Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Overweight.  Slim.  Chubby.  Fit.  Skinny. Fat.  Trim. Bloated.  In shape. Heavy.  Lean.

fatty-on-the-scales

Lots of terms for how our bodies are perceived, but it’s all relative, right?  You might be in the best shape of your life, but that just might happen to be 20lbs over someone else’s heaviest.  There are days you might feel really crappy about yourself (probably that 4th slice of pizza, but it was so good!), and that very day you get a compliment from someone on how great you look.  All relative, not only to your life journey, but to those who are looking at you.

I make a strong, solid effort not to give a smidge of care when it comes to what others think of me.  I like to look nice, I want to be in shape, but that’s for me and how I feel about myself.  Don’t like the way I look?  Then don’t look at me.  Simple as that.

Usually…

I, like any red-blooded American girl, can only not care so much.  Until the other day, when I was in the waiting room at my doctor’s office, and I looked at my previous doctor’s notes he had me bring… not anything sketchy, I had hip surgery a few years ago, and had the surgeon’s 70-page log of notes, and was sorting through to find the most relevant info to pass along to new surgeon.  And then… like a shot to the heart.  So simple, so sad.

In the narrative from one of the early visits, the surgeon wrote patient is slightly overweight.

Why.

Why on EARTH would you write that?  Of course, he was probably thinking that I would never read this, and I’m sure thought this was somehow relevant, even though on EACH PAGE it stated my height and weight (both within normal range, so I was taught… maybe that’s relative too?).  Yes, seeing it in print was really awful, but that’s not what got to me.  What really bugged me is that everyone judges you all the time, and the ONLY person you are supposed to feel comfortable around enough to let them see, poke, and prod your less-than-perfect body is your doctor.  To know that he is judging you on your weight so much that he needs to note it really sucked.  Where can my chubby butt find comfort?  Ben and Jerry’s, I guess.  No one judges me there.

I know what it felt like to be overweight about 56lbs ago, so I am not sweating it.  In fact, I am going to keep eating, keep cooking, and keep enjoying life because that is where I am happy.  If an old, sad doctor thinks I’m a chub-monster, that’s his prerogative.

So, on that note, let’s enjoy some cookies.  Sure, they just so happen to be healthy and sugar-free (especially when you use dry peanut butter!), but they are treats none the less.  So don’t deprive yourself, and love yourself.  Enjoy 🙂


Materials:

  • large bowl
  • measuring spoons and cups

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c creamy peanut butter (I used PB2 and it was awesome!)
  • 2 T honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c rice krispy cereal
  • 1/4 c oat or wheat flour
  • 1/2 c rolled oats (I used steel-cut because that’s all I had)
  • optional:  chocolate, for drizzling

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.  Heat for 30 seconds in a microwave to soften if needed.FullSizeRender (8)
  2. Add cereal, flour, and oats.  FullSizeRender (7)Mix well using a spoon or your hands.
  3. Using a spoon, make small, uniform balls. IMG_4947 Gently pat down into disks in between your palms.FullSizeRender (12)
  4. Optional:  melt a small amount of chocolate in a small bowl and drizzle over cookies.  Highly recommended!FullSizeRender (11)
  5. Enjoy! FullSizeRender (9)

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Servings: 2 dozen
  • Time: 15 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:
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  • large bowl
  • measuring spoons and cups

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c creamy peanut butter (I used PB2 and it was awesome!)
  • 2 T honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c rice krispy cereal
  • 1/4 c oat or wheat flour
  • 1/2 c rolled oats (I used steel-cut because that’s all I had)
  • optional:  chocolate, for drizzling

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.  Heat for 30 seconds in a microwave to soften if needed.
  2. Add cereal, flour, and oats.  Mix well using a spoon or your hands.
  3. Using a spoon, make small, uniform balls.  Gently pat down into disks in between your palms.
  4. Optional:  melt a small amount of chocolate in a small bowl and drizzle over cookies.  Highly recommended!
  5. Enjoy!

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