Monday, September 10, 2012

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies + A Giveaway



I'm sure everyone remembers eating those no-bake oatmeal peanut butter cookies as a kid? They were always one of my favorite cookies. I still really enjoy them, and as a bonus, they have no egg in them, so they're a big treat for Caroline, too!

These cookies are a bit of a take-off from those. They are no bake, and contain oats, peanut butter, and chocolate. Yet they are so much more. They also have toasted almonds, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips.  And they are actually pretty healthy -- for a cookie, that is. Using turbadino sugar and honey gives them a natural sweetness, and they have a good bit of protein thanks to the peanut butter and almonds. To me, they taste a bit like a no-bake cookie and granola bar. Which is a good thing, trust me.

With school back in session, it's always challenging to find a good, filling, yet still somewhat healthy after school snack. Caroline has been enjoying one of these cookies, along with half of a banana as her afternoon snack. A little sweet, just a bit salty, crunchy, and chewy. These cookies hit on all the tastebuds.

One of the fun things about cooking and baking is sharing the photos with friends and family. I do that through my blog of course, but I also use a few social media sites, such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I love seeing what others are baking up as well, so it's a fun way to share. In The Raw has developed a fun new app through Facebook called "Au Natural In The Raw" that pixelates an image to make it "censored." It's a fun little app to play around with. I did it with these cookies, but check out the full gallery on their page - some are pretty creative and funny.



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No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Cookies
adapted from In The Raw
makes about 22 cookies
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant)
  • 1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries, coarsely chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cup Sugar In The Raw (coarse turbadino sugar)
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 2 Tbs unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup low-fat or reduced-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup smooth, all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl, toss together the oats, almonds, cranberries, and salt. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, honey, cocoa powder, butter, and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Boil gently for about 3 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla extract.
Remove from heat and stir in the oats mixture, stirring until a cohesive dough forms.
Scoop 2 tablespoons of the dough and roll into a ball. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining dough, spacing 1 1/2-2 inches apart. Lightly press with dampened fingers to flatten the balls into cookies, then chill about 1 hour before serving.
The cookies can be stored for up to 3 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.

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150 comments:

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

I'd love to try the Christmas Biscotti! Great giveaway.

Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It said...

I want to try the Carrot Pineapple Muffins!

Tiffany said...

I didn't even know they had recipes on their website, so this is good to know! Their recipe for Chinese Chicken Salad looks quite tasty.

Stacey said...

THe coffee baked beans sounds really interesting!

Hannah said...

The coffee baked beans look like they have a really unique flavor!

JenHunsaker said...

The spiced apple butter sounds perfect for fall, or the chocolate truffles--can't go wrong with chocolate!

rkostakis said...

Yum...for me, it's a tie between the homemade marshmallow creme and the cannoli cream!

Amy said...

Since it's that time of year, I'd definitely try out the Spiced Apple Butter! Yum :)

Ally said...

Coffee baked beans look wonderful!

The Home Cook said...

The Chinese Chicken Salad sounds great.

Kara D said...

The mulled apple cider sounds great!

Josie said...

Grape popsicles, please!

Maggie @ A Bitchin Kitchen said...

Yum! I'd try their strawberry swirl cheesecake!

Lindsay Seal said...

Yummm - mulled apple cider!

Allison C said...

I love a good margarita so I would try the Ruby ‘Rita

Lauren&Russ said...

With the cooler weather, I'm all about this Himalayan Chai Tea!

Heather Lynne said...

Carrot Pineapple muffins sound amazing!

Lindsey Lea said...

Spiced Apple Quesadillas! i love crepes and crepe-like foods!

Teacher Francine said...

Hmm... there is a lot to choose from. I would try their recipe for carrot pineapple muffins. I just made the Softasilk version last night.

Ashley said...

I'd make the marshmallow sweet potato casserole.

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Debby said...

I want to try their Cannoli Cream, it sounds wonderful!

kellyr78 said...

I would like to make the No-Bake Cocoa Crisp Squares
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Jan said...

Oh yum! These no bake cookies look so good I'm craving them right now!

Carolyn G said...

I want to try the Spiced Iced Coffee Chiller

Katie said...

I'm pretty intrigued by the Homemade Stevia Marshmallow Creme!

Carrie said...

hawaiian shortbread cookies sound good.

Joanne said...

I love these super easy to throw together healthy(ish) cookies! Perfect after school/work snack.

Natalie said...

Yum Carrot Pineapple muffins!!!

Terri said...

Ginger Pear Crisp! I love making fruit crisps and cobblers.

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Kristen Hadley said...

I would try to make their cannoli cream! YUMO!

SolDucky said...

I love their sugar! I always use it on top on apple pies - it gives an amazing crunch and some salty sweet when paired with some kosher salt too.

I would make the spicy fiesta slaw

sharonjo said...

The Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake! Thanks so much for the chance.
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Anne said...

Definitely the Rustic French Apple Tart...I'm so ready for fall baking!

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AubreyLaine said...

Holiday Egg Nog :)
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Anonymous said...

Mmmmm coffee baked beans. I am going to be all over those this fall!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm coffee baked beans. I am going to be all over those this fall!
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keshakeke said...

I want to make the Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole
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G said...

SPICED WALNUTS FOR ME

kim said...

The Mulled Apple Cider sounds like a perfect fall treat!

sami said...

Youmbo! Coconut rum balls!!! Whooie!

Juli said...

I like the idea of the Himalayan Chai Tea

shelly8806 said...

I'd love to try the Chocolate Lava Individual Souffles!

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Anonymous said...

Spiced apple butter! YUMMY!

Winnie said...

These sound great.I can't wait to give them a try! I am glad I don't have to heat my house!! I have never used this sugar in pastries, or cookies etc and can't wait to try it.

Jess55 said...

Pears are coming back so I think the Ginger Pear Crisp. Sounds yummy!

kimt said...

the ginger pear crisp sounds heavenly...lots of good recipes to try here.

Isla Bonita said...

The Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake looks like a winner!

notthatmomma said...

the chocolate lave looks awesome!!!!

Brooke said...

I would make the Broiled Sweet Chicken. I love chicken :)

Anonymous said...

Corisa
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Himalayian Chai Tea looks delicious !

Jerilea said...

The Celebration Cake looks delightful. I would make it and decorate with in season fruit--caramelized apples!

carrie murphy said...

i know summer is almost over, but i'd love to make the grape popsicles!!

Jake and Christi said...

I would totally make the coffee baked beans. They sound delicious!

Desi said...

I wanna try the Teriyaki Chicken Wings with Hot Mango Dipping Sauce. The sauce songs yum!

Unknown said...

Coconut Rum Balls - YUMMMM

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Meryl said...

Chinese Chicken Salad

Brickley Cindy said...

i would make the Ragin’ Cajun Beef Stew.

Allison C said...

I would make the Ruby Rita!

Natalie said...

umm I would make THESE!! or the carrot pineapple muffins! :)

Suz said...

the Chocolate Lava Individual Souffles sound amazing! Really anything Chocolate is amazing!

Mary Garner said...

Rustic French Apple tarts...ymmmm!

Deila Taylor said...

Mexican Meatloaf with Chipotle BBQ Sauce

tylerkilledlove said...

Chinese Chicken Salad

Sara said...

I want to make the Ruby Rita

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Rusthawk said...

that christmas biscotti looks yummy!

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Abbie said...

Aww, my mom & grandma used to make these (without almonds or cranberries, and using white sugar) every holiday season. We pressed an m&m into the top of each one and then raced to eat it when the m&m was still melty. Yum!

Lynne said...

I would LOVE to make the Spiced Walnuts!

B. Wilson said...

Mulled apple cider would be amazing

Anonymous said...

Leslie (leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com)

Chinese chicken salad sound good to me.

cw said...

Oh my, I love no-bake cookies, I'll have to try that one and the Rubyritas recipe

eclairre said...

I would love to make spiced walnuts!! yum. eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

psharpe819 said...

They had me at chocolate cheesecake! Yes!!

Anonymous said...

Coffee Baked Beans! Those sound yummy!!

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Dawn said...

I'd love to try the caramel streudel-yum!

Anonymous said...

I would like to try the Almond & White Tea Freeze. It sounds super refreshing!

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tara1965 said...

I would make No-Bake Nutty Oat Bars.

Rachel said...

I'd love to try the recipe that you posted (the no-bake cookies). I'd also love to try the pumpkin cake. Yum!

ms-texas said...

i saw a recipe called Celebration Cake that I would like to try

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bn100 said...

I'd make the Spiced Apple Butter.

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Unknown said...

Spiced walnuts recipe looks awesome!
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JC said...

I'd like to make Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole
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MANDY83 said...

I would make the Ambrosia Waldorf Salad

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Melanie said...

I want to make the White Chocolate Pear Bread Pudding. Sounds delicious.

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KaHolly said...

With so many delicious looking recipes to choose from, it was difficult to pick just one. I thought I might try the Coffee Baked Beans first.

Amy said...

This Strawberry Lemonade with Agave Nectar sounds amazing. I love using agave in drinks. This is awesome.

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sy said...

The cookies look tasty and sinister. I want to try the coconut rum balls. Thanks for the recipe and giveaway.
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Melinda said...

Red Berry Popsicles I love fruity desserts :)

sean said...

the Ambrosia Waldorf Salad sounds great and not too challenging

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Melinda said...

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LAMusing said...

The Apricot Pear Preserves would be lovely
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Norma said...

I'd make the Cocktail Meatballs to take to holiday parties.
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Heather said...

Coconut Rum balls...yum!

Heather said...

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Tina said...

Chocolate Cheesecake
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Tina said...

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Tiffany Winner said...

I would like to make the No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Cookies thismomwins@gmail.com

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Georgia Caudle said...

I would like to try the No-Bake Cocoa Crisp Squares.

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Howell said...

My favorite recipe to make would be No-Bake Cocoa Crisp Squares.


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wizardewu said...

From The Raw website I want to make the Chinese Chicken Salad recipe.

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Millie said...

The mulled appled cider looks like a great hot, fall drink.

Thomas Murphy said...

I would like to make the Coconut Rum Balls


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gettingfitinphilly said...

I would love to try making the Coconut Rum Balls - mm! Thanks for the giveaway!

lmnj1164 said...

The Stevia Marshmallow Creme has me very intrigued...

karenmed409 said...

Spicy Fiesta Slaw sounds Yummy! Love to try that first.
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Kerry said...

I would love to make the Chocolate Cheesecake!
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Carrie said...

Carrot Pineapple muffins

chambanachik said...

Definitely want to try the Mulled Apple Cider!
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Heather said...

Ginger pear crisp! Have been interested in trying baking w stevia but haven't done it yet!

Bianca said...

I'd love to try their strawberry swirl cheesecake!

Kelly Massman said...

I'd like to make the No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Cookies also but will say carrot pineapple muffins since you picked the one i thought looked fantatic!!!!! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
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MCantu1019 said...

I'd make the whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread pudding.
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Emily N. said...

I want to make the Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole recipe!

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Betty C said...

I want to try the No-Bake Nutty Oat Bars. It's just what I've been looking for.

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Christina said...

I would make the Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole, love to use the Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag.

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angie lilly said...

OMG would LOVE to try the Bananas Foster Frappe recipe! sounds delicious!!! http://www.intheraw.com/using-itr/recipes/bananas-foster-frappe/?ref=search&product=sugar-in-the-raw&page=1
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Jammie Morey said...

those cookies look yummy! I would love to make the turkey sloppy janes. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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LeAndra said...

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Unknown said...

The spiced walnuts look awesome!
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Rebecca Graham said...

I would make grape popsicles.

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Jen and Larry said...

These cookies look yummy. Love your site!

Amy said...

Oh man, the gingerbread cupcakes sound great!

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meredith m said...

the Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole sounds amazing
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slehan said...

I want to make the mulled-apple-cider:
http://www.intheraw.com/using-itr/recipes/mulled-apple-cider
Thanks for the contest.

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