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Bite it!
Hungry Girl's Monstrously Delicious Monster Softies

Terrifyingly Tasty!
Peanut butter cookies crammed with M&M's?! Yes, please! These softies are here to scare away your cravings for fatty baked goods...

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

1/4 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
1/4 cup brown sugar (not packed)
2 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated), or HG Alternative
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)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Dash salt
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
Half of a 1.69-oz. package (about 28 M&M's or 1 1/2 tbsp.) Milk Chocolate M&M's candy, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter, brown sugar, Splenda, butter, applesauce, egg substitute, and vanilla extract. Whisk thoroughly.

Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir until smooth. Fold in oats and chopped M&M's.

Spoon batter onto the sheet in 6 evenly spaced mounds. Use the back of a spoon to spread and flatten into 3-inch circles.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a softie comes out clean, about 10 minutes. Enjoy!


Serving Size: 1 softie (1/6th of recipe)
Calories: 179
Fat: 7g
Sodium: 169mg
Carbs: 24g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 10g
Protein: 5g

PointsPlus® value 5*

HG Alternative: If made with an equal amount of granulated white sugar in place of the Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated), each serving will have 192 calories, 27.5g carbs, and 14g sugars (PointsPlus® value 5*).

Fight it!
Monster Cookies, Average

Frighteningly Fatty...
You can run, but you can't hide... It comes stomping toward you, crushing your self-control and good judgment the closer it gets. The monster cookie is coming for you -- but there is hope! While it might seem impossible to resist a candy-studded peanut butter cookie, we've got a swap that's here to save the day. Our sweet baked goodies have the soft PB base and M&M's that monster cookies are known for. We skipped the chocolate chips, since the M&M's have the chocolate covered. Some people add in other things like nuts or raisins... which we don't really find necessary here. This recipe is incredible, and it will save us all from the highly caloric versions that threaten to smash our smart-eating habits. Our hero!

Serving Size: 1 cookie
Calories: 375
Fat: 17g
Sodium: 338mg
Carbs: 50g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 34g
Protein: 5.5g

PointsPlus® value 10*

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