Can I get on a soapbox for a second? Do you mind?
I’ve been making these no-bake cookies for years. I came across a ‘clean-eating’ version of these cookies not too long ago and decided to give them a try. BLECH. BLECH. BLECH.
I say this as someone who fully understands the effects of sugar and am a ‘clean eater’ for the most part, as someone who limits my sugar intake (it’s usually just a little in my morning coffee and a dessert once or twice a week!), and as someone who has completely given up all forms of sugar (except natural sugars in fruit) for a month, twice.
I get how powerful sugar is and I fully support anyone who doesn’t want to eat it or eat much of it.
When you want to make a batch of cookies, just make a batch of cookies.
Or if you want to make energy bites, don’t stress about using all sugar-free ingredients.
A little sugar every now and again is fine. A cookie or two here and there is fine.
And if you’re gonna make no-bakes, just make regular no-bakes. And spare yourself the ‘blechs’ of trying a clean-eating kind.
What is comes down to in the end…MODERATION.
All things in moderation. Including these delicious and very sweet cookies. Just eat one or two.
Now, go enjoy a cookie.
(Obviously, if you have sugar related health issues, this little rant of mine doesn’t apply to you!)
No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies
Yield – about 18-24 cookies
Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Cooking Time – 5 minutes plus cooling time
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 6 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 2 tsp vanilla (or use homemade vanilla extract!)
- 2 3/4 to 3 cups rolled oats (or 1/2-1/2 combo of rolled oats and quick cooking oats)
- In a saucepan, melt the butter and then stir in the sugar. Add the milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter and vanilla and swirl until smooth.
- Remove from heat and mix and fold in the oats.
- Using a small spatula or large ice cream scoop, drop cookies into piece of wax or parchment paper. Let sit and harden for about 15 minutes before serving.
- (If you can’t wait the 15 minutes, I totally understand. Just know you’ll have a ‘cookie crumble’ on your hands!)
- Serve No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies for dessert or snack.