Skip to content

Wheels of Steel Peanut Butter Cookies

    No matter which way you chew it, these wheels of steel peanut butter cookies are quick, healthy and delicious.

    wheels of steel peanut butter health cookies

    Growing up, my house never contained Milanos or Chips Ahoy. If I wanted a bowl of ice cream, I’d have to sneak over to my friend Julia’s house – the land of Oreos, ice cream and Coca Cola Classic. It was the 80’s after all, and fat-free was all the rage. I shudder to think about the Snackwell’s Fat Free cookies I used to consume. On a positive note, my mother would occasionally make us “Wheels of Steel”- a healthy cookie from one of her natural foods cookbooks. This cookie is so chock-full of nutrition you could call it a breakfast cookie.

    In an effort to make it my own, I recently tried using steel cut oats in lieu of old fashioned oats. Surprisingly, they provide a delicious, chewy and hearty addition to these addictive cookies. Feel free to use any dried fruit you have on hand. I happened to have dried cranberries and raisins but it would taste just as delicious with dried cherries or apricots. The original recipe includes a few tablespoons of sesame seeds sprinkled on at the end but I prefer them without. I also reduced the amount of brown sugar required and didn’t miss it at all. No matter which way you chew it, these cookies are quick, healthy and delicious. I must warn you – they are addictive. Bake them at your own risk.

    Your milk is waiting.

    wheels of steel peanut butter health cookies

    Wheels of Steel Peanut Butter Cookies

    5 stars
    No matter which way you chew it, these wheels of steel peanut butter cookies are quick, healthy and delicious.
    PREP: 10 mins
    COOK: 10 mins
    TOTAL: 20 mins
    Servings: 30 Cookies


    • 1 c whole wheat flour
    • ¼ c toasted wheat germ
    • ½ c dry milk powder
    • ½ tsp salt
    • tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp baking soda
    • 1 c steel cut oats (or old fashioned)
    • ½ c butter
    • ½ c natural peanut butter
    • ½ c brown sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 egg
    • 3 tbs skim milk
    • 1 c raisins


    • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
    • Cream butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla, egg and milk.
    • Add dry ingredients. Mix well and add oats and raisins.
    • Drop dough by teaspoon onto cookie sheet.
    • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool completely before serving.


    Calories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 16.1gProtein: 3.6gFat: 5.6gSaturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 110mgFiber: 1.6g
    SHOW AND TELL ON INSTAGRAM!Show me your creation and rate it below! Mention @thelemonbowl or tag #thelemonbowl! I would LOVE to see!

    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. No flavor! Couldn’t believe it a peanut butter cookie with no flavor. I had doubled the recipe, added 1 c. Raisin and 1 tsp cinnamon.

    2. I still own that cookbook your mother had with this recipe (it’s around 50 years old!). I left the sesame seeds because I love them, but agree they are better with less brown sugar. And I am definitely going to try them with other dried fruit, like cherries! Great recipe.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.

    Your feedback is important to us. Rate what you thought of this.

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.