!!!

Amanda@runninghood said...

ahh, now if only I had a personal cook to hand this recipe to and ask her/him to make it for me. I wish I had some inspiration to bake, cook, follow recipes, etc. these look awesome!

Nicole said...

I just have to make sure that I have wheat germ before I can make these. Easy, healthy, and delicious? Yes, please! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Edible Art said...

ah this looks so crunchy & yummy.
im going to add this to my " to-do" list! (:

fashionfitnessfoodie said...

Healthy cookie recipes make me happy! I'm with Stephanie- totally imagined DCD in there :)

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

love sharing healthy recipes, no bakes are even better! woohoo.
Keep them coming.

Angie said...

I just found your blog and I'm loving all of the healthy recipes that you post. I'm excited to make these cookies! :-)

Julia said...

ahhhhh! i just made pb no bakes but with lots of sugar and butter...i wish I would have waited so that I could have used this healthy recipe...they sound delicious. guess I will just have to make them again :)

I got your msg on my blog! thanks for the comment...I am going to try running out for the next week or two...see how it goes and if I feel pretty good I am most definitely planning on the Provo half. Let me know what you decide!

Natalie Cates said...

Okay - the Dark Chocolate Dreams will be purchased this week so I can make these again! I am so glad you liked them! Thanks for passing along the recipe. :)

marathonmaiden said...

hmmmmmmmmmm i'll have to think this over. i'm sure all the recipes that i've posted could use a makeover or sorts...

OneLoveSarah said...

yum these look so good! I want to try them asap!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

These are my favorite cookies in the entire world!!!! I am so glad you posted a healthified recipe for them. THANK YOU :-)

Emily said...

I have been meaning to try No Bake Cookies. I have yet to attempt them in my 26 years go figure. I might have to rethink my recipe after seeing this.

ashley & sundance said...

umm... fyi: I was super sad when you weren't in spin. :( Janae said your hip was hurting ya, so I guess I understand... but you didn't come to fro-yo on friday either... :(

maybe we should have another date??

Christina said...

Ummm, these no bake cookies are fabulous for my taste buds - not so fabulous for my jeans though. Oops...

Holley @ Lunges and Lashes said...

I made these last night and they hit the spot! PB is the best treat. :)

I couldn't resist but post the recipe on my blog, everyone can always use more healthy treat ideas!


Rachelle Wardle said...

I just made these tonight. I didn't have cocoa powder so instead I used 2 tbsp of chocolate protein powder. I was a little nervous but they turned out perfect! :)

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