Nighttime Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Gluten Free and Vegan)
This sweet chewy treat boasts healthy ingredients, such as oats, applesauce, raisins, almond flour, and eggs. These ingredients are excellent sources of Magnesium, which has gained attention as a potential sleep aid; helping prepare your body and mind for a good night‘s rest. Not having enough magnesium in your diet can cause troubled sleep and even insomnia. This decadent cookie is gluten-free and satisfies nighttime sweet cravings, and is also Vegan when made with an egg replacer. What’s better than dessert that is healthy and may also help your nighttime health wellness!
1 cup preferred sweetener
5 TBSN smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup raisins
1 TBSN olive oil
1/4 cup applesauce
2 eggs or egg replacer for baking
1/2 cup Almond flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp. baking soda
1 TBSN cinnamon
(optiona) 1/4 cup slivered almonds
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Prep: 10 min, 15 min to cool
Cook: 15-18 min
Ready: 30 min
Serves: 12-15 cookies
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the peanut butter, eggs, applesauce, olive oil, and sweetener with a spoon.
3. Add flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and raisins. Stir until evenly combined.
4. Lay a layer of parchment paper on the baking sheet. Spoon 2 TBSN of dough to form a round flattened patty for each cookie.
5. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the cookies rise slightly and turn golden brown.
6. Let rest in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pans and allow to cool.
Calories: 154 | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Magnesium is one of the most common minerals on earth and it’s essential for human health and over 600 cellular reactions throughout the body. In fact, every cell and organ need this mineral to function properly. It contributes to bone health, as well as proper brain, heart and muscle function.
Magnesium supplements have been linked to a number of benefits, including fighting inflammation, relieving constipation and lowering blood pressure. This mineral has wide-ranging effects in the body and may influence some of the processes that promote sleep.
In order to fall asleep and stay asleep, your body and brain need to relax. On a chemical level, magnesium aids this process by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, the system responsible for getting you calm and relaxed. Oats, whole wheat, peanut butter, and raisins are a few high sources of magnesium.
Magnesium regulates neurotransmitters, which send signals throughout the nervous system and brain. It also regulates the hormone melatonin, which guides sleep-wake cycles in your body.
This mineral binds to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors which are the neurotransmitter responsible for quieting nerve activity. It is the same neurotransmitter used by sleep drugs like Ambien. By helping to quiet the nervous system, magnesium may help prepare your body and mind for sleep.
Rolled oats are high in fiber and protein compared to other grains. Oats contain some unique components — in particular, the soluble fiber beta-glucan and antioxidants called avenanthramides. Benefits include lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protection against skin irritation and reduced constipation.