Saturday, November 7, 2015

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

These cookies are so good!  I don't usually like no-bake that much, but these are way yummy.  And not overly sweet.  The recipe I adapted to fit what I wanted called for 2 cups of sugar.  These have half of that and more chocolate flavor because there is twice as much cocoa powder (hence the dark chocolate).  Rich and tasty, without making you sick! (always a bonus in my book)  Plus there's protein from the milk and peanut butter, lots of fiber from the oats, and healthy fats from the coconut oil.  They're practically not even a dessert once you add all those things together, so bon appetit ;) 

1 cup sugar (could try honey or agave!)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup peanut butter (I prefer Adam's crunchy peanut butter)
1 Tbs vanilla extract
Large pinch of salt
semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Prepare a baking sheet or cutting board with wax or parchment paper.
Bring sugar, milk, coconut oil, and cocoa powder to a boil in medium sauce pan, over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Let boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, stirring to incorporate everything.
Drop tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet.  If you want them, sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top of each cookie, making sure they stick to the cookie.
Let cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes.  If I'm in a rush to eat them, I'll stick them in the freezer for about 10 minutes.