Food You Can Eat: Nobakes

We’ve got the Lazy Vegan and now the Lazy Baker. Sometimes I just want something easy, chocolate-y, and peanut butter-y so I whip up a batch of Nobakes. I’ve been making these since I was a kid; until I met my neighbors who grew up in Appalachia I never knew anyone who had heard of them. Apparently they are a ‘thing’.

Butter makes everything better
Add cocoa, sugar, and milk
Bring to a boil and boil for one minute
Remove from heat, add vanilla, peanut butter, and oats
I use a scoop, but a spoon works fine to drop the cookies on waxed paper
They’ll set up quicker in the fridge

Does my husband like these: No.

I like to eat these for breakfast, telling myself that they are good for me because they have oatmeal in them. They are delicious with coffee.



  1. My daughter’s best friend’s Maw Maw, obviously Appalachian, used to make these and my daughter loves them. I’ll have to make her a batch next time I know I’m going to see her.

  2. Your husband is obviously defective and needs to be sent back to the factory for repair.

    Here’s a recipe that is technically baked, but still very simple and super kick ass:

    Mix together:
    1 Cup natural PB
    1 Cup sugar
    1 Cup melted butter (2 sticks, baby)
    2 Cups graham cracker crumbs

    Spread mixture into a cookie sheet–but one that has raised edges so this stuff doesn’t spill off.

    Sprinkle over the top:
    1 package of chocolate chips

    Put into a 325 degree oven for 2 minutes (this is the “technically baked” part). Remove from oven and then GENTLY spread the melted chocolate over the top of the PB mixture. Place in refrigerator until completely set. Attempt–and fail–to avoid eating the entire pan in one go.

    These need to stay refrigerated because all that butter will make them fall apart if not kept cold.

  3. I found a tub of cocoa powder in my pantry (at least, that’s what I think it is…), but most recipes using it also need eggs, which I don’t currently have. I think I have all the other ingredients, so I may try this.

    Only other thing I can think of off-hand is to mix it up with sugar and see if I can use it for hot chocolate…

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