Low carb snack ideas start with these peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies! They’re filled with low sugar jelly, and shaped to look like a real peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Kids think they’re a fun treat, and parents love that they’re a healthy snack option.
School is back in session, so parents, it’s time to think of low sugar and low carb snack ideas for lunch boxes.
Sandwiches, particularly the peanut butter and jelly variety, seem to be popular. In honor of PB&J, I have a fun, low carb cookie recipe that is sure to bring smiles to the lunch box crowd!
I recently joined a monthly cookie recipe group called Creative Cookie Exchange. It’s administrators are Laura from The Spiced Life and Rebecka from At Home with Rebecka. Each month, everyone in the group bakes up cookies with a unique recipe that’s based on the theme for that month. This month’s theme is none other than BACK TO SCHOOL!
If you’ve been following along with me for the past few months, you are likely aware that I’m trying to shed a few pounds. That being the case, I created a lower carb cookie… one with less sugar than most. But any good cookie (in my opinion) needs to contain SOME sugar. Without the use of sugar (which acts a tenderizer), cookies get too crispy for my liking.
That’s why the best cookies and brownies are chewy! We also need sugar to caramelize, giving a perfectly golden color to our cookies. That’s why I decided to make peanut butter cookies. Manufactured peanut butter generally has a decent amount of sugar in it, so I was then able to reduce the amount of sugar I used in this recipe.
I reduced the carbohydrates even further by using my favorite low-carb baking mix from Bob’s Red Mill. The whole grains give it a nice brown color, making it the perfect choice for these cookies. I love wheat bread, and that’s exactly what these little peanut butter cookies look like!
I could have made or purchased a completely sugar-free preserve to use as the filling for these cookies, but I decided to use what I had on hand in the fridge. It was all-natural and a little lower in sugar, but not completely free of sugar.
Brian is the primary user of jams and jellies in our house, and I don’t usually force my low carb regime on him. It helps to keep our relationship on an even keel if I keep his tummy happy 🙂
Although it tested my patience (or lack thereof), I made the peanut butter cookies icebox style. I shaped the dough into the form of a loaf of bread by pressing my fingers into the sides and top of the dough to make indents. The dough was wrapped in plastic wrap and chilled in the fridge for a couple of hours before slicing and baking.
Do your kids have any favorite lunch box treats that are a little on the unhealthy side? Do you need more low carb snack ideas?
Use the comments below to let me know what their favorites are and I’ll try to whip up a healthier version of them for you!
I hope you get great use from these low carb snack ideas.
Enjoy the peanut butter and jelly cookies, too!
Pecan Chocolate Bars from The Spiced Life
Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Food Lust People Love
White Chocolate Oat Cookies from Magnolia Days
Fortune Cookies from A Baker’s House
Whole Wheat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Chocolate Chip Skillet Brownies from At Home with Rebecka
Orange Cookies from Basic N Delicious
Melting Moments from All that’s Left Are the Crumbs
Pumpkin Oatmeal Pecan Cookies from If I Ever Owned A Bakery
Peanut Butter No-Bakes from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt