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I’ve heard rumors that a lot of you are already experiencing the delights of cooler temps.  Alas, we are still enjoying days that are over 110 degrees, thunder/lightening/windstorms and yes-imagine this:  heat warnings.

What’s a grandma to do when her darling grandsons want a special treat and also want to help make them?

Why make cookies of course!

But this week-I didn’t turn on my oven.  Nope.  These are no bake cookies.  Outside of being a bit messy to clean up, the boys had a great time mixing and eating these-and so did grandma (and later grandpa)!

No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies

1/2 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2/3 C sugar (I did swap out 1/3 C of this for Splenda, but I’ve also used the new Stevia/sugar blend and follow the measurements on that as well)
2-1/2 C old-fashioned oats
3/4 C chunky peanut butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla

Boil milk, cocoa, coconut oil and sugar in a small pot for 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and add oatmeal and peanut butter.  add vanilla.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper Drop by heaping TBSPs AND COOL for at least an hour.  about 40.

NOTES:  If you‘re like me and love to add some coffee to your chocolate creations-add about a tablespoon of instant to the liquids when bringing them to a boil.  Want a different flavor profile?  Try a different nut butter, vary the extracts-just keep measurements the same.  Also-this time I actually had just oats in my pantry-but I usually scoop out a nice bag of 9 grain hot cereal when I can get to Sprout’s-this would also work well and boost the nutrition levels!

Calories?  72 (everything based on 40)
fiber? 1 gram
Protein?  2 grams

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