Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

I think it’s time for cookies! Any day is a good excuse to make cookies, especially when they’re as delicious as these healthy peanut butter cookies! They will never beat the soft pillowy peanut butter melt away cookies, but they’re much better for you and still full of flavor.

This recipe was inspired by The Daring Gourmet’s Mega Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies. Her cookies look delicious and I would have stuck right to her recipe but I was missing some of the ingredients like the wheat germ and oat bran. So I switched a few things around and these are what I came up with!

Healthy_Peanut_Butter_Cookies_RecipeIngredients:

  • 1/4 cup solid coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/3  cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup natural, unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered peanut butter or PB2 (If you don’t have that just add another 3 Tablespoons of flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa nibs

How it’s Done:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whip the solid coconut oil and butter together for a few minutes. Pour in the honey and the peanut butter and mix until combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix for about 30 seconds. In a separate small bowl (or on top of your wet mixture…I know you’re not supposed to make cookies this way, but I always do and they turn out fine!) Mix the flour, PB2, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Slowly mix into the wet ingredients until just combined. Mix in the cocoa nibs.

Place on a baking mat and flatten with a fork in a criss-cross pattern. Bake for 8-10 minutes until just barely golden. Let cool and enjoy!

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While these are still a treat they are much healthier for you than regular peanut butter cookies. They’re delicious! This batch is already long gone, and I already want to make another batch.

Healthy_CookiesToday I have the day off (!) from all of my jobs so I’m running around doing a million errands that have been put on the back burner since we have no free time. I’ll also be working on our other job of organizing our business plan and things for the cidery.

Have an awesome Thursday!

Do you have a favorite healthy cookie recipe!?

 

Homemade Oak Barrel Vanilla

Morning! Today I’m sharing a little project we completed this weekend. We had a small oak barrel that Adam got a long long time ago and it has been sitting in our basement for years. He came up with the idea to make homemade vanilla in it and I thought it was such a great idea!

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It was kind of an expensive project, but it will be well worth it in a few years…or maybe months, we’ll see how long this takes!

We bought the vanilla beans from the home-brew store because they are much much cheaper than buying them in the grocery store. You can buy a bag of 6-8 vanilla beans for about eight dollars. Then we also bought a case of vodka to pour into the barrel. We’re hoping the oak barrel leeches a little of the oaky flavor into the vanilla so that it creates a unique delicious flavor. It will be interesting to see what it tastes like in cookies and cakes!

Here is how we went about making the homemade oak barrel vanilla:

First we made sure the barrel would hold liquid since it was sitting in the basement for so long. It leaked out of the ends of the barrel so we had to soak it in a huge tub of water, and the sink over the course of a few days so that the wood could swell a little bit. We didn’t want to just fill it with water because then we would lose some of the flavor inside.

After we made sure the barrel was good to go we cut the vanilla beans lengthwise, no need to scrape out the seeds. We used about 50 vanilla beans for the 4-5 gallons of vodka.

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Then we threw the vanilla beans into the barrel and dumped in the vodka! Now it’s just a waiting game to see how it turns out! We will have to refill some of the vodka periodically as some evaporates or seeps into the wood.

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Homemade Oak Barrel Vanilla

  • 50 vanilla beans, cut length-wise
  • 8 1.75 Liter bottles of vodka, the barrel won’t be completely full

Then we want to make some hard cider in the barrel afterward. It would be like an oak aged vanilla cider. YUM!

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Have you ever made homemade vanilla, or anything in an oak barrel?!

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I’m excited to see this movie. I love Anna Kendrick, and I have been laughing so hard at all of the previews playing on instagram…and snapchat…what an interesting use of social media, hahah.  I’ve also been watching some of the hilarious video clips and features of Pitch Perfect 2!

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Friday Favorites #3

Hello again! Happy Friday! It’s the end of another week, I can’t believe it. I know I literally say that every single week, but time is flying even faster these days!

This weekend we will be packing and moving out most of our things so that we can be ready for the final move out day at the end of May.

I’m really sad to be leaving our beautiful home. Adam bought the house when I was still in college and I moved in with him after graduation. He even asked my Dad at my graduation dinner, to which my Dad replied. No. He was joking…I think. Hahha We have some great memories in that house, and it will always be a special place to me. I’ll have to have a few posts on moving and closing on a house because it has been quite the adventure.

Woo alright, anyway, I’m linking up with Life In Leggings again this week to share some of my Friday Favorites!

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I was raving about the tulips and first Spring flowers last week. But now the trees all seem to have bloomed at the same time. It’s crazy! The apple, pear, cherry, and lilacs are all in bloom at once! It’s so beautiful and the air just smells delicious!

Engagement Pictures

Orchard_Engagement_PhotosWe just got these done yesterday in an apple orchard and I’m already so so excited to see them!! Here is a little sneak peak! We had an amazing friend take our engagement pictures, I’ll be sure to share more!

Discovering Treasures in Your Own Backyard!

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We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful corner of the world (when it’s not snowing and freezing outside). I love adventuring and finding new places to discover that are so close to home. We went hiking at High Tor near Naples on Mother’s Day and it was so beautiful and so much fun!

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Celebrating 5 Years with Adam.

5_Year_Anniversary It has somehow become tradition to explore a new restaurant and bring a bottle of wine on our anniversary each year. And so far each place that we have tried has been absolutely delicious, we’ve been so lucky! This year we went to Casa Sol and it was a perfect choice. The food and service was awesome, I highly recommend anyone that is looking for a new restaurant in the Finger Lakes to check this place out. We got a homemade peanut butter cookie ice-cream sandwich for dessert that was soo good.

Making Wedding Invitations

We’ve been hard at work with our wedding invitation assembly line. We’re SO excited to give them out to everyone! I haven’t even shown our Save-The-Dates on here yet because we haven’t given them out to everyone yet. The way we’re having a destination and home reception is kind of…non-traditional so the invite situation is a little wacky too. But I have loved homemaking both the Save-The-Dates and Invites and I’ll definitely share them on here sooner or later.

What are you guys loving this week?!

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