Friday, February 28, 2014

Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies


The other day my daughter and I were walking home from a very vigorous yoga class. We go to yoga with an empty stomach and an open mind. That left us starving. Needing to stop by Jimbo's on the way home to get fresh ingredients for dinner was a problem, due to my rumbling tummy. Not wanting to buy the whole store, I quickly grabbed a tub of peanuts. Taylor, having a sweeter tooth than me, grabbed a tub of organic dates rolled in oat flour. Needless to say, the second we walked out of the store, I opened the tub and started devouring the peanuts. Not my finest moment, but I thought I was going to pass out. Taylor quickly followed suit with the dates. Then she grabbed some of my peanuts, and the magic happened. She said: "oh wow Mom, you should try these together, they are so good!". At first I resisted, but knowing my daughter has a good palate, I caved. I grabbed some of the dates and the nuts and stuffed my mouth. Just a few seconds into chewing, my world changed. It tasted EXACTLY like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I am not saying kind of like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I mean exactly like one. I could hardly wait to get home and create magic with these ingredients. 

Now you can buy dates rolled in oat flour, or you can just add oat flour. The oat flour gives it the bread flavor. You can omit the flour too for an even healthier treat. It takes 5 minutes to make these. I will now have them available at all times. Suitable for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. I mean... wouldn't you eat a handful of nuts and dates and call it healthy? 

I cannot wait for you all to make these. Finally guilt-free peanut butter and jelly!!!

Healthy Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies
recipe by Christi Silbaugh

2 cups peanuts
1 cup dates
1/8 cup water
1 Tbsp oat flour

Place all ingredients in the food processor and process until a dough forms. 
Roll into balls and press flat on parchment paper. 
Store in an airtight container in the fridge. 
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