Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sunny-Honey No-Bake Cookies

These Sunny-Honey No-Bake Cookies are a peanut-free version of your typical peanut butter no bakes, except these are made with Sunbutter.  Sunbutter is my savior!!  Seeing how peanut butter is a no-no in our house (remember "bubble boy"- my hubs - and his slew of allergies?).  It is the closest thing to peanut butter, and I've tried them all.  It has a slightly thinner texture, and the taste ALMOST the same as peanut butter, almost.  Yet, if you are baking with it, you can hardly tell the difference.  Just a note:  the Natural Sunbutter may cause your baked goods to take on a greenish color - the chlorogenic acid, found naturally in sunflower seeds, causes this discoloration (which is perfectly safe to ingest, Kermit would approve), the Natural Sunbutter is just ground seeds, no sugars or tocopherols (preservatives) added.  I use the Creamy variety, which has added sugar and tocopherols; I have had no such issues with my baked goods tuning green.  



So the Sunbutter is the "Sunny" part of this equation, and the "Honey" part is just that; I swapped out the sugar for honey.


As a former beekeeper, I cannot express enough how important it is to support your local beekeepers!  Also, if your honey is the color of apple juice (clear, golden/amber), fluid and runny......it may not be just honey.....especially if it is a product from another country, it could be cut with high fructose corn syrup (the importation of such honey is BANNED in Europe, yet not here in the US) - or it could be super-duper-uber-pasteurized to make it easier for large scale production.  Although this makes the honey easier to pour, many nutrients, enzymes and minerals are destroyed in the process.


So that's my soapbox rant!  Back to the cookies......the honey did make them a little gooier than usual.  I popped them in the freezer to set up, and that seemed to do the trick.  They actually won't freeze solid, and we like them chilled, so ours were kept in the freezer.  


These are perfect for when you want a little somethn' somethn', yet don't feel like baking.  Just bring a few ingredients to a boil - stir-stir-stir - and drop onto wax paper.  Sure, yes, they do look like cow patties......but you don't have to bake them, so that makes up for it, I my opinion!

resources:
Food Safety News (Honey Laundering)
Find A Beekeeper Near You
About Raw Honey

Print THIS! Recipe!
Sunny-Honey No-Bake Cookies
adapted from a neighbor's recipe (original source unknown)

1 stick butter
1 cup honey
1/2 cup milk (I used skim)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup Creamy Sunbutter
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups rolled oats (old fashioned)

In a 4-quart pot, or larger, melt the butter, honey, milk, and cocoa powder - over low/medium heat.  When butter has melted completely, raise heat to medium.  Stirring occasionally, bring to a boil - boil for 1 minute.  Remove from heat, add vanilla and Sunbutter - stir well to incorporate until Sunbutter is dissolved.  Add the oats, stir until fully coated.  Drop spoonfuls approx 2TBS-sized onto wax paper.  Cool completely.  If cookies are still tacky when fully cooled, put them in the freezer to set up.

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24 comments:

  1. Oh yum...these look delicious! This would be great to link-up to my Create It Thursday post...it's live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-2-plus-features.html

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  2. Peanuts are a no no in my house, too!! The cookies look really good. I really like to use Wowbutter soy nut butter!

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    1. I have tried Wowbutter, I like it - but it "bothered" S, as he's ALSO allergic to soy (on a much lesser level, than peanuts - they're both legumes, go figure.

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  3. OH I love it! We eat no-bakes like crazy around here. The honey makes a nice addition. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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    1. They are so quick and easy. Thanks for hosting!!

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  4. I like so much oats and your is so healthy recipe!I'll try it!
    take a look:
    http://freestilcreatingbyvilly.blogspot.gr/2013/03/2.html
    have a nice day!

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  5. What a great idea to use honey. I love chocolate and oats so that's not an issue. I don't make no bakes a lot but these look excellent :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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  6. YUM!!! These look delicious! You have a lot of delicious recipes! We would love to have you share them on our new sister site that we just launched in January - MyRecipeMagic.com. It will drive traffic back to your blog and is a great recipe sharing community. Hope you'll stop by! -The Six Sisters
    http://myrecipemagic.com/home/recipes

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  7. I love no bake cookies! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #13.

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
    http://dessertnowdinnerlater.blogspot.com

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  8. No bake cookies are the best! Thank you for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  9. no bake!! That's fun! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can't wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
    oh, and I just posted looking for some help with my blog... maybe you can offer some advice?

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    1. I'm afraid I couldn't offer you much help, just starting out myself. Good luck though, I'll stay tuned :)

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  10. I love no-bake recipes and these cookies look delish! Thanks for linking up at The Better Half, and I hope to see you back this week.

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  11. I love my local honey. I don't use it a lot, but when I do, I don't mind paying more for it. Thanks so much for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday on Pint Sized Baker. I've pinned it!

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    1. Thanks Karyn!! If you by in bulk, direct from a beekeeper, it is always more cost effective....working my way through a 2kg (4.4lb) pail - hence the honey in EVERYTHING. :)

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  12. How cool is it that you were able to take a classic no-bake cookie and make it safe and friendly for your family! I will have to remember to see if I can find some local hone here in the Phoenix area! Thanks so much for sharing at last week's All my Bloggy Friends - Linda and I look forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

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  14. I love no-bake cookies and haven't had them in so long. I'm looking forward to trying your version!
    Gina
    http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com

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  15. I've seen these in your last post (round-up for 4th of July), and had to check the recipe
    I like these!! And I also like the fact that no baking is neeeded

    I'm pretty sure they'd be a hit with my family :)

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    1. Thanks Winnie! They are my lazy cookies :)

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