Monday, January 24, 2011

Easy No Bake Oatmeal Cookies


Update for you all... I have started crafting.... again. When I first moved into my apartment I would craft ALL the time, I love taking something that starts out plain and ordinary and making it into something extraordinary. The only problem is, I started to run out of room for all my projects. I mean how many hurricane vases can fit in a one bedroom? (I have five) However, I really miss it. I miss the feeling of accomplishment you get after finishing a particularly tricky project, I miss the satisfaction that comes from knowing how much money you saved by making over a thrift store find instead of buying something at pottery barn (or Anthropologie, I LOVE Anthropologie!) So, the other day I had an epiphany.. why not craft stuff that I can either give as gifts or rotate in and out of my apartment decor with the different seasons?! All that being said, I may share some of my crafts on here. Don't get me wrong cooking and baking will definitely still be my main focus (nothing can take their place), I just might add a few crafty projects every once in a while.
And speaking of cooking and baking, I have a NO BAKE recipe to share with you all today. It's different from the usual no-bake cookie recipe in that it does not use chocolate OR peanut butter. I know, crazy, right?! I had some dried blueberries that my lovely mother had picked up for me on a recent grocery trip, so I decided to try and make a cookie using these. I found a basic recipe on Cooks.com and changed it up to make it healthier and use the ingredients I had on hand. They turned out pretty well. Really tasty, but if you don't chill them long enough they will fall apart. Make them the night before, chill them over night and you should be good to go. The oats add texture and are the basis for the cookie. I added in oat bran to up the fiber content and stirred in extra coconut in place of nuts. While you could use raisins in these cookies, I highly recommend trying them with blueberries, they give a great fruity flavor that adds to the whole cookie experience :)

No Bake Oatmeal Blueberry Cookies
Adapted from cooks.com
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 1/3 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup oat bran
3/4 cup dried blueberries (or raisins)
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk (I used rice milk, if you haven't tried it, you should, it's AMAZING)
1 stick butter, cut into pieces
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix together first five ingredients.
Cook sugar, milk and butter over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Add the vanilla.
Pour over all other ingredients and stir until well mixed. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper to cool.
Happy Monday!
Linking up to Tasty Tuesdays!

33 comments:

  1. No bake? These would be great to make with my kids at school. I think the blueberries sound yummy too. :)

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  2. I ♥ no bake cookies! I've never tried oatmeal raisin cookies - mmm... going to try this soon!

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  3. Those look so good! I made a No-Bake Granola bar that has become a huge hit with my kids and this looks very similar, but no milk. I'll have to try this one soon! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. MMM these look delightful...I love oatmeal cookies and blueberries! Definitely have to check them out! Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays!

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  5. Love this recipe...great for breakfast!

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  6. OMGosh they are fab!!! My parents have tons of Blueberry bushes and I can't wait to make them!!!

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  7. What a great recipe and the no baking part I love. I have to save this for summer when the blueberries are fresh and oven doesn't have to be turned on.

    Stopping by from Tuesdays at the Table

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  8. During the hot summer here in Arizona, all I do is no bake, so this is being bookmarked. What a great cookie.

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  9. oh, these look so delicious! I love that you used dried blueberries - I bet they are taste great with the oatmeal.

    Thank you for linking up!
    Alissa

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  10. Whoa! Where have YOU been all my life? I am not only loving this recipe (and by the way, I do happen to enjoy rice milk!) but the whole blog - I'm looking forward to exploring some of the recipes for the photos I see in the sidebar!

    Stopping in from Tasty Tuesdays and so glad I am!

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  11. This recipe looks amazing! I would love for you to link this or any of your recipes to my blog hop @ It's a Keeper Thursdays. http://www.everydaytastes.com/

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  12. How neat to have another no-bake recipe. This looks like a delicious change from the chocolate version. I have a linky party on my blog every week called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up.

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  13. Wow-these look fabulous! Found you through "Sweets for a Saturday" on Lisa's blog. :)

    Will definitely be marking these to try!

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  14. Can't wait to try this. I think the little guy might be into 'helping' me make these. Can't wait to try some of the other yumminess on your site.

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  15. Wow these look great. Usually no-bake cookies use an entire jar of peanut butter and tons of sugar! What a great alternative.

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  16. Thanks for linking this up at Sweets for a Saturday. I hope you'll be able to join in again.

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  17. I featured this on my blog today! Love it:)
    Thanks for sharing,
    Amanda @
    thepaisleycupcake [dot] blogspot [dot] com

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  18. Could fresh or frozen blueberries be used?
    Thankyou

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  22. The recipe is a bit jumbled. Your directions say to mix together the first 5 ingredients (which includes the sugar) but then tells you to cook the sugar- which is it? These look great, btw. I can't wait to make them!

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    1. I made the mistake of mixing the first 5 ingredients...instead of just the first 4. Incredible pain to try and go back to fix, so you may want to fix that so no one else has to sift out the sugar from the other dry ingredients. Otherwise, I hope they turn out as good as the photos look!

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  25. you were nominated for a Very Inspiring Blog Award. Hope you like it!

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  26. I just want to bring to your attention in your directions you say to mix first five ingredients together. Then you say to cook the sugar milk and butter. Sugar was your fifth ingredient on the list I already mixed in with everything else. A mistake that cannot be undone. Thanks a lot.
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