Grab your peanut butter, my friends, and let’s get bakin’!
On Sunday night, Ryan turned to me and said, “I’m in the mood for sweets.”
As someone who looks for any excuse to bake, I jumped on his craving for something sweet and took the opportunity to make something that was both slightly sweet and relatively healthy.
I used my favorite recipe for flourless peanut butter cookies as inspiration. I greatly reduced the sugar content and added some delicious wheat germ for an extra punch of fiber and nutrients.
Since I was experimenting a bit, I wasn’t quite sure how these little babies would turn out, but the dough gave me hope. It was pretty darn tasty. I couldn’t keep my fingers out of it!
After baking in the oven for right around 11 minutes, we had peanut butter energy bites ready for eatin’!
Warning: These cookies do not change shape while they bake and will keep the same shape they had when you plop the dough onto the cookie sheet before baking.
I tell you this to warn you that a big divot caused by your finger swiping some dough will be quite noticeable after baking…
These energy bites were delicious on their own and I also really enjoyed them crumbled into a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt or sprinkled on top of a bowl of hot oatmeal for some added peanut butter goodness.
They’re also small enough to pop one in your mouth for some quick energy before a workout without totally weighing you down.
I think these energy bites would also be fantastic with some pecan pieces, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, craisins, coconut or granola stirred in. The possibilities are endless!
Peanut Butter Energy Bites (Makes approximately 15 cookies)
- 1 c. peanut butter
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c. wheat germ
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir together until everything is fully mixed. The dough will be very thick.
- Scoop dough by the tablespoon onto the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until the sides of the bites begin to brown.
- Let cool and enjoy!