04 October 2009

High-protein snack: Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

I'm on the hunt for grab-able high-protein snacks. Today, Honey Peanut Butter cookies were the result. Easy, fast, and chances are you've already got the ingredients in the pantry. This would be a great recipe to make with kids as there's plenty of sticky, tactile fun to be had.

HONEY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
(inspired by this recipe at Gluten Free Girl)

1 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. honey (or more to taste)
1 egg
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
(optional) a scant T. of flour to bind (wheat or gluten-free)
(optional) sugar for rolling (granulated or other dry sweetener; I used date sugar)

Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with baking parchment, or spray with cooking spray.

Cream everything together till well blended. Take teaspoons-full of dough and roll into balls. Roll each ball in sugar then place on the prepared baking sheet. (I made tiny cookies and filled the sheet quite full -- they don't spread while baking.) Once the sheet is full, press each cookie flat with the tines of a fork. Bake for about 10 minutes till firm. Let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes, then cool completely on a rack.

Variation: PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY THUMBPRINT COOKIES

Instead of rolling each cookie in sugar, once on the baking sheet, create a small "well" in each cookie by pressing the dough ball down with your thumb. Fill each well with a tiny spoonful of fruit jam, and bake as directed above. I tried this with strawberry jam and it was delish. I think it would be even better with seedless blackberry jam.

What's your favorite high-protein, grab-and-go snack?

More: Almond meal makes for higher-protein cinnamon toast

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Another option, if you have no fear of sugar substitutes:
1 cup PB
1 cup splenda
1 egg

That's it. Mix together, scoop onto cookie sheet or parchment in the size you like (it will make about 12 large cookies, or many more small cookies), bake at 350 or 375 until just browning around the edges-- 7 to 12 minutes depending on your oven and the size of the cookies-- just watch them. Delicious, and diabetic friendly...

Just came across this recipe for protien bars at Processed Kids - http://processedkids.blogspot.com/2009/10/breakfast-on-run.html. Sounds like it might be another protien on the go option.

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