Making the Traditional No Bake Cookie... Sugar Free

Still hot from the pan... I couldn't resist nibbling

Making over Great Great Grandma's no bake cookie recipe?  Absolutely!  A favorite of so many people for so many years but the amount of sugar in this simple, chewy cookie gives me a sugar rush just thinking about it!  

Because of the amount of oat meal (rolled oats, quick oats) in this cookie, it is not a low carb option, but you can make it healthier by substituting a couple of ingredients or brands; which is what I did yesterday when I made these.  My husband came home, ate one... then came back for seconds and thirds and told me how addicting they were.  Oooops!  But at least he's not eating a weeks worth of sugar in one sitting!

No Bake Cookies

1/2 c butter
1/2 c unsweetened almond milk (or regular milk, but milk does have sugar in it)
2 c sweetener substitute (1 c Xylitol granules and 1 c Swerve or Splenda)
4 T cocoa powder
3 c oatmeal
1 c natural, no sugar added peanut butter (Joseph's or Smuckers - read your labels)
1 t vanilla
*optional:  you can add unsweetened, shredded coconut or chopped nuts if you wish

In a saucepan, bring the sugar substitutes, cocoa, butter and milk to a boil.  Whisk quickly until smooth.  Remove from heat.  Add the oatmeal, peanut butter and vanilla.  Stir to blend.  Drop by tablespoons on parchment or foil and let set until hardened a bit so they don't fall apart!  After about 2 minutes or so you can shape them a little if you wish (I flattened mine a bit) or leave them in haystacks.  Let harden and cool completely.  

Warm and newly formed no bake cookies ready to let cool and set up
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