Although our theme for yesterday’s Valentine’s Day meeting was Eating Heart-Healthy, my peanut butter cookies didn’t really did a good job at promoting that. You see, maybe if I’d used a better type of peanut butter to begin with, and not “skip” the importance of fat…
Regardless, you guys can all try this recipe and see what you think! This is a totally random recipe, as per usual, so just take this with a grain of salt!
Peanut Butter Raisin Cookies
1/2 cup Raisins
1 cup H2O (water) (warm if you’re in a hurry)
1 3/4 cups Peanut Butter (please use a non-hydrogenated one for best health results)
1 tbsp Olive Oil
(optional) 2 tbsp flax seed
2 cups Oatmeal (either quick or old-fashioned would work)
1/3 cups 100% Whole Wheat Flour (I’m sure other gluten-free flours may also work!)
(optional) 1/2 tbsp cinnamon (please use pure cinnamon for best results…?)
- In a small bowl, soak the raisins in water and wait about 15 minutes before pouring the water out. (Keep the water for later!)
- In a mixing bowl, mix the peanut butter, raisin-water and olive oil together thoroughly. (I had to heat it on the stove for a bit since mine was hydrogenated…)
- Pour in the flax seed. (Binding element)
- Add sugar in here, especially if your peanut butter was not sweetened. Honey/agave would work too, if you’re not adamant on their health benefits that would most probably be lost in the baking heat.
- Add the oatmeal in.
- Mix the flour and cinnamon together before adding it in (another “binding” element)
- Bake at 400F for about 20 minutes, or when the surface is golden/crisp.
This almost turned into a gluten-free dessert…. but I had to ruin it and add flour. I wasn’t sure how brown rice flour would work, because rice flours are less binding (according to a cookie experiment I did in high school). Flax seed was added mostly because I had it on hand…. hahaha~
Did you guys know that you could use raisins to cultivate yeast and make your own bread? I haven’t tried it yet, but when I do, I’ll let you in on the results of this!
Well, Happy Valentine’s Day for couples and non-couples! I hope to try avocado brownies next time… Is this a preview for next time’s meeting????? We’ll see about that….