One of my school-mom friends from Oregon posted this recipe on Facebook. It looked so scrumptious (and I was tired of banana-chocolate) so I decided to Healthify it.

So the main things I did were replace the sugar with honey and chopped dates, replace the shortening with butter, and use whole wheat pastry flour, and add wheat germ.

I’m going to have to work on a version with less butter next time 🙂

Here’s the original recipe and here’s my Only Slightly Guilty version:


1/2 c. creamy peanut butter

1/2 c. butter

1/4 cup honey

1 large egg

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 and 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

2/3 c. grated peeled apple

1/8 cup finely chopped dates (or prunes would also work)

a small dish of sugar for rolling the dough in

optional nuts (pecans are nice)


Preheat oven to 375°.

In a large bowl, cream the peanut butter, butter, and honey until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, wheat germ and salt. Add dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture and mix until fully incorporated. Fold in the apple and chopped fruit.

Form a heaping teaspoonful ball of dough and roll gently (I don’t cover evenly) in small dish of sugar for just a fine coat. Place onto baking sheets, about 2” apart. (I pressed gently to flatten because they don’t spread much) I also at this point pressed a few pecans into the top of half of my batch because I LOVE nuts but the girls, not so much.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.