A month after Christopher and I got married we were heading up to summer camp with our ministry of 11th and 12th graders! It was at the Sacramento Delta river and we were going to be on houseboats all week. It was us, 150 eleventh and twelfth graders and about 15 other leaders. I had been on the trip the year prior and learned the hard way that camp food is no bueno when you are required to be gluten and dairy free. Basically every meal contains white flour, milk or cheese of some sort. Luckily I had thrown in a few cliff bars for back up but most of the week I either didn’t eat, or I did and suffered the consequences.
So this particular year I knew that I needed to come to camp prepared in the food department. I needed something that didn’t require refrigeration, didn’t take up much space and that would be filling as a snack in between banana boating and jumping off houseboats! Cue these cookies...well a version of these cookies.
These cookies used to contain banana and I don’t think they started with peanut butter in the mix. The bananas had to go when I got pregnant for the first time because they were my first food aversion and they never came back because I ended up liking the recipe better without them. And then at some point I added peanut butter so they would have more protein and well because peanut butter makes everything better right?!
Now that I’ve perfected the recipe I love making these cookies at the beginning of every week so my kids and I can have a healthy snack option in the afternoons that feels more like a treat! I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do!
Healthy Peanut Butter Oat Cookies
1 cup of natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp of vanilla extract
2.5 cups old fashioned oats
1 tsp cinnamon
A pinch of salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips, nuts or craisins if desired
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl combine the eggs, peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract until smooth.
Add in the oats, cinnamon, salt and any add ins and continue to mix until well combined.
Scoop out little balls onto the baking sheet however big you desire and bake for 9 minutes.
Let them cool or be a rebel and eat them fresh out of the oven because what’s better than warm cookies?!