Peanut Butter Blossoms (the peanut butter cookies with Hershey’s kisses in the center) were my inspiration for my next raw cookie dough. For some reason, I rarely make peanut butter treats…come to think of it, I think it’s been about 5 years since I’ve even eaten a peanut butter cookie. Time to bring peanut butter treats back, my friends. (At least for me. ;) )
If you like peanut butter (and in my whole life I’ve literally only come across two people who don’t…and it probably won’t surprise you in the least bit to know that Mike is one of them), then you’re sure to love this raw dough. I usually make it with raw, unsalted, shelled sunflower seeds (because I always have huge bag of them in my freezer) that I toast on the stovetop to bring out their nutty flavor. That being said, if I had a stash of peanuts on hand I’d be all over them for this recipe. If you give it a try with peanuts, let me know how it turns out!
(Yield: 2 small servings)
4 TB raw, unsalted nuts (I’ve found that the following work well: cashews, blanched almonds, or shelled sunflower seeds…my favorite is sunflower seeds for this dough)
5 TB rolled oats
1 date, pitted and minced (or 1 TB brown sugar)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 TB peanut butter
Milk (any kind you like, such as cow’s milk, rice milk, soy milk, coconut milk, etc.)
2 Hershey’s Kisses (for topping)
In a small skillet over medium-low heat, toast the nuts until they’re light golden brown and fragrant, giving the pan an occasional shake; cool.
In a food processor, process nuts until they look like fine, moist crumbs. Add oats and process until the oats are very fine; pulse in dates (or brown sugar) and a pinch of salt. Pulse in vanilla and peanut butter, then while still processing, add a little milk at a time until it forms a ball of dough. Divide into 2 servings and chill 1-2 hours (so the flavors can blend). Before serving, top each with a Hershey’s kiss.
A Note on the Oats: Oats are gluten-free, but if you have gluten sensitivities, you should be sure to purchase oats that are free from possible contamination while processing (such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats).