No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (a.k.a. Dinosaur Food)

I remember making this recipe in junior high with a friend.  At the time we called it dinosaur food, but I have since learned that is has a much less exciting name.  Whichever name you choose to use, this is an easy, quick recipe and relatively inexpensive depending on the ingredients you use.  If you don’t need to be gluten free, you can use regular oats and it is really cheap.  I like Skippy Natural Peanut Butter because it is a compromise between cheap peanut butter and “healthy” peanut butter.  The ingredient list is really short but it still looks and tastes like the peanut butter I remember.  These are all the ingredients you need:

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Ingredients:

1/2 c. butter (one stick)- regular butter or a n0n-dairy butter both work.  I used SmartBalance.

1/2 c. milk (I used coconut milk)

2 c. granulated sugar

1/3 c. cocoa powder

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. peanut butter (could use SunButter or another nut butter if you can’t have peanuts)

2 1/2 c. oats (I used gluten free quick-oats this time but it is good with whole oats too)

 

Directions:

Mix butter and milk in pan and turn on medium low until butter is partially melted.  Add in sugar and cocoa and mix well.  Bring it to a boil over medium high heat and boil for one minute (I sometimes do 2 minutes.)  Remove from heat and add vanilla and peanut butter and stir until melted.  Add in oats and stir well.  Line a baking sheet with wax paper and drop cookies onto pan by Tablespoons.  Let cool completely and then store in an airtight container.