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No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

A few months ago I was eating ice cream, and had a major reaction!!  What? With ice cream? Yes, that is what I said too.  I rushed to the hospital in time for a shot before my throat closed totally.   That is where my fun began.

I started with an allergist, we did MANY tests before finding that I am allergic to Carrageenan.   My reaction was “What is that?”  Basically EVERYTHING that is prepared for the store.  Carrageenan is a gelatin made from red seaweed.  It is used to hold things together to make them look appetizing in the store, and in anything dairy.

So, I went drastically from anything quick and easy, to making everything from scratch.  I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, fresh of course, and any whole foods (made from scratch).

Looking for a more healthy version of No Bake cookies? Try these No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies!

I really found many things that I could eat, but bread and baked goodies are really missed!!  After looking around the internet I found lots of recipes to try, most really bland or really dense bread.  Finally I found No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies.  I looked at the ingredients and wasn’t sure about them, I don’t like dates or almonds, but thought I had to find something to cure my baked good cravings.  I love to eat raw cookie dough so this was right up my alley.

I LOVE these peanut butter cookies, my son does too!! I even have started to put them in the freezer to make them more like frozen candy bars, which is another of the things I miss.  They are SO easy, and take no time at all!! This is one that I will be making at least once a week!!

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw, or dry-roasted, whole almonds (or almond meal)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. peanut butter cookie doughIf you’re using whole almonds, process them until they resemble a coarse meal.
  2. Add the dates, peanut butter and vanilla; if you’re using already-prepared almond meal, just toss all the ingredients into the food processor together. If the nut butter isn’t salted, you may add a few pinches of salt.
  3. Process the ingredients until the mixture starts to form a dough, about 2 minutes. If it doesn’t seem to come together, add another tablespoon or two of peanut butter and process again.
  4. Form the dough into walnut-sized balls and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Press each ball gently with a fork to make the classic peanut butter cookie criss-cross pattern.
  5. Store in the refrigerator.

 

This post was written by my friend Jennie who is a sweet busy momma. She has made some big changes in her eating this year and has agreed to write and share a few of her new found recipes.

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