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Healthier Monster Cookies

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I have a confession to make. I don’t really like baking. I know, I know. Here I am with a food blog and I really can’t say with confidence that I enjoy baking. The main reason being that the act of baking is so precise. I like to add dashes of this and that into whatever I am making. With baking, I don’t know what to add if something is too dry, or if my cookies are too flat after they’ve baked, or what is okay to change in a recipe and what isn’t.

It’s just never been my thing. I will bake from time to time but I have to follow a recipe with exact precision, which, drives me crazy.

When it comes to healthier baking, like this recipe for Monster Cookies that I found online, it’s almost cheating. I mean, I bake casseroles, and roast chickens, and this, seems close to that somehow.

Allow me to explain.

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The reason this recipe feels like I’m cheating the Baking Gods is because there is so much oatmeal, peanut butter, etc. that you actually shape the cookies with your hands and cook them in the oven until they aren’t raw anymore. There’s very little science involved. I can do that! Correction: I did that!

These cookies are chewy, peanutty, oatmealy, chocolately… and almost guilt-free! Definitely better for you than most cookies anyway. Why? Because the fat in these cookies comes mostly from the peanut butter. Take a guess as to how much butter is in this batter. Come on… guess.

A single tablespoon! Not one stick, like many other cookie recipes, but ONE TABLESPOON! So go ahead, indulge. Enjoy for breakfast. Eat three of these in one sitting. Because honey, in my book, these are pretty darn good for you!

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To me these cookies could be cousins with a granola bar or oat bar. There’s enough sweetness that this could be a dessert but its not overpowering and could be eaten as a breakfast on the go too. I added M&Ms and Pecans to mine but customize these and make them your own. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

I did not create this recipe. This recipe was written by Amy’s Healthy Baking.

Healthier Monster Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup instant oats (or oatmeal that has been pulsed in a food processor 5-6 times)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 large egg white, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk or almond milk
  • 2 Tablespoon mini M&M candies, divided
  • 2 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped pecans (optional)

Directions

  1. Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, egg white, and vanilla. Mix in the peanut butter until smooth. Stir in the brown sugar and milk. Mix completely. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Fold in all of the pecans, most of the M&Ms, and most of the chocolate chips. Chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. Drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops onto the prepared sheet and flatten to the desired thickness and width. Cookies will not spread. Gently press the remaining M&Ms and chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies. Bake at 325°F for 10-13 minutes. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Keep in a sealed container.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/healthier-monster-cookies/

I did not create this recipe. This recipe was written by Amy’s Healthy Baking.

oatmeal bars caramel

Oatmeal Caramel Bars

oatmeal caramel bars

Hello friends!  It’s been too long.  Now that spring has arrived in full swing here, I have been a busy bee.  It’s like everyone has woken up from winter’s slumber.  Loads of visitors, grill outs, parties… it’s almost as if summer has already arrived.  I love this time of year!

Okay, back to these absolutely delectable bars.  I don’t even know where to begin with these!  They are ooey, gooey, chocolatey and chewy.  They are sweet with caramel and hearty with bits of oats.  These are completely addicting and dangerous.  You’ve been warned.

The process is relatively simple.  You create a layer of cookie/bar, par bake it, add a layer of gooey caramel then finish it with the second layer.  Bake, cut, and devour.  The second step is optional… you could just bake and devour but I try to have a bit of civility when it comes to these things.  Only when people are looking of course.

Oatmeal Caramel Bars

Ingredients

  • 32 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking pan lined with foil or parchment paper. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt together the caramels and heavy cream, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in the melted butter until well blended. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of pan. Reserve the rest.
  3. Bake the crust for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Pour the caramel mixture over the top and then crumble the remaining crust mixture over everything. Use your hands to gently pat everything down.
  4. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the top is lightly toasted. Cool then cut into squares.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/oatmeal-caramel-bars/

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