Sugar-Free (Almost) Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

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Do you remember these chocolately no-bake cookies from your childhood?

My Grandma’s friend and neighbor, Audrey, used to make these in the summer, and I loved them.

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I hadn’t thought about them or had them in a long time.  Then I noticed my friend, Janet, posted this healthy, no-sugar version on her Facebook page.

Yesterday was our first day home from vacation, and there were no cookies in the house.  That is something that doesn’t happen often around here! 

Knowing we were heading over to our oldest son’s and daughter-in-law’s house for a visit, I didn’t want to go empty handed, so I thought I would give this recipe a try.

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The original recipe from my childhood calls for 2 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of milk.

This recipe has NO sugar (except for what is in my peanut butter – but if you used natural peanut butter, it would have NONE!).  Honey is used instead, and I use local honey (Molinaro Apiaries here in Mars).  Have you heard that using local honey can help treat those with allergies as you ingest small doses of pollen the bees carry that is local to you and builds antibodies like getting a “vaccine?”

This recipe has no butter.  It uses healthy coconut oil instead.  And it uses no milk.

And best of all…. these “healthy” cookies taste DELISH!

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And… they take only minutes to make.

They are best eaten right out of the freezer on hot summer days.

The recipe Janet shared is from 12 Tomatoes, and they say the recipes makes three dozen cookies.

WHY do I always only get HALF the number of cookies any cookie recipe calls for?  I got exactly 18…. One and one half dozen.  Do I really make my cookies TWICE as big as everyone else!?!!???  🙂

It was good to be back in the kitchen – even if only briefly – and not really baking!

But it was even better to be with our “kids.”  And I played ladder golf for the first time.  Us girls ALMOST won!

Sugar Free (Almost) Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

  • Servings: 1-1/2 - 3 dozen
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup natural peanut butter (I didn’t have “natural” so used Jif – thus the “almost” sugar free reference)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine honey, peanut butter and coconut oil, stirring until well blended and smooth.
  3. Stir in oats, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt and mix well.
  4. Drop cookies by tablespoonful onto parchment-lined baking sheets
  5. Place in freezer for at least 15 minutes to set.
  6. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag either in the fridge or freezer.

Enjoy!

Cheers & Hugs,
Jodi

Homemade & Healthy Chewy Granola Bars

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Are you often looking for a quick, yet healthy and energy-packed breakfast or snack-on-the-go?  I felt like making something this weekend, but wanted to resist a sugar laden baked good (after making and sharing a hefty portion of “Crazy Addictive Caramel Corn” for a Pig Roast picnic we attended on Saturday) 🙂

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I searched a variety of recipes on line, and tried to find a tried and true one I had from a work friend to no avail (Tonya – if you are reading this, I need that recipe again 🙂 )

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I ended up using the basics of a recipe I found at Five Heart at Home 

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and tweaked it up Jodi-style – adding some of our favorite things

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After preparing, I packaged them in individual bags and refrigerated for anyone to grab on the go or for a quick pick me up or breakfast on the fly.

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My taste testers (Marty, Nick and Liz) all gave them a thumbs up 🙂

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Here’s the recipe as I prepared it, but feel free to substitute your favorite ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil (solid form)
2 1/2 cups oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup dried blueberries

Melt peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil in a saucepan.
Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients.
Spread in a 13 x 9 pan.
Refrigerate approximately 2 hours.
Cut into bars and wrap or bag individually.
Return to refrigerator.

Feel free to substitute other dried fruits (golden raisins, dried cranberries or cherries) or nuts (walnuts, pecans, peanuts) or even chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, white, peanut butter, butterscotch)  if you like.  They would be great with sunflower or pumpkin seeds, too, but I didn’t have any on hand…

Then, I found this great site called Spark Recipes where you can enter the ingredients to a recipe you create, and it calculates the nutritional information, so I have provided that here also.

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Enjoy!

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Cheers & Hugs,

Jodi