I love enjoying something sweet after dinner, but I have some criteria: it has to be small and it has to be a healthy choice.
I try to have healthy cookies in my freezer at all times or some dark chocolate (Zazubean is one of my fav healthy brands pictured below) & dates in the cupboard. This way I won’t be tempted to go for something unhealthy.
My love for healthy sweets means I’m always on the lookout for new recipes, and I came across a goodie the other day. I adapted this recipe from My Whole Food Life. If you like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you’ll love this healthy version. These healthy peanut butter cookies have the same flavours & texture, but are so much better for you.
What makes them a healthy choice:
- Sweetened with natural sugar from ripe bananas and real maple syrup
- Made with whole grain oats; a good source of fibre, which prevents your blood sugar from spiking and leaves you feeling satisfied
- Made with natural peanut butter; a good source of protein, B vitamins and has no sugar or hydrogenated vegetable oil in it like regular PB
- They freeze really well making it easy to grab and enjoy just one after dinner (if you have a box of cookies lying around you’re more tempted to eat 2 or 3; de-thawing a cookie will make you think twice about going in for seconds)
BONUS: they’re super easy to make!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1-cup natural peanut butter
2 tbsp. real maple syrup
2 cups oats
½ tsp sea salt
½ cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F
In a small glass bowl, mash bananas, and stir in peanut butter. Microwave for 30 seconds to melt the mixture, and bring out the banana flavor. Stir in maple syrup.
In a large bowl, combine oats and sea salt. Add banana mixture to oats, and stir to combine. Fold in chocolate chips.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and spoon out cookie dough (about 2 tbsp per cookie). Bake for 10 – 15 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet.
Store in the freezer – enjoy!