No-bake cookies are one of my favorite kinds to make. They are not only delicious and easy, but they cook quickly and dirty up significantly fewer dishes! It's a win-win. This version of the typical oats and chocolate no-bake cookies is much healthier, substituting maple syrup for sugar and applesauce for oil. The outcome is a fudgy, delicious cookie that you'll end up making time and time again.
- 2/3 c maple syrup
- 1/4 c applesauce
- 5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 c peanut butter (or about 2 heaping tablespoons)
- 1 c rolled oats
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix together in a saucepan over medium heat the maple syrup, applesauce, cocoa powder and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Let the mixture boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add in the peanut butter, rolled oats and vanilla extract. Stir well. Drop the mixture in heaping spoonfuls onto a plate or cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Stays fudgy and delicious in the fridge without hardening.
Tips for cooking:
Have all your ingredients out ahead of time to make life easier once you pull the chocolate mixture off the stove. Add in your own favorites such as peanuts or raisins to make this recipe your own. If you enjoy a more uniform shape to the cookies, you can easily mold them soon after dropping spoonfuls on the wax paper. Enjoy!
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