Making healthy cookies for kids does not have to be complicated. Kids love peanut butter as much as they do chocolate, so why not offer ‘improved’ versions of their favorite treats.
Here are some ways you can alter your peanut butter cookie recipes to easily make them healthier but no less popular.
Peanut butter cookies often include a lot of butter, sugar and other less than healthy ingredients. What is the point of starting with a healthy ingredient only to end up with an unhealthy treat? Here are some variations you can resort to which will surely get a thumbs up.
And while you’re at it, why not start with natural, homemade peanut butter from scratch? So much healthier than the ready-made variety… Remember to make a big batch so you have enough for sandwiches and breakfast too.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls
Use natural peanut butter whether home made or store bought. Add bran cereal instead of crisped rice and dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet, and combine with your butter and powdered sugar. Finish with a little sea salt if you wish. Again, you can make smaller balls to encourage healthier snacking.
Peanut Butter Cookies
Using store bought reduced-fat or preferably homemade peanut butter, add all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, butter, granulated sugar, a little vanilla extract and non-fat milk. Another option is to use light brown sugar in order to cut the calories even more, and egg white instead of a full egg.
Form small cookie balls, spread on your cookie sheet and flatten with a fork before baking.
Healthier Peanut Butter Fudge
Even fudge can be made healthier by controlling portions and tweaking your ingredients. Combine peanut butter and cream cheese as an alternative to pure chocolate fudge. Add unsweetened, unsalted peanut butter, vanilla extract, fat-free cream cheese, butter or olive oil, Stevia powder, and whey protein to make your low-fat peanut butter fudge.