What to bring? What to bring? Hmmmmm…..
Peanut butter blossoms gone good!!!
I asked a few weeks back what holiday treats people would like healthified and Peanut Butter Blossoms were high on the list for lots of folks.
I wanted to create a no muss no fuss cookie. The fewer ingredients the better. I also was curious if I could create a cookie with other kinds of nuts or seeds (the answer is yes). I tried some different sweeteners in place of cane sugar with great results too!
Perhaps you have seen the famous 1egg, 1 cup pb, 1 cup sugar recipe out there? This is the basic ratio I began with and worked from there.
What did I discover:
*if you use real peanut butter, sun butter, almond butter, cashew butter they all work
* it helps to use a little bit of quick oatmeal or oat flour to stabilize it a bit (please use the real nut butters they are much better for your health – check the ingredients – no hydrogenated oils, low in sugar)
*you can mostly trade in and out any kind of nut or seed butter – of course they will have varying tastes
*you must let these cool completely on the pan or very very gently take them off the sheet onto drying racks, these stay very soft until cool – but don’t worry they will get more solid!
*these freeze beautifully!
*the sweeteners I used were far sweeter than refined sugar and I was able to cut the sweetener in half and it tasted much better!
*your sweetener should equal 1/2 cup total – I preferred the 1/4xylitol 1/4coconut sugar mix – but mix it up or use 1/2 cup of any of the following – xylitol, coconut sugar, or honey
*use whatever chocolate you prefer – you can see we used Enjoy life chocolate chunks – this brand is free of the top 8 allergens so it is our go to for chocolate
Okay here is what worked the best for me!
“Peanut” Butter Blossoms
1 cup peanut butter (or other nut or seed butter)
1/4 cup oat flour (or quick oats)
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup xylitol
1/4 cup coconut sugar
Mix with a mixer – drop onto parchment lined baking sheets – press down with chocolate pieces of choice
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes (or till a little brown on edges)
let cool completely before eating! these will set up as they cool.
What are you making this year? Have you tried making your traditional foods healthier? Leave a comment below!