Creamy peanut butter and rich chocolate combine to make these delicious healthy no bake cookies.
I borrowed this No Bake Cookie recipe from Nicole at Little Blog on the Homestead but wanted to make it a little healthier and, since she is the Queen of this cookie, get her opinion on the changes. Our secret ingredient for this month’s Monthly Ingredient Challenge was coconut. But I am not a coconut eater. Pretty much the only place I can handle coconut is in my rum. Which I’ll be doing next week for my 7 Summer Cocktails line up. But since last month we had so many desserts when we had our lemon challenge I wanted to try something at least a smidge healthier.
So I took Nicole’s recipe and I replaced the butter with coconut oil and then used honey instead of sugar. And let me tell you. I had to slap plenty of hands and use every ounce of my own will power not to scarf these babies down before I was able to get a few pictures. They are so good! I was worried you’d be able to taste a strong coconut flavor from the oil which is why I used honey instead but you could probably use straight sugar and enjoy these just as much.
We bought honey from a local farm after I’d first moved here and was battling the brand new blooming things and my allergies were killer. Local honey is a great way help with allergies because you’re building up a tolerance by eating a by-product of local flowers. It really works. For really real! Although my allergies came and went without the help of some local honey I was still pumped to use it here.
The difference between the two recipes? Mine has fewer calories and Nicole’s are crunchier. The honey keeps these soft and chewy which I really like. And honestly, if you pressed these into a pan you they would be really similar to these granola bars I made for my friend Sydney at Tastefully Frugal.
Nicole also scoops hers out onto some foil and then squishes them to a flatter cookie like shape where as I kept mine round. I like the shape and if I made these again I’d probably use my smallest cookie scoop (aff) to form these versus the largest one and make a bunch of bites. Bite sized, these babies would be perfect to toss in the kids’ lunches for a sweet treat that won’t rot their teeth out.
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Have you ever made a no bake cookie? What’s your favorite recipe?
- ½ cup milk
- 1 ½ cup honey
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup cocoa
- 4 cups quick oats
- ½ cup coconut oil
- Add honey, milk, cocoa, and coconut oil to a small sauce pan and bring to boil, boiling for 1 minute.
- Turn off heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.
- Fold in oats until well coated and spoon onto foil or silicone baking mat. Let cool completely and store in the refrigerator.