One of my favorite things to do for my dorm-mates at school last semester was bake them cookies -- hey, at our age, free food equals new friends -- but our little kitchenette was often crowded, and cooking took too much time. My solution? No-bake cookies. They're delicious, simple, and a total hit with my friends. So when I stumbled across this recipe, I just had to try it out.
In short, all you have to do is mix a cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 1/3 cup of honey, 1 cup of coconut flakes, 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed, 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla in a bowl, refrigerate the mix for half an hour, then take it out and form it into little balls.
The great thing about this recipe is there is no limit to the changes you can make to it. Lacking access to a food processor, I ended up using whole flaxseeds. It made the bites crunchier, but not unpleasant. And being a huge klutz, I spilled more than one teaspoon of vanilla into the mix, but it still tasted delicious. Other people on the blog noted that they used agave nectar instead of honey or replaced the chocolate chips with dried fruit or substituted peanut butter with almond butter -- it's a snack you can adjust and perfect to your own tastes.
These little bites are delicious and satisfying, and fun to make. (Just don't eat all the mix in one sitting!)
What's your favorite quick-and-easy treat, lovelies?