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No-Bake Chocolate Cookies…& Spectating.

December 8, 2010 by Carolina

‘Tis the season…for cookie exchanges! This year I’m participating in two cookie exchanges, which pretty much guarantees cookies all month long. I’m excited. My body is not. How is a girl supposed to stay fit over the holiday season? But that’s a whole other story, back to cookies. For my first exchange I decided to go with an easy, delicious recipe my roommate makes all the time — no baking required! These cookies are great for people on the go who still want to impress. Plus, they’re healthy & vegan. Here we go!


1 3/4 Cups White Sugar

1/2 Cup Almond Milk (or Soy Milk if you prefer)

1/2 Cup Natural Buttery Spread (I love Earth Balance)

4 TBS Cocoa Powder, unsweetened 

1/2 Cup Peanut Butter, chunky

3 Cups Quick-Cooking Oats

1 TSP Vanilla Extract

Wax Paper

In a saucepan, bring sugar, milk, butter, & cocoa to a boil.

Mix & cook ingredients for a couple of minutes & remove from heat. Stir in the peanut butter, oats & vanilla.

Once the ingredients are fully combined, drop teaspoonfuls onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet & let cool until hard. Easiest cookie recipe ever!

The cookie exchange was a success, from oatmeal & chocolate chip cowboy cookies to oreo truffles, we all walked out with plenty of cookies to start off the holiday season.

The day of the cookie exchange was also the day of the OUC Half Marathon; the route passed in front of my house. Several of our friends were running the race so the roommates & I decided to cheer them on & deck out our house.

And our street.

Even Rocco cheered the runners on.

In honor of the ACC Championship Rocco & I sported our FSU gear, too bad our team loss. There’s always next year boys! It was interesting to be on the other side, as an spectator instead of a runner. Seeing the race really motivated me to run; I kinda feel in love with running all over again. With a hectic semester & busy season at work I haven’t had time to run as regularly as I used to; I really miss it. Luckily, Katie is coming home in February & we’re going to run a race together — it’s time to start training! The question is: which race should we do? Below is a list of races we’re considering:

2/12 – 10K in St. Petersburg

2/12 – 5K in Baldwin Park

2/13 – Half Marathon & Full in Jacksonville

2/19 – 10K in Port Orange

2/20 – Half Marathon & Full in Ft. Lauderdale 

Lots of choices, help us decide! This will be the first race Katie & I run together; we’ll make sure to post all the details on Peas in a Blog. I can’t wait to run regularly again & share one of my loves with my bestie.


Carolina is a marketing professional living in Orlando, Florida. Originally from Colombia, Carolina loves experimenting with different spices in the kitchen. When she's not cooking she loves to run, practice yoga and spend time with her dog Rocco. Carolina is passionate about travel and always has her suitcase packed and ready to go!

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