Here’s a recipe that’s an oldie but a goodie for making a quick homemade cookie. I’ve had this recipe for Chocolate No Bake Cookies in my recipe box for many years and it’s one of my dependable go-to recipes. Today, however, I thought about this recipe for a different reason.
A NEW LOOK AT AN OLD RECIPE
I’ve had good intentions for several months now about trying a gluten free experiment for my son because apparently getting rid of gluten can really help people with ADD. It’s a little more complicated for us, however, because Hungry Son is not a little kid. He’s 23 years old. And Hungry. And likes to do his own thing. Nevertheless, he too was interested in giving the gluten free thing a go, just to see if it could help make him a more focused person. So I thought again about my old familiar Chocolate No Bake Cookie recipe because I knew it had no flour in it. It uses only quick cooking oats.
ARE OATS GLUTEN FREE?
A quick Google search helped me learn that oats are, in fact, gluten free, but because they are often processed on the same machinery used for wheat, there is the possibility of some cross contamination. People who are very sensitive to gluten may be affected. Because Hungry Son experiences no stomach distress from gluten, I decided to use my regular quick cooking oats and hope that it would still count as a gluten free option for a sweet treat.
CHOCOLATE NO BAKE COOKIES
(click here for printable recipe)
1 stick of butter (or margarine)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups quick cooking oats.
1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.
2. Add the cocoa powder, sugar, and milk and stir to combine.
3. Continue to heat until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for one minute longer, stirring constantly. Then remove from heat.
4. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla.
5. Finally, add the oats and mix well.
6. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper and let cool.
|Drop by spoonfuls on wax paper and let cool|
This is also one of my favorite recipes in the summer because it requires no heating of the oven for baking.