Jen’s Healthy Take on No Bake

For as long as I remember, my mom & grandma have made No Bake Cookies.  If you aren’t familiar, they are yummy chocolate-peanut butter-oatmeal cookies that require no baking!

Before we moved to Florida, my grandma would always have a batch for me when I would visit!  And my mom would get in on the surprise, too!  No matter which house I was at, I always had my favorite cookies at hand!  Grandma always made sure I took a couple for my travel day, too!

My grandma gave me her recipe years ago, but I never actually made them for myself.  I think it was just one of those things that I loved to have AT my grandparents’ home.  They are an instant transportation to my childhood …and the food “sign” that let’s me know I am the favorite grandchild!

I did share the recipe in a collection of recipes that I collected and gave to female members of my family one year, hoping my grandma’s recipe would live on into the generations.

I did, finally, make them.  But if I remember correctly, they just weren’t the same as Grandma’s!

However, as I do with most recipes, the next time around, I started tweaking it.  Like “upgrading” the baking cocoa from regular to dark chocolate (Hershey’s Special Dark, to be exact) and trying almond butter instead of peanut.  The almond butter was considerably more “soupy”; leaving the final cookies with a less substantial bite.  I also cut WAY back on the sugar.

I whipped up a batch and gave them, as a small thank you to take home, when we hosted a little Thanksgiving gathering in Denver.  But the dark chocolate and the almond butter kind of made them not look as appetizing as they did actually taste, so I suspect they may not have given them a try.  Ah, well….

Back to the drawing board!

It is a rainy day here, on the Gulf of Mexico, so I decided to try, try, try again.  I hope you will give them a whirl.  Plenty of new twists:

Jen’s Health No-Bake Cookies

1/2 c nut butter

1/2 c coconut oil

1/4 c organic sugar or substitute*

Combine these ingredients in a pot by cooking on low & mixing often.

Remove from heat and add each ingredient below, mixing well between each.

1 t cinnamon

1/2 – 3/4 c raw cacao powder*

1-2 T chia seeds

3/4 c cooked quinoa

3/4 c rolled oats

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.   Spoon mixture onto paper, forming a cookie shape.  Refrigerate.

Place chilled cookies in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.

Jen’s Healthy No Bake Cookies

*may substitute protein powder for sugar substitute and cacao powder

*you can also sub baking chocolate for cacao powder (the cacao has a greater nutritional profile, however)

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe your grandma would make for you?  If so, have you made them over the years?  Did you make any adjustments to her recipe(s)?

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