Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies


Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Healthy Holiday Treat
photo taken by Katie Dudley, kdphotography.org

I made these yummy cookies up first as a power bar. I was sick of buying expensive power bars, that were full of high fructose corn syrup, and a lot of other additives. I first made this recipe into bars to take with me on long bike rides. From there, I started making them into little balls and rolling them in coconut for my son, who loves them by the way. This recipe is included in my recipe book, Healthy Holiday Favorites, because it has become such a hit. These no bake cookies look so festive rolled in coconut. They are good anytime not just the holidays.  Feel free to experiment with them and add dried fruit, mini chocolate chips, and press them into a pan. Cut the no bake cookies up like a granola bar. Take caution they are addictive and before you know it you might just eat the whole bowl, not that I have ever done that.

Note: 9/12/2011 I have updated this recipe taking out 1 C of the puffed cereal and replacing it with another cup of brown rice cereal for a better texture, and increasing the brown rice syrup to 1/2 C

Chia WHAT?

Chia seeds are SO good for you, they have more omega threes than salmon. Chia has fifteen times more magnesium than broccoli, three times more iron than spinach, six times more calcium than milk, and two times more pottasium than bananas. 2 oz of chia seeds gives you 560 mg of vitamin c! Chia seeds soak up to 10 times its weight in water, this helps you to stay hydrated longer (which helps with endurance).
The greatest part about chia seeds is that they are tasteless, so you can add them to salads, smoothies, power bars, muffins, cookies, ext. ext.
To get the most nutrition out of them put a 1/4 C in a jar and fill it with water. The chia seeds will soak up the liquid in the jar, making it like gel. You can then add this gel to your smoothies. Don’t let them sit too long or they start to get really thick, because chia seeds can also be used to thicken things. Chia seeds are very filling, and some people use them as a weight loss aid. They make you feel full, and so you can take a 1/4 cup of the gel before meals to help curb your appetite, and still get all of the nutrition that you need.

 

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14 Responses to Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

  1. Karen Beagles says:

    Desiree, I love your blog and your cooking ideas. Tonight I tried your snowball cookies and they were a big hit with my kids. Even after I told them they were healthy. I have all teens and they can be picky. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes. I look forward to more on your blog.

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  6. Katie says:

    I saw you on Studio 5 and made your Peanut Butter Bliss balls tonight. They taste yummy but I can’t get them into balls – they’re too soft and won’t hold a shape. Not sure what I did wrong – any suggestions?

    • desiree says:

      Hi Katie,
      What cereal did you use? One thing that helps get the peanut butter bliss balls to hold together is get your hand wet and press them together firmly into balls. Or I like to use a cookie scoop with the rubber top that you punch them out and press them into the side of the bowl firmly. As they sit they will set up more and be easier to handle. Or you can press them into a baking sheet and let them sit then cut them into bars. Let me know if that helps.

  7. Katie says:

    I used the Gluten Free Rice Krispies. I ended up putting it all in the fridge for a couple hours – after that they weren’t too hard to form. They were delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    • desiree says:

      Hi katie- great I am glad they worked out for you. They take a minute to set up but once they soften they stay together. If you get your hand a little bit wet that works to or use a cookie scoop like I mentioned before then you won’t have to wait so long. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Anna says:

    I just checked grainmix.com but didn’t see the chia seeds for $5 per lb. I only see 25 lbs. for $276.40. Am I missing something? I’ve been buying Bob’s Red Mill for $8 a lb., as this was the best price I could find.

    • admin says:

      Hi Anna! They changed ownership and you now have to buy it in bulk. Sprouts market has a pretty good price on chia seeds in their bulk section. But grainmix doesn’t do smaller orders anymore :(.

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