Sep 03

Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Awhile ago while doing my daily round of blog reading, I saw someone suggest putting nut butter on a sweet potato.

My first thought…”Gahhh, people are brilliant.  How do these geniuses come up with this stuff?”

So I roasted two sweet potatoes with every intention of spreading peanut butter on one and saving the other to eat later on in the week.  Buuutttt then I got distracted and started thinking about that stuffed sweet potato I ate the other day.

So instead of sticking to the plan, I ditched the peanut butter idea and stuffed the potato with some chicken, cabbage, pistachios, avocado chunks, and BBQ sauce…and then I ate it.

And then about an hour after I finished it, I started to really want to try the peanut butter and sweet potato combination however, now I also wanted something a little bit sweeter.  So I scraped the flesh out of the remaining sweet potato, added in some peanut butter and oats.  And 10 minutes later…the sweet potato cookie was born.

And it is very likely that I ate three as soon as they came out of the oven…absence desire makes the heart appetite grow fonder, right?

Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Oatmeal

makes 12 cookies

1 cup oats, divided
1/3 cup brown sugar, loose
1/3 cup sweet potato puree
1/2 cup peanut butter (mine had salt)
2 Tbsp applesauce
1 heaping Tbsp peanuts, raw (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.

In the bowl of a food processor, process 1/3 cup oats until ground into a flour.  Add in the brown sugar and sweet potato puree and process until smooth.  Pour this mixture into a separate bowl and add in remaining oats, peanut butter, applesauce, and peanuts.  Mix all the ingredients together until a dough is formed.  Roll dough into 12 balls and place onto a nonstick cookie sheet.  Press down the dough balls with the back of a fork.  Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes.  Remove from the oven when the bottom of the cookies are golden brown.  Cookies should seem underdone.

These were great straight out of the oven, at room temperature and even ice cold after being frozen in the freezer.  I kept the majority of mine in the freezer.  They make a great quick dessert.

[Note: If you want a sweeter cookie, add 1/2 cup brown sugar instead of the 1/3 cup.  Also, if your peanut butter doesn’t have salt in it, add in a scant 1/4 tsp salt.]

26 comments on “Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. Sweet potatoes and nut butter sure make an awesome couple,don’t they? ;) Just like squash and nut butter… Amazing!
    I love the idea of sweet potato peanut butter cookies,why did I never think of that myself? I guess I have to grab me one right out of the computer screen. They look so delicious I just can’t resist! ;)

    • It still kinda surprises me that they taste so good together! Sunnie @ ModernGirlNutrition made a wrap with a banana, almond butter and avocados…it sounds kinda weird like the whole sweet potato+PB combination did but I think it would be pretty incredible:)

  2. Suh-weeeet! Get in my belly

  3. Wow, those look so good! And I love that the ingredient list in short. Those are my favorite kind of recipes ;)

  4. love love love!! these cookies sound amazing xo

  5. Ridiculous ( in a good way); Sweet potato peanut butter cookies. Wow! So do you taste the sweet potato or is it all peanut buttery goodness.

    • I can taste the sweet potato but not in a bad way! And the majority of the reason why I can taste it is because I know it’s there. Served to some unsuspecting guests, I’m sure they would just think it was a normal peanut butter cookie:)

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  7. These sound great! I’m going to try these with my homemade chocolate almond butter!!!

  8. I used strawberry applesauce so mine ended up tasting like peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies – so yummy!!!!!!

    • Motta try this: might sub blended dates for the sugar and poss toss some raisins into half the batch. Topping idea: pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Man, you could run a marathon on those lol. Thanks :)

  9. how do you make sweet potato puree

  10. Sounds great — is that calorie count for just one of the 12 cookies?

  11. Could you use canned pumpkin?

  12. Excited to try this recipe but…How did you make the sweet potato puree? Did you blend up raw sweet potato or bake it first and then puree it? Thanks!

  13. This is the best peanut butter oatmeal cookie ever!
    I made a few additions 1 tbsp vanilla ( I like vanilla), 1 tbsp chia seeds, 4 tbsp flax seed meal and a handful of pumpkin seeds. I also used chunky PB in place of adding peanuts. These held together beautifully. The sweet potato gave them a great texture.

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