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.
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.
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*]
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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:
- Mix together.
- 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.