By Lynn Beck
An active person’s diet definitely has a place for energy-packed treats. Loaded with complex carbs, protein and just the right amount of delicious (and good for you) dark chocolate, these cookies are my husband’s favorite go-to fuel for a full day of skiing.
1/4 cup organic butter or softened coconut oil
1/4 cup natural applesauce
1/4 cup stevia
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons molasses or 1/8 cup brown sugar
2 cups natural peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup vanilla whey protein powder (with no sugar or fat)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup dark chocolate chips
4-5 cups whole oats (regular old-fashioned oats)
3-6 tablespoons water (as needed for easier stirring)
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
Cream first eight ingredients together (butter through eggs) with mixer on high until smooth. With mixer on low, incorporate the protein powder and baking soda.
Stir in chips and oatmeal by hand (add water, if needed).
Form cookie dough into a ball approximately the size of a tangerine. Chocoholics may add more chips at this juncture.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly brown.
We make a double batch, bake and freeze them. Then they’re always ready to go in our ski packs. Two cookies will fit into a sandwich-sized zip-lock bag. x
Lynn Beck is a fitness trainer with 30 years’ experience who spends part of her year in “The Place where Life is Perfect” – Glacier, Washington.