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No Bake Cookies for the Win

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:

Ingredients

  • 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!

How To

  1. Put your goji berries into a small bowl and cover with the orange juice. Let them hydrate for about 30 minutes.
  2. 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!)
  3. Next you will add the almond butter, honey, and vanilla. Using a silicon spatula gently mix all of the ingredients together!
  4. Once the goji berries are nice and plump, drain them from the juice remaining in the bowl and then add them to the mixture.
  5. 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!

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