Peanut Butter Cookie Thins

I love peanut butter, any nut butters for that matter. I could eat them straight from the jar with a spoon, sometimes I do, but it’s not recommended as it adds up. Peanut butter is a fat and fat is expensive when it comes to caloric value. What this means is that you are not eating much of it and it doesn’t really fill up your stomach the same way that carbs do, but it comes at a whooping price of 9 calories per gram as opposed to 4 calories for carbs. So, you want to be mindful with it. Not that fat makes you fat, but anything in excess will add on weight. So, what I like to do is find alternatives. 

If you haven’t heard of peanut butter flour or powdered peanut butter you are missing out big time! Essentially, it is peanuts turned into powder by squeezing out the fat and dehydrating what’s left. This type of powdered peanut butter will be very low in fat and most times will have some sugar and salt added to it. Not a significant amount, so I am not too concerned about it, as I am not consuming large amounts of it. I have tried PB2 and today I have used Tru-nut. I have also found an alternative that has nothing added, just defatted roasted peanuts that have been dehydrated by Protein Plus. You can reconstitute these powders to obtain peanut butter or you can use them in baking. I’ve opted for baking today.pc peanut butter chips

Have you  ever had commercially made peanut butter cookies? Like the President’s choice cookie chips ? If you have, you know what kind of deliciousness I am talking about. They are sweet and salty at the same time, they are crumbly and oily. They are so delicious you can eat the whole bag in one sitting. But as you do it, you have to fully realize that it is not doing you any good. You might even peak at the nutritional value label and realize that just 5 of those cookie chips (a measly 28g) packs 150 calories. Besides nobody buys a pack of cookies and then weighs out 28g to eat! That’s ludicrous, no? You open up a bag and eat the whole damn thing because it tastes so good! But, by the time the bag is empty you will have consumed 900 calories all from sugar (90g) and fat (54g), oh wait, there is some protein (24g) in there from peanuts, I guess 😉 In any case, that’s me, if I allow myself to have these at home. Maybe you, the reader, can stop at 28g and call it a day, I know I can’t. So I don’t buy them, I make my own. Are they as good tasting as the PC brand? To me, they are and I am able to stop at one serving. 

Peanut Butter Cookie Thins
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 11
  • Serving size: 50g
  • Calories: 131
  • Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 14
  • Sugar: 2
  • Fiber: 5
  • Protein: 13
Recipe type: Desert
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Peanut butter cookie made with beans, but I swear you could be fooled!
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put the liquid egg whites and stevia in a food processor and blend on high until the egg whites form stiff peaks.
  2. Add the kidney beans and blend well. You will end up with tiny little specks of the dark skin of the beans, but those will almost unnoticeable after the cookies are baked. And here is an image to prove that this recipe really calls for kidney beans. Trust me, you will not taste them!
  3. Add the Peanut Butter Powder, Baking Powder, Stevia, Vanilla and Peanut Butter.
  4. Blend well until you get a nice consistent mixture.
  5. Spray your cookie sheet with coconut oil and form flat rounds with your batter.
  6. Pop in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until your cookies have reached the desired crispness. .
Notes
Please notice the difference in the macronutrient breakdown of these cookies vs the commercially made ones.

My Peanut Butter Cookie Thins per serving of 50g: 131 cal, 13g protein, 3.7g fat, 14.4g carbs (2g sugar and 5g fibre)

PC Peanut Butter Cookie Chip per serving of 28g : 150 cal, 4g protein, 9g fat, 15g carbs (10g sugar and 1g fibre)

You get more bang for your buck eating my cookies in all respects! For a portion almost 2 as big you get less calories, less sugar, less fat, more protein and more fibre. I think I know what I am making next time I get a sweet tooth! And BTW, you tested them with somebody who doesn't know what's in them I guarantee you that they will not pick kidney beans and the main ingredient!
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I promptly snapped pictures of my cookies even before anybody noticed I made them because I know they will not last long!
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I think the only thing I am going to change for next time is their thickness. They turned out delicious but I sort of wanted them to be somewhat crumbly and that they are not. I think that if I had made them thinner they would have gotten a bit crunchy and crumbly. Don’t get me wrong, they are very good as they are – moist and soft and that’s fine too, but there is nothing wrong with improving them.
And here is my portion for testing. Ok, I did have couple of more bites than this, I just could not resist they were so good! What you see smeared on the side is my cottage cheese frosting. Yes, you are reading right, cottage cheese can be made delicious too.
And here is my portion for testing. Ok, I did have a couple of more bites than this, I just could not resist, they were so good! What you see smeared on the side is my cottage cheese frosting. Yes, you are reading right, cottage cheese can be made delicious too. And the fork ended up being just decoration, no need for it. 
It went very well with the frosting. Surprisingly enough, once I had my cookie I nibbled on some more, just to double check the deliciousness :) However, I did not get this same urge of reaching for the next and the next and one more that I usually get when and if I eat commercial cookies. That one cookie and couple of more nibbles satisfied me to the point that I did not feel the urge to have more. That's what I call nutritious food, as opposed to empty calories that make you want to reach for more and more and never seem to fill you up.
It went very well with the frosting. Surprisingly enough, once I had my cookie I nibbled on some more, just to double check the deliciousness 🙂 However, I did not get this same urge of reaching for the next one and another one and one more that I usually get when and if I eat commercial cookies. That one cookie and a couple of more nibbles satisfied me to the point that I did not feel the urge to have more. That’s what I call nutritious food, as opposed to empty calories that make you want to reach for more and more and never seem to fill you up.
Half of it gone and I was OK with that. It was filling, satisfying and even though I know there is more I'm not longing to have another one.
Half of it gone and I was OK with that. It was filling, satisfying and even though I know there is more I’m not longing to have another one.
I was marvelling at the last bite as I formed my post.
I was marvelling at the last bite as I formed my post.