No Bake Chocolate Cookies

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This holiday cookie recipe is so easy that you can get the kids to help out, and the best part is that it's a no-bake treat. The holidays can get busy, so any way you can save time in the kitchen is welcome. And this holiday cookie recipe is just the thing. The peanut butter combined with the chocolate and the oats, gives this no-bake treats recipe so much flavor. For this easy dessert recipe, you will need sugar, cocoa, milk, butter, vanilla extract, salt, peanut butter and quick oats. For the full step by step instructions for this easy to make holiday cookie recipe, you will want to take a look at the Shugary Sweets recipe site.

The addition of quick oats to this holiday cookie recipe is a good way to make these no-bake treats healthier. Oatmeal is a whole grain, and is processed in a way that doesn’t strip off the nutritious germ or the bran, so you still get all of their whole-grain goodness. All oats start off as simple oat groats, which is the whole, unbroken grains. Before oats are processed into any other variety of oat, the groats are usually roasted at a very low temperature. This roasting not only gives the oats their nice toasty flavor, but the roasting heat also inactivates the enzyme that causes the oats to go rancid, which makes them more shelf-stable. The difference between steel-cut, rolled oats and instant/quick oats is that is how much the oat groats have been processed. This processing also results in each variety of oats having a distinct texture and also varying cooking times. Steel-cut oats which are also referred to as Irish or Scottish oats, is the type of oatmeal that is processed by chopping the whole oat groat into several pieces, rather than being rolled. Steel-cut oats look almost like rice that has been cut into pieces. This variety of oats takes the longest to cook, and has a somewhat of a toothsome, chewy texture that retains much of its same shape even after cooking. In addition to these oats being used for porridge, the steel-cut oats can also be used to make recipes such as meatballs or meatloaf or to add texture to stuffing recipes. Because of steel oats toothsome texture, rolled or instant oats don't make a good substitute for that of steel-cut oats.

Oatmeal is an ingredient that contains unique antioxidants, which also help make them a superfood when used in dessert recipes, no-bake treats and holiday cookie recipes. Oats have compounds that are called avenanthramide that is good for you. These same compounds found in oats may help fight off chronic inflammation, along with heart disease, cancer, and obesity. A bowl of oatmeal enjoyed for breakfast can keep you full until lunchtime because of the beta-glucan found in oatmeal that is also known for stabilizing blood sugar. Because of this fact, oatmeal helps keep your cravings at bay. Adding some oats to a dessert recipe helps to make the dessert recipe a healthy and tasty snacks recipe. Oats are also considered to be a healthy food because of their high content of essential nutrients. In a 100-gram serving size of oats, there are offering all sorts of good things from dietary fiber, protein, several B vitamins and dietary minerals, with the largest amount of manganese.

You will find this holiday cookie recipe on the Shugary Sweets site. On the site, you will find dessert recipes, no-bake treats, holiday cookie recipes, soup recipes, main dish recipes, side dish recipes, drink recipes, muffin recipes and so much more. **

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