Remember the chocolate oatmeal cookies you used to eat as a kid? Recently, I wanted some of those and decided to play around in the kitchen a bit. These vegan chocolate peanut butter cookies are what I came up with as a much healthier version.
Of course the main ingredient is oats, and that’s about all the traditional recipe had going for it, but that’s not the case with these cookies.
Nutrition in Oats
Oats are a whole-grain food and are rich in fiber, manganese, the B vitamins thiamin and riboflavin, vitamin E and protein. They’re also low in sodium and fat and free of sugar, cholesterol and saturated fats.
One cup of rolled oats contains 160 calories, 3 grams fat, 10 milligrams sodium, 28 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber and 6 grams protein; it also provides 4 percent of the daily value for calcium and 12 percent of the daily value for iron.–LiveStrong
Did you know you can make your own oat flour?
Some other recipes call for oat flour, such as with my Banana Oat Pancakes recipe. Oat flour can be expensive if purchased from the grocery store; however, you can make it yourself in only about 1-minute!
Simply place whole oats in a blender or food processor and blend for just a few seconds, until light and powdery. Presto! You’ve got oat flour ready to use in many baked goods!
Those older cookies were laden with butter, white sugar, and milk. But, these are dairy-free and oil-free, and instead made with banana, apple sauce, cocoa, and peanut butter.
Often I get messages from people who live countries other than the United States saying that they don’t have apple sauce where they live and asking if they can make their own. The answer is YES!
How to make your own applesauce
Making your own applesauce is actually the best way to ensure you are familiar with all the ingredients. To make two cups of applesauce, simply:
- Core, peel, and slice four apples
- Steam the slices in a covered pot with enough water to nearly cover the apples for 5-7 minutes or until tender.
- Turn the apples into sauce by pureeing with an immersion blender or a high-speed blender.
These cookies are loaded with chocolatey flavor and will bring back childhood memories!
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These are some more plant-based desserts you might like:
- 2 whole bananas, very ripe
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (or PB2)
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar more if you like very sweet
- 1 Tbsp agave or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mash 2 ripe bananas in a large bowl with potato masher or fork.
Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well.
Drop spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet then gently press with fork to flatten a bit.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, remove from oven, and allow to cool.
Serve and enjoy!
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