Snacks & Treats

No-Bake Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops

Aug 8, 2016

When you need a fast treat for lunchboxes, these can be stirred and dropped while the kids eat breakfast or get dressed — or make a big batch on the weekends; they keep well so can be stored and dipped into all week. (Ensure peanut butter is allowed if you’re sending them to school, or use a peanut butter substitute, such as Wowbutter. If they’re not allowed at school, they make a great after-school snack.) If you like, stir in some extra ingredients, like dried fruit, coconut, bashed up pretzels or roasted, salted peanuts (omit the salt in the recipe) for a salty-sweet treat.

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups old-fashioned (large flake) oats
  • 1/4-1/2 cup dried fruit, coconut or other additions (optional)
  • pinch salt

In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar, peanut butter, milk and cocoa to a simmer - it will be thick, but stir it until it’s melted and bubbling around the edges. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, salt and any other ingredients you want to add. Drop by the spoonful onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and let sit at room temperature or refrigerate until firm.

Makes 1 to 1 1/2 dozen balls.

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Article Author Julie Van Rosendaal
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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of six best-selling cookbooks (with a seventh due out this fall), the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One. She is a recipe developer, TV personality, food stylist and writes about food for local, national and international publications. She is perhaps best known as the voice behind her popular food blog, Dinner with Julie, where she documents real life at home in Calgary with her husband and nine-year-old son. Connect on twitter @dinnerwithjulie.


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