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Healthy Monster Cookies

Lower sugar mini monster cookies made with natural peanut butter, oats and dark chocolate. Pretzels and peanuts optional!

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate M&Ms
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup crushed pretzels and/or peanuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the peanut butter, brown sugar and eggs until fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract until incorporated.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the oats, baking soda and salt until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the stand mixer bowl while beating on low speed, just until incorporated.
  4. Add the M&Ms, chocolate chips and crushed pretzels and/or peanuts (if using), until mixed in.
  5. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop dollops of the cookie dough 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Roll each into a ball and use the back of a fork to lightly press down in the center of each.
  6. Bake 8-9 minutes or until the cookies are very lightly browned and just barely set. Let cool.
  7. Store in an airtight container up to 7 days at room temperature.

Notes

Ingredient Tip: Choose the natural peanut butter without the oil on top.

Nutrition

Keywords: dessert, cookies, back to school, lower sugar