Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"HEALTHY" Peanut Butter Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

So I gave it away in the title, but you don’t have to tell people this cookie recipe is healthy. Sure these oatmeal peanut butter cookies have whole wheat flour, high fiber oats and less sugar then your average cookie but they are still delicious and satisfying. They actually make an excellent breakfast when paired with a cup of skim milk.
If you wanted to make these oatmeal cookies even healthier you could reduce the oil further, if you want something a little more decadent use non-natural peanut butter and add chocolate chips. Feel free to omit the coconut from the recipe if your family aren’t coconut fans but I think it makes them interesting and really works with the peanut butter in the cookie.

2/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4c coconut
3C oats
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 375F. Beat together oil & peanut butter then beat in eggs, sugar and vanilla. Stir in coconut. In a separate bowl mix together oats, flour, powder and soda. Stir into peanut butter mixture but do not over mix. Drop onto a baking sheet in 1 1/2 tablespoons round. Gently press to flatten and bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a cooling rack, and don’t spoil your dinner. =)
(makes 24 – 30 cookies)

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