Iris decided to make another batch of her oatmeal tonight. It’s a great, healthy snack. That got me thinking about oatmeal too, but, well, the not so healthy version.
I’ve been itching for some chocolate no-bakes for a while. I have an old recipe that I’ve made many times. My step-brother and I used to make this after school before anyone else got home, and we would play a board game and chow through a whole batch in one sitting, then clean-up very carefully so no one knew we just pigged out.
So, without further ado, here’s the recipe:
Chocolate No Bakes
1 1/2 c sugar
5 Tbls. Cocoa (we like equal exchange)
1/2 c whole milk
1/2 c margarine or butter
4 Tbls. of peanut butter (or a bit more, just b/c)
3 c oatmeal
Combine sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter. Slowly bring to a boil stirring constantly to avoid scorching. Stir at a boil for 3 more minutes. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, then add peanut butter and oatmeal. Mix thoroughly, then quickly pour into a 9×13 pan, or make cookie drops. Let cool, or enjoy gooey and warm.
Oh, did you want the granola too?
¼ Cup Packed Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Honey
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
¼ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Cinnamon
2½ Cups Oat Meal
½ Cup shelled pistachio
½ Cup Dried Cranberries
¼ Cup Chopped Candied Ginger
1 tsp. Powdered sugar
Heat the oven to 300°F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix the brown sugar, honey, vegetable oil, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl, the stir in oat meal and pistachios. Spread the mixture on the parchment. There’ll be some clusters. Don’t sweat it, those are good bits. Bake until the oats are toasted and the granola is dry about 25 minutes. Stir about halfway through. Let cool.
Mix about a teaspoon of powdered sugar with the dried cranberries and chopped candied ginger, then stir into the granola mix. Store in an airtight container.