Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cookies for Breakfast?

Aaaaaaand breathe! The semester is finally over. Another 13 weeks of classes have come and gone--very quickly I might say--and the lazy days of summer are looming in the horizon. I should be ecstatic right?

Well wrong. I have mixed feelings.

Here is the thing. I'm a very active person. I'm not the type to be lying in my bed watching tv all day long; I'm not the type that can will wake up at noon and start the day at 3 p.m.; and I'm certainly not the the type that just sits still. Now all of this is almost irrelevant during the semester because the free time that I do have goes by pretty fast. But now that I have all day everyday free, I'm bored.

It's only been four days and I'm quickly running out of ideas. I've already cleaned my room, I've organized my closet and I've laid on the roof enjoying the sun. Oh and I've been going to the gym. A lot.

Anyways, here is a quick cookie recipe that yields soft and delicious oatmeal raisin delights with a hint of peanut butter. Great as a snack or as dessert for any meal--yes, even for breakfast.

Oatmeal-Raisin Peanut Butter Bites (adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)
Active time: 5 minutes. Total time: 20 minutes.
Makes 10 small cookies.

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
  • 2 packets instant plain oatmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 packet Stevia (or 1 tablespoon sugar)
  • Pinch of salt
    1. 3 tablespoons raisins
    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
    2. In a small bowl combine apple sauce and peanut butter; mix well. Add oatmeal, cinnamon, vanilla, Stevia and salt and mix until dough forms. Stir in raisins and mix until incorporated. 
    3. Form 1-inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake cookies for 14 minutes; remove from oven and let cool.

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