Low-Sugar Chocolate Oat Cookies

Hi guys! Hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

I’ve been spending lots of time with friends and keeping super busy when I’m not! Lots of beach time as well, because, well I think I’m turning into a mermaid.

And now… I have a fun recipe to share with you! It has a pretty funny story behind it.

First of all, I don’t know who to credit for the original recipe for this, because I got it from my Nana, who got it from someone. However, I did tweak it a little bit and make my own version of it because I love doing that!

Last month I went to visit my Nana and Pawpaw. When I go see them, my Nana ALWAYS has some sort of sweet treat made for me. Ever since I can remember, she’s always had fresh cookies, brownies, or some sort of yummy treat waiting because she knows my love for sweets! Well this time, since she knows that I’m trying to maintain a healthy diet and enjoy finding new healthy recipes, she made me some healthy cookies similar to no-bakes (my FAV)!! How thoughtful is that?! Ugh she is the sweetest.

But when she told me about the cookies she made me, she said “Bethany, I made you these cookies because they’re healthier than regular ones and I know you’re eating healthy… but THEY ARE AWFUL!” Hahaha. So of course, when I tried them I loved them, and they were certainly not awful. *Disclaimer: we ended up making real no-bake cookies that weekend because we just needed the real thing too! Balance, right?* I just thought it was so funny that she thought they were so gross. She’s too modest – everything she makes tastes like heaven in your mouth.

That being said, these do not taste quite like no bake cookies. HOWEVER! They are not a bad alternative if you are counting calories or avoiding sugar! I honestly did enjoy them, and will definitely make them again. One of the main changes I made is adding a small amount of NATURAL sugar. When you look at most cookie recipes, there’s a minimum of a whole cup of sugar, so this still keeps them minimal sugar!

I’m not hating on normal cookies, but moderation is key! Sometimes ya just need a healthy alternative, especially with summer right around the corner!

Here is the recipe, including my changes I made:

3 ripe bananas
2 cups oats (I prefer old fashioned over quick)
1/3 cup peanut butter (I use natural!)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon honey
*If you still need more sweetness, you can add stevia.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash the bananas. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Let the batter stand for 20-30 minutes. Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

I hope you guys have a lovely week! You are amazing. Thanks for reading!

XO beth

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3 Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Cups

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Hi guys, and happy hump day!! I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!

As many of you probably know, I am all about eating clean MOST of the time, and making healthy snack choices ALMOST all the time. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — MODERATION is KEY!

You have to learn how to BALANCE your healthy choices with a few indulgences here and there.

One of my favorite times to indulge is Valentine’s Day! I love chocolate. Like, A LOT. Like if my house caught on fire, I’d be real tempted to save the chocolate. Although I usually can’t keep any in my house because it tempts me too much. ANYWAYS.

This V-day, I decided to try a new sweet treat based on my favorite candy – Reese’s hearts! I made up my own peanut butter cups, using minimal ingredients to avoid the long list of crap-like ingredients. I included a picture of the long list of ingredients on a Reese’s (still love Reese’s don’t get me wrong).

I know I know, these aren’t the healthiest snack BUT they do have much fewer things in them than normal candy. It’s nice knowing exactly what goes into what you’re eating! I shared them with a couple friends for V-day treats and they seemed to be a hit! Here’s the recipe!

3-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1tsp coconut oil

Peanut butter filling:
1/3 cup natural peanut butter *look at the ingredients when choosing PB; less ingredients is best!
1 tsp coconut oil
*you may want to add a small splash of water here, depends how thick you want your filling. if you want it thinner but creamy, add a small splash of water.

Line a mini muffin pan with mini muffin cups (if you don’t have any cups that’s fine, just lightly coat the pan with oil!). Heat up chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Drop a small dollop of the melted chocolate into each mini muffin cup so that the whole bottom is covered. Melt the peanut butter and coconut oil, then add splash of water if necessary. Stir until mixed and smooth. Place a small dollop – slightly smaller than the dollop of chocolate on the bottom – of the PB mixture on top of the bottom chocolate layer. Then, top them all off with another (slightly larger) dollop of chocolate, so that the peanut butter is covered, for the most part. Freeze for 20 minutes. ENJOY!

Once frozen, these can be stored in either the refrigerator or freezer, just personal preference! You can also top with nuts, granola, etc. to add a little crunch! I’m trying it with dark chocolate and walnuts next time 🙂 Hope you guys enjoy!

XO beth