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Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Bites

These little cookies hit the spot if you are looking for something sweet, yet full of protein and nutrition.  Peanut butter and oats give the cookies lots of nutrients, taste, and texture, and they are easy to eat as a satisfying snack or dessert.  These peanut butter-oatmeal bites are going so quickly around here, next time I make them I’m going to double the recipe!

peanut butter cookies 3-5With my kids’ spring sports schedules starting, I am once again looking for snacks that taste good, can be eaten quickly, and that also have nutrients to give my active kids good energy.  I am very happy with this recipe, which I adapted from one in my Dr. Cookie Cookbook by Marvin Wayne and Stephen Yarnall.  There’s just enough sweetness from the brown sugar to make the cookies taste like a treat, but enough substance to make them more than just sweet.  If you are looking for an easy, protein-rich cookie, this is a great recipe to try.

peanut butter cookies 2-1It is the very last day of March today, and I must say I am really looking forward to April!  Although it’s still chilly here, it’s such a great time to be outside, with the fresh wind, green grass, and trees and bushes budding.  The spring peepers have been peeping really loudly at night, and I love to sleep with the window cracked open so I can listen to those frogs all night long.  There is a feeling of new life and excitement in the air–I can sense it just from watching the birds in the sky.

Yesterday evening, I picked our first herb of the season–chives to chop and put on top of our macaroni and cheese.  I had forgotten how convenient and fresh it is to walk outside and snip some herbs to add to our dinner.  Soon there will be more and more things growing and blossoming, and more and more recipes to make!  In the meantime, these little peanut butter-oatmeal bites are tiding me over very nicely.

I hope you all have a great weekend! I’m going to take a plate of these cookies over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #113, co-hosted by two bloggers whose blogs I really admire:  Sonal @ Simplyvegetarian777 and Laurie @ ten.times.tea.peanut butter cookie doughpeanut butter cookies 3-9

Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Bites

  • Servings: about 24 cookies, depending on size
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  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of natural peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large mixing bowl, vigorously stir the egg, brown sugar, butter, peanut butter, and vanilla until well combined.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, and baking soda.  Add the dry ingredients to to wet ingredients, and stir until well combined.

Drop the batter by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet, about 12 cookies per baking sheet.  Bake in your 350-degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until cookies are golden.  Cool the cookies on a wire rack.  Repeat until all the cookies are baked. Enjoy!

This recipe is adapted from the Dr. Cookie Cookbook by Marvin A. Wayne and Stephen R. Yarnall.


Cabin Fever Cookies and Evergreens

cookies on plate 1As I was driving the kids to school this morning, I noticed a beautiful evergreen tree.  It was standing, majestic, among a bunch of trees whose leaves had long since fallen.  The deep, velvety green color caught my eye.  I have driven this stretch of road thousands of times, but have never noticed the beauty of this particular tree.  The rich, emerald green stood out against a backdrop of bleakness–white snow, brown branches of deciduous trees, and a gray-pink winter dawn sky.  This month has been so unusually cold and at times, difficult.evergreens I have done my fair share of complaining about the weather.  But to see that evergreen radiating green beauty amidst the stark whites, grays, and browns of a cold winter morning, I was reminded that acts of kindness and moments of beauty stand out more against a backdrop of bleakness.  This is not a new revelation.  I am not the first person to notice this. But the fact that I was so struck by this evergreen tells me I needed to be reminded of this.  It made me think of the shiny, tiny dime we found sparkling on the backseat of the car.  Lilac-scented soap and colorful flowers from caring souls. Clean, warm blankets.  A friend checking to make sure my mom had made it home safely from our kids’ band concert when the roads were covered with ice.  A smile from a stranger at the grocery store.  These are some of my evergreens from this winter.  I made these cookies for my family to brighten their day too. I’m sharing the recipe below, because they really are wonderful.  cookies and bananaI based the cookies on my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe from my Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, and then added a mashed banana to the dough.  I finished by spreading a dollop of creamy Nutella on the cooled cookies.  The cookies are moist, delicious, and even somewhat nutritious (with the peanuts and bananas).cookie doughraw cookiescookies and dishescookies on plate 3 walking in the woods

Cabin Fever Cookies

  • Servings: about 36 cookies
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  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 and 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Nutella for the tops of the cookies


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a large mixing bowl, vigorously stir the softened butter and peanut butter until smooth.  Add 1/2 cup of the flour, and then add the sugars, egg, baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla.  Stir well to combine.  Stir in the remaining flour.  In a small bowl, mash the banana with a fork.  Add that to the dough, and stir again to thoroughly combine.  Shape the dough into approximately one-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between. Bake in your 375 degree oven for 7-9 minutes, or until the cookies are golden and lightly brown on the bottom.  Cool the cookies on a wire rack.  When they are cool, gently spread a bit of Nutella on the tops, if desired.  Enjoy!