No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

 After a lovely (slightly drizzly) 6 mile run in the park with Jacqui, I rolled out my IT band, showered at the gym, and came home to leftovers. I heated up some of my remaining potatoes with romesco sauce and served them over a bed of spinach. I also added a little crumbled herb goat cheese that was sent to me by Ile de France. This goat cheese was great – very smooth and creamy. And did you know that goat cheese is naturally low in fat?

ile de france cheese

romesco potatoes

Along with my salad, I spread romesco sauce and goat cheese on a few wasa crackers. I ended up going back for seconds thirds, this combination was delish!

wasa

A friend of mine is getting over a cold, so I decided to bake some “Get Well” cookies. This recipe was super easy to make and utilized ingredients I already had in my pantry. And with oats, peanut butter, and powdered milk as the main ingredients – it’s practically a healthful breakfast! As long as you don’t pay much mind to those 6 Tablespoons of butter :)

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies (makes 12 cookies)

adapted from The Peanut Butter & Co. Cookbook

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (not the natural kind)
  • 6 Tbs butter
  • 2 Tbs agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • dried cherries, cranberries, or raisins (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F, spread the oats on a baking sheet, and toast for 8-10 minutes, shaking the pan once or twice to prevent burning.
  • Combine oats and powdered milk in a large bowl.
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  • In a medium sauce pan combine butter, peanut butter, agave (or honey), cinnamon, vanilla, and dried fruit. Heat over low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
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  • Pour the butter mixture into the bowl of oats-powdered milk. Stir to combine.
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  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop heaping spoonfuls of batter on to the pan.
  • Cool in the refrigerator for at least one hour and then allow to sit at room temperature for another hour.
  • Note: I have no patience and sampled a cookie after only cooling it for about ~15 minutes in the fridge. It was soft and chewy, yum! 

peanut butter oat cookies

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Question of the day: What’s your biggest contribution to being environmentally conscious? I take public transit and/or walk everywhere I go!

  • http://foodmakesfunfuel.com Evan Thomas

    I also walk everywhere I go! I guess having no license and no option helps with that

  • http://laurageorgina.wordpress.com Laura Georgina

    I’m a compost pile gyal! It’s cut WAAY down on my garbage production. I used to be a meticulous recycler, but sadly Trinidad is not down with the recycling thing (never mind that the island will eventually run out of places to dump the garbage), so I try to buy things with minimal packaging and refuse all garbage bags by using my own (easier said than done–they’re also not down with reusable bags and I get LOOKS for using them).

  • http://www.myhealthypassion.wordpress.com Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly

    Those looks great!! I wish Texas was more of a walking friendly state! But in an effort to reduce my carbon footprint we always use cloth napkins, wash our clothes in cold, and we have a compost bind. It makes out soil so rich and we love it!!

  • http://www.exerciseandeat.blogspot.com Jenny

    I take short showers, and am super conservative when it comes to using power in the house!

  • http://legallyfitfull.wordpress.com/ Lauren

    I also walk/take public transportation everywhere. Sometimes it can be a pain the butt, but so can driving! I am also a psycho recycler. My roommates think its hilarious how I’ve literally taken plastic bottles out of the garbage to put in the recycle bin…I mean it’s right next to it hah. But, hey, they now listen :)

  • http://www.thedailyoatmeal.wordpress.com Megan

    Alright, so my environmental contribution is weird and maybe a bit contrived. I do consulting work for governments, and wherever we do efficiency studies, I put a lot of effort into document management practices and going paperless. Governments are paper hoarders…I have seen room after room just filled with old files and plans! You have to change a mindset about hanging onto paper, though, and that takes time!

  • http://www.runnerwifelife.com katherine

    I also walk or take the train everywhere. I also use a water bottle, rather than disposable bottles and I try to take cooler showers. Every little bit helps, right? :)

  • http://washingtonranhere.wordpress.com sarah

    I wish I could walk or bike everywhere, but my 25 mile highway commute kinda nips that one in the bud. Since I think my vegetarianism is a bit of a cop out, I’ll go with my lightning-fast showers, use of reusable bags and cold washes. Once I move out on my own, I’ll start composting again.

  • http://greensandjeans.wordpress.com Madeline @ GreensAndJeans

    I wish I lived in a spot where I could drive less but in Phoenix you practically live in your car! I always use reusable bags, my own water bottles, my own coffee mug, try to cut down on my electricity, and wash my clothes in cold water!

  • Erin

    I have a 53 mile drive one way and two kids in disposable diapers. Two huge strikes against me. I do what I can to counteract that by recycling everything I can(made easier for me by my town’s curbside recycling program that takes just about everything except used pizza boxes), filling up my aluminum water bottle, and using reusable grocery bags. I’m also desperately searching for a job closer to home. Until that happens, I think I’m doing more harm to the environment that good :(

  • http://eating-for-england.blogspot.com/ Angharad

    Those look super delicious!! Want them in my face now.
    I recycle, reuse and walk/bike when possible!

  • http://www.culturalcravings.wordpress.com Katie

    My family recycles all our plastic / cardboard, and uses reusable bags at the grocery store.

    We’ve gotten comments from a checkout clerk when they notice our pile of +12 bags from stop and shop,kingkullen, wild by nature, trader joes, and the abc store. haha.

  • http://trotstastesandtravels.blogspot.com/ Kate

    I try to take my SIGG with me everywhere, but I truly cannot live without my travel Thermos. I drink so much tea and coffee – I’m sure my Thermos saves hundreds of paper cups per year!

    PS those cookies look amazing. Do you think you could make them without powdered milk, or with some thing else? Its the one ingredient I’m missing…

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  • http://www.thedailybalance.com shannon (the daily balance)

    these cookies look delicious! so simple!

  • http://thedailyoatmeal.wordpress.com Megan

    Can you say a little more about your IT band rolling routine? I often see one of my Spin instructors before class doing it while I’m doing my strength routine. My hips and quads can get pretty tight, but I’ve not had IT band issues. Would there be a benefit just in terms of the stretch and release?

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  • http://www.runnerskitchen.com RunnersKitchen

    Megan – Check out my post all about IT band foam rolling and stretching: http://www.runnerskitchen.com/2010/01/it-band-pain-and-how-to-fix-it/

    I think foam rolling and stretching are a good idea, no matter what body part is tight :-)

  • http://www.thehealthyeverythingtarian.com holly (the healthy everythingtarian)

    YUM. peanut butter cookies are my fave. and any recipe that has butter and is no bake is good in my book :)