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After reading the latest Real Simple magazine during my free period yesterday (yes, my school library subscribes to Real Simple.  As well as People and Runner’s World.  Love that.), I decided to actually read the article about “Superfoods.”  It seems like “superfoods” are super hip right now, and quite frankly I don’t like that.  Most articles about superfoods feature exotic, not-so-appetizing items that no matter the antioxidant/vitamin/mineral content, I wouldn’t dare eat.  Real Simple’s list was different- it featured foods that I not only like to eat, but also recipes on how to prepare the more unusual foods, like kale and sardines.  Super!  I came up with a superfood recipe of my own, and it’s so good that you could actually serve it to people. 

I decided to use the following super superfood:

Peanut butter: Heart-healthy monounsaturated fats abound in these protein-rich spreads. Opt for those with just two ingredients—nuts and salt.

Oatmeal: Holds cholesterol in check, helps fight against heart disease, and keeps you full until lunch, thanks to its soluble fiber.

Almonds: Packed with monounsaturated fatty acids, which keep blood vessels healthy. The plant fibers help lower cholesterol.

Eggs: The whites offer up protein with minimal calories (and zero fat or cholesterol). Egg yolks get a bad rab, but don’t skip them—they are awash with vitamin B12 and vitamin A, and they contain choline, a nutrient that’s particularly important for pregnant women.

So here’s the recipe- these cookies are super, and the dough is super 🙂  Don’t eat too much of it though, since it does contain raw egg.

Superfood Monster Cookie Bars:

  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground almond meal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons each: white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, dark chocolate chips
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a loaf pan (any size will do) with foil.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, egg, brown sugar, and almond meal.
  3. Stir in the flour and canola oil to make a soft dough.
  4. Add oatmeal and chips.  The dough will be crumbly but that’s okay.
  5. Press dough into foil-lined loaf pan, and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.