Peanut butter is a staple in our house. With two elementary age children PB&J is of course a favorite lunch, but there are so many more ways to eat peanut butter.  It makes a great dip on bananas, apples, and celery.   I recently added it to my overnight oats and it was instant love. Even just a plain spoonful of peanut butter can be enough to hold kids over until mealtime. On occasion when I really need something sweet I add a few chocolate chips to a spoonful of peanut butter, delightful.
One thing to keep in mind when purchasing peanut butter is the ingredient list.  I was a little shocked when I first found out that most peanut butters are made with some form of added sugar.  This explains why many kids are unpleasantly surprised when mom first brings home a jar of “real” peanut butter.  Peanut butter should be made of peanuts and maybe a little sea salt, but it should not come with sugar, hydrogenated oil or other additives.
As with most other real food options, the price for one ingredient peanut butter is significantly higher than the artificial peanut butters.  Check to see if you’re local supermarket carries its own brand of truly natural (one ingredient) peanut butter.  Simply Balanced is a wellness grocery brand by Target that carries real peanut butter and several other healthy alternatives to everyday staples. (Don’t forget to check cartwheel for added discounts.) Smuckers offers an affordable natural peanut butter consisting of peanuts and salt.  You can also check with your local Costco, Sams, etc for bulk options.  If you are feeling adventurous you can always purchase peanuts in bulk and make your own peanut butter. All you need are peanuts and a food processor!
So lets get to the Peanut Butter Cookies in todays post! These are a favorite in our house and they are a great treat or dessert for kids and adults alike. These cookies are made with whole wheat and real peanuts.  While they are a much better option than store bought cookies, they should still be viewed as a treat. I like what Michael Pollan says about treats and junk food in his book, Food Rules – An Eaters Manual, “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.”. Although these cookies are fairly easy to make I still don’t want to have to do it daily.
These cookies are simple to make with everyday ingredients that you probably have on hand already.  It can also be a fun little afternoon or weekend project with the kids.  Here’s the recipe which I found in the 100 days of real food cookbook.

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: Approximately 20 Cookies

Recipe By: 100DaysofRealFood.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour (I use white whole wheat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup (1stick) butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped and unsalted peanuts

Directions

  1. In medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter, maple syrup, butter, egg and vanilla. Mix with electric mixer until smooth. Small butter chunks may remain, that's fine.
  3. Turn mixer down to low and slowly add in the flour mixture until well combined. Stir in peanuts by hand.
  4. Drop the cookie dough by the spoonful onto a large ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 12-15 minutes until the cookies are light golden brown.

Notes:

I use white whole wheat flour for this recipe. It is still a whole grain but has a milder flavor and texture.

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What are some of your favorite homemade desserts? Is there a recipe you would like to share?

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