Chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies

I’ve probably made hundreds of dozens of these cookies in my lifetime. They are a fickle cookie and can be messed up easily. When I was a young teenager I would waste SO much sugar, oats, and butter trying to get these to turn out right and…no one in my family even liked them. This is most likely because of my horrible attempts. Haha.


Without further ado – here’s one of our favorite cookies to have only once in a while. (TONS of sugar!!)



2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Large pinch kosher salt


Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment.

Bring the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, then let boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and salt, and stir to combine.

Drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, and let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.



A fast blueberry muffin fix

We often make one of the kids’ favorite banana bread around here–probably 3 times a month. It’s super yummy. I love it so much that eating it in moderation is tough but making it sugarless has been voted a no-go by a few.


I decided that we needed to switch things up today but I didn’t feel like dirtying up my muffin pan. I came across this Blueberry Muffin Mug Cake recipe. I’ve tried mug cake before and it did not turn out well but this girl seemed to be a success so I tried X’s 5. I had to switch up the time a few times — it cooked anywhere from 2 minutes to 3 minutes. I also cheated on my milk and nuked it for a few seconds and my butter wasn’t totally cooled. Oh, and my blueberries weren’t fresh either but they were thawed! My kids devoured these. I devoured this. I wish I knew how to take beautiful artful food pictures but I don’t so here’s just the how to’s below:


  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Scant 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • Coarse sparkling sugar, optional garnish


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and baking powder until thoroughly, completely combined, with no streaks of any ingredients remaining. Blend in milk, butter, and vanilla until batter is smooth. Stir in blueberries and pour batter into a 14-ounce (or larger) microwave-safe mug with straight sides. Sprinkle with sparkling sugar, if desired.
  2. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until cake is done to your liking. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving.



THE BEST Banana bread

Some day maybe I’ll edit this to include beautiful pictures but today the recipe will have to do. As always with banana bread, the riper the bananas the sweeter the taste. I really like this bread.

This recipe is super easy to make and did I mention it’s delicious? I usually cut the sugar some. A fun tip I learned is to use the wrapper of the butter to butter your bread pan. It works wonderfully. 😀 Enjoy!



  1. Cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and crushed bananas.
  3. Combine well.
  4. Sift together flour, soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla.
  5. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.
  7. Keeps well, refrigerated.

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