Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies and the Miracle of PB2

If you haven’t heard of this product already brace yourselves: I’m about to blow your mind all over your beautiful little face.

PB2 is a powdered peanut butter that has 45 calories in 2 Tablespoons. Regular peanut butter is about 200 calories for the same serving. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ve seen me mention it at least once a week. I’m a pretty hardcore peanut butter lover and I love indulging in the ‘real’ stuff but I also like to have PB2 on hand to use as a low-calorie substitute on a daily basis. I’m not exaggerating when I say I use it at least twice a day.

PB2

I order this two pack from Amazon about once every 2 weeks. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime! A few readers have asked me for some ideas on how to use it so I’m sharing a few of my favorite ways to enjoy it as well as a brand new, super healthy cookie recipe. I actually shared a pic of my cookies on twitter last week and think I irritated a few people by saying they’d have to wait until today to get the recipe! #Sorrynotsorry

Oatmeal Cookies

First up: Oatmeal! No pictures of this because I seriously can’t wait to eat it whenever I make it. I like to add 2 tablespoons to the dry oats before I add my water.

Waffle topping (banana and honey totally optional lol)

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As a dip for a toasted flatout wrap!

2013-03-05 19.37.03Drizzled over a sweet potato:

2013-03-07 19.53.32As for the taste, most people love it but some are disappointed when they expect it to taste just like peanut butter. The way it’s made is that the peanuts are pressed so all of the oil comes out of them (Hence the fat and extra calories!) What you do is add water to the powdered peanuts and stir it up and a few seconds later you have peanut butter. It’s like magic! Without the weird uncle and card tricks.

I’ve found that the chocolate PB2 is good enough to eat on its own. I make up a few tablespoons just to snack on almost every night after dinner. PB2 is also great in smoothies, as a sauce for vitatops, and in these incredible ‘I can’t believe these are healthy‘ oatmeal cookies! I came up with these after I realized all those ‘single girl’ cookie for one recipes just weren’t cutting it for me. I needed more than just one cookie at a time – but I also don’t need an entire batch sitting around my house either. This recipe is perfect since it makes 6 cookies and has only 220 calories in the entire recipe. So you can eat all 6. Like I do.

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (makes 6 cookies)

Ingredients:

- 1/2 c. oatmeal

- 2 T. PB2 (chocolate or regular)

- 1 packet stevia (I prefer NuNaturals!)

- 1/2 Tb. Cinnamon

- 1/4 tsp vanilla

- 1/8 tsp baking powder

- 2 T. egg whites

- 1 T. apple sauce

- 2 T. water

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit  Mix the first 5 ingredients in a bowl. Then add the last three and stir well! Be careful not add to much water. If the batter is to runny you can add some more PB2 to thicken it up. Drop spoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. This batch made 6 small cookies for me (about 1.5 to 2 inches each). Cook for 15 minutes. Whatever you do, do not eat the batter. If you make the mistake of licking the spoon as your stirring you cannot stop, I learned the hard way.

IMG_6354Have you tried PB2
What do you like to use it in?

Comments

  1. says

    you know i have pb2 in the cupboard but pretty much just always use my Once Again Nut Butter…mm I love it and I know I need that good fat. These look tasty, minus that silly egg :)

    • Erica House says

      I had my first jar of PB2 for months just laying around in the pantry because I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. Now I can’t stop adding it to everything! I definitely prefer the real stuff still!

    • Erica House says

      That’s actually probably my second favorite way of eating it (behind using it in oatmeal!) They just turn the sweet potatoes into this delicious gooey dessert!

  2. says

    I LOVE peanut butter and would never completely give up the real stuff. I discovered PB2 about a year ago. I’ve only ever bought the chocolate variety and use it in oatmeal or when I travel. Definitely going to try these cookies though. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Erica House says

      The chocolate is definitely the best! I love that it still has a bit of protein in it as well so I’ll sometimes use that instead of my usual protein powder in oatmeal/smoothies.

    • Erica House says

      Oh man I had to find a more cost effective way of handling my PB2 addiction lol – these two packs are great, and I’m actually thinking of getting the 6 pack next time!

      • says

        Hi Erica. I finally made these today. They’re so good! I also made knock-off alfajores with them by sandwiching two cookies with dulce de leche. So good! Peanut butter and dulce de leche go together. =)

          • says

            It’s an Argentine dessert (from Argentina)! It’s basically shortbread cookies with dulce de leche. You can buy it at a store or make your own by putting a can of sweetened condensed milk in a crockpot filled with water. You let it cook for 8-10 hrs and it caramelizes to dulce de leche.

  3. says

    I stinking love PB2 and must order more soon! I only have the chocolate left…not that that’s a bad thing ;)

    I am making those cookies this weekend. Been pushing aside my sweet tooth but these are totally justifiable!! Thanks for sharing-you rock!

    • Erica House says

      Anytime! Let me know what you think. I may tweak the recipe some and add a bit of bananas and raisins next time to up the sweetness factor :)

  4. says

    Oh my goodness, I might have to order the stuff. I’ve seen a ton of people talking about it lately, but somehow I haven’t caught the bug yet! Thinking about those cookies might have just done me in though. Yum!

  5. Jodi says

    My SIL is obsessed with peanut butter and lives in Switzerland, so I can’t remember if it is really hard to find or just really nowhere near as good, but she still buys it whenever she visits the States to take home. This may just have to be a birthday gift for her!!

  6. Courtney says

    I don’t have stevia packets, but a bag of it. How much would I add these cookies? Can’t wait to make them!

    • Erica House says

      I believe one packet is the same as 1 tsp so I would go with that amount of the bagged kind! Let me know what you think of them!

  7. Michele says

    Hi Erica, I made the cookies as soon as I saw the recipe. They looked so good! However, they were not very good at all. I followed the recipe exactly so I’m not sure what the problem was. I used another kind of peanut flower so that might have been part of it. I see in your picture with the ingredients, you have cinnamon but there is none in the recipe. Is there supposed to be? Thanks!

    • Erica House says

      I can’t believe I forgot to put cinnamon on there (and that no one else has noticed it!) Yes, I put about 1/2 T. of cinnamon in. I’m sorry you didn’t like them! Perhaps it is the brand of peanut flour, or you may just not care for the taste. Since these are super healthy and low calorie they definitely don’t taste like most regular cookies, but I still love them!

    • Erica House says

      Hmm…it’s been ages since I’ve made these so I can’t be certain! I assume I wrote it correctly and meant 1/2 T. I *really* enjoy cinnamon! I’m sure if your not used to using as much of it as I am (I put an alarming amount on my sliced apples as a snack) than 1/2 tsp would likely be more appropriate.

  8. Valerie says

    Hi there!

    I just made these cookies and they are great! Thanks so much!

    I made a couple modifications because I wanted chocolate so bad, and I don’t like stevia all that much.

    I doubled the batch actually… put a dollop of honey in and left out the water since I was adding honey. I used eggbeater instead of eggs and added 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. I also used a bit less cinnamon.

    My batch made 10 cookies and when I entered it in Sparkpeople, the cookies were around 75 calories each. Way better then Subway cookies at 230 calories for one cookie! :(

    Cheers!

    Val

    • Erica House says

      Your modifications sound delicious! I love honey and agree that stevia can sometimes taste off. 75 calories a cookie is definitely worth the yummy treat!

  9. lyla says

    i make a recipe of regular peanut butter cookies that is 1 cup pb, 1 cup splenda and 1 egg. do you think the pb2 would work instead of regular pb?

    • Erica House says

      I think it would work, but the cookies will taste far less ‘rich’ since the PB2 takes out all the fat of regular peanut butter (which gives it most of it’s flavor!) So, the cookies may seem a bit more dry if you use PB2 instead.

  10. says

    That looks soooo delicious! Instead of Stevia, can I just use sugar? I haven’t got any Stevia and I’m not a big fan of it, anyway. I’m OK with the increase in sugar/calories ..

    • Erica House says

      You could absolutely use sugar! I haven’t done so but I’m sure it would sill work fine, and taste delicious!

  11. k says

    PB2 travels well as long as its airtight and you only transport it within the US…it ain’t customs-compatible.

  12. Candice says

    I tried it with raisins and it added the perfect amount of sweetness! Love it and thank you for sharing the recipe :)

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