Do you remember those delicious little no bake oatmeal chocolate cookies they used to serve in the school cafeteria?
Do they still?
I always loved them and as soon as I learned how easy they were to make I made batch after batch. And now my kids love them too.
I guess technically since I homeschool they are getting them with their school lunch, except I don’t have a hair net or compartmentalized styrofoam trays.
But I do have cookies. And they are delicious.
One difference though. I’ve healthified these a little. In an effort to reduce the refined sugar my kiddos are eating I’ve taken it out of this recipe. (except for what is in the peanut butter) and no one is the wiser. They are also chock full of whole oats and have some coconut oil thrown in for good measure… you know I love that stuff.
That my friends is a win.
Here’s what you’ll need-
1 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter ( I used plain old pb, I’m not sure how these would turn out with natural or sugar free)
3/4- Cup Honey
1/2 – Cup Coconut Oil
2- tsp Vanilla
2 – Cups Old Fashioned Oats
5- Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1/2 – tsp Salt
In a medium size pan over medium/low heat combine the honey, peanut butter, coconut oil and cocoa powder. Stir until the peanut butter and coconut oil have melted. Continue to stir occasionally until it starts boiling gently. Now you don’t want to scorch your honey so keep it at a gentle boil for about 2 minutes.
Remove your pan from the heat and add in your salt, vanilla and oats and stir thoroughly until the oats are nicely covered with the chocolate mixture.
Now drop it by spoonfuls onto wax paper or parchment paper. You can make them as large or small as you’d like. Let them cool…. if you can wait that long.
Eat and pretend you’re back in elementary school!
These stay pretty solid but if they are a little soft keep them in the fridge.