*My local Hy-Vee provided me with Hy-Vee brand Powdered Peanut Butter, but all opinions are my own.
Chocolate and peanut butter is probably my favorite sweet combination. My favorite candy of all time is Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups! So I’m always looking for ways to enjoy my fave sweet combo without all the icky ingredients and crazy amounts of sugar that is in packaged candy.
When Hy-Vee gave me their Powdered Peanut Butter in Chocolate, I knew I wanted to create some kind of cookie using a natural sweetener.
But before we talk about cookies, let’s talk about powdered peanut butter…
Powdered peanut butter has fewer calories and less fat that regular peanut butter because most of the fat and oil has been removed.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE fan of peanut butter! I don’t suggest using powdered peanut butter as a replacement for the creamy stuff. But powdered peanut butter is a great option for adding a peanut butter flavor to smoothies and baked goods without adding lots of fat.
You can also make quick peanut buttery pancakes using a banana, 1/4 cup powdered peanut butter, 1/4 cup oats and 2 eggs. Throw in a blender or whisk together. Cook pancakes!
I wanted to make a cookie using my powdered peanut butter that would be perfect for the holidays.
Growing up, I always helped my mom with holiday baking. We would make peanut butter blossoms, homemade mounds, peanut butter balls, peanut rolls, chocolate fudge, chess pies, cherry mash, frosted sugar cookies and more! Then we would create cookie trays that we would deliver to friends and family.
I love these memories, and I still love holiday baking. But all of the recipes we made were unhealthy, and we would end up eating way too many sugary treats! Over the past few years, I’ve tried to find some healthy treats to add to the holiday cookie round up.
These no-bake cookies are soooooo easy, super sweet (which I love) and have the perfect amount of chocolate peanut buttery goodness.
I actually made two versions. They’re both made with similar ingredients, but my method was different for each cookie. The first version is a bit hardier because I left the oats whole. The second version is made in the food processor, so the cookies are a bit softer.
I want to share both recipes to show you that you can really customize no-bake cookies to your liking!
(I accidentally bought huge dark chocolate morsels. Small dark chocolate chips would look better).
How do you use powdered peanut butter?