I am SO excited to share this recipe with you! This is a healthier version of the traditional no-bake cookies my mom used to make. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Moms version but I wanted to give them a little upgrade. Plus, these no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies are so easy to make! Bonus: everything is made in one saucepan! No extra bowls to clean whoop whoop!
So, how are these healthy you ask? I’ve replaced refined table sugar with lower glycemic coconut sugar, substituted dairy with coconut milk and coconut butter (although you’re welcome to use organic whole milk and butter in this recipe if you like). Over-processed, hydrogenated peanut butter is replaced with natural peanut or almond butter. Last but not least, the basic nutrient devoid cocoa powder is replaced with nutrient-dense, amazingly good-for-you raw cacao powder. Sweet!
Oh and did I mention these were dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free and gluten-free??
My opinion: if you’re going to indulge in something sweet and decadent why not make it better for you using high-quality ingredients??
Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 9-12 cookies
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar (sucanat or maple sugar work, too)
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
- 3 Tbsp coconut butter
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup natural nut butter (peanut, almond, etc)
- 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1.5-2 cups old fashioned oats (make sure they are gluten-free if you have a sensitivity)
- pinch of sea salt
- Add sugar, salt and milk to a medium saucepan on high heat and bring to a rapid boil. (Let it boil for about a minute while constantly stirring.)
- Reduce the heat to low and add the coconut butter and nut butter to the saucepan. Stir until well combined.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the cacao and vanilla extract.
- Add the oats and stir to coat all of the oats with the chocolate mixture. (If it’s a bit dry add a splash of milk, if it’s too runny add more oats.)
- Drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto wax or parchment paper.
- The hardest step: let cool for at least 15 minutes before eating (but you can always lick the spoon 😉
Tip: sprinkle some course sea salt or Himalayan salt on top of the cookies to make them even better!