No Bake Cookies


These contain some wonderful health foods, but the cookies aren’t exactly healthy.  Let’s not pretend.  But they are deeply satisfying.

Ingredients:

1 cup raw sugar

1/4 cup whole cane sugar (sucanat)

2 tbs honey

2 tbs blackstrap molasses (Blackstrap has most of the nutrients that were processed out of the sugar cane in making the sugar.)

1/2 cup milk (I used oat milk.)

1/2 cup butter (That’s one stick of earth balance for me.  I chop it into bits for faster melting.)

5 tablespoons cocoa

1 tsp vanilla extract (The real thing, and with no corn syrup added.  Did you know you can easily make your own, with a single vanilla bean and some decent vodka?)

1/2 cup ground flaxseed  (Yay for lignans and omega 3’s!)

3 cups quick cooking oats (They must be quick cooking, not old fashioned.)

3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter (Use natural, not hydrogenated)

Method:

Start by making a syrup from the sugars, milk, butter and cocoa.  Measure out all of those ingredients into a medium saucepan.  I measure the whole cane sugar, honey and molasses by filling a 1/2 cup measure half way with sucanat, and then coating that with honey and topping it off with molasses.  Because 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons = 1/2 cup, and I can’t stand to dirty more dishes than I absolutely have to.  Stirring frequently, bring this mixture to a boil.  After it’s really boiling, set the timer to two minutes, and stir constantly while it boils.  When the timer beeps, turn off the fire.  Move to a cold burner if you’re using electric burners.  Now you’re ready to turn the syrup into dough.

To turn this into dough, add the vanilla, the flax seed, and the oats, and stir until thoroughly blended.  Then add the peanut butter, stirring again until thoroughly blended.  Now the dough is now ready to form into cookies.

Drop the dough by tablespoonful onto wax paper on cookie sheets.  Chill in the fridge or freezer (depending on your impatience) until hardened.  Store in the fridge.

So many of these ingredients are so good for you.  Even the cocoa.  The killer is the sugar.  Sugar is not good for you.  These cookies are a better choice, however, than anything with white flour, white sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated shortening, or artificial dyes.

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