Frugal Foodie Mama: Feel Good Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Feel Good Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Satisfy your cravings for fresh from the oven cookies without wrecking your goals for healthy eating with these Feel Good Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies...
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I love, love, love home baked cookies warm from the oven.  They are just one of my many sweet tooth weaknesses.  But in my journey to develop a more balanced lifestyle, I need to take some of my guilty favorites and make them... well, a little less guilty. ;)

I love a good peanut butter oatmeal cookie stuffed with gooey chocolate chips and rich pecans. To satisfy my cravings for one of my favorite cookies, I made a few tweaks to this recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies from Will Cook For Smiles.  (If you want the full-on version of this recipe, be sure to click on over and get it!)
I reduced the butter & replaced some of it with coconut oil.  I added more whole grains to the overall recipe and cut the amount of chocolate chips in half- Gasp.

Before you send the chocolate police after me, I used mini chocolate chips in this recipe instead of the larger chocolate chips.  
Because the smaller ones disperse more evenly in the cookies ensuring that you get a little chocolate in every bite of each cookie.
Clever, right? ;)
The addition of the pecans adds a little more buttery richness to the recipe as well.
Feel Good Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9-10 minutes
Ingredients (24 cookies)
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (crunchy or smooth- your preference)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet or dark mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (could also use walnuts)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, coconut oil, brown sugar, and honey. Add in the peanut butter, egg, Greek yogurt, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Set aside.

Process 1 cup of the whole oats in a food processor or blender until it forms an oat flour.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the oat flour, white flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture beating on low with an hand mixer. Mix until just combined.
Fold in the mini chocolate chips, the chopped pecans, and the remaining 1/2 cup of whole oats into the cookie batter.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
Bake for 9-10 minutes.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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I am not going to lie to you all here.  If you are expecting these cookies to taste like the full-on fat, non-whole grain version, you will be disappointed.  
If you like a good Kashi-style cookie, then you will love this homemade version! 
They are thick, soft peanut buttery cookies with plenty of rich, crunchy pecans and little gooey chocolate chips in each bite.

I loved these.  They satisfied my fresh baked cookie craving without all the guilt.  And surprisingly, my husband loved them as well!
My teenage son? 
Well... he wasn't sold on them.  But in defense of these delicious cookies, he isn't a big fan of any kind of oatmeal cookie in general.
Oh, the blasphemy... ;)

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What cookie would you like to see a feel good, healthier version of?  I will see what I can do for you... :)

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