Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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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.

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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!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Ingredients
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

Method

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!

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4 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

  1. Beth-Anne January 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    I made these tonight!! Yummy thanks!! You look adorable and I’m so excited for you!! Cohen was born May 8th!! Xo

    • Lauren January 29, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      Yeah! So glad you like them! May 8th is a good date – Fisher & John’s grandpa’s birthday…Cohen is ADORABLE by the way xo

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