Thursday, October 18, 2012

No-Bake Paleo Chocolate Cookies

I don't actually think no-bake cookies are that much of a time or energy saver; you still usually have to melt ingredients over the hot stove, and then allow time for the end result to firm up.

On the flip side, though, they are very forgiving. You don't have to worry about the balance of ingredients affecting how your cookie rises, spreads or tastes.

These are gluten, grain, dairy and optionally nut-free if you use sun butter and seeds. I went with raw almond butter and almond meal as it was what I had on hand.

They were actually a little sweet for my taste buds, so in the future I might reduce the palm sugar. My kids and the caveman are addicted though! I keep them in the fridge and have noticed the stash dwindling...
No-Bake Paleo Chocolate Cookies

1.5 cups palm sugar
3 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
pinch of salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups almond meal (or grind up nuts/seeds of your choice)
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup raw almond butter or sunflower seed butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Place palm sugar, cocoa powder, coconut oil, milk and salt in a large saucepan. Heat oven medium until the coconut oil melts and mixture is smooth, stirring continuously. Lower heat and cook for an additional minute, then remove from heat.

Quickly stir in all remaining ingredients. Drop mixture by tbs. onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. I actually rolled mine into balls in my hand, then flattened them on the baking sheet with my palm.

Refrigerate cookies until completely cool (if you don't have room in your fridge to accommodate a baking sheet, you can always put these on a couple of plates to chill). They should have a firm but chewy texture.

2 comments:

  1. Could I use this recipe as cake pop base? Do you think it's firm enough to stay on a stick? Of course the melted, dark chocolate would help too. Great blog, thanks! Your pumpkin pie pudding is cooking in my CP right now, smells delicious... :)

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    1. interesting question Maria! I think it might be too crumbly... traditional cake pops incorporate frosting in with the cake batter, don't they? Might be worth a shot though.

      Thanks for the kind words! We love that pudding :)

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