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HG's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Softies
HG's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Softies

You Big Softy...
Giant, chewy, peanut butter oatmeal cookies straight from the HG HQ. WOOHOO!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup regular oats (not instant)
1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1/4 cup Better'n Peanut Butter
2 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown), room temperature
2 tbsp. no-sugar-added applesauce
2 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Dash salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, peanut butter, Splenda, butter, applesauce, egg substitute, and vanilla extract, and mix thoroughly with a wire whisk or fork.

Add flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir until completely mixed and smooth.

Add oats and mix until they are thoroughly coated with the batter.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon batter onto the sheet in 6 evenly spaced mounds. Using the back of a spoon, spread and flatten batter into circles about 3 1/2 inches wide.

Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean.

Remove baking sheet from the oven, and allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the sheet. Then slide parchment paper onto a cool surface, and let cool COMPLETELY. (Really, they taste best once they've totally cooled.) Enjoy!

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1 large cookie
Calories: 140
Fat: 3.25
Sodium: 160mg
Carbs: 23g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 4g

PointsPlus® value 4*

HG Alternative! If you absolutely cannot get your hands on Better'n Peanut Butter, use regular reduced-fat peanut butter. Then each cookie will have 170 calories, 6.25g fat, and 2.5g fiber. That's still WAY better than the average PB cookie!

Peanut Butter Cookie, Average
Peanut Butter Cookie, Average

PB Blues
Peanut butter cookies are incredibly delicious but also incredibly high in sugar, fat, and calories. What do you expect? They're COOKIES that have been infused with PEANUT BUTTER. Even small ones have stats that are too high, but many places (bakeries, restaurants, grandmothers' houses) make cookies that are the size of your face. And that's just too big (even if you have a teeny tiny face!). A typical large peanut butter cookie has about 315 calories and nearly 20g fat. Let's not even THINK about those size-of-your-face monstrosities. Since we love PB cookies, we thought we'd give those nutty treats a makeover. Our version has DELICIOUS ingredients, from the sensible (oats!) to the super-guilt-free (Better'n Peanut Butter!). Make a batch of these softies, and don't forget to let us know how they stack up...

Serving Size: 1 large cookie
Calories: 313
Fat: 18g
Sodium: 227mg
Carbs: 33g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 20g
Protein: 6g

PointsPlus® value 9*
CHEW ON THIS:
Today, June 23rd, is National Pecan Sandies Day. Our Peanut Butter Oatmeal Softies are FAR cooler and more creative than any pecan sandies out there. (Sorry, but it's true.) So we'll be chowing down on our softies, instead!
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