Faux-reo Cookie PB2

Perhaps you’ve seen the cookies ‘n’ creme cookie butter at Trader Joe’s. Or the many recipes around the interwebz for a similar product. Or maybe you just eat an entire package of Oreos at once like Oreos.

It doesn’t take a genius to recognize none of these options are particularly healthy. Luckily, I have a much healthier alternative for you. I didn’t set out to make it, but I accidentally “discovered” it one morning as I prepared my daily PB2.

Faux-reo Cookie Butter by The Oatmeal Artist #PB2 #vegan

You see, in my pre-vegan days, I made homemade Oreos…not once, but twice. That’s the kind of person I am. (They do have vegan recipes out there, but I used this one because Smitten Kitchen is a queen.)

And one day, I was making a chocolate PB2 to make Berry Blackout Oatmeal, and I used the ever elusive Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder (why is that so hard to find in stores?!). I took one taste, and my mind immediately catapulted back to my college days in my apartment kitchen, sneaking bites of homemade Oreo cookie dough.

Faux-reo Cookie Butter by The Oatmeal Artist #PB2

Shown above on Basic Banana Oatmeal

Now, the authentic Oreo cookie butter would include the cream filling, too, but I did write “faux” in the title, did I not? This healthier version is delicious and super reminiscent of the actual cookie layer. Trust the person who has made them from scratch twice. [insert information desk emoji here*]

*I really need emojis to be WordPress compatible. Now.

Faux-reo Cookie Butter #vegan #PB2


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Faux-reo Cookie PB2

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3 tbsp PB2
  • 2 tsp Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • liquid sweetener as needed (I omit)

How to make it:

  1. Mix together.
  2. Add water a teaspoon at a time and keep stirring. Stop adding water when the cookie butter forms a thick, spreadable paste. (I like mine on the thicker side.)

Just an FYI:

PB2 will try to tell you that one serving is 2 tbsp. DO NOT BELIEVE THEM. What's the point of a peanut butter with less calories if you don't enjoy a massive serving? 🙂 Regular cocoa powder can be subbed in, but it does not taste quite the same.


About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

13 Responses to Faux-reo Cookie PB2

  1. Cassie says:

    Never heard of Oreo Cookie Butter! Wowza, this looks delectable!

  2. Inge says:

    Yum! I make something similar very often (as there is no PB2 in Norway…) and it’s perfect for topping oatmeal. Or just snacking on, which happens most of the time. 🙂

  3. Nikki says:

    You can probably also mix this with chocolate protein powder

  4. Christine says:

    This looks delicious! Approximately how many teaspoons of water do you use?

  5. Jasmine Mikhaylov says:

    Ooh! Do you have any oatmeal a flavor recommendations to try with this? I’m a ENFJ/INFJ (apparently I’m particularly balanced in the “-vertisms” which I found out recently that it’s called being an ambivert…thought that was pretty cool…)

  6. Christine says:

    I’ve been curious to try this ever since you posted the recipe! I finally tried it this morning. I used 6-7 teaspoons of water plus 1 teaspoon maple syrup for sweetener. Delicious!

  7. Kelsey says:

    Inspiration just hit at work: do you think this could be used to make a “cookies and cream” oatmeal? I’m thinking maybe vanilla overnight oats with this stirred in (any maybe using slightly less water so its thick): a vegan take on a oreo blizzard, perhaps? This will have to be my next experiment!

  8. Kristin says:

    Ok, I have to say that I’m not tasting the resemblance to oreos. I just taste peanut butter. This is not a complaint since I LOVE PB. I made with regular cocoa powder and no sweetener. Do you think the dark chocolate powder makes that big of a difference?

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