No-Bake Dark Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free)
These dark chocolate no-bake cookies are a healthy twist on an old favorite. Rebooted, this healthy, decadent, gluten free treat is packed with protein and has a secret super food, filled with Omega-3’s. They are also vegan, dairy free, and very easy to make. You won’t find any processed ingredients, butter, or refined sugar in this recipe!
Forget about heating up the oven for this recipe (unless you really want to)! Nobody got time for that. Well, I don’t at least! This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. Easy mode activated!
If you could have a guilt-free version of a dessert or snack from your childhood, what would it be?
My husband’s favorite was the no-bake oatmeal cookie. Because, of course, they are filled with refined sugar, butter, peanut butter, chocolate, and oatmeal, with enough unhealthy ingredients to pop out your eyeballs! He has two brothers, and they all loved eating these special no-bakes made by their mother (my mother-in-law). As she melted the peanut butter, chocolate, and huge mound of sugar, and dumped in the oats, they curiously watched. Little eyes tracked the batter in the spoon from the bowl to the parchment paper, over and over, and they impatiently asked, “Can we have some cookies yet?”
“It’s not a cookie yet, and it’s too hot,” she replied. “You might burn your mouths!” “No we won’t!” they exclaimed. So, she gave them each a spoonful and told them to be careful and blow on it to cool it off first. Surprisingly, some of the batter did make its way into cookies, which were quickly consumed by the mouthful.
One day, when my husband’s mother was getting ready to make cookies, she asked my husband and brother what kind of cookies they wanted to eat. They responded, “Oatmeal cookies!!!” Much to their surprise and dismay, what they received was, indeed, an oatmeal cookie, and to add insult to injury, they had raisins. Ewww…
They learned an important lesson that day. Ask and you shall receive, and be careful what you ask for!
“Umm…Mom? What happened to the chocolate? And the peanut butter?”
“Oatmeal cookies don’t have chocolate or peanut butter. Did you mean a no-bake cookie?” My husband and his brother looked at each other and replied, “Oh…yes, I guess we did.” They ended up having to wait until the next day to enjoy their favorite treat. But, they never made that mistake again!
Since my husband and I both love no-bake cookies, but not the calories or guilt that go along with them, I set out to re-create a rebooted and healthy recipe: refined sugar-free no bake oatmeal cookies. For those of you who love these old-fashioned treats and desire once again to relive the flavors of your childhood, I hope you enjoy these easy to make oatmeal no bake cookies.
At Refreshing Bytes, my goal is to provide recipes that are versatile and can be modified to suit your particular dietary needs, and this recipe is no exception. These cookies can easily be made without peanut butter (simply sub another nut butter or even sunflower butter). Also, they can be made without milk (sub non-dairy milk) and gluten free (use gluten free oats).
These dark chocolate no bake oatmeal cookies have the following ingredients:
- Coconut oil (or non-dairy butter like Earth Balance)
- Liquid sweetener of your choice
- For an even lower sugar option, use 6 Tbsp of coconut sugar and add 1 Tbsp of non-dairy milk. Only do this if you do not like any sweetness at all in your cookies.
- Dark chocolate cocoa powder (I use this kind)
- Gluten free quick oats (1-2 minute oats)
- You can also use regular oats for a chewier cookie.
- Dairy-free milk
- Plant-based protein powder
- Flax seeds (this super food is packed with Omega 3’s!)
This no-bake dark chocolate cookie recipe takes 15 minutes to make (plus freezer time to set) and is a fresh and healthy reboot of a favorite childhood treat!
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Dark Chocolate No-Bake Protein Cookies
These dark chocolate no bake cookies are a healthy twist on an old favorite. Rebooted, this healthy, decadent, gluten free treat is packed with protein and has a secret super food, filled with Omega-3's. They are also vegan, dairy free, and very easy to make. You won't find any processed ingredients, butter, or refined sugar in this recipe!
In a heavy bottom pan, melt coconut oil
Add milk, cocoa, and sweetener, and bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly.
After boiling for 2 minutes, remove from heat
Add peanut butter and vanilla (optional).
Stir until melted.
Fold in oatmeal.
Drop a tablespoon sized dollop into parchment paper and flatten into cookie shape.
Put cookies in freezer for 30 minutes to set. Store covered in refrigerator. Enjoy!
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