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Friday, August 12, 2011

No bakes with a healthy twist

I love No Bake cookies! Some days I have such a craving for them and then whip up a batch. I had already drastically reduced the amount of sugar in my mother's recipe. Lately, I have been reading about using applesauce and bananas to replace butter in recipes. I made a batch of No Bakes but replacing the butter and they were delicious. I teased my mother that I have turned them into health food as I am getting me fruit (bananas) and fiber (oats). *grins*

No Bakes with a healthy twist
1 overripe banana (mashed well)
1 cup sugar
5 tablespoons cocao
2 teaspoons vanilla sugar (you can use vanilla extract)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oatmeal

Mix and boil all the ingredients together in a large pot (Dutch oven) for one minute. Take the pan from the heat and quickly mix in the oats. Spoons large teaspoons full onto baking or wax paper. Allow to sit until the cookies are set.

No Bake cookies (original recipe)
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocao
1/2 cup milk
1 stick oleo (1/2 cup butter)
Mix and boil ingredients together for one minute then remove from heat and add:
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oatmeal 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Mix in peanut butter until it melts and add the oats and vanilla. Spoon onto baking or wax paper and allow to set.

Happy baking!


Nancy said...

Heidi..thanks for sharing this with us.I know I would like using the banana as a substitute for the butter and the reduction of the sugar.I could never eat a whole no bake cookie since they were terribly sweet.
Nancy K.

Nancy said...

Well, when I come there, I will expect to try these out to see if they come up to expectations.
Love you, Mom

Susan in SC said...

I will have to try this some day when bananas last long enough in the house to have one!

barbara said...

If I can get Arden to leave me a banana for this purpose, I am SO gonna make these!