First of all, I’d like to wish a very Happy Father’s Day to all of the great dads out there…but especially to mine, who-in my humble opinion-is the world’s greatest. I’m not sure if he knows this, but I feel extremely fortunate that I can say that my dad has had a major influence in my love of living a healthy, active lifestyle.
From the moment I could walk, I was running and signed up for sports. I, along with all of my siblings, grew up playing year-round sports and always being pushed to be the best we could be from our dad, who was a naturally strong and great athlete himself. And I don’t mean he pushed us from afar, like hearing about our games over dinner because he wasn’t there…I mean in the moment and in all of the moments leading up to the games my dad was (and still is) always there. He would spend his days off taking us to sports academies and camps, traveling leagues, and practicing drills with us in the backyard or at a nearby field. He would make sure to be at every single game of ours, even if it meant coming straight from work and showing up in his uniform. My dad was always there in my peripherals: when I was up at bat, on the field, or on the court-to shake his head slightly frustrated if he knew we could do better/weren’t trying our best, to give some constructive advice after a tough moment, to give a roar/hoot/holler from the stands that exuded pure pride and love, and sometimes even to drag us to the hospital for x-rays or MRI’s, when we inevitably injured ourselves…and then to console our defeated, tearful selves afterwards when we realized our season was over and we needed surgery. No matter what the situation, my dad was always there to hug us afterwards, look us in the eye, and tell us that he loved us…every single time.
And even though I don’t live in New Jersey with my parents anymore and my current active lifestyle is a very different kind from what it once was (now mainly running and yoga), I know my dad is still just as proud and tries to stay as involved in and as up to date in my healthy, active lifestyle as possible. Although I selfishly wish that I could see him in my peripherals during every road race I run, I know he’s thinking of me during the race and makes sure to check in with encouraging texts and phone calls. He might not even fully understand the whole blogging/social media concept, but he’s one of my most loyal and supportive Meg in the Meantime followers, too! How lucky am I to have him?! So thanks, Dad for caring enough to always be there.
And so, here’s to you dad: the greatest man I know and a fellow peanut butter lover. I want to dedicate today’s Sunday Snacks edition to something that he would enjoy eating–lucky for me, I am home in New Jersey this weekend with my family and so my dad can actually test them out, instead of just commenting about how good my healthy snacks look. Per usual, I trolled Pinterest for some healthy peanut butter desserts and came across a peanut butter cookie recipe from Myra of The Happy Healthy Freak. With a healthy dark chocolate, coconut oil drizzle on top, I knew right away that these small, sweet, and healthy treats would be the way to go for Father’s Day.
These cookies are made from only five ingredients, are low in sugar, low in carbs, and takes less than a half hour to make (about 10-15 minutes of prep time and about 15 minutes of baking time). This particular recipe will yield 20-24 cookies, depending on how large you want to them, but I believe the whole purpose to to keep them on the smaller, bite-size end.
According to my dad, they’re a little too delicious to be healthy. He said (and I quote): “Are you sure these are healthy?? They seem too good to be healthy…” Haha! So since these cookies are impressively “Dad-tested, Dad-approved” (trust me, he’s not easily impressed) let’s get straight to how to make them so you and your loved ones can enjoy, as well!
Chocolate-Drizzled Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients:
- 1 cup natural peanut butter (I used the kind with honey in mine for extra sweetness)
- 1/2 cup organic sweetener (I used Stevia, but there are many different kinds)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
Other Items Needed:
- mixing bowl
- measuring cups and spoons
- whisk or electric beater
- baking sheet
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Combine peanut butter, sweetener, and egg in a bowl-mix together well.
- Roll the mixture together into 1 inch balls (or a little smaller)-place on baking sheet.
- Press down on rolled balls with a fork.
- Bake for 15 minutes (but check at 12-13 minutes, if you rolled smaller balls).
- While cookies are cooling, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together in the microwave.
- Once cookies are cooled, drizzle the chocolate mix on top.
- Let the chocolate drizzle harden* and enjoy!
*You can place the cookies in the refrigerator to serve chilled and really harden up the chocolate, or keep the cookies softer, warmer, and gooier and keep out in room temperature.
Besides inspiring my love of peanut butter, my dad inspires me to forever strive for greatness; to respect and appreciate the pride that comes after a long, hard days work; to always keep challenging myself and to never stop until my “good” is better than my “best” in all aspects of my life…and I’m so grateful to have that kind of mindset in my adult life. What about you? Think about what your dad (or some kind of father-figure) has inspired you to do/become today. Was your dad your number one fan growing up? What special traditions did you have together growing up-something that maybe is meant for just you and him? What’s some of your favorite memories? Make sure to give him a call and tell him or, if you’re lucky enough to live nearby, go visit and tell him in-person.
In the meantime, if your dad is a peanut butter fan like mine is, bake these cookies for him and enjoy a special conversation over a healthy snack together. And don’t forget-look him in the eye and tell him you love him, too!