Not-So-Heart-Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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

(sugar)

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…?)

  1. In a small bowl, soak the raisins in water and wait about 15 minutes before pouring the water out. (Keep the water for later!)
  2. 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…)
  3. Pour in the flax seed. (Binding element)
  4. 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.
  5. Add the oatmeal in.
  6. Mix the flour and cinnamon together before adding it in (another “binding” element)
  7. 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….

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