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Peanut Cluster Cookies

Here’s another minimally sweet crunchy treat to help satisfy a cookie craving but without all the fat, calories or guilt!

  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup wheat bran
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 apples (cored and quartered)
  • 2 dates

I like to use whole grain spelt flour in my kitchen but 100% whole wheat flour works fine in this little cookie cluster.  Place flour, bran and baking powder in mixing bowl.  Place your nuts in a food processor and blend until you have a smooth butter.  Meanwhile heat your water and two dates in the microwave or stovetop for 1 minute.  Add the apples (with peel!) and your warm dates and water into the processor and blend.  Mix your apple nutbutter mixture with your flour and drop by rounded spoons onto a non-stick cookie sheet or oven stone.

Back at 375° for 15 minutes.

CalorieCount at About.Com gives this recipe calculation an A because of the added bran and low fat.  At just 63 calories you get 2.6 grams of protein and only 1.6 grams of sugar.

http://caloriecount.about.com

There’s nothing wrong with a couple of these and a glass of low fat milk for a quick breakfast.

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