Today’s recipe is for No Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies! Peanut butter has to be one of the most versatile ingredients in a pantry. It’s a cook’s staple. It works simply spread on bread or mixed with yogurt for a fruit dip. It can be used in baking, roasting, cooking and even grilling, or indulge yourself by eating it right out of the jar with a spoon. Perhaps the most intriguing way one can use peanut butter is to remove gum from hair. Not long ago while riding the metro in Washington, D.C., an adorable eight-year-old child decided their gum was out of flavor. My hair was in the direct line of fire when the child spit out that bright green sticky mess. Thankfully my obsession with peanut butter and its many properties saved me from a funny and awkward haircut. Sure I smelled like peanut butter for the rest of the day, but the sticky mess was gone and my hair lived another day to endure the humidity of our summer this year!
Back to what really matters— how we love to create new ways to use peanut butter! Speaking of hot temperatures, this summer has brought temperatures in the upper 90s’s daily here in the South. Therefore turning the oven on to bake cookies has been out of the question. But when I crave cookies, biting into an apple or chewing on celery stick just doesn’t cut it.
There is no need to run to the store and purchase processed, packaged cookies that won’t quite hit the spot either. This no- bake version of chocolate cookie takes minutes to make and is healthier than most cookies on a store shelf.
The idea of swapping empty calories for nutrient- rich ingredients is the heart of my cooking style. This cookie is a perfect example of that strategy. Dump the white flour and sugar and instead add oats, killer bee honey and peanut butter. Since we skipped the oven, we’ll need the refrigerator to help these cookies set, but I that process only takes 10 minutes.
You can use your favorite kind of Once Again nut butter instead of peanut butter for this recipe, and you can swap chia seeds for flaxseeds if you prefer. But for best flavor and consistency use Once Again Killer Bee Honey. Once Again’s Killer Bee Honey is harvested by indigenous beekeepers of the Amazon; also it is organic and raw. You can taste the difference when cooking with this honey because of its depth of flavor, which includes a hints of of molasses and cinnamon. It is also paleo-friendly, kosher and gluten free. Pick up a jar and enjoy it over pancakes, or mix it up with plain yogurt, or sweeten your tea with it. Remember to save some for this cookie recipe though! And if you need some convincing about how easy it is to make these cookies, watch the video posted below and start your own batch with us.
Then add in the peanut butter and honey. Next, add the rest of the ingredients and mix until you have a uniform mixture. Drop spoonfuls of the cookie mixture onto a sheet covered with parchment paper and place it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Place cookies in an airtight container and keep in refrigerator for up to 3 days.