Thanks a lot everybody for the anniversary wishes. We went to a temple in the evening, had dinner in a very famous South Indian vegetarian restaurant. The food was okay and I was definitely missing the restaurant we used to go regularly in US. I miss a couple of other things too here. Phone companies here don’t have the free calls to US plan (we had free calls to Canada back in US). The other day I wanted chocolate flavored graham crackers to bake something and couldn’t find it in 4 stores. Really! Finding graham crackers should not be this difficult! They had the honey flavored ones. And what’s with the mosquitoes? But I have to agree that we have access to other cool things/facilities which was not available in US. For example, doctor visits and couple other medical expenses are covered by the government itself. So no co-pay each time you visit a doctor. (But the income tax rate is very high, especially if you are single. Once you are married and have dependents the rate goes down.) Very good public transit system. People here feel that it’s not good enough but for me it’s excellent because we didn’t have that facility back in US. The most important thing I feel that people here are very warm and friendly. So I guess we can’t have it all!
I’m still not in the mood to bake/blog but my DH is constantly nagging me to start blogging regularly. So I once again went back to the Eagle brand book for a simple “no-bake” recipe. Found a no bake cookies recipe for peanut butter drops made with peanut butter, chopped peanuts, condensed milk and quick cooking oats. I made something similar a year back and remembered that my son did not like it. So I substituted peanuts with almonds and peanut butter and almond butter. And guess what? my son can’t stop eating them. This no bake cookies take only 10-15 minutes to prepare this but it is unbelievably delicious.
No Bake Almond Butter Oats Cookies Recipe
Approximately 5 Dozen Cookies
A very easy recipe to prepare no bake cookies using almond butter, oats and condensed milk.
1/2 cup (1 stick)Butter or Margarine
1/3 cupUnsweetened Cocoa
2 and 1/2 cupsQuick Cooking Oats
1 can (14 oz/300 ml)Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 cupChopped Almonds
1/2 cupAlmond Butter
1. From left: Almonds, oats, condensed milk, almond butter, cocoa and butter
2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
3. Stir in cocoa powder to the melted butter.
4. Mix both cocoa powder and butter using a whisk. Bring mixture to a boil.
5. Remove from heat. Add oats.
6. Add the can of condensed milk.
7. Add the chopped almonds.
8. Add the almond butter.
9. Line 2 baking sheets with a wax paper. I sprayed a half tablespoon with non stick cooking spray, scooped out the mixture and dropped onto the baking sheets. Chill 2 hours or until set. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.
10. You can either leave it as it is or shape them into balls. After about 30 minutes in the fridge, the mixture will be in the right texture to shape it. Put it back in the refrigerator for another 2 hours or until it firms up.
Add your choice of nut butter and chopped nuts. You can also go for fat free condensed milk.