When it comes to my weight loss goals, I can easily say that it isn’t finding the motivation to work out that derails my efforts. I love working out. But…I also love sweets. Staying away from yummy baked goods is easily the hardest thing I face when it comes to my fitness goals.
The most effective way for me to combat my sweet tooth is to have healthy alternatives on hand.
Simple starches like sugar, rice, and flour are my enemy. They travel straight to my belly, butt, and thighs and stay there FOREVER.
So my thanks goes out to the folks at Nektar Naturals for sponsoring this post and providing me with a convenient weapon to use in my fight against belly fat. It was much easier to rip open the packets of honey crystals than it would have been to measure out 2 TBL spoons of sticky honey.
The Nektar Naturals adds just a hint of sweetness that satisfies the craving but doesn’t derail my weight-loss efforts! I love sweets but I loathe cardio even more. I would rather not do extra cardio to make up for a weak sugar craving moment.
I even sprinkled a half of a packet of the honey crystals on half of an avocado for a filling snack.
So I decided to make some emergency peanut butter cookies with the granulated honey since it was so delicious on the avocado. The finished cookie is a soft and crumbly and hits the spot when you are craving sweets. And it is packed with protein!
While the cookies were cooling, my son stole two of them and declared that they were “Yummy!!” So they passed the picky kid test.
I also shared the cookies with my friend and her husband. My friend (and workout partner) loved them but her husband, who isn’t watching his diet or working out regularly and loves sweets, didn’t care for them. The cookies are perfect for those that are moving towards a cleaner diet but for those that expect a gooey, sugary peanut butter cookie like your grandma used to make, this recipe probably isn’t for you!
1 cup natural peanut butter (no added ingredients, label says "peanuts")
3 TBL egg whites or 2 large egg whites
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 sea salt
6 packets Nektar Naturals crystallized honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Spray baking sheet with cooking spray or use parchment paper
- Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl
- Stir until completely mixed
- Drop onto baking sheet by heaping tablespoon
- Bake for 10-12 minutes
Cookie is soft and crumbly.
Next I will be trying this recipe with almond butter or soy butter so my daughter, who is allergic to peanuts, can have some too. It is so simple and quick that whipping up a batch can be fit into any busy schedule.
You can grab a box of Nektar Naturals at your local Whole Foods!
Though this post was sponsored by Nektar Naturals, all thoughts, opinions, and the recipe, are my own.