Do your kids (or you) eat a lot of peanut butter? Switch it up a bit with this tasty alternative. If you're craving something sweet, this is a great choice that packs in 4 grams of protein per cookie and heart healthy oil to balance out the sugar. Without any flour, these cookies have the added perk of being gluten-free! Also, sunflower seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants vitamin E and selenium, as well as magnesium.
1 16-oz jar Sunflower Butter (about 1 3/4 cups) at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 pinch salt
Makes 30 cookies
Per cookie: 116 calories, 8g fat, 1g saturated fat, 4g protein, 10g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 65mg sodium
Recipe from Cooking with Trader Joe's Cookbook
Marlene Maltby is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Seattle, WA where she specializes in pediatric & adolescent nutrition, food sensitivities, vegetarian/vegan diets and enteral tube feeding.. Prior to becoming a RDN, she completed professional training in culinary arts.