Peanut Butter Carob Chip Cookies + Food Goals for 2012

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Can you believe it? A new year is upon us. In fact, we’re almost two weeks into 2012.

I’m usually not one to reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the new one.  I hate making resolutions that I’m bound to break. But sometimes listing goals is a good way to give you some perspective and push you forward. Last year I started a Project 365, but only got to 146 photos. I’m not sorry at all that I started that project; even though I didn’t finish, I still have many moments preserved and I feel that I learned so much from the experience.

So I’ve decided to write down some food goals for myself for 2012; goals I know that I’ll break. But they’ll give me something to works toward.

My Five Food Goals for 2012:

1. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and whole foods.

2. Eat less processed, prepacked baked goods.

3. Make new recipes; don’t get stuck in a rut of making only the recipes you know.

4. Try to overcome your fear of sharing your food creations with others. You can’t always please everyone, and sometimes you’ll make something that just isn’t that great. Get over it.

5. Try something new, even if you think you won’t like it. You never know!

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On to the cookies!

I believe that these cookies are a good representation of a few of my food goals. They’re made with natural ingredients (whole wheat flour, demerara sugar, rolled oats, etc.), they contain an ingredient that I was a bit afraid of (carob chips), and I had to overcome my fear of sharing them with others.

You see, Reuben loves carob, but, I must admit, I’m not the world’s biggest fan. Give me a choice between 70% cacao chocolate and carob and I’ll take the chocolate 9 times out of 10. But I wanted to make something that he loved. And I found that the carob chips added a lovely malty flavor that fit these cookies very well.

However, I was so scared that everyone would think they were gross and too “healthy” tasting that I always put a caveat before them: “They’re healthy,” or “They’re made with Carob chips.” To my surprise, no one hated them, and a gentleman even asked for the recipe. Just goes to show that you should get over your ego and share your work.

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Notes:

  • These cookies are none too sweet: just the way Reuben and I like them. If you prefer something a little sweeter, simply add some extra demerara.
  • If you can’t find any carob or you can’t stand it, you can easily substitute it with chocolate chips.

Peanut Butter Carob Chip Cookies | Printable PageMakes approximately 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup demerara sugar or sucanat or rapadura
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter (I really like this kind)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) whole wheat pastry flour (aka soft white wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1 cup semisweet carob chips (we really like this kind), or chocolate chips

Directions:

1) Preheat the oven to 375 ° F.

2) In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), cream together the butter, sugar, and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla.

3) In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the butter and sugar mixture. Add the oats and chocolate chips.

4) Form the dough into balls the size of golf balls and place on an ungreased or parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten the balls slightly.

5) Bake in the preheated oven for 8-12 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and let the cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before storing.


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19 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Carob Chip Cookies + Food Goals for 2012

  1. Oooh, these look fantastic! I’ve been looking for a whole wheat peanut butter cookie recipe and this looks like just what I’ve been looking for 😀 I have the same problem, and the same goal to go with it. Some times I’d just much rather hide away my “healthy food” or other ideas that I think people might think are strange but you never know when people will love it!

  2. These really look delicious. I am new to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  3. wow these photos are stunning!
    i’d love to see how you did the setup/reflectors for these shots just to learn how to do photos like this! 🙂
    i also like your food goals! eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is also one of my goals for 2012!

  4. I can relate. Trying a new recipe for company can be daunting but people need to see that we all experiment and sometimes we make mistakes. It’s much better than having them falsely believe we are perfect cooks. My sister-in-law is hesitant in the kitchen and has told me that my talent for cooking makes her intimidated to try. So I’m all the more determined to let her see the mess-ups along with the winners. That way she’ll see she’s just as kitchen-capable as anyone!

  5. If I may, I would like to share a piece of advice my Mom gave me when I was a young bride….

    Never apologize for the food on your table, never admit something didn’t turn out quite right, and always accept compliments gracefully. No one but you knows what you intended to put on the table.

    I have always taken that to heart and I really feel that if you make your meals with love and good intentions it usually works out in the end!

    Life is an adventure and for me that also includes my food. I like trying new things, sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t but I always have eggs on hand to make a quick omlette, just in case…..

    Good luck with your food goals of 2012!

  6. I love that you shared your goals! I think the eat more fruits and veggies makes my list every single year! These cookies look awesome. I’ve never heard of or tried carob chips, but will look for them next time I’m in the store. Thanks!

  7. Love your food goals (and the recipe looks great as well! haha)! I’ve found that if I stick to a mainly vegetarian diet during the week and leave the weekend for “splurging”, I feel great and have tons of energy!

    Blessings,

    Laura Lee

  8. I just made this recipe for a Church event and everyone LOVED them!! Like you, I was a little bit hesitant to bring “healthy” cookies, because I didn’t know how everyone would like them. But they ended up being a big hit and I loved them as well. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  9. I am definitely a perfectionist, especially when it comes to to my cooking, and now I have a guy to cook for. 🙂 (Certainly NOT complaining about that!!! It’s great!) So, I really really want everything I make to be just perfect…but it’s not always! So far I’ve had a few things that didn’t turn out just like I wanted, when I was cooking for him (a couple times a week,) and it’s been hard trying to not to be down about it! I’m really bad about answering compliments with an “it really didn’t turn out right…it was supposed to be like this….” I know I should learn to just shut up and smile!!!

    Thankfully, my guy doesn’t really care if my recipes don’t turn out perfect…we laugh about it later. 🙂 I’m getting better at shrugging it off as one of life’s little things!

    These cookies look great…but I probably would be using chocolate chips instead of carob. 🙂 I spent years getting my chocolate chip cookie recipe down to a science to please my dad. I asked my boyfriend what his favorite kind of cookie was, and what do you know…chocolate chip! So, while I always have those on hand, I do like trying new cookie recipes! (I usually get the “they’re good…just not as good as your chocolate chip!” Sigh.)

  10. Made these tonight with my kids. We’ve recently made a change to whole grain nutrition (and better sugars). I’ve been trying to teach them that “healthy” doesn’t have to equal gross. This recipe helped! They are very good, thank you!

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