If we’re being honest, most of us admit to experiencing a “sweet tooth” from time to time. And while many desserts are obviously binge-worthy, they are better for us in moderation—especially the over-processed and sugar-packed treats that can cause immediate and prolonged adverse effects on our health! (Hello sugar addiction!)
However, not all desserts are created equal. With the many health-conscious and creative people out there, healthier desserts are popping up that can not only help us curb cravings—especially during the holidays, but even lean into our keto diets with greater fervor and success!
That said, let us introduce you to this delicious No Guilt, No Bake Chocolate Cookies!
We certainly don’t recommend that you eat these yummy no bake cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but they are a healthier option than most other desserts! These easy no bake cookies are not only delicious, they’re paleo, gluten-free, and grain-free. And, if you play your cards right, they can fit nicely into a keto or low carb diet. Variations on this recipe can also create a perfect vegan dessert!
A hearty thanks goes out to Living Healthy With Chocolate for this delectable and healthier alternative to traditional treats.
No Bake Chocolate Cookies
Servings: About 20 1-inch cookies
Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories: 65 / Fat: 5g / Protein: 1g / Carbs: 2g
- 2½ Tablespoon cacao butter
- ⅓ c chocolate chips
- 3½ Tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1 Tablespoon raw honey
- 4 Tablespoon almond butter
- ½ c pecans
- ½ c shredded coconut, unsweetened
- Melt the cacao butter and chocolate chips in a double boiler or a sturdy glass bowl over simmering water (don’t let the water touch the bowl).
- Whisk the cacao powder, coconut oil, honey, and almond butter together with the cacao butter and chocolate chips until smooth.
- Remove the double boiler or bowl from heat.
- Chop the pecans in a food processor and add to the chocolate mixture, along with the shredded coconut. Mix to combine ingredients.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon of batter for each no bake cookie onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until cookies harden.
Recipe makes about 20 1-inch no bake cookies. Store in the refrigerator.
While these cookies are delicious on their own, everyone loves a change up!
How about a No Bake Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich? To make these frozen delights, simply scoop an ice cream scoop’s worth of your favorite frozen yogurt or vegan ice cream in between two chocolatey no bake cookies to create a sandwich.
Another way to freshen up these no bake cookies is to incorporate a bit of mint or citrus into the recipe. While whisking the cacao powder, coconut oil, honey, and almond butter together, consider adding just a ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract or orange extract to try fun new flavors.
In order to make this recipe vegan friendly, substitute agave for honey.
There are any number of ways to mix this recipe up! How do you plan to enjoy these delectable no bake cookies?
Why Are My No Bake Cookies Not Setting Up?
Believe it or not, no bake cookies not setting up can be blamed on more than just a hot day. So how do you harden no bake cookies? Here are a few reasons your no bake cookies won’t set up:
- Proportions are important! Make sure you follow a tried and true recipe like this one for No Guilt, No Bake Chocolate Cookies, especially if you’re going for grain-free no bake cookies. Too much oil or cacao butter and you’ll have soup. Too much coconut or pecans and you’ll have a dry crumble!
- If you’re using cane sugar, it needs to be cooked down to a loose soft ball stage with whatever liquid you’re using in order for the ingredients to bind and the cookies to set up properly.
- And yes, check your room temperature! If it’s too hot, pop those no bakes in the refrigerator until they set up and then store them in the fridge between snacking.
How Long Do No Bake Cookies Last?
One of the best things about no bake cookies is that they are super quick to whip up and last a bit longer than regular cookies in storage. Three cheers for easy prep and lasting rewards! These gluten-free no bake cookies can last for up to two weeks when stored in the refrigerator.
How Do You Store No Bake Cookies?
The best way to store these and other no bake cookies is in an airtight container, preferably in the refrigerator. Another great tip is to use parchment paper between layers if you plan on stacking them to ensure they stay mess-free.
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