These are really good and I don’t feel guilty about eating them! Yay! If you like those No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, you’ll really like having a healthier version! I find those good old traditional cookies addicting, but they are SO full of so much sugar and lots of butter that I hardly ever make them like the original recipe.
Last year I discovered and posted some very similar No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Cookies that have been quite popular on my blog. I really only changed a couple things on that recipe and now I like these even more! I added more fiber and less sugar—but you’d never know it. These are softer and chewier than the ones I made last year. They are made with dark chocolate, natural peanut butter, oats and some ground flax. I know, you’re wondering now if they are a treat or breakfast?! ;) Sounds like they’d be a great pre or post workout boost or a nice afternoon snack, I’d say. A little dark chocolate is good for you, right!
Healthier No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Cookies, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!
3 tablespoons butter substitute (I used Bestlife buttery baking sticks)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup skim milk (I used milk made from dry non-instant powdered milk since I was out of skim milk and the dry milk is fat free!)
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons sugar substitute (I used Fibrelle, not available in stores yet—hopefully soon! But you could use any sugar substitute.)
1 cup (6 ounces) dark chocolate chips (I used 60% Ghirardelli chocolate chips)
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
2 cup toasted oats (toast on baking sheet in oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes)
2 tablespoons ground flax seed meal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Melt butter in a medium sized sauce pan. Add cocoa powder, milk and both sugars. Stir until combined. Add chocolate chips and peanut butter and stir until all melted together. Remove from heat and add vanilla, oats and flax and stir to combine. Drop by spoonsful on baking sheet (I got 22 cookies). Let cool in refrigerator 30 minutes until set. They are best chilled right from the fridge and stored in the refrigerator, but not necessary.