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During the days of my eating disorder, I considered desserts a major dangerfood. I thought that the tiniest taste would lead to a massive weight gain. Once I started my recovery process, however, I realized the irrationality of that idea. If I balanced a healthy diet with exercise, why couldn’t I eat something sweet every day?

Although I splurge on occasions (I can’t resist a Crumbs carrot cupcake), I keep my daily desserts low calorie. So when I came across a recipe for a 55-calorie cookie, I had to test it out. The best part of these sweet treats? No baking required! Not only are these cookies easy to make, but they’re so good they’d even keep Cookie Monster happy.


1 cup of Splenda

4 Tbsp margarine

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

¼ cup of water

¼ cup peanut butter

1 ½ cup oats

½ tsp vanilla extract


  1. Combine Splenda, margarine, cocoa power, and water in a small sauce pan.
  2. Bring ingredients to a boil and make sure to stir the whole time to avoid burning ingredients.
  3. Remove pan from the stove and mix in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla.
  4. Let mixture cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Using a tablespoon, scoop out the “dough” and roll into balls.
  6. Place “dough” on baking sheet and press down with a fork.
  7. Refrigerate the cookies for at least one hour, but for best results leave over night.
  8. Pour a glass of milk and dig in to these tasty, low-calorie cookies.