Healthier-than-normal, no-bake, peanut butter banana cookie recipe

April 8 2015 | Guest post by Kelsey
By: indigotimbre – CC BY 2.0
Peanut butter banana oat cookies photo by indigotimbre via CC BY 2.0 — not a photo of the actual cookies this recipe makes.

I love baking, especially when it's sweets. But the only thing better than baking a fresh batch of cookies, is not baking, and still getting a delicious batch of cookies. This is a lightened-up version of my grandmother's no-bake cookie recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ cups cocoa powder
  • ½ cups peanut butter (smooth or crunchy, depends on your tastes, I use smooth natural low-sugar peanut butters)
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups oats

Instructions:

  1. Place all the ingredients, except the vanilla and oats, into a medium sauce pan and heat over medium heat, stirring often.
  2. Let the mixture come to a boil for one minute.
  3. Then take off the heat and allow it to cool for another minute.
  4. Add your vanilla and the oats, stirring well to combine.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto wax paper, and allow to sit for an hour to set up. You can also allow them to set up in a freezer and they make wonderful frozen treats.

Beware: they are sticky and addictive!

  1. These look really good! I'll try them out this weekend, for paper editing snacks. Thanks, Kelsey!

  2. The picture does not match the recipe. Note how in the picture, the cookies are a little golden, with some browning — they were baked!

    This actual recipe produces dark brown balls of goo. They're pretty tasty, but not at all like the photo.

  3. Do you think I could get away with using almond milk instead of milk? Or maybe condensed milk-I have some of that in the freezer, just waiting for a use.

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