Well, you may not know this about me, but I LOVE peanut butter.  Just eating out of the jar on a spoon, peanut butter cookies, Reese peanut butter cups, peanut butter pie, no bake cookies…….I could go on and on.  However, about 2 1/2 -3 years ago I started noticing some unpleasant side affects after eating peanut butter all of which I promptly ignored for some time.  Then I decided to “test” my theory and see if it was indeed peanut butter, sadly, it was.  I haven’t eaten peanut butter for over 2 years now and I STILL miss it, even after all this time when I smell I want to eat it. But, I digress… this recipe does not include peanut butter, but it is a no bake cookie.

No Bake Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sucanat OR 2/3 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon strong brewed coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 3/4 cup GF rolled oats

Options for coating the cookies:
Cocoa Powder
Toasted Coconut
Powdered Sugar
Ground Nuts (obviously this vetoes the “nut-free designation)

Cream together the butter, sugar, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and salt.  Once creamy and blended well, stir in the oats.  Once all blended I like to let the batter sit for 15-20 minutes to help soften up the oats.  Then I use a scoop and scoop up the cookies and roll into balls.  They will be very sticky – if you are going to coat them, choose a coating and do it right away.  Otherwise you can leave them and they will dry out slightly, only slightly though.  I have also flattened the balls to resemble more of a cookie.

NOTE: If you use the sucanat, let the the batter sit about 15-20 minutes before you add the oats, this will give the sucanat a chance to dissolve, otherwise it’s kind of crunchy.

This made about 2 1/2 dozen 1 inch sized balls