Fresh Start Bariatric Cookbook: Healthy Recipes to Enjoy Favorite Foods After Weight-Loss Surgery

Heart-Healthy Peanut Butter–Chocolate Chip Cookies

MAKES 4 DOZEN COOKIES

PREP: 15 MINUTES / COOK: 10 MINUTES / TOTAL: 25 MINUTES

Chocolate chip cookies are a familiar part of our life and culture—whether as a snack after school dipped in milk, upon check-in at your hotel while on vacation, or at Grandma’s house when you go to visit. It’s hard to imagine life without this tasty dessert. Here is a healthier twist on chocolate chip cookies—packed with creamy peanut butter and heart-healthy oil.

½ cup creamy natural peanut butter

⅓ cup canola oil

¼ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1¼ cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

1 teaspoon baking soda

⅔ cup dark chocolate chips (60 percent cacao or higher)

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2 In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the peanut butter, canola oil, granulated and brown sugars, and vanilla until creamy and smooth.

3 Beat in the eggs one at a time.

4 In a small bowl, mix together the oats, flour, flaxseed, and baking soda.

5 Gradually beat the dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture.

6 Stir in the chocolate chips.

7 Drop teaspoons of dough onto an ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

8 Bake for about 9 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown.

9 Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 1 minute, and then with a spatula transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely before serving.

Did you know? Flaxseed is an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acid, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Flaxseed has been shown to help lower blood pressure, among many other health benefits. Mix a tablespoon into your protein shake, spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, or any baked goods to sneak it in!

Per Serving (2 cookies): Calories: 164 Total fat: 10g Sodium: 75mg Total carbs: 17g Sugar: 8g Fiber: 2g Protein: 3g

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