Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies
Is it really possible to make a peanut butter cookie that is healthy? We don’t want to sugar coat it, ( no pun intended) but the real truth is making any cookie healthy is very, very challenging.
In order to understand the challenge we have to first understand there is a core problem we have to overcome. It’s called energy density...
Energy density means the amount of energy in a food with respect to how much volume the foods takes up. A simple way to understand the problem is this.
- Small volume food with lots of energy is simply fattening.
- Large volume of food with small amounts of energy is weight friendly.
Enter cookies. Very few foods have the high energy density of cookies, especially peanut butter cookies. Peanut butter cookies, even with healthy ingredients, have a super high energy density. This is a massive problem to overcome. It also explodes a commonly believed myth.
THE MYTH OF HEALTHY INGREDIENTS
The myth of healthy ingredients is that if the ingredients are healthy the food must be healthy. This is myth. It’s not necessarily true.
What’s missing is energy density. Foods high in energy density can be unhealthy even with healthy ingredients!
Peanut butter cookies have very high energy density, even for cookies. The reason has to do with peanut butter. By itself, peanut butter has a relatively high energy density. When you add in eggs and sugar, and all the other things that go into cookies, the energy density is sky high.
Which brings us to making a true healthy peanut butter cookie. Here is how we did it.
The first trick is to use Professor Nutz. Professor Nutz is the worlds first peanut butter corrected to zero fat and zero carbs! What does that mean? It means that the digestibility of the fat and carbs in Professor Nutz has been corrected to yield next to none of either. It’s simply the worlds lowest calorie peanut butter.
Using Professor Nutz as the base for a peanut butter cookie gives us several ProfessorNutz™s. The fat and carbs from normal peanut butter are mitigated with Professor Nutz which means we can lower the energy density of the final cookie.
But that’s not enough. We need even more help to make a truly healthy peanut butter cookie. We need to give the human metabolism every aid it can get. This is where Professor Nutz shines. Here is how.
Professor Nutz contains fiber! Not just any fiber, but a special kind of fiber called Cyclodextrin. This fiber has several scientifically validated properties. One of them is it seems to make insulin work better. What this means is the sugar you take in with our perfect peanut butter cookie won’t hit your body the same way it would in a regular peanut butter cookie. The cyclodextrin helps your body to offset it to some degree.
Now, let’s move on the recipe!
Perfectly Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies in 7 Steps with Professor Nutz.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Professor Nutz
1 cup old-fashioned oats
optional: 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped nuts, plus RealSalt salt for sprinkling
Pre heat your oven to 350. Whisk eggs and brown sugar until smooth and creamy. Sprinkle both the baking soda and salt over the mixture, and stir Now add in Professor Nutz with the vanilla. Make sure to stir Professor Nutz before adding to blend the oil evenly. Now stir until combined and smooth. Add in the oats and chocolate chips. Scoop out in 3 tablespoon lumps on to prepared baking sheet. Flatten the dough balls and sprinkle with a bit of RealSalt.
Now bake for 10 minutes. Let cookies cool and serve warm.