No Bake cookies have always been a bit of a let down for me. Previous experiences lead me to believe that a gross looking lump of shredded coconut and chocolate was all these cookies could be. Where was the imagination? Where was the soul?
Well as a chef my job is to introduce you to a recipe that has soul. As a natural foods chef on the other hand, that recipe has to nourish your chocolate craving soul! So I decided to shove all of the negatives of no bake out the window and start over new. Here is the crazy delicious result:
- 1 cup organic rolled oats
- 1 cup organic shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup freshly ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup raw unsalted almond butter
- 1/3 cup local honey
- 2 tbsp. Chia Seeds
- 2 tbsp. minced crystalized ginger
- 1/4 cup dried goji berries
- 2 tbsp. orange juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Why ground Flax Seed?
Many people prefer ground flax seed over whole flax seed because the ground is easier for our bodies to digest. In this recipe I needed something to bind the cookies together, and the health benefits of Flax Seed made it my number one choice. It's full of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and great phytochemicals.
Why Chia Seeds?
I’m a lover of chia seeds because they really give you a boost of energy…that lasts! But that’s not the only benefit of putting these in my recipe. Chia seeds also have more omega-3′s than Atlantic Salmon, more antioxidants than fresh blueberries, and more calcium then 2% milk. I try to sneak chia seeds into everything that I can.
Why Goji Berries?
They are packed with nutritional benefits: tons of Antioxidants, essential minerals, amino acids and 4 unique polysaccharides (complex carbohydrates). I bought my goji berries dehydrated..and then I rehydrated them in orange juice. Feel free to rehydrate them in whatever liquid you would like! If you can’t find these tasty little berries…dried unsweetened cranberries are and excellent alternative!
- Put your goji berries into a small bowl and cover with the orange juice. Let them hydrate for about 30 minutes.
- In a medium sized bowl mix the oats, coconut, flax seed, chocolate chips, chia seeds, and ginger. (to easily mince the ginger, use a pair of kitchen scissors!)
- Next you will add the almond butter, honey, and vanilla. Using a silicon spatula gently mix all of the ingredients together!
- Once the goji berries are nice and plump, drain them from the juice remaining in the bowl and then add them to the mixture.
- Once everything is nicely incorporated…use a 1 tbsp. measure and scoop out the mixture into your hands. Then just roll, flatten, and refrigerate. I recommend refrigerating your cookies for at least 2 hours. This recipe makes about 30 cookies.
Once these healthy no bake cookies are finished…share them with a friend, eat them with your breakfast, eat them as a snack, eat them as dessert, eat them after a workout, the options are endless! :)
Do you have a favorite no bake cookie recipe? Did you enjoy this post? Leave us a comment to spread the love. :)
By the way...did you check out the awesome vegan "cream" of asparagus soup that Don posted recently?? It's the bomb.com, especially now that it's asparagus season in #atx!