I had a sweet tooth. Anything crunchy with chocolate didn’t stand a chance in front of me. But when I changed my eating habits in fall of 2013, I removed added sugar and syrups from my diet. The medical and natural communities agree that sugar can have devastating effects on our health, so I just quit. Fast forward a few months and I was craving something sweet. So, I experimented in the kitchen and came up with no-bake chocolate oat cookies.
These cookies have no added sugar and are packed with healthy ingredients. If you like peanut/almond/nut butter/oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, these are a hearty alternative. Ingredients such as nut/seed butter, cacao and coconut oil are filled with antioxidants and fiber. If I’m looking to make them a little sweeter, I add some Orgain protein powder. I pop them in my mouth as a treat when on the go. Also, I make breakfast granola by taking three of them, chopping into smaller pieces and filling a bowl with (oat) milk.
- ¼ cup of extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil
- ¼ cup of milk (I use oat milk)
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- ¼ cup of almond butter (or sunflower seed butter for those with nut allergies)
- 1.5 cups of oats
- *If you want to make them sweeter, add 1-scoop of Orgain vanilla or chocolate protein powder
- *I sometimes add ¼ cup of coconut flakes for my stash or ¼ cup of craisins or chocolate chips for my son's cookies
- Add first four ingredients in saucepan and heat for a few minutes
- Once liquid consistency, add oats and stir
- Spoon drop onto wax paper
- Cool and enjoy cookies
- For granola - take three cookies, break into small nuggets and pour in a bowl with milk.
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