Make a batch of soft and chewy peanut butter cookies in just 30 minutes! We’ve made them healthier by using all whole grain flour and half the sweetener of other recipes. But you and your kids won’t know the difference!
*****Update: We’ve gotten a lot of constructive feedback on this recipe, and we recently made some changes to the ingredients and directions so the cookies are softer, chewier, and better than ever! Enjoy this sweet treat with your kids.
Our kids love a good peanut butter cookie. So we had to try our hand at a more-nutritious version of this classic treat. And as it turns out, chewy, peanut-buttery cookies are a perfect candidate for a healthy makeover.
This healthy peanut butter cookie recipe is easy to make, and it’ll satisfy any peanut-butter cookie lover, without the need for tons of sugar or refined flour.
We also decided to stud these cookies with luscious dark chocolate chips. Because when is that ever a bad idea?
Make up a batch of these cookies in just 30 minutes and surprise your kids with a fun dessert. Try them with a cold glass of milk… yum!
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Soft, Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies
Are you suspicious of a “healthy” cookie recipe? That’s understandable. No one wants to sacrifice the experience of enjoying a scrumptious dessert for the sake of wholesomeness alone.
But with these cookies, there’s no compromise. Just one bite of these healthy peanut butter cookies will make your kids do that cute little happy-food dance.
That’s because in spite of their bumped-up nutrition, these cookies are deliciously sweet and nutty. They have the soft, chewy texture everyone loves in a peanut butter cookie. And also, you know, chocolate.
So go ahead and bake up a batch. You’ll be glad you did.
A Healthier Peanut Butter Cookie
Cookies are meant for dessert, plain and simple. So we want to be clear up front that these cookies aren’t low in calories, and they still have some added sugars (maple syrup is an added sugar even though it’s less processed than white sugar. Chocolate chips are, naturally, chocolate, and therefore sweet.)
But these cookies are a little different in ways that make them a healthier treat for your kids. First of all, they’re 100% whole grain, so they have some added fiber and vitamins compared to a white flour treat.
Second, they contain HALF the added sweetener compared to typical peanut butter cookies!
Third, there are only four tablespoons of butter in the recipe, so the ratio of fats is skewed more in favor of the healthy monosaturated fats in peanut butter, and less toward saturated fat.
When you’re baking at home, it also just feels good to know and trust your ingredients and your process. These are still a treat and you should approach them as such, but you can also pat yourself on the back for going with a healthier version of a traditional classic. Enjoy!
More Healthy Cookie Recipes
Healthy cookies. We’re into them! Here are a few more to try:
- Sugar Free Cookies
- Healthy Carrot and Apple Breakfast Oat Cookies
- Quinoa Cookies
- Peanut Butter Chia Breakfast Cookies
Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment or a baking mat.
- In a medium mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the peanut butter, and maple syrup, vanilla, and melted butter and beat until well incorporated. Stir in egg. Add flour and baking powder and mix until it comes together to form a dough. Chill the dough in the freezer for ten minutes (uncovered is fine) to let it firm up.
- Shape dough into small balls (about 1-2 tablespoon of dough each) and place on the prepared sheet. Use fork to lightly press each dough ball down. Press a few chocolate chips on the top of each dough cookie.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies become slightly golden brown. (Note: be careful not to over-bake!)
- Remove from the oven and place the cookies on a wire rack to cool. Notes: You can stir the chocolate chips into the dough like traditional chocolate chip cookies but I always think they look extra pretty when I press them on the top.
- Makes about 14 cookies.
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