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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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