Happy Friday, everyone! Wow, this is just too crazy. How can I feel so tired, and unmotivated, on a Friday?! It is quite possible that this is due to running around doing errands this morning with our 3 and 4 year old, some prenap meltdowns, a sink and counter full of dirty dishes (This is so my pet peeve, don’t know how that happened!), the weather isn’t wanting to cooperate with my photography visions, I’m in the throes of writing out my grocery list for tomorrow morning, and I think I’ve just felt behind all week! On a side note, right now the kids are playing peacefully, my son just melted my heart with the sweetest smile, I’m eating a creation that didn’t turn out as planned, but tastes like total yum, and we haven’t landed in Oz yet even though the wind has tried desperately to rip everything out by the roots today. It just feels like it has been an all-around very long week, but I think things are mellowing out. 🙂
Yesterday I was having a total chocolate craving and despite wanting to just rip open a bag of chocolate chips that are sitting in the pantry I decided to throw together an old childhood favorite. These aren’t quite how my mom made them, but they have the same idea behind them. 😉 I know I’ve talked a lot about changing foods that my mom cooked when I was younger, but that isn’t because they didn’t taste good. My mom is a great cook! It is because if you eat more than a few bites of anything she makes you will have exceeded your sugar, fat, and calorie goal for the entire day. Eat one of her desserts, and you may as well kiss your good intentions good-bye.
Most no bake cookies run 115 calories or more per cookie and are relatively high in sugar. These little guys are only 76 calories per cookie and are refined sugar free!
The recipe I chose was No Bake Cookies. I’m sure that each and every one of you has had them in one form or another. They all have the same basic ingredients, but in a different amount. I remember that my mom’s cookies always spread out, and any time I used a similar recipe mine would, too. So, I wanted mine to be firmer. I didn’t want them to take an hour to set up, and I wanted them to be refined sugar free. In saying that, I was able to successfully reach all of those goals. This is probably one of the easiest recipes you will EVER come across. With that all you need to do is whip up a quick batch, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Easier No Bake Cookies
By Angie Gouchenour
½ cup natural crunchy peanut butter
1 Tablespoon light butter
¼ cup milk (I used 1%)
2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring or extract
2 Tablespoons Stevia (These are not overwhelmingly sweet like the original version so you may want to add an extra Tablespoon if you like your cookies really sweet)
1 cup old fashioned oats
In a small sauce pan melt together the peanut butter and butter
Stir in the milk and vanilla until combined; Remove from the heat
DO NOT BOIL
Add in the Stevia and oats and stir until fully coated
Using a 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop drop the dough onto wax paper (You can flatten them a little bit if you find that they are to round for your liking)
Allow to cool 10-15 minutes until they are firm
Once they are completely cool you can store them in a sealed container for 3-5 days
76 calories per cookie