My sister brought this recipe home when she was in Girl Scouts, and it’s been a family favourite amongst us women ever since. Because only a few minutes of cooking are involved, this is a great recipe for celebrating life’s ups, and for bringing us comfort when we need the ‘hug’ that only chocolate can give. Because it has oats in it, this recipe is high fibre, so you can even say it’s good for you. Also, you can substitute Splenda for the sugar, also greatly reducing the calorie impact of going on a ‘No Bake binge.
- 2 c sugar or splenda
- ½ c cocoa
- ½ c milk
- ¼ c butter or margarine
- ½ c peanut butter (smooth)
- 1 t vanilla
- 3 c oatmeal (quick)
- 1 c coconut or chopped nuts (optional)
- In a heavy pot add the sugar (or Splenda), cocoa, milk and butter or margarine.
- Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat, add peanut butter, stir until well mixed. Add the vanilla, oatmeal, and if desired, the optional ingredients and stir until mixed. This needs to be done fairly quickly before the mixture 'sets'.
- Drop by heaping tablespoon full onto waxed paper covered sheet pan. Alternatively, you can spread the mixture out onto the sheet of wax, then a few minutes later, slice with a knife.
- These can be eaten while still warm.
It helps if all ingredients are measured out before starting cooking as the last part of the recipe really does require you to be quite quick about getting the ingredients in, mixed and onto the sheet of baking or waxed paper.