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Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies


For the last several years I've been working on changing my lifestyle which includes the way I eat.
Out of necessity I've had to modify some of my regular faves to meet my new eating habits.
I no longer eat white anything. No white flour, white sugar, white bread, white rice, or anything white other than the white of an egg.
My mother was a diabetic and she loved peanut butter cookies too. She begged for a good cookie to enjoy with a cup of tea. Together we worked this one out and I must admit, they're delicious.
If you've got a hankering for a cookie with non of the guilt, then you've got to try this recipe.

Ingredients...

  • 1 cup low fat peanut butter
  • 1 cup Splenda sugar substitute
  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 small or 1 extra large eggs
  • pinch salt
  • Optional:  Chocolate Chips or Hershey Kisses

Here's how you do it...

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F
  2. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper to fit.
  3. In your electric mixer add the peanut butter, Splenda, eggs, and pinch of salt .
  4. Hint: Measure the dry Splenda before you measure out the peanut butter so you don't have a sticky mess.
  5. Mix on lowest speed for 1 1/2 minutes and then increase speed one notch for 30 seconds more.
  6. Add the oats and blend.
  7. Drop by heaping teaspoonful (or roll small balls) 2" apart onto a parchment lined cookie sheet (for no mess clean up).
  8. Using the back of a fork, gently press down to create the traditional crisscross pattern forming the cookie into a flatter shape.
  9. If you are going to use chocolate, press one chocolate kiss or a few chips on top of each cookie.
  10. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 8-10 min until the edges are golden brown.
  11. To cool you can slide the parchment with the hot cookies onto a cool surface.

Great with a glass of ice cold skim milk!

Enjoy the guilt free pleasure!

2 comments:

medical advice said...

Gawd.. your cookies look fabulous! I'd love to try one of your recipes. Thanks for sharing this one out.

Trek Across America said...

We are full-time RVing. 8 months from Oregon, through the South, and now in Indiana. Just made your rhubarb crisp-delicious!!! Your recipes all look so healthy and so inviting. Will continue to go to your blog-thank you!!!!