Devour (dih-vou-uh r): verb; to swallow up or eat hungrily, voraciously or ravenously. Eg. The girl devoured an entire plate of freshly baked Peanut and Pumpkinseed Butter Cookies.
Yep – that sounds about right.
I’ve always been a total cookie (and cake, and chocolate of any kind) monster, but I was still not prepared for the ridiculousness that is my latest cookie creation: Peanut and Pumpkinseed Butter Cookies. Let’s just say I am SO glad I whipped up the first batch early on a Saturday morning while my husband was still fast asleep, not only because I took down this plate of cookies much as I imagine Animal from the Muppets would have; but also because it meant I didn’t have to share! Oh, I know, I know – Christmas is supposed to be the time of giving. But humbug to that – these cookies were too damn good.
Luckily I AM willing to share the recipe – and just in time for the cookie baking season. Thankfully for my friends (and ass) I have learned to share since the first batch, and these cookies have received by far the two most enthusiastic thumbs up of all my baked goods to date. Even my friends who aren’t into the whole “healthy dessert” idea raved.
Of course since these are TNB cookies they do more than just taste great. Not only are they sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and high in protein, but unlike traditional sugar-laden treats that paralyze your immune system, these cookies will actually help boost it. This is thanks to the pumpkinseed butter addition to the traditional PB cookie concept – which this nutritionist did not add just to be fancy (although I do love bein’ fancy). Pumpkin seeds are an amazing source of zinc, which is important to your body in so many ways, including not only immunity but also cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and even male sexual function (which if you are a married lady like me is of great importance to you!). Unfortunately, many people are deficient in zinc due to mineral-depleted soils, drug effects, incomplete vegetarian and vegan diets, and other diets high in grain. And being deficient in zinc causes a host of problems. On top of the dreaded cold and flu, which circulates this time of year, it can also cause fatigue, depression (also an issue this time of year), acne, low birth weight babies, learning problems and poor school performance in children, and a slew of other unpleasant problems. Phew – it’s a damn good thing these cookies are here!
So to summarize – these cookies are sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, high-protein, can be whipped up in under 20 minutes AND will actually make you healthier? Yeah – Merry Christmas.
The Natural Blonde
P.s. Don’t feel bad if YOUR inner Animal prevails and you tear open the beautiful box of cookies you put together for someone else. A candle is nice, too.
Peanut and Pumpkinseed Butter Cookies (makes 12)
- ¼ cup all natural peanut butter (chunky or smooth – your call!)
- ¼ all natural pumpkinseed butter
- ½ cup Xylitol (you can sub in coconut sugar if you’d prefer)
- 1 egg
- 1¼ cups large rolled oats (not quick cooking and certified GF if necessary)
- 1 tsp. natural vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. fine sea salt
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream together the xylitol or coconut sugar with the nut/seed butters and the egg. Add the vanilla and combine again.
In a smaller bowl, combine the oats, baking soda and salt. Next, add the dry mix to the wet mix and fold together. It will be sticky!
Wet your hands a little to make handling the dough easier and start rolling dough into 2” balls, placing them on a parchment lined baking sheet and flattening slightly.
Place them in the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before handling (so they don’t fall apart). Enjoy!
I prefer these out of the fridge as they get super chewy when cold! Can be stored for a week in an airtight container, but they will never last that long!