I couldn’t get no bake cookies out of my head. And can you blame me?
Today’s ingredient is lowfat (2%) milk. I used to hate 2% milk because all my family ever bought was skim. That all changed when I got married because my husband is the big milk drinker of the house and so we just buy what he likes. I still don’t like drinking it straight, but I’ve actually started to like it with my cereal because it makes everything taste so much sweeter (mmm. Cereal). And it’s perfect for recipes like No Bake Cookies.
You’ve probably made the “old version” of these before. They were actually the very first thing I learned to make, and I had the recipe memorized. But since I’m so in love with them, I also wanted to make them a little healthier. I’ve found other recipes where the sugar is cut in half and the butter is replaced by a banana, but they always tasted like socks or something to me. I’d eat three of them to try to satisfy my cravings, and then wish I’d just made the real thing and eaten one.
No Bake Cookies aren’t actually that bad for you, because they have healthy ingredients like peanut butter and oatmeal (and our superstar, milk!!). But I did find a way to make them even better: My recipe includes dark cocoa powder, which is a great source of antioxidants. I reduced the sugar a little bit (but not too much!) and added in a little bit of honey. I substituted light butter and cut down on the amount used, and I used more oats, just because they’re so darn healthy and tasty! And of course, I added just a teeny bit more milk (woo-hoo!) to add back some of the moisture I took away by cutting down the butter.
As you know, milk is an excellent source of calcium, as well as protein (yay!), Vitamin D, Riboflavin, Vitamin B12, and Phosphorus (Source). What are you waiting for?
Here’s exactly what you’ll need to make my version:
1/3 cup light butter
2/3 cup milk
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons honey
4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
3 Tablespoons DARK cocoa powder
1/2 cup (or more!) peanut butter (I always use crunchy)
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups oatmeal (You can use a little less if you like them really ooey gooey)
1/3 cup coconut
Here’s what you do:
Combine your butter, milk, sugars, honey, and cocoa powders in a pot on the stove over high heat until boiling. Boil the mixture for one minute, stirring frequently.
After the mixture has boiled for a minute, remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla. Then stir in the oats a cup at a time. Once everything is mixed, drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper or spread evenly in a 7 x 11 pan.
The Verdict: No surprise here. They were DElicious. Next time I might play around with the honey ration even more, to lessen the amount of sugar I use. But even if I don’t, these are still part of a healthy balanced diet!
What’s your favorite way to use milk (cereal, baking, cooking)? What’s your favorite “no bake” recipe?
Keep in touch, and keep it real!