August 18, 2011

Delicious Desserts - Easy, Fast - No-Bake Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Coconut Cookies

What better way to follow up a Health on the Go post you ask? 
Why with a chocolaty Delicious Desserts post of course!

This past week while I was on vacation, Slim accidentally bought too many packages of rolled oats for his breakfast cereal topping.

Unfortunately, we have seriously limited cabinet space in our apartment so I knew I had to bake something with the extra oats.  I also knew our good friends birthday was coming up, plus I needed some chocolate added into my daily nutritional intake (who doesn't?) - so I decided to make no bake cookies today!

They were so fast, easy, and delicious to "bake" (as well as eat).  

Although, these cookies are packed with healthy things like oats and natural peanut butter, they also have 2 cups of sugar, milk, and a stick of butter in their ingredient line up - so at about 100 calories a pop -  portion control is key with enjoying these bad boys (you can also limit how many you eat by sharing your love of these cookies with others - I promise if they love peanut butter they will love these cookies).

No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter, & Coconut Cookies



Ingredients

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa powder
1 stick butter (113 grams)
1/2 cup milk (2 percent is fine)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut ( this is optional - you can also use sweetened)
3 cups oatmeal (quick cooking for softer cookies or rolled old fashioned for chewier, I used old fashioned oats)
1/2 cup natural peanut butter 
Wax Paper
Cookie Sheet

Directions
  • Combine sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a medium sized saucepan.
  • On medium heat, melt the mixture and bring to a boil for one full minute.
  • Remove sauce pan from heat.
  • Immediately stir in peanut butter, optional coconut, vanilla, and oatmeal.
  • Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet (that has been covered in wax paper). 
  • Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
  • Try not to eat the whole batch in one sitting (this is probably the hardest part of the recipe)

Trouble Shooting Tips

  • Using natural peanut butter makes these cookies healthier than if you use processed peanut butter - however, either works.  I didn't feel using natural retracted from the taste because there is already lots of sugar the recipe.  Also, either chunky or creamy can be used - I used creamy.

 
  • Cut up the butter into smaller pieces to allow it to melt easier in your sauce pan.
  • Using only medium heat  is really important - high heat = stinky, burning sugar.  Also, stir occasionally while it is melting to ensure evenness.
  • Stick your head over the mixture while it is melting and inhale that buttery, sugary, chocolatey goodness. 

  • Dump all that oat-y/pea-nutty/coco-nutty goodness into the melty mixture - Immediately!  If not you'll have seriously unevenly distributed ingredients in your cookies.



Viola!

(sorry for the dark pictures, I accidentally left my outside UV filter on my camera - novice error!)

You can find these ingredients in most grocery stores around the world, if not check out your local expat shop!
Slim is going to eat these up (if there are any left by the time he gets home).

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