No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 6 mins
Just like mom used to make - without the extra calories and fat!
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup sugar in the raw (turbinado sugar)
- 1/3 cup vanilla coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- Add the first four ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Allow to boil for one minute.
- Remove from heat and immediately add the peanut butter and vanilla extract, mixing well.
- Add in oats, mixing until completely coated.
- Dropped by rounded tablespoons onto wax or parchment paper. Place another sheet of wax/parchment paper on top of the cookies and slightly press down (to flatten).
- Allow to cool completely.
Serving size: 1 cookie
Fat: 3.1 grams
Carbohydrates: 10.7 grams
Protein: 1.7 grams
Each cookie has 2 WW points.
Nutritional data is approximate.
Like most of America, I love Pinterest. I'm on there daily seeing what's new and I love seeing what my friends are pinning. One of my fitness buddies, Erica, was pinning a lot of No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. When I saw this I laughed because my mom and I were just talking about these the week before. She and I were talking about how I lived off of them when I was a kid and how they were so easy to make. Of course, living off of them probably helped me add some chunk as a kid. But I digress. After seeing Erica's pins I posted on her FB wall that I was going to try and slim down these cookies. A couple of my friends responded that they would love that so I got to work. The first batch was not good. Actually, I liked them, but my Hubs was here and said they needed more sugar and "I don't like dark chocolate" (I used dark chocolate cocoa powder). So I tried again (using regular cocoa powder) and while it was cooking I knew this would be closer. I whipped them up, persuaded the Hubs to try a bite and then sat back to watch his reaction. It was good! He said it tasted like he remembered. Normally that would be enough but this was a classic. Something a lot of us grew up with as kids. I wanted to get it right. With that in mind, I put 4 or 5 in a plastic bag and took them with me to pick up my son. When I got to his preschool I asked the teachers if they had had them before (all but one had) and then I asked them to taste them and let me know what they thought. They all said they were good but I said "it's ok. Be honest if they aren't so I know what to fix." They replied that no, they were really good. Almost there. When I picked up my daughter I gave her and my son one. Since the Princess is the tough one I waited with baited breath for her response (of course I had to act like I wasn't paying attention). After a bite she says (to herself, mind you) "ummmmm.... these are good." Success! Now before I post the recipe I want to do a comparison of nutrition. I'm basing the nutrition on the Betty Crocker version my mom always used (the old school method).
Betty Crocker Version (per cookie)
Fat: 7.5 grams
Carbs: 25 grams
Protein: 3.0 grams
My Version (per cookie)
Fat: 3.1 grams
Carbs: 10.7 grams
Protein: 1.7 grams
Quite a difference don't you think? Note: Both were based off of a recipe that yields 24 cookies.
And now, with all of that I can finally give all of you my version of the slimmed down no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies. I hope you enjoy them!