One of my goals for this year is to eat more super foods, achieved by focusing on a new super food each month. September happens to be the month of oats. According to SuperFoodsRX.com, “Oats are low in calories, high in fiber and protein. They’re a rich source of magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, thiamine, and pantothenic acid.” And WebMD.com explains that oats and other foods high in fiber help achieve “healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels.”
So far, “focusing on oats” has meant making and eating oatmeal cookies. But, hey, it’s the beginning of the month still.
When I got home from my visit to the Texas Hill Country, I had a hankering to bake. After my run in with oatmeal muffins with Nutella frosting (which I now know are sure to improve my blood sugar….), I figured I should make something that uses up the little Nutella I had left.
And an idea was born.
Peanut butter. Oatmeal. Nutella. Cookie. Sandwiches.
Based on my favorite PB and oatmeal cookies, I substituted Nutella for some of the sugar. And this cookie was born:
With less sugar than my original recipe, the cookies aren’t too sweet. The Nutella flavor isn’t over powering – ultimately, the Nutella and peanut butter mix well.
Now, as if that wasn’t enough, I thought I should make cookie sandwiches using peanut butter frosting for the filling.
And because I’m really bad, I laid in bed last night dreaming of dipping the cookie sandwiches in Nutella and crushed peanuts. But, alas, my jar of Nutella is empty.
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup extra chunky peanut butter
3 heaping spoonfuls of Nutella
Mix together all ingredients. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Use a teaspoon measuring spoon to form balls of dough, leaving plenty of room between since the cookies spread out quite a bit while cooking. Cook on 350 for 9 minutes. Makes about 28 cookies.
For the frosting, just beat together 3 heaping spoonfuls of creamy peanut butter with 2-3 spoonfuls of powdered sugar, depending on how sweet you like it. Spread between two cookies. Makes 14 sandwiches, unless you eat some of the cookies before they’re made into sandwiches. Not that I did that or anything…..