I came across this recipe after I learnt how many calories were in one of those large chocolate chip cookies you can get in the high-street or in packs from the bakery in supermarkets. Don’t look now if you want to live blissfully unaware that each one of those cookies has around 480 calories in it! Yes you heard that right!
So because those cookies used to be an occasional treat I decided to see if I could find a recipe for a similar cookie that had at least a few less calories in it. Now these Peanut Butter Cookies are made without flour, which makes them gluten free and means there is a reduction in calories. Yes they are filled with peanut butter which does contain fat, however if you choose a natural and organic peanut butter you will reduce the fat content as these peanut butter have no added sugar. Over all these cookies save you around 340 calories and around 17g of fat!
To make these cookies you will need very little ingredients. You will need;
2 medium eggs, 1 cup organic peanut butter, 1/2 cup organic sugar, 1/3 cup light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt.
To make the cookies you simply add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix, mix mix! Mix everything together (it can be a little sticky) but mix until everything is combined together well. Once everything is mixed together, line a baking tray with baking parchment and scoop out tablespoon portions of the mixture. Place the tablespoon sized balls equally along the baking tray and press down slightly so they are a little squashed.
Next place your tray in a preheated oven at 180 degrees and cook for around 14 minutes or until golden brown.
These cookies turn out to be crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. They taste very peanut buttery (obviously) but the chocolate chips break it up a little. Now I am in no way saying the cookies are healthy… they are a healthier version of a treat! So rather than gorge on shop bought cookies, cook a batch of these up and keep them in an airtight container in the cupboard for when you need that sweet treat in the afternoon or after dinner.
Nutritional Content- 136 Calories, 22 carbs, 5.3fat, 3.5g protein
Marks and Spencers Milk Choco chip cookie- 480 Calories, 62.9g carbs, 22.5g fat, 6g protein
What’s your favourite healthier version of a treat? Would you give these cookies a go?