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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

June 6, 2011

I have a new way of looking at food.

I’m sick of labeling cookies as “bad” and carrots as “good”. I just want food to be food.

Carrots to be carrots. And cookies to be cookies.

It just makes sense.

Also, I am never going  “sugar-free” again. It just doesn’t work for me. I already eat almost entirely sugar-free and I don’t want to entirely cut out the little sugar I do eat.

The labeling is stopping.

And cookies are coming.

And they are not labeled as anything, they’re just cookies.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/3 cup granulated sugar or NuStevia Baking Blend (I do a mix of both)

1/3 cup agave nectar

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup milk

1 t. vanilla

1 square Baker’s unsweetened chocolate, shaved (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl, starting with dry then adding wet. Last, add chocolate shavings, if desired.

Drop dough onto cookie sheet. The cookies don’t change much while baking, so flatten them into desired cookie shapes. If you make them thin, you will have wonderful crunchy cookies (like mine) or you can make them a little thicker. Yum.

Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until bottoms are slightly browned.

Two cookies were devoured as a result of this photo shoot.

Seriously, I come up with the best ideas. Cookies in a jar? Genius.

Okay, maybe that’s just me.

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  1. June 6, 2011 12:31 pm

    I love when people figure out what works for them :) I’m so glad you found what makes you happy!!!! And those cookies look really chewy and tasty!

  2. June 6, 2011 12:33 pm

    Excellant post girl :) glad you are figuering out what works for you. These cookies look incredible! I’m a sucker for anything with peanut butter and oats, so these are total perfection in my book!!

  3. June 6, 2011 12:44 pm

    great job with those cookies! I wish I had one!!!

  4. June 6, 2011 1:11 pm

    Those look so good! I totally agree with you about labels.. seriously we don’t need em!

  5. June 6, 2011 1:41 pm

    It really is all about moderation. My wife and I love to indulge and cook fancy food for guests. They always think you eat like this all the time? Of course we don’t! I love this recipe and besides oatmeal’s good for you.

  6. June 6, 2011 1:58 pm

    I too have been trying to not label foods. I think it can seriously play games with your mind and it causes me too binge on “bad” foods when I do that. Everything is ok in moderation and even better when we healthify recipes!

    These cookies look delicious!

  7. June 6, 2011 2:17 pm

    You are so cute, Kayla! I agree, the labeling is ridiculous. I’m really bad about that, except I sometimes get to the point where I label carrots as ‘unhealthy’ because they contain so much sugar. Heaven forbid I focus on the vitamins and the beta carotene that are in them! Nope, I have to focus on the sugar and carbs. Bleh. These cookies look awesome. Thanks for not labeling them; I will have to try them. :)

    • June 6, 2011 2:24 pm

      Haha, I know! I do that, too. Sweet potatoes and carrots are too high in carbs + sugar and blah blah blah, I just need to STOP.

  8. June 6, 2011 2:26 pm

    Oh yum!! I love cookies with oats in them! even better when they’re healthy ;)

  9. June 6, 2011 2:33 pm

    I loved the shaved chocolate in these! They’re probably even better than chocolate chips and it’s more distributed throughout. You’ve successfully combined three of my favorite cookies in one- yumm!!!

  10. June 6, 2011 2:40 pm

    Those look sooo yummy!!! Good for you for quitting the labeling!!! Life is too short not to enjoy delicious cookies! :D

  11. June 6, 2011 3:16 pm

    Love the new food philosophy Kayla! SO positive and true! And I agree about going sugar free…the little added sugar I eat in my diet is no big deal so I don’t think there is any reason for me to go COMPLETELY sugar free!

  12. June 6, 2011 3:27 pm

    I will be making these.

  13. June 6, 2011 4:03 pm

    Ooh these look nummmy :)

    I’m so happy you are done with labels. I recently got to that point myself. Food is food. Eat what you want, what you crave, and you will be happy :D

  14. June 6, 2011 4:46 pm

    Those look fantastic :)

    HOORAY for no labels!!

  15. June 6, 2011 5:31 pm

    I love your attitude. It’s okay to incoporate a little bit of sugar into a healthy diet, especially something like agave or molasses which actually had some benefits! It’s also great that you are seeing food as what it is, not as good or bad. I love love love it!!!
    I also love love love cookies loaded with yummy fats and whole grains like this one. Om nom nom!

  16. June 6, 2011 5:49 pm

    I love a good old fashion peanut butter cookie. These look incredible :D

  17. June 6, 2011 5:58 pm

    These look DIVINE. I love chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, and the addition of nut butter is always a good thing :D I def. agree that labeling food is pretty useless… food is food and you should enjoy whatever you want, whether it be a cookie or a carrot. I def. know that I could never go sugar-free, nor would I ever want to.

  18. June 6, 2011 6:20 pm

    These look gorgeous. I love the cookies in a jar idea! It’s so great that you got to the point where labels don’t matter. I hope I can get to that one day and not care if my cookies aren’t “healthy”. Your pictures are getting really good :)

  19. applesnoats permalink
    June 6, 2011 8:49 pm

    you go girl!!!!!those cookies look awesome, two of my fav foods

  20. June 6, 2011 9:35 pm

    The cookies in a jar is a fantastic idea. They look so good to begin with.

  21. June 6, 2011 10:54 pm

    I love peanut butter oatmeal cookies! they are my fave. :-)

  22. June 6, 2011 11:22 pm

    These cookies look delicious!

    I definitely think that not “labeling” foods is a really good idea. Food is food and we should enjoy every bite!

  23. June 7, 2011 9:13 am

    YUMMYYY!!! Your cookies are always the best! :D

    I love your new way of thinking of food. I’m so glad that you have found that balance with yourself! :D

  24. June 7, 2011 10:09 am

    Peanut butter cookies are the stuff of heaven! So good, cant really go wrong with them!

  25. June 7, 2011 7:04 pm

    These look great! Another recipe of yours I will be trying :) And, I agree about the sugar-free thing, I’ve come to pretty much the same conclusion. It was a good experiment though!

  26. June 7, 2011 9:47 pm

    Love this recipe! I can’t wait to try these. Although, let’s be honest, when is chocolate ever optional? It’s always a requirement for me! ;)

    Also that’s great about your new outlook on eating. It’s so much better to not overcomplicate things and to just eat what you want!

  27. June 7, 2011 10:48 pm

    Bravo! I, too, have been working on the labeling food as “good” or “bad” thing. I bought myself some treats yesterday, and I have already mowed my way through part of ‘em. It’s so liberating to just eat, and eat foods I enjoy! I love my ‘healthy’ food, but no longer shall I deny myself some soy cheese nachos with black olives and mustard :).

  28. June 7, 2011 11:02 pm

    Ummmm…..those look so good! I want some :D I need some time to bake, then I will definitely be making these!

  29. June 7, 2011 11:33 pm

    So many good flavors in this! Chocolate is never optional in a cookie like this ;)

  30. June 8, 2011 8:16 am

    What a cute idea for the pics! This recipe looks awesome!

  31. June 9, 2011 9:46 pm

    I love your new philosophy! It’s so hard to get over the labeling, but I think it is important. Peanut butter and Oatmeal are my two favorite kinds of cookies…sounds like I need to try these!

  32. Katie permalink
    June 11, 2011 10:02 pm

    These look great, my favorite kind of cookie! Glad you figuring out what works for you :) I tend to eat lower sugar also but cutting out is just no fun, so I completely understand where your coming from.

  33. June 17, 2011 2:59 pm

    Food IS food, I agree! Sometimes I want carrots, sometimes I want cookies–they’re both GOOD. And these look particularly amazing, I love oats and peanut butter together!

  34. June 19, 2011 10:01 pm

    These cookies look so delicious! :) I’m enjoying your blog.

  35. June 25, 2011 5:41 pm

    Hey Kayla! My name is Mariel, and happy to have found your blog!!! xo
    I am obsessed with nutrition and healthy eating too!! lol
    These pictures of yours are georgous!!!

  36. July 18, 2011 6:31 pm

    Wow, these are my next cookies to make! They look great, and so does the list of ingredients (I love peanut butter & agave)! The pictures are awesome too. Has a peanut butter cookie ever looked more classy?

  37. July 21, 2011 5:52 am

    These look great! How many grams is 1 square of Baker’s unsweetened chocolate?

  38. July 24, 2012 10:03 am

    I’m really diggin’ these cookies, girl. And cookies in a jar? Good work.

  39. December 15, 2012 4:25 pm

    YUM! My 2 favorite combinations right now!!

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