Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

March 7, 2015

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This has been the longest week. I have had to stare at images of this recipe without constantly gorging myself for days. I cannot express how relieved I am to finally have this recipe posted for you so I can catch a break and go stare at some asparagus or something. These. Are. My. Weakness. Me and chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies go way back. To late nights in high school where I would make easily triple this amount (laden with butter and refined sugar back then) and split the entire batch with my brother. If we got too sick to finish one or two, they would end up being my “pre-breakfast snack” the next morning. You know, the snack you eat while staring at the pantry and fridge trying to figure out what to have breakfast. Then in college they turned into the treat I would most often whip up for Harry Potter or Jurassic Park movie nights with my roommate, and great friend, Kat. Who I also got hooked and now begs me for these cookies every chance she gets. (If they would ship to Austin without turning into a gooey mess you’d have a batch right now Kat, I promise!). Then after moving back home they turned into the treat whipped up for Gilmore Girls nights with my mom and Scott. That is how he officially got initiated into my family and life. Gilmore Girls + no bake cookies + me + my mom + the comfiest couch evvvver. Now that we are married we have continued with a new tradition of no bake cookies and action movie nights (most often one of the Bourne‘s). However, post-consumption sugar headaches have always ensued after enjoying these treats. That is until…

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Until last week, all of these nights included a version of these made with butter and processed sugar (sure, vegan butter and sugar after going vegan, but still, crap). I had tried versions with coconut oil and maple syrup, but they never had that sweet treat sensation I craved. They always tasted sub-par and healthy. That is, until I got my measurements right for the coconut oil, and discovered coconut sugar. Still sugar. But it has a lower glycemic index and is more rich in vitamins and nutrients (granted I boil most of those away in this recipe, but still – its better, less processed, etc.). I finally discovered my butter and processed sugar free version of these tasty morsels and I am ECSTATIC. I’ve now got a better grasp on portion control since my high school days, and can eat these without getting the jitters and sugar headaches of the past. Whole foods, real food, good food (in moderation). If you have ten minutes and a pulse, you need to whip these up STAT.

Ps. While your cookies are setting in the freezer I have some pretty rad links for you to peruse below. Everything from urban gardening, to geeky puzzles, and ways to beat the winter blues and embrace daylight savings with happy vibes!

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Tid-bits: It is very important that you use quick cooking oats in order for this recipe to turn out the way it is intended, otherwise the texture will be very off. I use a salted creamy peanut butter, if your peanut butter is not salted I recommend adding a generous pinch of salt in the final mixing stage.

Makes 12 cookies. Or lets be honest, 10, because you know a spoonful or two of that warm cookie batter is going in your mouth before they ever reach the freezer!

Ingredients
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons almond milk
1/2 cup coconut sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Measure out the quick cooking oats and creamy peanut butter in a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside. Combine the coconut oil, almond milk, coconut sugar, and cocoa powder in a small saucepan on the stove. Heat on medium heat and bring to a boil while whisking the entire time. Once boiling, whisk about 5 times vigorously, then remove the pot from the heat and immediately pour over the oats and peanut butter in the mixing bowl. Add the vanilla and stir until thoroughly mixed. Scoop spoonfuls of the cookie batter onto a parchment lined cookie sheet (or a few plates) and place in the freezer to set (should only take an hour or two, but Scott and I like ours extra chilled and usually give them around three). Store leftovers (I know, I’m funny, like there will be any?) in an airtight container in the freezer.


 
SATURDAY LINKS

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I’ve decided I’m going to start an urban window garden in our tiny city apartment! Going to be relying on all of these great resources.

Happy vibes about daylight savings this weekend!

I know I’m a total nerd, but I really want this puzzle.

Have the winter blues? Here are 32 ways to easily squash them!

Can we all just do a little happy dance knowing this frozen chocolate goodness exists?

COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST.

I had a running-around-the-house-cheering-too-much-exciment-blackout moment this past week when we set in stone our next camping trip here in 2 weeks!

Happy weekend!

32 Comments

  • Reply narf77 March 7, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Have you ever tried making date sugar? You can buy it as well but it’s easy to make and would be a good alternative to the coconut sugar. These look delicious. Cheers for getting the science right so we don’t have to make the mistakes ;)

    • Reply Faring Well March 7, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      You know I have seen that at the store and was curious about it – now I will have to give it a try! Thanks for the recommendation! And you got it lady, putting this kitchen to work for all our bellies sake! ;)

  • Reply lynsey | lynseylovesfood.com March 7, 2015 at 10:44 am

    i have never even hear of a no-bake cookie, but as a self-identified cookie monster (plus lover of all things PB & chocolate) these look to be totally my jam. Thanks for sharing! xo

    • Reply Faring Well March 7, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Oh my goodness. I did not know that was possible. Stop everything you are doing and go make these immediately. You’re life is about to be changed forever!

  • Reply Anna March 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    absolutely loving this <3

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  • Reply Ingrid March 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Jessie!

    A couple of things:

    1. These cookies look great and I love it that they have almost become a tradition in your life!
    2. I really hope you and Scott still watch Gilmore Girls now and then, because, there’s never enough Lorelai & Rory in your life right?!
    3. Do you think they would taste good with hazelnut butter too?
    4. I will definitely nominate your blog, I am a big fan! <3

    Would you mind to take a look at my blog too? I'd love some feedback! xo Ingrid

    • Reply Faring Well March 9, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Hey Ingrid! Thanks so much, we absolutely love them! And if by watch GG now and then you mean every week, then yes! Haha, I have him hooked ;). As for the hazelnut butter, I cannot say I am a big fan of hazelnuts, nor have I ever had them in butter form, so that would have to be a little experiment on your part! I don’t think I could ever veer from peanut butter in these, but might suggest an almond butter version for those with an allergy. If you try hazelnut though let me know how it goes! And thank you so crazy much for your nomination, you are the sweetest and it means the world to me, so grateful for your fan-ship and follow.

      Ps. Your blog is beautiful! Love your photography and that popcorn made me drool. Excited to follow along! <3

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens March 8, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    No bake cookies are sooo tasty and dangerous, because I eat one… and then another… and before I know it they’re all gone! And I totally get what you mean by the pre-breakfast snack, I do that every single morning haha! Kinda like a breakfast appetizer ;) Yum. Love the flowers in the photos, too!

    • Reply Faring Well March 9, 2015 at 8:25 am

      RIGHT?! And haha glad to know someone else has that habit too ;) I like the sound of that, breakfast appetizer. And thanks about the flowers, beckoning spring any way I can! Hope you have a great start to your week, Genevieve!

  • Reply Kathryn March 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    This is one dangerous recipe! Knowing that I’m only a couple of minutes of mixing and an hour or two of chilling away from having these in my greedy little hands is almost too much. Hope you had a good weekend friend!

    • Reply Faring Well March 9, 2015 at 8:26 am

      It so is, I have now welcomed you all into my danger zone, you’re welcome and I’m sorry! ;) And thanks so much Kathryn, I hope you had a great weekend too!!

  • Reply Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen March 8, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Gilmore Girls! I miss that show. These would be a great treat to eat while watching it – watching Lorelai and Rory pig out in that show always makes me hungry haha.

    • Reply Faring Well March 9, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Right! Haha – same here. I bet they would have loved these ;)

  • Reply Christine // my natural kitchen March 8, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    These looks so delicious and make me so happy to see – I think my mom used to make the same no bake cookies, and I had no concept of portion control either around them! It’s always fun to see a childhood classic healthified. Definitely making these when my sweet tooth hits next!

    • Reply Faring Well March 9, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Oh I’m so glad they made you happy to see! Such fond memories of my mom making these as well! I agree about child classics healthified (love that word). Hope you get to make these soon and super enjoy them <3

  • Reply Jodi March 9, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I think I totally used to make a version of these as a little kid but they may or may not have had pretzels in them?! All I know is that that’s the moment I fell in love with chocolate + peanut butter, and probably shortly discovered what a sugar comma is! Oh the memories. This here little version sounds just perfect and those flowers are so darn cute! Good luck with your window garden and a big ol’ cyber high five to the start of camping season! xo

    • Reply Faring Well March 9, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Um, I think I need to make these with pretzels stat. That sounds amazing. I think a few years back I stuck pretzel legs in them to make them look like spiders for Halloween and remember loving it! (Haha!) Brilliant. Thanks so much for the recipe and flower love! I just couldn’t pass these flowers up the other week and carried them home in the snow – spring couldn’t come quick enough! Eeeee thanks about the window garden!! And ahhh I can’t even talk about our camping trip, I’m so excited I feel like if I talk about it too often it will disappear like a dream (I CANNOT WAIT THOUGH). Hope you had just the best weekend ever Jodi, and are enjoying the last bit of time in your mountains before your big trip!! <3

  • Reply Ingrid March 9, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you so much Jessie, I am glad to hear that! Cooking, blogging, photographing all of it. It makes me so happy and it is great that there is a community with other very kind bloggers out there! And my boyfriend is hooked on GG as well haha. He’s a big fan of Kirk. ;)! I’ll let you know how it goes with hazelnut butter! xo

    • Reply Faring Well March 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Of course! And right?! I love our community, it is the best! Nice work with the boyfriend and GG too ;) oh, kirk! Sounds good about the hazelnut butter, chat soon! <3

  • Reply Cady March 9, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Jessie!

    Newcomer here, but I like what I see! Your pinterest photos are bigtime inspiring. Your blog reminds me a lot of Ashlae’s of Oh, Ladycakes (my favorite blog of all time so that’s a big compliment!).

    Looking forward to seeing what else your kitchen produces!

    • Reply Faring Well March 10, 2015 at 8:04 am

      Thanks so much Cady! Super sweet of you. Excited to have you following along as well! Hope you are having a lovely week! <3

  • Reply cynthia March 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are so unbelievably dreamy. They’re making me so hungry right now! I love that these are health’ed up but still such a treat — I can’t wait to try them! They look incredible.

    • Reply Faring Well March 10, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks so much Cynthia! I’m so stoked you like the recipe. Cannot wait for you to try them, the are absolutely addicting, be prepared!

  • Reply Emily March 16, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Just stumbled across your blog and I am loving your beautiful photography! Putting these cookies on my must try soon list. I’ve starting using coconut sugar a lot too… such a wonderful alternative to refined sugar!

    • Reply Faring Well March 17, 2015 at 8:46 am

      Aw thank you so much! I’m really glad you’re enjoying it! And I know right, and so easily substituted, I love it! <3

  • Reply kate March 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    This cookie was one of the very first things I ever made as a kid, all by myself, and they have remained an absolute favorite of mine whenever I want a bite of nostalgia. While my original recipe is chock-full of all those ingredients we all want to avoid, it’s so nice to find an alternative to butter and sugar, making me really grateful for your hard work.
    :-)

    • Reply Faring Well March 18, 2015 at 9:09 am

      These cookies should seriously be re-named “the nostalgia cookie” – love how they have a place in our memories and hearts! And glad to have found a more wholesome version of these babies too, hope you get to enjoy them!!

  • Reply Joana Mendes March 19, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Jessie! Just to let you know I made these today and and they were delicious. I made a few tweaks and used tahini instead of peanut butter (that’s what I had already at home), added a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of ground turkish coffee (just because). Loved them and will certainly make them again. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Reply Faring Well March 19, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      That is so great! Thanks so much for writing me to let me know. Love your substitutions – and oh so uber happy you loved them!!

  • Reply Sus @ roughmeasures.com March 20, 2015 at 4:38 am

    These sound like my kinda cookies! Easy, PB and Choc! Yes! We don’t use our freezer (we live on a boat and it draws too much power) Would these work if I put them in the fridge overnight, or outside (the cold metal of the front of our boat seems to work well as a fridge!)

    Great recipe Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well March 23, 2015 at 6:33 am

      I believe they would do just fine in the fridge! And thanks so much!! <3

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