It's time to treat yourself with these healthy, low-sugar peanut butter cookies. Not only are they absolutely delicious and necessary to satisfy that sweet tooth, but they use Truvia to cut the sugar content for a lower point dessert option. Some Weight Watchers members strive for more healthy alternatives to those available in conventional foods. Using Truvia can help create sweets that can satisfy cravings without causing weight gain.
Peanut Butter Cookies for Weight Watchers? Yes!
I know what you're thinking, cookies can't possibly be acceptable when you are trying to lose weight. I can assure you that with Weight Watchers, EVERYTHING is possible. The main thing to remember is to make healthy choices when baking them and to portion them out appropriately, and you can have this cookie EVERY DAY (maybe even 2-3 depending on your daily points!)
I remember being a kid at the grocery store with my mom. The bakery always gave kids a free cookie while they were shopping! I always chose this peanut butter cookie that had actual peanuts sprinkled on top. I would spend time in the aisles picking off the peanuts before eating the cookie to make sure it lasted our entire shopping trip. I was feeling nostalgic this week and thought… can I make those but healthier? I think I can!
What makes these cookies different than traditional peanut butter cookies?
Cookies are traditionally made with a ton of fat and sugar. After all, the first step in many cookie recipes is to cream together butter and sugar! When looking at what I could change, I realized something wonderful. There are several swaps I made in this recipe for healthier alternatives that decrease the amount of points overall. By using alternatives, you are using lower point ingredients without sacrificing on the taste! (Which is the goal, right?)
Substitute Butter for Unsweetened Applesauce
Butter is often high in fat and calories, and isn’t the best option when trying to lose weight. Did you know that you can substitute applesauce for butter when you are baking? It gives the same texture result with less saturated fats and calories than butter would.
Substitute Truvia for Sugar
Truvia is a natural sugar replacement made from stevia plants. It is zero-calorie and contains zero carbohydrates, making it ideal for weight-loss. Truvia is here to save you from the guilt of cutting sugar out completely. Their Baking Blend (rebranded as Cane Sugar) provides a healthier alternative with two-to one ratio, delivering sweet flavor and texture while reducing calories by 75%.
Substitute Regular Peanut Butter for PB2 Peanut Butter Powder
Regular peanut butter can be a healthy treat, but it is high in fat. PB2 powder, also known as peanut butter powder, is low in fat but still tastes great. For the purposes of this recipe, the applesauce will rehydrate the powder, providing the creamy peanut butter needed for the cookies.
How Many Points Are In This Recipe?
With the new Weight Watchers Plan, points can vary for diabetics. Points can also vary with different brands. Please use your recipe maker to determine your exact points.
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- 1⁄2cup(s) Truvia Natural sweetener with brown sugar blend
- 1⁄2cup(s) Truvia Baking Blend
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 1⁄2tsp Baking soda
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 3⁄4 cup(s) Almond flour
- 1 cup PB2 The original powdered peanut butter
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup Unsalted dry roasted peanuts, chopped
- Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 375°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Combine applesauce, PB2 and the truvia sugars in a bowl first, then add in the eggs and vanilla.
In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and crushed peanuts. Then slowly pour it into the other ingredients and mix until it is loosely combined.
Place dough in the fridge for one hour.
Divide the dough into equal portions and roll into balls before placing on the parchment paper, leaving 2 inches between each ball.
Use a fork to press the ball down in a crisscross pattern.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies are golden brown and cooked to your preferred doneness.
Allow cookies to cool on a wire rack before serving.
Nutrition InformationYield 36 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 39Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 11mgSodium 41mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 3g
*This is an automatic calculation by a third party app*
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