20 Minute-One Bowl Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies3Whoo hooo!  A new recipe!  And it’s not healthy!  Well, in my mind it’s kind of healthy because they contain peanut butter and oatmeal.  Heh heh heh just kidding! 

I wanted to bake something the other day and thought cookies sounded good, so I whipped up a small batch of these to snack on.  This recipe only makes about 8-10 cookies, takes 20 minutes to whip up, uses one bowl, and no mixer.  They’re perfect to make whenever you don’t have time to really bake.  Peanut Butter Cup Cookies2It’s a peanut butter oatmeal cookie with mini peanut butter cups.  You could substitute chocolate chips if you can’t find mini peanut butter cups.  I used creamy peanut butter, but you could and should definitely use chunky if you have it.  I love chunky peanut butter!  The chunks would go well with the peanut butter cups/chocolate chips.  P.S. These taste like Nutter Butters.
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies 20 Minute-One Bowl Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup mini peanut butter cups or chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy and smooth.  Stir in egg, baking soda, baking powder, salt and oatmeal until well combined.  Stir in flour until just combined.  Stir in peanut butter cups until combined.

Drop 8-10 rounded scoops of dough onto a large cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes before transferring cookies to a wire rack.

Make 8-10 cookies

My Favorite Fitness Videos

We’re still on a healthy kick around these parts, especially this week.  I’ve getting my butt in gear and trying to work out hard, eat better, and drink more water.  Swimsuit season is just around the corner!  Okay, not really, but I’m going to pretend it is. During the summer I like to ride my bike or go on runs with Ericcakes.  During the winter I ride my exercise bike (and watch Netflix) and use fitness videos.  These are my favorites, which can all be found online for free (I’ve linked to them).  The first four are all Jillian.  She’s good at what she does!
Yoga Meltdown Yoga MeltdownBeginner level yoga with some cardio thrown in.

Yoga Inferno1 Yoga InfernoThis is similar to yoga meltdown, except more intense.

No More Trouble Zones No More Trouble ZonesJillian does exactly what she says!  She works out your abs, arms, and butt.

Kickbox Jillian Michaels KickboxI love kickboxing, I always have.  Did anyone else do Tae Bo back in the day?

Target ToningTotal Body Target Toning – Okay this one is pretty easy, and I do it on days when I don’t really want to work out.  Haha.  Denise Austin works out your arms, legs and abs. 
Hotel Hotel Room WorkoutThis workout is one you can complete in your hotel room while traveling.

Tracy Arms Without WeightsThis workout by Tracy Anderson is crazy.  Your arms will be on fire after a few minutes!

Rebecca Seven Minute AbsSo now your abs will be on fire after completing this one.  It took me a couple of tries to get through this video without stopping. 

Jackie WarnerJackie Warner's Xtreme Timesaver TrainingI work out to this video on DVD, and I couldn’t find an online version.  I linked to a video that looks similar, though.  I love this one because it’s a short video, yet you still feel like you got a good workout in.

What are your favorite workouts?  Do you have any favorite fitness videos?  I really love yoga, and I’d like more videos to workout to.  I also would like to get into pilates.  For a while I went to a gym when I lived in Springfield and loved going to all of the group fitness classes.  Spinning and step were my favorites!  I wonder if gyms even have step class anymore? 

My Top Twelve Healthy Snacks

Pea & Bean CrispsI know many of us are trying to eat a little healthier this time of year, myself included, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite healthy snacks to munch on.  With my occupation, my hours are all over the place and I may or may not get three square meals, so often I rely on snacks to get me through the day. Here are my top twelve healthy snacks in no particular order:

#1 – Baked pea and bean crisps.  I’m addicted to these and they might be my favorite snack of all time ??  I buy the peas from any grocery store or Trader Joe’s, and the beans are found at TJ’s as well.  I’ve heard that Trader Joe’s now has broccoli crisps! 

They’re so crispy and delicious.  You may not like them at first, but then you get addicted.
Bean Crisp #2 – Hummus!  Hummus is such a good, filling snack.  I like it with pretzels, crackers, carrots, celery sticks, and broccoli.  These little Sabra containers are perfect for on-the-go snacks. 
#3 – Fresh fruit.  I generally choose my fruit based on what time of the year it is.  Right now citrus is in season, so take advantage of grapefruit, oranges and clementines. 
#4 Cashews (and pistachios).  Cashews and pistachios are my favorite nuts to snack on.  They’re full of healthy fat, protein, and keep you satisfied. 
Cashews#5 – Popcorn chips and crisps seem to be the new rage.  I like these purple corn crisps from Aldi.  My friend Emily says the Popcorners Chips are amazing.  I haven’t tried them yet, but I will!
Popcorn Chips
#6 – Dark chocolate.  This is definitely high on the list, too.  I love to nibble on a little dark chocolate.  I suppose the less sugar it has, the better. 
Dark Chocolate
#7 – Almonds.  I probably eat more almonds than cashews and pistachios because I *think* they may be a little better for you…. plus they’re cheaper.  I like to buy these oven roasted salted almonds from Aldi.  They go light on the salt, which I like. 
#8 – Dried fruit (in small doses).  Every now and then I do like eating dried cherries, cranberries, blueberries and apricots.  Not so much on the dried papaya and pineapple because it’s covered in sugar.  I’m also not a big fan or raisins and dried plums on their own. 
Dried Fruit
#9- I’ve been eating more popcorn than ever!  I bought a big bag of popcorn kernels a few months ago and have been slowly making my way through the bag.  I pop it on the stove with a little coconut oil, then drizzle it with browned butter, sea salt and cracked black pepper.  I try to go light on the oil and butter.  It depends if it’s a “me” day or not.  For a while I was eating popcorn every night instead of dessert! 
#10 Edamame – No picture for this one!  You know what it looks like.  Haha.  This is another perfect on the go snack.  It’s great with a little sea salt or soy sauce. 

#11 Whole wheat pretzels dipped in (natural) peanut butter – oh yeah… this was my favorite snack as a kid, with a tall glass of milk. 

#12 Roasted chickpeas – I haven’t made these in a while, but they’re soo good to snack on!  I drizzle chickpeas with olive oil, sea salt and pepper and roast them until they’re crispy. 

Other snack ideas – smoothies, fresh juices, string cheese, plain oatmeal, Greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs, protein shakes, cottage cheese

So there you go!  Those are pretty much the snacks I stick with.  What are your favorite snacks?  Healthy or not healthy…