Sunday, January 15, 2012

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Oatmeal With Agave and Flax Cookies

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It's a New Year and I have been trying to get back on track to be in shape. You see I have this lack of motivation to exercise. 3 kids, 2 dog, a husband and 1 part time job seems to fulfill my time and leave me rather tired. Well folks I am proud to say for the last few weeks I have been back on track. This last week I ran/ fast walked 3 miles a day. Who new I still could sweat so much? Hopefully this next week I will continue and be able to shave a little of my time.  The great thing about exercising I have found is the more I do it the more energy I have, it really has been rather amazing! It's better then 2 cups of coffee! I suggest if you haven't been doing it stop making excuses and go for it! You'll feel amazing if you exercise and cut out process foods from your diet!
On another note I thought I would share these delicious cookies! These are great for a healthier dessert or sweet tooth craving. No you can't eat all of these cookies and expect to be healthy, but 2 cookies to calm a sweet tooth are better then most things you could reach for other then fruit and they are  high in fiber from the whole wheat, oatmeal and flax. I subbed agave nectar for regular sugar and I still used brown sugar for a bit of caramel undertone. Agave is a lower glycemic sweetener and doesn't spike your blood sugar like traditional sweeteners and isn't artificial so it will leave your sweet tooth satisfied! The dough is a bit soft and I was worried as I was concocting these they where going to spread too much, I almost added more flour but the oats and flax helped these cookies hold there shape nicely. These where moist and delicious, the kids and husband over indulged, my cookies where all gone by this morning, I was rather sad no cookies for me tonight. Enjoy!

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Cream butter, peanut butter, agave nectar and brown sugar until light and fluffy on medium speed.
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Scrap down sides and add baking powder and baking soda.
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Scrape sides again and add eggs and vanilla, mix on medium until fully incorporated.
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Add whole wheat pastry flour, flax seed and rolled oats. If you need a chocolate fix you could add chocolate chips at this point. Scoop 1 inch rounds onto a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Place into a preheated 375 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool.
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Enjoy, no one will ever know just how much healthier this cookie are compared to the traditional!





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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Oatmeal With Agave and Flax Cookies

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Oatmeal With Agave and Flax Cookies a healthy easy cookie recipe to make with step by step instructions with photos.
Prep time: PT10M
Cook time: PT8M
Total time: PT18M
Yield: 48 Cookies
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup Butter, Softened
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 2/3 cup Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 4 tablespoons Ground Flax Seed
  • 2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips (optional)
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, peanut butter, agave nectar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down side of bowl and add baking powder and soda, mix until combined. Scrape side again and add eggs and vanilla, mix until fully incorporated. Add whole wheat pastry flour, flax seed and oats, mix until combined. If adding chocolate chips stir in until fully combined.
  3. Drop dough in 1 inch balls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Place into preheated oven and bake for 8-9 minutes. Remove from oven and place onto a cooling rack, until cooled.

8 comments:

  1. I love the texture of this cookie! I am sure the grains is what did it. Any cookie with classic flavor that can be made healthier gets a thumbs up in my book. These do look delicious-great post!

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  2. These sound yummy. I too have a sweet tooth and find it hard sometimes not to indulge. However, these days there are so many options available to us and if you can't find one then go online and it's there.

    I agree with you as well about exercising. It's incredible how many excuses we can make but if we just start working out and see how incredible it makes us feel I think more people would do it more often.

    Looking forward to trying your recipe in the near future.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and Happy New Year!

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  3. Dearest Serena! I am totally with you on the exercise and cutting out processed food. We walk everyday for at least 40 minutes and it's a great way to be in shape and have more energy! The cookies looks scrumptious! I am bookmarking the recipe right now :) Thank you for sharing! Hugs my Friend!!

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  4. Hello Serena,
    It was lovely to have you at my place and thanks a bunch for leaving me a sweet comment:)My first time here and so glad I came - you have a wonderful blog and very interesting recipes!You must be such a fabulous cook!Glad to join in as your newest follower - so nice meeting you and keep coming back!

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  5. At first I thought that those are just ordinary oatmeal cookies. I was wrong...there's a lot more to them and they sure look delicious!

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  6. Yum! Totally bookmarked this. I'm all for healthier versions of cookies and peanut butter ones are a personal fav. Congratulation on sticking to your exercise goal! I'll admit I've fallen off the wagon a bit on that one lol

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  7. Great recipe! I would love to try these as I just discovered Agave and how wonderful it is! I also know how wonderful exercise is for the body and mind and I really need to get my butt back in gear. Good for you for getting out there and doing 3 miles a day, keep up the awesome work! Great to "meet" you!

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  8. I like all your recipes. Was searching for recipes with whole wheat flour for baking. Now confused which one I will try first.
    tc & keep going.
    Humi

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