White Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

I have one last summer dessert recipe to share with you all before I return from my cruise ūüôā

Remember those Peanut Granola Bites I blogged about a couple weeks ago? I decided to try another version of these crispy bites with almond butter instead peanut for a lighter taste. I also added some more mix-ins, and rolled them into balls for a great crispy cookie.

Enjoy!

White Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

adapted from Peanut Butter Granola Bites

makes 10 cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
3 Tbsp maple syrup
3 Tbsp almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbsp toasted walnuts
2 Tbsp dried cherries chopped
2 Tbsp white chocolate chips
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325. Mix the maple syrup and almond butter together (you may need to microwave it for 30 seconds in order to stir). Add the vanilla and applesauce. Combine the oats and flax seeds, add in the liquids. Mix in the walnuts, cherries, and chocolate chips. Roll the dough with your hands to form 1 inch balls. Place dough balls onto a oiled pan. Bake for 12 minutes.
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No Bake Coconut Molasses Bars

These bars are the result of a mistake in the kitchen that ended up creating something quite delicious (which does not happen very often-remember the pancakes?). I was working on a no bake cookie recipe and decided to add molasses as the sweetener on a whim. I forgot that molasses is a very strong flavor and completely overwhelmed the peanut butter. After a bit of experimentation with other flavors, I found that coconut flakes  mellows out the molasses and creates a nicer presentation than brown squares.

I struggled in the decision of whether to post these or not, since they were not what I was originally planning on making. But when the family ate all 12 bars in under 12 hours, I felt like that was evidence enough to their deliciousness!

No Bake Molasses Bars

makes 12 one inch bars

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup molasses

1/4 cup dried coconut flakes

Mix the first three ingredients together until the batter is smooth. Firmly press batter into a 9×9 (or smaller) pan. Cut into squares and remove, the first one might get a little squished but it gets easier to remove them after the first one. Press the bars into the coconut flakes to coat every side.

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Also today is the first day of Lora’s Burpee Challenge! I started off with 15 burpees (with jumps and push ups) and the plan is to add one burpee each day. I will say that 15 was a challenge today, and I am glad I have some accountability to continue with this when it gets really hard!