Who doesn’t LOVE peanut butter cookies? Try these healthy, super easy (only 3 ingredients) cookies and feel like you are indulging in a real classic peanut butter cookie , but without the guilt of indulging in flour and refined sugar! Who says eating healthy has to be boring?! And did we mention, only 3 ingredients?! Plus, you probably already have these ingredients in your house! Get ready to make these ASAP! You will be amazed at how yummy they are! These cookies should keep for at least a week outside the fridge (if you can keep them around that long(!), and even longer in the fridge or freezer – Yields 12 cookies
- 1 cup unsalted, natural peanut butter (did you know Whole Foods will make it fresh from their peanuts?)
- 1/4 cup sugar free maple syrup
- 1 tsp sea salt (you may cut this by 1/2 if you want it more sweet, than sweet and salty)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Combine all three ingredients in a bowl, and mix ingredients together
- Using a spoon, place cookies on a non-stick cookie sheet (you may use parchment paper to line sheet)
- Bake for 10 minutes
- While cooling, you may take a fork and press into cookie to make a criss cross design on top
- Let cookies cool completely before removing from baking sheet
While we’re on the topic of peanut butter, did you know that peanut butter is one of healthiest foods for weight loss, in addition to other health benefits?
It’s packed with nutrition
A serving of peanut butter has 3 mg of the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, 49 mg of bone-building magnesium, 208 mg of muscle-friendly potassium, and .17 mg of immunity-boosting vitamin B6. Research shows that eating peanuts can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that consuming 1 ounce of nuts or peanut butter (about 2 tablespoons) at least 5 days a week can lower the risk of developing diabetes by almost 30%.
It’s got good fat
Peanut butter is chock-full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. A recent study found that insulin-resistant adults who ate a diet high in monounsaturated fat had less belly fat than people who ate more carbohydrates or saturated fat.
Helps you lose weight
Peanut butter, in moderation, has a fabulous combination of fiber (2 g per serving) and protein (8 g per serving) that fills you up and keeps you feeling full longer, so you eat less overall. Plus, there’s nothing more indulgent than licking peanut butter off a spoon, and indulgence (in moderation) helps dieters fight cravings and stay on track.
How to choose the healthiest Option
ALWAYS check the ingredients on your peanut butter. You want to get all natural peanut butter with NO added sugar. You would be surprised if you look at the ingredients of well known brands. Remember, you want to stay natural and healthy!
So, there you have it! Who’s in the mood for peanut butter? =)
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