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#1 of 5 Old 09-18-2008, 12:31 AM - Thread Starter
 
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No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies. I can't do wheat, so I've been searching for things that resemble baked goods. I've made these twice, and I eat two a day.

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No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

2 c sugar
1/2 c coconut oil
3 T cocoa
1/2 rice milk
1/2 c sunflower seed butter
1 t vanilla
3 1/2 c oatmeal

Mix sugar, oil, cocoa and milk in a saucepan & bring to a boil. Boil 1 minute. Add rest of ingredients & stir. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Cool. Cookies keep best in the fridge.
I've already made several changes already, due to allergies (no butter, milk or peanutbutter). Primarily, it's the sugar I'm concerned about. Can I cut back? Use something that's slightly healthier? Anything I can add that would increase the health value?

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DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.

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I seriously would cut the sugar in half-I do this with all my baked goods because here is too darn much sugar in them. I make a no-bake that is similar and I immediately cut the sugar in half-and they still are sweet. Try that.

They sound good.

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It would take some trial and error to get the right amounts, but I would probably use some raw honey instead of the sugar (I'd start with 1/2 c). Of course, you don't want to heat up the honey, but if you add it at the end, after the seed butter and before the oatmeal, that should work. That might necessitate reducing the milk a bit (1/4 c), but with all that CO, a little extra liquid isn't going to have the same impact as it would if you were using butter. I would probably try a straight substitution first... worst thing that'll happen is a gooey cookie, really.

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If it does get a little gooey you could put a bit of wheat germ &/or ground flax seed into the batter. That recipe is making me hungry!:

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I make regular no-bake cookies with 1/2 the sugar all the time and my family doesn't notice.

Also, here's a thread of healthy oatmeal cookies that you might like. http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=954067 (including my family fav that has no sugar, no flour, no dairy)
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