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Vagabond No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies: A Traveler’s Dessert

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It may be a bold gamble, but I’d be willing to wager that no traveler has ever carried an oven as part of their perpetual travel rig.

Simply put, an oven has no place in a rucksack, the art of baking is truly a rare extravagance for the world traveler. What is more is that ovens themselves are not standard kitchen appliances in much of the world, and even finding a hostel or an apartment that has one is an uncommon event. It’s a good thing that cookies can also be made on a stove top.

This is a recipe to make no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies, one of the top desserts of the Vagabond Cookbook.

Ingredients

  • Peanut butter
  • If available, quick cooking oats (2 to 3 minute kind). If not available, standard oats will do.
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Vanilla

Ingredients for no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies

Supplies

  • A pot
  • A spoon
  • Something to  place the cookies on (wax paper, tin foil, a baking sheet, a large plate, a clean table top)
  • A cooking source, such as a gas or electric standard stove, a portable burner, or a camp stove.

How to make

  1. Take a stick of butter, two cups of sugar, half a cup of milk, and two teaspoons of vanilla and toss it all into pot. Put it on your heating source and bring it to a roaring boil. Keep it boiling for exactly 90 seconds (important!).
  2. Turn off the heat.
  3. Then add in a half cup of peanut. Stir like a mutha.
  4. When it’s all mixed up put in 3 and a half cups of oats. Again, stir like a mutha.
  5. Now plop out spoon fulls of this gruel onto wax paper (or whatever you’re using to let it cool on).
  6. Wait for the cookies to cook and set before eating.

Conclusion

Just because I’m a traveler does not mean that I should deny myself home made cookies. No-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies are easy and cheap to make, and can be done up in just about any country where peanut butter and oats are available. Though I must admit that these cookies are probably better made in a kitchen than a camp. So when you come off the tramp head into a hostel kitchen and make up a batch of vagabond no-bake cookies.

This recipe is part of the Vagabond Cookbook.

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About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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