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. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan (any size will do) with foil.
- In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, egg, brown sugar, and almond meal.
- Stir in the flour and canola oil to make a soft dough.
- Add oatmeal and chips. The dough will be crumbly but that’s okay.
- Press dough into foil-lined loaf pan, and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.