I can’t believe it is January already, can you?! The holidays are such a blur of presents, family time, big dinners, and sweet cookies. And as much as I love all that holiday eating, I am glad it comes to an end. January is the time to really reset your diet and get back on track. Since I am still craving some sweets, I wanted to find a way to sweeten my day without as many calories. I love having something sweet with my afternoon tea, but I know that the Christmas cookies full of butter and sugar cannot be apart of that equation any longer!
There are so many ways to sweeten food without the use of plain sugar and one of my favorite products is Truvia. Ryan and I have been using Truvia to sweeten our coffee and tea for years because it is naturally grown, but still tastes great. It has definitely become our favorite zero-calorie sweetener in our house. Whenever browsing the aisle that houses Truvia at Target, I ran across their baking blend, which I was really excited to try. It promised to brown and bake just like sugar but with 75% fewer calories.
|The Truvia and Truvia Baking Blend are with all the other baking products at Target|
While I was at Target, I walked over to the tea aisle to see if I could find something different then my normal black tea, and I found Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea, which I picked up immediately because I love Chai Tea! After the tea aisle I made a quick swing by the Dollar Spot, which was all 50 percent off!! It was a dream come true!! Anyone that says they don‘t love Target and the Dollar Spot, is lying, its. the. best. No Question.
|You can find the Bigelow Chai Tea in an aisle with all the other teas and hot drinks at Target|
When I sat down to make this recipe, I ended up just throwing a little of this and that into the mixing bowl, trying to keep it as healthy and light as possible, and I have to say I was pleased with the results! These cookies are sweet enough to fix any sugar craving and they pair perfectly with my new Bigelow Chai. I am now looking forward to my late afternoon tea and cookie! I am not skilled enough to figure out actual nutrition facts, but I can tell you that these are full of protein and fiber and kept me full until dinner time.
I knew I had a winner whenever my toddler came running into the kitchen, saw chocolate chips, and grabbed a cookie. Even more promising was when she came running back, stole another cookie, and kept on going. She thought I was going to tell her no more cookies, but little did she know, I would be happy for her to eat these!
And I can’t go without talking about the tea. I do my best not to drink my calories, but one of my weaknesses is Chai Tea. I love a big frothy chai from a coffeeshop, but that isn’t good for your waistline or your wallet. Bigelow’s Chai was delicious. With a splash of milk, it was creamy and spicy, just like my favorite coffee shop ones. This tea was the perfect counterpart to my sweet cookie.
I hope you give these a try. You can really vary the mix ins to customize them to your family’s taste! I used coconut because we love it, but skip it if you aren’t a fan! These are perfect for breakfast, before or after a workout, or as a quick snack whenever you want something healthy to hold you over to dinner.
Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
Makes 16 cookies
2 cups quick oats
1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup natural peanut butter or nut butter of your choice
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (optional, but adds great moisture)
3 heaping teaspoons chopped almonds
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
3 tbsp. Truvia Baking Blend
2 eggs (If using applesauce, reduce to one egg)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper. Mix together all ingredients with a spatula, and then by hand to make sure everything is well incorporated. Roll batter into desired size ball and then press gentle to flatten. I used about 1 heaping tbsp. of dough. Bake for 15 minutes, or until set and starting to slightly brown. Don’t overcook. Let cool on baking pan and then remove to cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
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If you are a member of Target Cartwheel (which you are crazy if you aren’t! Its a big money saver!) you can use the coupon there to save 10% on your Truvia purchase. Or if you are on the fence about Truvia you can request a free sample HERE!
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