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Cookies to Power Your Outdoor Adventures

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Christmas’s Peanut Butter Trail Cookies

We asked Christmas what she and Randy like to take on the trail to keep their energy level maxed out and this is what she offered us. We love to collect recipes for high energy, healthy but yummy trail foods. We especially are suckers for cookies. Share your recipes in the comments.

Who doesn’t like delicious peanut butter cookies fresh out of the oven? Upgrade your old recipe full of butter and sugar, with healthy protein and fats! (Don’t worry- taste is not sacrificed!) What’s even better, they are portable and packable for hiking or climbing and super quick and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of peanut butter (I use smooth but play around with different flavors and types!)
  • ½  cup of your favorite protein powder (I used BSN Peanut Butter Cookie, but you can also use Vanilla or Chocolate!)
  • 2 egg whites (or 1 egg)
  • ½ tbls. Vanilla extract (Optional)1 tsp. of stevia (or other preferred sweetener- you can also try agave, honey or Splenda!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the egg and vanilla (and stevia if added)in a medium size bowl. Whisk for about a minute.
  3. Add in the peanut butter. Start stirring and folding to get the peanut butter covered with the egg mixture. You should start seeing the peanut butter combine with the egg and is getting softer.
  4. Add the protein powder in slowly. Once fully combined, you’ll start seeing the texture of the mix change form for baking.
  5. Roll into tablespoon sized balls. Place on a baking sheet and flatten with a fork to create a design on top of the cookies.
  6. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes MAX. These may seem like they are not done, but after 10 min, test one by checking the bottom of the cookie. If it’s nice and dark golden brown, take out and let rest for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

The nutrition facts per cookie are approximately: 138 kcal, 9 g of protein, 3 g of carbs, 4 g of sugar, 11 g of fat.
(I leave the sweetener out and opt to go for a peanut butter with honey or a flavor in it. I feel like these cookies are sweet enough with the amount of sugar found in the peanut butter, but that’s just my preference! Play around with flavors and textures!)

When it comes to snacks, sweets and meals, I like to create recipes that are quick, simple and nutritious! Fuel your body, on the mountain or your home! What are some of your favorite snacks or meals? Share with us at True Subaru Couple (facebook link), or comment below.

Alex Gauthier
Alex Gauthier
Alex Gauthier is the head adventure junky for Subaru Adventure Team and part time outdoor adventure photographer. His first love is climbing of any kind but can also be spotted on mountain bike trails or working on building sea kayaks which he may or may not ever get to paddle.
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