Just when you thought the humble chocolate chip cookie could not get any better, in comes the addition of peanut butter with his smoothness and irresistible charm.
To be honest, peanut butter and I have a somewhat volatile relationship. It’s been like this since day one. And it’s not him, it’s me. You see, I have an unhealthy relationship when it comes to the PB. Gluttonous at the best of times, over consumed for breakfast, lunch and dinner (even snacks) and to the point were one may find themselves slightly nauseated with overindulgence. Then the mere sight of peanut butter simply displeases. You see, I have zero self control with peanut butter and that quickly turns lust into disgust. I am in the process of finding balance and avoiding overindulging in it’s salty, nutty goodness. Which is easier said than done.
Is there a peanut butter anonymous group out there? A shrink maybe? Or hypnotist?
When I found this recipe for chocolate chip and peanut butter oat cookies on the Ambitious Kitchen, I knew I wanted to rekindle this relationship yet again. But this time I felt confident that I would finally find that ideal culinary route in achieving my desired balance goals with this recipe for peanut butter oat cookies. Plus they’re sans flour and butter. Not that I have anything against those two; but I know some people do. These little morsels smell like peanut butter and leave you with a delightful and subtle aftertaste too. There is still a risk of overindulgence because, cookies. But the upside is you can’t technically spoil that love for PB, as you would say consuming it straight out of the jar. If my proverbial math is correct the it kind of cancels the other out.
I didn’t feel the need to recreate or modify this recipe in the slightest. Say for the chocolate chips which I replaced with standard dark chocolate. If you were wondering why I refrain from add chocolate chips it is because I personally I prefer not to. I once read that the sole reason why the chocolate chip manages to retain its shape when baking it’s because of is a wax coating which covers the surface. It essentially prevents excessive slash if any melting. For me the thought of consuming some unnatural, heat resistant wax coating doesn’t sound appealing at all. I consume enough junk as it is, so I try to avoid and substitute them as much as possible. Plus it is a million times more satisfying to bite into a gooey cookie, like these chocolate chip and peanut butter oat cookies for example, and be left battling a mouthful of oozing chocolate then small semi-soft pieces.
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