no-bake peanut butter cookie dough bites (gluten-free, low-sugar)

 

Quite a bit of information is swirling around the blogosphere regarding the pros and cons when it comes to consuming peanuts and/or peanut butter.  Although I can’t speak to the validity of either argument, one thing I know for sure is you do not need more than peanuts and salt (I know, you don’t really need salt but I like salt in my pb) to make this fantastic spread.  I would also surmise that George Washington Carver would want you to steer clear of many of the modern ingredients in his delicious invention, including: corn syrup solids, sugar, soy protein, additional salt, and hydrogenated vegetable oils (e.g.: cotton seed, soybean, and rapeseed oils).  I am currently using Smucker’s all-natural PB, which contains only salt and peanuts, however, it’s not organic so I’ll look forward to finding a product when I’m back in CA that tackles both these feats.

On to the featured recipe… about a month ago, I started to search for a low-sugar, gluten-free peanut butter cookie.  After some experimentation (thank you food gawker and punchfork for inspirational recipes), I came up with these “peanut butter cookies dough bites.”  Remember to place in refrigerator or freezer when done, as this particular recipe calls for a touch of milk.  I’d love any/all of your suggestions regarding how you think I can improve these taste treats.


ingredients

1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter

1 Tbsp almond flour

1/2 Tbsp flaxseed meal

2 Tbsp date paste + 1 tsp boiling water

1.5 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 Tbsp whole milk (or milk of choice)

1/2 tsp honey

small pinch of salt

how to

*Add all ingredients into food processor and blend for about 1 minute, scrape sides with spatula, blend another 3o seconds.

*Pour mixture onto parchment paper and form into one big, dough ball.

*Form about 10 cookie dough balls.

If you want to make these look like cookies~

*Press dough with fork.

*Cover each “cookie” with small piece of parchment paper and pack in ziplock bag.

*Place in refrigerator or freezer.

alternate flavor options

add 1/8 tsp cinnamon for a hint of spice

OR

add 1/4 ripe banana for that great peanut butter/banana flavor combo (this is my fave)

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