Cocoa, Peanut Butter & Oat No-Bake Treats

Hey there, happy almost-weekend to all! I have the day off from class today, so I am psyched. I love having Friday as my study day. This way, I can do less studying come Saturday and Sunday, when it is the last thing I want to do. This morning I opted to sleep for a few extra hours and take a 9:00 a.m. rpm(spinning) class rather than attend 5:30 a.m. boot-camp, and it felt great to get some extra shut-eye. It also felt great to sweat…but when doesn’t it? I’m loving my new Australia work-out gear (the brand is Lorna Jane and it’s really similar to Lulu Lemon back home). Brandon gave it to me for Christmas, and I adore the thick waist band of the spandex capris, the bright colors, and the length of the tank. Basically, Lorna Jane rules!
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Like our American flag in the background?  It is safe to say we are missing home!

Anyway,  this weekend, I plan on doing some baking, or should I say no-baking, in the form of cocoa, peanut butter, and oat no-bake treats. I made these a few weeks ago when we had a friend over for a barbeque, and it was extremely humid that night. It was definitely WAY to humid to bake, but of course I was craving dessert.  I’m pretty sure the guys both thought I was crazy, but I was determined to produce some-sort of chocolate treat without turning on the oven. Then I remembered a dessert I used to make with my Mom when I was younger: no-bake cookies. Voila, I knew what I was making! These are in no way healthy, but they sure are delicious, and they produce a lot of cookies with minimal effort. I don’t recommend making the mistake I made of leaving “extra” dough in a container. Me+cookie dough=disaster. I was in there with a spoon on a daily basis!
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Cocoa, Peanut Butter & Oat No-Bake Treats
Ingredients
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened)
3 cups oats (I used whole oats, but quick oats will work too)
1/2 cup reduced fat creamy peanut butter (Any peanut-butter would work)
1 tsp vanilla extract
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Directions
1)Lay out a large sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Set aside.  Combine the sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa in a large saucepan on the stove and bring it to a boil for about 1 minute.
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2) Remove this from the heat and add in the remaining ingredients (oats, peanut butter, and vanilla). Stir the mixture and mix well.
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3) Drop the mixture by teaspoons onto your wax paper. (I prefer to use a scooper to make them as round as possible, but I unfortunately don’t have one here!) Then place them in the fridge for about 30 minutes, until cooled.

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These may not look very pretty, but they are truly delicious. Plus, with the inclusion of oats and peanut-butter, they are super filling, so you’ll  satisfy your sweet tooth with one or two.

Do you have a favorite no-bake dessert? Please share!

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