I have been coaching high school track and field for 8 years this spring (um….that sounds crazy, I didn’t realize it has been that long until I typed it. I feel like I just graduated college….where does time go?!) It never fails to amaze me the metabolism of teenage boy distance runners. Well teenage boys in general, but especially distance runners. They are pretty much bottomless pits and it’s hopeless of them ever being “full”.
I like to bring cookies for the team throughout the season. Sometimes at practice just because
I needed an excuse to bake. Sometimes for a special occasion to celebrate a birthday, regionals and always for the state meet. I now get requests and it is expected…and I love that!
This season was defined by the no bake cookie. I don’t think I could ever get you to comprehend the amount of oatmeal and peanut I bought to keep up with the demand for my sweet and HUNGRY student athletes!
Justin and I have hosted a pre-state pasta dinner at our home the past couple years for the team. We practice then everyone heads over. I make a couple pounds of pasta, salad, set up the corn hole boards and pack our home with hungry and excited teenage runners. It is one of the highlights of the season for me. This year’s dessert request was no bakes. I made 4 batches of these cookies. Yes 4, thinking that would be plenty. Nope. Not at all. They were devoured before everyone even got there. It was pretty unreal.
Most of them were consumed by 1 boy individually. This one particular boy, who will remain nameless, consumed 10 that night by himself. 10! Plus an amount of pasta that would feed a small family. I prepared adequately for the state the same week and prepared the same amount. Luckily this time they weren’t consumed *as* fast as the dinner as seeing they preferred not to throw up while running. This one said boy though is the exception to the rule. He downed 2 for good measure before he dominated in the daunting distance triple (3rd in the 1600m, 14th in the 800m and 4th in the 3200m AND being a member of the 4x400m men’s team–a total of 6,000 race meters–aka 15 race laps around the track that night). An absolutely mind blowing and impressive feat. He then promptly celebrated by consuming 7 no bakes after it was all said and done as an appetizer to our yearly post-state ritual of Dairy Queen. Basically, I am claiming that my chocolate and peanut butter cookie skills attributed to the many medals he wore home that night. 🙂
He continues to be fueled by cookies when he comes over to the house to run with my husband, guzzling a handful or two, running 4 miles, then promptly coming back in the front door to grab 10 for the road. Love this kid. Love these cookies. Love how they fuel distance runners! Happiness all the way around (especially the track 🙂 ).
Whip up this easy classic recipe up the next time you need a quick dessert for someone or if you know a hungry male runner in need in your life.
- 2 cups sugar
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 stick of butter
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups oatmeal
- ½ cup peanut butter
- Pinch of salt
- In a large bowl combine oatmeal, vanilla, peanut butter and salt.
- Combine sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a saucepan.
- On medium heat, bring to boil for ONE full minute (exactly).
- Remove from heat and pour hot coco mixture in oatmeal bowl and mix well until peanut butter is melted and all ingredients are mixed well.
- Spoon quickly onto wax or parchment paper (ice cream scoop works best) and let cool.