Healthy Cookies Recipe: Gluten Free No Bake Cookies
If you’re a cookie lover like me, you’re probably always looking for a healthy cookies recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping an eye on your health. These are my absolute favorite healthy no bake oatmeal cookies!
They are super easy and will take you less than 30 minutes to prepare. Also, almost all of the ingredients are pantry staples you probably have already. And my favorite part: you can eat the dough as you go without worrying about salmonella.
These gluten free no bake cookies are mineral-rich, high in protein, full of fiber, packed with antioxidants and superfoods, completely vegan, and most importantly - DELICIOUS!
The power of superfoods
Being invited into the superfoods category is a prestigious honor only granted to certain foods. They must be rich in nutrients and low in calories in order to qualify. It’s not every fruit and vegetable that can attain the level of superfood.
Filling your diet with superfoods gives you the energy you need to be the best you can be. You’ll basically feel like a superhero when you have the nutrients and vitamins that come from superfoods.
This recipe is full of some of my favorite superfoods, including hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, cacao powder, and shredded coconut. Check out my other top superfoods here.
The advantages of no bake cookies
There are so many things I love about no bake cookies. The best part is that you don’t have to wait around for your oven to heat up...and you never have to worry about the cookies getting burned!
Since these gluten free no bake cookies are so easy to make, you can make them a part of your weekly meal prep. Keep them on the counter for whenever you need a healthy snack or a sweet dessert. They’re also delicious a breakfast replacement for those days when you’re rushing out the door and you don’t have time to have a hearty breakfast of overnight oats.
Are you trying to raise healthy kids? It’s important to have sweet options available so they’re not tempted to dig into a sleeve of Oreos or pick up a bag of gummy worms on their way home from school. Once they get used to these delicious healthy no bake oatmeal cookies, they’ll be disgusted at the sight of a Twinkie.
A word on ingredients before you get started
As always, the quality of a recipe is only as good as the quality of the ingredients you use. That’s why it’s so essential to use pure organic ingredients for these no bake cookies.
When it comes to choosing between pistachios and shredded coconut as your topping, keep in mind that they have very different textures. Some people love the consistency of coconut, while others think it’s too waxy and using too much of it distracts from the overall experience of the cookie. Experiment with both to figure out which one you like best.
How to make healthy no bake oatmeal cookies
At last, the recipe you’ve been waiting for. These simple no bake cookies will become a key part of your weekly (if not daily) routine, I promise.
Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 5 minutes; Cool time: 20 min; Total time: 30 min
Makes: 15-18 Servings
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 TB unsweetened nut or seed milk
3 TB coconut oil
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 TB raw hemp seeds
2 TB raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup instant rolled oats (gluten-free option)
1/3 cup nut butter (use almond butter or toasted hazelnut butter)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (alcohol-free option)
1 pinch sea salt or Himalayan salt (or 1/8 tsp)
2 TB chopped raw pistachios or shredded coconut
- Line a baking sheet with Silpat or parchment paper.
- Add coconut sugar, nut milk, cacao powder, and coconut oil to a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. I use these measuring cups and this spatula set.
- Once the mixture is bubbling, allow it to stay at a low boil for 1 minute (set a timer).
- Remove pan from heat and add nut butter, oats, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir to combine. Make sure to fully incorporate all ingredients.
- Scoop and drop 1 TB (heaping) of the batter onto the prepared baking sheet and top with chopped raw pistachios and/or additional shredded coconut flakes (optional).
- Let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 25-30 minutes (depending on the temperature of the room).
- Store in a sealed, air-tight container at room temperature. Can also be stored in the refrigerator, but is best served fresh and/or at room temp. Keeps for 3-5 days.
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XO - Serena