It seems a little contradictory to be pitching a ‘no-bake cookie’ amongst the sea of gingerbread, sugar cookies and delicious pies you will surely be consuming over the next month. But, sometimes a healthier no-bake option (vegan! and gluten-free!) makes you feel a little better about indulging in some sweet treats. No oven required and less than 10 minutes of prep-time makes these cookies a simple go-to all year-round.
Traditional no-bake cookies contain a ton of sugar and butter. This particular recipe swaps in agave nectar, coconut oil and almond milk instead. Agave nectar is a great sugar substitute, but do know that it’s processed just like any other sugar and actually no healthier. Agave is quite a bit sweeter than natural sugar so you will find yourself using less of it to achieve the same taste or flavor. Coconut oil is a blend of fatty acids containing no cholesterol. And almond milk also contains no cholesterol, is low in sodium and calories, but high in potassium. Above all, it’s a great choice for those looking to consume a dairy alternative who may have soy or lactose allergies.
The ingredients that will really knock your socks off in the flavor department are cocoa powder, almond butter and shredded coconut. Just know that if you do wish to make these vegan or gluten-free, you can always use honey instead of agave, normal rolled oats, any type of milk you enjoy and/or peanut butter instead of almond butter. Feel free to substitute in the ingredients you enjoy most!
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/3 cocoa powder
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond butter
2 cups gluten-free oats
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
Yields: 12-20 cookies
- In a saucepan, mix together the agave nectar and cocoa powder. Heat over medium until combined. Stir in almond milk and coconut oil and bring to a boil. Continue stirring and boil for one minute.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in almond butter, oats, coconut, vanilla extract, and salt.
- Form cookies onto wax paper using a spoon.
- Let the cookies set up for about 20 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.