Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chia Seed Peanut Butter Superfood Cookies {gluten free recipe}

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I'm not going to lie, I had cookies on the way to pilates this morning. And I gave my kids cookies for their snack. I'm okay with it because these cookies are packed with nutrition and guilt-free. Certainly healthier than the average granola bar. Peanut butter, oats, and chia seeds (yes, a few chocolate chips too) come together to make one yummy-healthy cookie suitable even for breakfast.
 
What the heck are chia seeds?
Chia seeds were an ancient Aztec staple and have recently become popular for their health benefits. Chia seeds are higher in Omega-3 acids than flax seeds, higher in antioxidants than blueberries, balance blood sugar, are a complete protein, packed with vitamins, and are very filling. These seeds can be added to water, sprinkled on salads and cereal, or used in baking. They are available at health food stores such as Whole Foods. Are chia seeds new to you, or are you already a fan?  
4 year old review: "These cookies are more delicious than any other kind of cookies. I want to make them again sometime soon!" 

Chia Seed Peanut Butter Cookies

makes about 12

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup all purpose or gluten-free flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar or 1/4 cup Stevia baking blend
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, baking powder, flour, and chia seeds. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat coconut oil with sugar until creamy. Add peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly stir in oat mixture to combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
Place heaping tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheet. Press dough into balls with hands, as dough will be crumbly. Bake 12 minutes. Cool.
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107 comments:

  1. Yum yum! I love a delish & healthy recipe! And as always, your photo is amazing!
    Jo-Anna

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  2. You're right I love these! What a great way to incorporate chia seeds, these look delicious! :)

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  3. cool, I can do cookies for breakfast (your daughter is a lucky girl!)

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  4. Oh you know I am a HUGE chia seed fan! LOVE this! Amazing recipe!

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  5. this is sooooo cool! i have been reading about adding chia seeds to the diet and then i see your have a fabulous and wonderful cookie! YEAH YOU!!!! i am going to try these but i hope that doesn't mean i am going to have to have a landscaper for my hair : )LOL!!!! sorry -- just being silly! the recipe sounds amazing!!!! : ) sending hugs!

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  6. These sound delightful!

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  7. I have read about them before. They are new to me. I have been using flaxseed. I will definitely try this though since you posted such great benefits over the flaxseed.

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  8. Ok, you have sold me on these cookies. I have seen various chia seed cookie recipes around but have been nervous to try them out on my kids. They have tried chia seeds on their oatmeal and in smoothies and they are not fans, but maybe if they are baked in a cookie with chocolate chips they will be :)

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    1. If you soak the seeds in water to make a gel you can then add a few spoonfuls to their smoothies. y son does not even notice when I add the gel and then blend.

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  9. wow thanks for this tip! i never heard of this seed.. i have to check where i can buy here so i can try at home, this is healthy and i'm sure yummy :)
    xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  10. I love this recipe! I am going to try it! I have pinned it and sent it to a friend of mine! Angie xo

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  11. I'm LOVING THESE!!!! Nothing better than a cookie that's good for you!!!!!! MMM

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  12. Marina, I am so making these for my kids for breakfast. They will be so psyched!
    -E

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  13. Hubby loves chia seeds! Never thought to add them to my baked goods... *forehead slap* DUH! :D

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  14. Omg, love the pictures!

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  15. These are so pinned!! was wondering what to do with a bag of chia seeds...now I know!

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  16. This is the second time I've seen something with chia seeds today, it must be a sign to try them

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  17. I finally bought my first pack of chia seeds a few weeks ago! I love them. I have been using them in my over night oats! These cookies look delicious by the way!

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  18. Lovely post! These look absolutely delicious, I'll have to try them out some time.

    Shall we follow each other? I'm following.

    WWW.FASHIONWHIT.COM

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  19. just happened upon your blog and so glad i did! cant wait to try some of your recipes!

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  20. I was just over on Michaela's blog reading all about your likes and dislikes {by the way, I love that red coat you pinned for V-Day!}, and thought I would jump over here! Oh my goodness, so glad I did! Delicious looking recipes and they're nutritious!? Sign me up! I think I'll start with the Salmon Chowder!:)

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  21. Can I please come stay at your house for a day, a week or a month? You make the most amazing things and your posts are always beautiful. I do not show blogs to my hubby very much, but he was immediately a fan when I showed it to him.
    XO

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  22. ohhhh......This is my first introduction to these seeds....awesome. These cookies look amazing. You never cease to amaze!!

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    1. I envision some chia pinwheel cookies on your blog in the future, Darling!

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  23. lovely! I discovered Chai seeds recently and put them in all sorts of things - especially smoothies. These cookies sound and look delicious - great energy giving snack
    Mary x

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    1. Yes! They're great in smoothies.

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  24. I've never heard if them but if they make a cookie healthy enough to have for breakfast...I'm all over it. They look delish!

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  25. I wonder if you could use pumpkin instead of peanut butter for pumpkin choc chip cookies? Has anyone tried?

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    1. Hi! That sounds great! Pumpkin will change the moisture content, so there may need to be other changes made. Please let me know if you try it!

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    2. I made some of these with peanut butter and tried another recipe with pumpkin. Both turned out so yummy! I used 1 cup of pumpkin instead of the peanut butter. I cooked them about 2 min. longer than the peanut butter ones and they turned out great! I forgot to add cinnamon to the pumpkin ones until they were on the cookie sheet so I just sprinkled some on the top. :)

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    3. oooh, great idea! I use pumpkin in many of my baking recipes rather than oil, so this will be great. i just made them with peanut butter and love, love, love them!

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  26. This is the perfect cookie. I've been looking for a snack cookie and these are it. I'm going to make these this evening! I'm so excited, thank you!

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  27. I am a fan of chia seeds, but I haven't ever had them in a cookie. I love this idea. I love the idea of throwing something healthy into something yummy. I have a quinoa cookbook, and am always trying to sneak it into things.

    *Erin

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  28. I put chia seeds in almost every thing I make! Oatmeal, granola, quinoa, muffins, salad, cookies, smoothies, etc.... Nice to see this seed get some attention! Nice job Marina, I made cookies last night too (with garbanzo beans...not as bad as it might sound!

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  29. I have no doubt that I would enjoy these cookies...They would be perfect with my morning coffee and afternoon snack, evening snack (laugh). The cookies look delicious.

    I have a friend who spoke to me recently about chia seeds. I did not pay as much mind until I read your blog post. Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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  30. Cookies that are guilt free AND nutritious!! COUNT. ME. IN!!

    I can't wait to try these!

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  31. I've never tried chia seeds but I think you've convinced me :)

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  32. I have wanted to incorporate chia seeds! Lovely cookies !!

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  33. I've never have had chia seeds before, simply because I couldn't find them! So, instead, I use flax seeds and meal (hey, better than no fatty acids, right?)
    The cookies look so yummy, and like a simple treat!

    http://daily-iphoneography.posterous.com/monday-january-16-2012

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  34. Oh I am crazy about chia seeds. They are sooo good for you and can go well in just about anything-smoothies, muffins and even cookies. I love peanut butter and can't wait to make these cookies!

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  35. Hi Marina-Chia seeds go wonderful in so many recipes. Your cookies look fantastic. Thanks for a delicious recipe:)(gave it SU love;)

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  36. These look wonderful! I love oatmeal cookies. I've never tried chia seeds, but I'll have to do that soon.

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  37. Son galletas muy saludables lucen fantásticas,abrazos huhgs.hugs.

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  38. Just delicious. Love your recipes. They always look so delicious! Come visit. We have a soup today I think you would just love.

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  39. YUM! That sounds like a yummy post-run breakfast or snack too.. I have a terrible chocolate sweet tooth - need to try these! Thanks for the recipe! (and GORGEOUS photos)

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  40. I love a good peanut butter cookie and a recipe with a healthy twist is even better!

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  41. Ahh with milk this would be a perfect snack.
    Love your food photography!

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  42. Just made these and they ARE yummy!! I actually used light spelt flour and sucanat sugar as well. Next time i'm going to try them with almond butter. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much for letting us know you liked the recipe! I love getting positive reader responses to recipes. Thanks!

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  43. wow GREAT recipe Marina!! LOVE IT

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  44. I cannot wait to try these! I'll pick up some sunbutter to use for my little allergy guy and give them a whirl! Can't wait! Thanks for stopping by this week! I've tried to comment several times on several days and my computer is acting funny! Switched up computers today and it worked! I can post to you! :) Yaya! Love your site!
    Cindy

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  45. Thank you for introducing me to chia seeds. These cookies came out great. My sister wants to try them but I don't know if I want to share!

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  46. Inventive way to use Chia seeds - my favourite seed!

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  47. Anonymous2:17 PM

    tried the recipe and the didn't turn out quite right. Ended up with dried out balls of dough. did you mean baking soda instead of baking powder?

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    1. Dear Anonymous, sorry you were disappointed. I did use baking powder. As you can see, the other reviews have been great. There are many different variables in baking. Perhaps they were cooked too long? Or the peanut butter you used was more dry? These are not meant to be chewy cookies, but rather a healthier snack cookie that has more of a crumbly oat texture.

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  48. i tried cooking with chia seeds for the first time today--i made some peanut butter chia seed granola. i'm officially a convert. these cookies are definitely on my to-make list. any day i can have a cookie for breakfast is going to be a good day!

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  49. Anonymous6:45 PM

    Did you use Chunky Peanut Butter or smooth?

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    1. I used chunky from Trader Joe's but smooth might make it less crumbly. I would use whatever you have on hand. Good luck!

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  50. Lyndee7:56 PM

    Ok. After eating half the batch myself...within an hour...
    I used coconut flour and replaced peanut butter with almond butter. Love this recipe!

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  51. I love this recipe—as I’ve been searching high and low for a gluten free cookie recipe.

    I added an additional egg and additional tsp of vanilla. For the next two substitutions—I used these because it’s what I had in the pantry. For the rolled oats component—I emptied a few packets of Ocean Spray instant oatmeal with cranberries for the 1 and ½ cups of oats. For the flour portion I used ½ cup of Bob’s Red Hill gluten free chocolate cake mix. All other ingredients of the original recipe were used. The dough was very creamy, not crumbly and I loosely formed six dollops of dough on the cookie sheet and baked for 13 minutes (repeat for second batch for a total of 12 cookies).

    Tonight I used this recipe again, still with the additional egg and additional tsp of vanilla but instead used Arrowhead Gluten Free All Purpose that has the Xantham gum in it, and for the rolled oats—used packets of Better Oats Apples & Cinnamon to form the 1 and ½ cups of oats. Dough was very creamy. The result was a moist and soft cake-like cookie. Can’t wait to try this recipe using a cup of pumpkin! Thanks again---my family really loves these cookies!

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  52. Hi Marina! It's Bridget over at FlourNFriends..well formerly FlourNFriends..I've changed my site to a diff name, Mrs Green Jeans! You can find me back there..and i will be making these delish cookies this week, although I'll be making them vegan/gluten free! I'll be sure to let you know how they turn out, and send you my link so you can see! Thanks so much for all your yumminess, I love your blog!

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    1. Hi Bridget! Love the Mrs. Green Jeans name!!! So cute :)

      I'll have a yummy vegan cookie recipe up Monday too!

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  53. Anonymous12:34 PM

    These are in the oven as we speak! I had a hard time making them into balls so I made 12 then I pressed the rest into bar pan. I hope they turn out.

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  54. I have made these a few times now! They are filling and the dough freezes really well. Great recipe!

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  55. Tallya1:44 AM

    I made these and they are really good, I love chia seeds but haven't used them in baking until today. When I got to the end of the recipe where you said the dough will be crumbly I thought I did something wrong because mine was very smooth and creamy, I went over the recipe again and realized I had only added 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter. After I added the rest 1/2 cup it was still pretty runny so I had to add more flour, I did use all purpose flour not gluten free, maybe that's why it wasn't crumbly. Even after the additional flour it was no where near what I would call crumbly but I baked them and they turned out great, I love the slight crunch the chia seeds add! Thanks for the recipe!

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  56. LOVED THEM! Posting to my Facebook fitness page. Feel free to stop by at http://www.facebook.com/FitAndHealthyWithDebbieReichert :)

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  57. Anonymous2:47 PM

    This is way late but these just came out of the oven and oh my word they are wonderful! Cant wait to make them again thanks for sharing!!!

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  58. They look scrumptious, but how about substituting the butter for coconut oil and the brown sugar for raw honey or agave? Thanks for sharing! <3

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  59. Anonymous10:16 PM

    Did a google search for chia seed cookie recipe and your site was the first I clicked on. Baked some today and they are so good! Thanks for sharing. I also put the seeds in banana bread and muffins~

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  60. I loved seeing this cookie recipe! It inspired my version: Peanut Butter Chia Cookies! Great idea and I'm so happy to see parents feeding their kids adventurous things like chia seeds.
    http://www.treatswithatwist.com/2012/06/peanut-butter-chia-cookies-pb2.html

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  61. Made these today. My dough weren't crumbly at all (which worried me before I put them in the oven as I have bad luck with cookies), I used Adams Creamy Peanut Butter, and they came out perfect. My daughter (7) proclaimed them "The best cookies I've ever eaten" and a few minutes later, still swooning, "Oh Mama! I could eat these every day! I love them so much."

    Thank you for your recipe. These will be a staple in our house (and the kids' lunch boxes).

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    1. *wasn't - that's what I get for not proof reading. :D

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  62. Cannot wait to try these!!

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  63. Anonymous9:36 AM

    I know you have heard this before many times, but I have to say these are DELICIOUS :-) The only change I made was I used coconut flour. Thank you so much for this yummy recipe!!!

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  64. Anonymous3:34 PM

    I just made these today, and I have found my new favorite cookie. My 20 month old also approved. :) Looking forward to sharing with family and friends. Thanks!

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  65. Tiffany5:50 PM

    Stirred up last night with Peanut Butter & Co. dark Chocolate Dreams for the peanut butter and whole wheat flour. Baked them this afternoon. Delicious! No need to make any other kind of cookies!

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  66. Yum! We used coconut oil instead of butter, almond butter in place of peanut butter. We also used whole wheat pastry flour and thick rolled oats. Tasty and not too sweet. :-)

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  67. Anonymous10:03 PM

    Mmmm, just made these and they are good. I actually checked out your blog because this recipe was posted on someone else's blog and she had reffered you. Was just wondering what to do with some chia seeds I got from the health food store and the thought came to my mind to google a chia cookie recipe and sure enough! Thankyou

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  68. Anonymous10:07 AM

    These are delicious! Mine were not crumbly before going in the oven, but they still came out great. Eating them slightly warm from the oven is the best. My two year old likes them too. Thanks!

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  69. Ohhhh...whole wheat pastry flour would be great! I used cacao nibs and coconut sugar and they turned out wonderfully! I served them with scrambled eggs for breakfast and my children thought they were being soooo naughty!! :)

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  70. Anonymous2:35 PM

    I just want to say I have made these several times and they are so dang delicious! I love the slight crunch from the seeds and the texture from the oats. Super yummy. Like them best warm out of the oven! Thanks.

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  71. These sound delicious. But how big do they come out? 281 calories for one little cookie seems a bit much? :o(

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    1. Hi Christine! If you read the comments you'll see that people have been loving them! To me 281 calories is not a lot for breakfast. As I mentioned, I had one for breakfast before a workout because they are packed with protein and fiber and are filling. If you want to cut calories, replace the brown sugar with Stevia :) Personally I don't worry about healthy calories from things like chia seeds and peanut butter. I worry about the ones that make you fat - sugar :)

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  72. I just found this recipe on Pinterest. But, with that much sugar, I don't consider them very healthy. Have you made any substitutions for that since you posted this recipe. I will try them with coconut flour, but was wondering about stevia a sub for the brown sugar.

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    1. Hi there, if you were to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies they would have 1.5 cups of sugar, so I still think these are a lot healthier with only 1/2 cup of brown sugar. However, I pretty much always use Stevia baking blend. Other people prefer the rich brown sugar flavor in these. It's a personal preference decision :)

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    2. P.S. You might prefer these: http://www.yummymummykitchen.com/2012/12/chocolate-peanut-butter-krispie-treats.html

      You could definitely add Chia seeds to them.

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  73. Anonymous9:01 AM

    Make these regularly and just noticed that now it has coconut oil instead of butter???

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    1. Hi There, so glad you like the cookies! You can use either.

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  74. Made these this morning. I substituted PB2 for the peanut butter and they still turned out delicious! Thank you for this awesome recipe

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  75. Anonymous10:00 AM

    My two year old loves these cookies and so do I! Have made them several times and the last time I used the GF flour. Was afraid they wouldn't be the same but you really can't tell a difference. Thanks for this great cookie!

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  76. I'm really surprised the chia seeds were used dry. The nutritional value would be better if instead of dry chia seeds, chia gel was used. Also, for those that aren't fans maybe of the "seed" texture a quick spin of chia gel in a food processor gives the nutrients minus the seedy texture. Chia gel can be used to replace 1/2 of the butter being used in many recipes as well.

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  77. Anonymous4:39 PM

    I enjoyed making this recipe. The chia seeds are awesome! I'm going to be cooking more with this new found favorite. The cookies hit the spot when I feel weak for something sweet. Thanks for the post.

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  78. Anonymous10:43 AM

    Marina, I tried making these with coconut oil instead of the butter. I have made them many times with butter with awesome results. The oil made the cookies fall apart in the oven and they were super oily--like oily enough to go through several layers of paper towels. I am just wondering what I did wrong?? Any suggestions (besides going back to butter--lol). Thanks!

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    1. Darn! I'm so sorry about that! I have had good results with subbing coconut oil for butter is most cookie recipes. Was your coconut oil melted or the same consistency as the butter you usually use? That's the only issue I can think of. I will have to try it and get back to you. Sorry :(

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  79. Anonymous7:57 PM

    Should the coconut oil be melted or solid when measuring?

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    1. Sorry for the delayed response! Just soft like softened butter, but not liquid.

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  80. Love these cookies! I have made them twice now, both times I have done a double batch and replaced the eggs with mashed banana, it makes them peanut butter, chocolate chip, banana cookies! Super delicious!

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  81. Looks amazing. I love cookies for breakfast!

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  82. Anonymous8:22 AM

    Have you tried freezing these? They look great!

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    1. I haven't, because they were gone too quickly ;) Great idea though, I'm sure they would freeze well!

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  83. Karey7:21 PM

    I made these tonight - so good! I loved the texture and taste!

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  84. Anonymous11:52 AM

    Hi
    These looked so delicious, I couldn't wait to hunt down Chia seeds so used sesame instead. Yum yum! I have a small baby and when she sleeps I loveto bake and decorate for some me time. Your book is so beautiful and although my house and garden and clothes are not nearly as glamourous as you guys I try to create a little beauty in a small way each day -your book is an inspiration. thank you.
    Will you do a winter cook book as well? I live in the UK so the winters are l8ng and an injection of beautiful food and yummy mummy dom is necessary for survival!

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    1. Hi! I get so excited to have UK readers :) Thank you! Oh, and my house and clothes are very unglamorous most of the time - toys everywhere, stained clothes... you know how it goes ;)

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  85. Anonymous12:10 PM

    Hi, just made these, and I really like it as a healthy snack. I think I expected something more dessert-like initially, just because usually things with the key words like PB+chocolate+cookie tend to be like that - and too sweet for me. I like that I can eat these without feeling like I overdosed on unhealthy things - its perfect for me. Thanks for sharing!

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