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Easiest cookies ever.
Everything you want a cookie to be. And the best part - there are only 3 ingredients and they take 10 minutes to make. No lie!
You can use peanut butter, yes. That is what I did. (Natural Peanut Butter) But you don't have to.
I know peanut butter has become a no-no in schools because of the nut allergies many little ones have to live with every day, so you can easily use any variety of nut or seed butter to be make them lunchbox-friendly. I would recommend sunflower seed butter. You can find it at most healthy food stores or the organic section of the grocery store. It has it's own unique taste and I love it! All nut or seeds butter have that same consistency of natural peanut butter. Smooth and creamy. Great for baking and cooking!
I used to use sunflower seed butter in my cooking and baking when I was teaching. I'm a lover of peanut butter, for sure. I use it a lot! Costco is a good friend :) I use it in stir fry sauces, smoothies, banana ice cream, chocolate fudge, dipping sauces, SNACKS, and now these cookies! We've also gotten into having almond butter as a staple, too. Provides a different taste, same texture. Lee and Hannah are definitely fans!
When I say peanut butter, or any nut or seed butter, I mean the natural kind. Yes, that means that so-called-weird kind that you have to stir together when you first open the jar. THAT IS NORMAL! It's normal and natural for the oil to separate once it's sitting for awhile. It's NOT NATURAL for it to be one consistent smooth spread when you first take it out of the cupboard. Read the ingredients on your peanut butter folks! You're not just eating peanuts if yours is smooth and creamy right from the cupboard. Sugar and other little sneaky things have been added to it to make it stay like that. Buy the natural stuff! Stir it once you open it and then store it in the fridge. It won't separate again and you'll know what you're actually eating.
It's not that hard to make small adjustments towards eating real, wholesome food. And you still get to enjoy tasty treats like these cookies! Your body, health, energy, and mind will thank you. Seriously, refined sugars are not good for anyone. If I could stress anything enough - READ INGREDIENTS. Don't focus on the 'nutritional information' label. Go right to ingredients!!! You'll know much sooner and understand better whether your food is healthy or not, and what you're actually putting into your body. Chances are if you can't pronounce/recognize/grow in the ground any of the ingredients listed, it's not that good for you. You are what you eat, remember. I have learned this to be true time and time again.
These cookies are made with natural, whole ingredients. They are sweet and delicious and our bodies know what to do with the natural ingredients. And, best of all, they are super easy to make.
Total Time: 10 minutes
1 cup natural nut or seed butter, any kind will do!
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
Optional add ins: 1 tbsp cocoa powder, tsp vanilla, pinch sea salt, tsp cinnamon, handful of nuts or chocolate chips
What to do:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
2) Mix all ingredients together. By hand, mixer, processor, hands - doesn't matter. Just mix and combine until it resembles a sticky, soft cookie dough.
3) Roll into balls, whichever size you want (they don't expand too much) and place on greased/parchment lined cookie sheet.
4) Using a fork dipped in water, flatten balls by pushing in slightly. Once all are flattened, bake in oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven, place on cooling rack, and enjoy!
Preface: I do actually really like these ...But I'm the only one in this household who does. I like the crunchy salty flavour. Lee would prefer not to eat them. Haha. I know, not selling you on these here. I like them because I love knowing I'm eating a bunch of healthy kale. But to be truthfully honest... which I am totally going to be, so you know I'm still human after all, if I had to choose between a bag of potato chips and a plate of these guys, I think you know the obvious answer here...
However, let me plead these little green guys' case.
For one, these are beyond healthy. Potato chips - beyond unhealthy. These little green crisps are made out of one the darkest leafy greens around - packed full of the good stuff. It's a great way to get a bunch into your diet. Bagged potato chips have a TON of oil and salt... not so healthy to consume copious amounts of!
For two, they really aren't that hard to make. You control all of the ingredients. And they crisp up in 10 minutes. Potatoes take longer, if making by hand. Bagged chips, although convenient, are just that - packaged. You have no control over the ingredients - where they came from, how much used, and how they are used. Plus, they are not baked... they are fried in oil... by a machine... yeah...
So, if I've convinced you, even just a little, that kale chips aren't so terrible of an idea, try them. It's a great way to use up a bunch of kale. And if you don't like them, it's okay. I understand. But at least you tried them!
Total Time: 15 minutes
1 bunch of Kale - stem removed, ripped into bitesize pieces
drizzle of olive oil to lightly coat
pinch of sea salt
tbsp or so of nutritional yeast
What to do:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2) In a large bowl, add kale. Mix in rest of ingredients until just lightly coated. Too oily/not enough oil won't give you a 'chip'. You want every piece touched with oil, but just lightly, not drenched or dry.
3) Spread evenly on cookie sheet, as flat and spread out as possible.
4) Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, checking often, until just crispy. Careful - they can burn soon after being crispy. Take them out and serve immediately!
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
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