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Cacao Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Miles, so many miles! (not really compared to elite runners).  I am loving all the mileage in running lately, but my hunger has grown from a teenage high school football player to the entire team, (did that make sense? my point is, I AM HUNGRY!).  

Making sure that I am fueling right as well as providing ample calories to appease my hunger as well as my boys’ appetite has been a challenge (they’ve been equally as hungry lately with some major growing happening over here at our household)

Has anyone ever checked out Averie Cooks?  If you have any sort of sweet-tooth, she will challenge your will and desire of refraining from running immediately to the store and buying up any and all chocolate or cookies in site….she has a way with food.oatmealbowl-12

Here’s a picture of her Loaded Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl.  Her food looks pretty!  I would enjoy this as a desert or post run victory meal….I don’t know if I could make this a regular breakfast habit…her food is decadent!

A while back I was wondering what to do with some raw cacao powder I purchased.  I did what I do most of the time headed over to pinterest, my favorite go-to guide for any pondering in life from home reno to what latest hairstyle I should try.

I happened upon this!

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With a few modifications, I successfully made Averie’s Thick and Soft Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.

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I can never leave a recipe alone, especially when you have food allergies like my family does.  I replaced the egg for flax eggs, subbed the brown sugar for coconut palm sugar, and didn’t bother measuring the peanut butter out…just added an entire jar!  Oh! I also added Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips…because my boys and I might have an obsession with chocolate.

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One heaping tablespoon and 8 minutes later in a 350 degree oven…you have something pretty amazing.

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I have to have something on hand at a moment’s notice.  Changing the cookies up to make them a little less “candy-like” and more of a healthier “snack” option has kept my family and I happy; these cookies won’t last more then a couple of days.

I love to have something called a “cookie” but I can feel good about passing off to my men in-between Trout’s mowing on our walks lately

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Bodhi’s mad scootering skills and also being in charge of “fixing” his little brother’s mower while Trout watches out for trains.

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With two peanuts like mine….a mom has to have plenty of food around to keep them fueled and happy!

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In case you thought I forgot my 3rd child, (aka Ryan)….I have been amping up my creativity in the kitchen and have been making him “fancy eggs”.  He is in love.

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Ezekiel bread + organic eggs + mexican style cheese + avocado and some incredibly yummy blood oranges on the side….he is not left out of being spoiled 😉

Cacao Peanut Butter Cookies
Chocolate, peanut butter, mini chocolate chips....what's not to love
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Jar peanut butter, ( I use Peanut Butter & Co. White Chocolate Wonderful)
  2. 1 cup coconut palm sugar
  3. 1/2 cup cocoa powder, or 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  4. 1 tsp. baking soda
  5. 1 flax egg, 1 tbsp. ground flax seed + 3 tbsp. hot water
  6. 1 tbsp. water
  7. Enjoy Life, mini chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Make flax egg, (mix 1 tbsp. ground flax meal along with 3 tbsp. hot water in a bowl and set aside for 5 min. to gel)
  4. Once flax egg is made, add to stand-mixer with paddle attachment along with coconut sugar and mix together.
  5. Add remainder of ingredients and mix well until combined, (mixture should be like a stiff play-dough....hmmmmm....would be good edible play-dough!)
  6. Stir in chocolate chips if wanting to add, (I didn't add a specific amount, maybe 1/2 cup)
  7. Form into heaping Tbsp. balls on baking sheet and press down slightly
  8. Bake in oven for 8 minutes
  9. Remove and let cool!
  10. Enjoy alone or with a glass of almond milk
Notes
  1. Don't worry about OD'ing on these bad boys....each serving is about 1 tablespoon of peanut butter....my limit has been 3 and then my stomach was full for hours after 😉
Adapted from Thick and Soft Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie
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