Healthy No-bake Cookies (TMP Photo/A. McKinney)
The classic chocolate and peanut butter no-bake cookies have always been a favorite of mine.
They are chewy and sweet without lacking in sugar and calories. Because I do have a sweet tooth, I like to come up with desserts that still satisfy without making me feel guilty.
This version of no-bake cookies is the perfect after-dinner treat or afternoon snack, regardless of your age. These cookies also take very little time to whip up, which is perfect for when you get that craving from out of nowhere for something sweet.
One of the keys to a balanced diet is to have two or three small snacks a day in between meals. It sounds odd, but you will actually eat less at meal times if you have a healthy snack in between.
Carrots and celery are great for an afternoon snack, but sometimes, I need something to eat that tastes a bit more indulgent. That is when these cookies come in handy. This is the kind of recipe that helps me stay on track.
Instead of using butter and plain sugar, this recipe uses honey and milk, as well as natural peanut butter. The oats and flaxseed add fiber to the cookie, which will help you feel satisfied for a longer period of time.
We really should not have to feel deprived when living a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy No-bake Cookies
Start to finish: 20 minutes
Servings: 10-12 cookies
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
4 Tablespoons skim or almond milk
3 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/3 cup of natural peanut butter
1 cup of oats
2 teaspoons flaxseed or flaxseed meal (may substitute this with a little more oats if needed)
Pinch of salt
1. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring cocoa, milk and honey to a boil.
2. Once it is boiling, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in vanilla, salt and peanut butter until all of it is well combined.
3. Then, stir in the oats and flaxseed into the saucepan.
4. Using a spoon, scoop each individual serving out of the bowl and place rounds of the no-bake dough on wax paper. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes. Serve once the cookies have set.