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Low Cal Peanut Butter Cookie Bites

So I can’t at ALL take credit for this “recipe”.  I started it based on Kristin’s no bake cookie post yesterday, and incorporated the idea of the oat flour from Averie.  I’m sure Katie has made something similar too (with chocolate, of course).  Either way, these mini bites of heaven taste like peanut butter cookie dough with less fat and sugar.

In my mini magic bullet cup, I combined oat flour and dates, then blended away until the mixture started to get thick and clump together.

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When attempting to add the peanut butter, I made a wonderful discovery.

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So maybe I added a bit less than 1/4 cup of peanut butter – but I had big plans (read: breakfast) for the remaining bits stuck on the side and bottom of the jar.  Who knew I’d ever get so excited for an empty peanut butter jar?! 

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I also added some sugar free maple syrup, vanilla extract, and a bit of water.  This was not in the Iowa Girl Eats recipe, but she used ground almonds which I’m assuming would have helped moisten the mixture.  I had to scrape down the side several times to make sure it was well combined.

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I can’t decide if I like them more as little round bites…

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Or more traditional looking “cookies”.

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My tummy didn’t discriminate.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

1/2 cup oat flour (ground from regular quick oats)

6 dates (approximately 1/2 cup)

1/4 cup peanut butter (or a bit less! 😉 I used organic no stir creamy)

2 Tbsp sugar free maple syrup (you can substitute honey, agave, etc)

1.5 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp water (optional)

In a blender/food processor/magic bullet, combine oat flour and dates until you get a uniform mixture that begins to clump together.  Add in peanut butter, syrup, and vanilla – blend several times, scraping down sides to incorporate ingredients evenly.  If the mixture seems too thick, add the water.  Roll into balls (approximately 1 tsp), flatten if desired, and keep refrigerated.  Makes approximately 18 balls.

Approximate nutrition (per ball/bite): 60 calories, 9 g carbs, 2 g fat, 1 g protein

I’m thinking these would be amazing with chocolate chips (duh), or some vanilla protein powder (Katie’s the protein cookie queen) (in place of some of the flour).

In unrelated news, my shellac manicure will not be lasting three weeks.  There’s only 1 chip (on my pointer finger), but the polish is starting to separate from my nails at the corners.  I’ve been so good about not picking the polish off (since I heard it will destroy my nails), but I think I’ll be soaking it off this weekend.  It was only chip free for 6 days.  Bummer!

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I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

PS – Don’t forget to grab your free yogurt coupon from Activia Selects!  I will be reviewing mine next week.

With so many of these “cookie dough” recipes around, what’s your favorite flavor?  Any that you’d like to see a recipe for?

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29 responses to “Low Cal Peanut Butter Cookie Bites

  1. sprint2thetable August 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    YUM! I like them with the PB cookie look – too cute!

    Too bad about the shellac… I had high hopes. 😦

  2. Katie August 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I am loving your cookie recipe!!! Ha, I love that Im the Protein Cookie Queen, I earned that honor for sure ; ) if you see how many I eat in a week, you will agree!

    Happy Weekend girl!! xoxo

  3. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    My favorite cookie dough flavor has to be plain old chocolate chip 🙂 MMMMMMMMM

  4. In Sweetness and In Health August 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    YUM those look so good! I’ve never made anything with dates..I should try that!

  5. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen August 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Yum! And the best part is I already have everything I need to make them. 🙂

  6. allieksmith August 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    What is a shellac manicure?!

    The cookie dough bites look AWESOME!

  7. Shanna, like Banana August 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Love a good PB cookie..yum!

    My fave cookie usually has some sort of oats in it.

    Bummer on the manicure — I get them too and lately they have been separating within a week as well…grrr!

  8. Heather August 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I made the HUGE mistake of taking off my gels without going in to get them soaked off. It was awful and took my nails over a month to get even close to healthy. Lesson learned.

  9. Tessa @ Amazing Asset August 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I have gotten a shellac manicure before too and it only lasted for the same amount of time 😦 I bet it didn’t help that we both use our hands quite often!
    These dough balls look great! I have never tried making any recipe like this (apparently I live under a rock) but am going to try these TODAY!

  10. Allison @ PickyEatingRD August 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I’d go back to the place you had them done and say hey this didn’t last more than a week just like a regular manicure would. Also, I picked the shellac off and it killed my nails so make sure you soak them!

  11. The Teenage Taste August 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Ooooh, these look fabulous! I love peanut butter!

  12. spoonfulofsugarfree August 12, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    YUMMMYYYYY!!!! I love me some pb bits 😀

    My favorite flavor is peanut butter chocolate chunk-it is just the best combo..ever!

  13. sara @ the foodie diaries August 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I love just plain old chocolate chip cookie dough 🙂

  14. Kris | iheartwellness.com August 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Mmmmmm I love PB cookies!!!! I wish PB agreed with me more because nothing tastes as good as they do 🙂

    Love the polish! Hawt stuff!
    xxoo

  15. teabagginit August 14, 2011 at 3:17 am

    these look great! i’m all out of oats so i might sub pb flour … and maybe figs for the dates since i HATE dates … or raisins! 🙂

  16. The Candid RD August 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Anything that can come in the flavor of peanut butter is definitely my FAVORITE! These sound awesome. I have never made any of the “ball” recipes, other than those balls covered in powdered sugar that are popular over the holidays. I’ll have to give this one a try some time!

  17. Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine August 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Haha I totally agree with you–my tummy doesn’t discriminate towards anything when peanut butter is involved 🙂

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