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No Sugar Peanut Butter Cookies
Healthy, No Flour, No Sugar Peanut Butter Cookies
These healthy no sugar peanut butter cookies are delicious, and also GMO*-free and gluten-free! And here, "sugar-free" or "no sugar" does NOT mean they are sweetened with Aspartame or Sucralose (Splenda) -- they are sweetened with dates and sweet potatoes! Even my friends with severe super sweet tooths love em!
These treats end up to be something between a cookie and a muffin. My goal was actually to make my own version of lembas bread -- a nutritious biscuit that I can take on the go that's both tasty and healthy. I think I've created something entirely new here. Okay, someone MAY have invented a similar no sugar peanut butter cookie recipe somewhere but this one was generated entirely from my own experimentation.
I didn't set out to make these cookies gluten-free but fortunately for all you gluten intolerant people (like my mom) it just turned out that way. The majority of the fat is from peanut butter (which is healthier for you).
Note, the cooked sweet potatoes ingredient may seem like a hassle because you have to pre-cook them but I suggest you bake a large batch of them in the oven and freeze some for later. If you have to make these in a pinch, it will still work without the sweet potatoes. In fact, as an update I've now gotten into the habit of regularly making these really quick and easy without the sweet potatoes.
This recipe will make approximately 24 cookies.
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter (all natural or organic -- the ONLY ingredient should be "roasted peanuts"; no soy oil, corn, hydrogenated oil, etc.)
- 1 Cup Baked Sweet Potato (see note above - this ingredient can be excluded but it's worth trying out)
- 1 Cup Dates (pitted & without vegetable oil (corn oil) as an ingredient)
- 1 Egg
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 0. Bake the sweet potatoes. Cut the potatoes in quarters lengthwise so that they bake faster. I usually bake a large batch and freeze some.
- 1. Dice up the dates.
- 2. Blend the dates and egg together. The dates do not have to be completely mashed up.
- 3. Mix all ingredients in a large pot or bowl. I do this by hand with a wooden spoon or tablespoon -- it makes it easier to mix if you do this on a burner set at minimum.
- 4. Allow dough to chill in fridge.
- 5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- 6. Lay out parchment paper over your baking pan.
- 7. Form dough into 1 inch diameter balls and lay in rows on the parchment paper. The dough will be a bit sticky.
- 8. Flatten the balls with a fork - wetting the fork occasionally will keep it from sticking to the dough.
- 9. Bake for 12 minutes. Check the bottom of a cookie at 8 mins and adjust baking time accordingly.
As I write this, I plan to try a version of this recipe replacing the one cup of sweet potatoes with one cup of ripe bananas. If you happen to beat me to it, write a comment below to let us know how it turned out!
[EDIT] Okay I've done it! It requires some changes other than just substituting the sweet potato (since bananas apparently have more water content). So stay tuned for the recipe ...
GMO stands for "Genetically Modified Organism". This is an organism whose genetic characteristics have been altered by the insertion of a modified gene or a gene from another organism using the techniques of genetic engineering. The term is used to refer to food plants and food animals which are the result of genetic manipulation. There is a growing concern of the potential dangers of existing GMO products due to controversial studies revealing serious health risks (sterility, tumors, damaged organs, allergies, etc,) which point to the need for more unbiased research. Apparently, many countries (such as Algeria, The European Union, Norway, Austria, Germany United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Brazil, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Japan, Philippines) have placed bans on GMOs but North America has been eating it by the ton, without much question.
For those aware that the US is the home of corporate owned/corrupted politics and corporate giants that would naturally attempt to monopolize seed and food ownership, distrust of GMOs is a unsurprising response.
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