I love baking. But sometimes more than that I love – not baking.
I mean I like no bake cookies like the ones I am going to share today.
You know, when you need something for yourself or your family but turning on the oven is just one more step you don’t want to take?
These no bake cookies are really kind of like cookies — kind of like candies.
Not sure, but they are great.
One thing that is really nice about this no bake cookie recipe is that they do not use rolled oats as one of the ingredients. Oats are super high in phytates, which are rough on your digestion and they pull nutrients out of your body. I really recommend your staying away from no bake oat cookies. If you soak your grains first you can remove some of the phytates.
The inspiration for these little cuties came from this recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie. I must say, I agree that they are addictive, but I have never been fond of the “crack” name – basically because that stuff has created so much havoc in people’s lives that I don’t like to use the name. (Yep, I can be picky about words.)
Anyway, I loved the idea and loved the little shapes that Katie of This Chick Cook made with hers. Why both of them are named Katie – funny, eh?
Well, I had to mess around with the recipe a bit to get it to what our family calls perfect. For some reason this reformed sugar-aholic thought the other versions were a little too sweet.
I call them Coconut Delights because they are that — a delight.
And also because we just watched The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Remember Edmond’s addiction to Turkish Delight? Well, I hope these don’t tempt you to that extent, but these are for sure good!
I think you are going to love them because they sure don’t stick around our kitchen very long.
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No Bake Coconut Delights
Makes approximately 25 treats
3 cups unsweetened, shredded coconut
3/8 cup (6 Tablespoons) coconut oil
1/2 cup sweetener (for candida friendly I used xylitol. My Sugar Substitute would work great as well. Subbing 4 scoops stevia extract would work as well. I use this stevia. Or use 1/2 of one sweetener and 1/2 stevia.)
2 tsps vanilla (I recommend alcohol free vanilla since you will not be baking these)
3/8 tsp salt (I recommend Real Salt)
Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips melted, for drizzle
- coconut shreds
- finely chopped nuts, etc.
1. Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
2. Combine until the mixture is blended and sticks together. (Note: if you are using a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, do not turn your machine on high. You will likely end up with Coconut Butter. While it will be delicious, it won’t be these no bake cookies :-)!)
3. Remove the mixture from the blender / food processor and form into desired shape. I really like the cute little shapes I was able to make with this little cookie scoop. I had a little trouble with the “balls” falling apart but just gently press them back into the desired shape.
4. Decorate with shredded coconut, cocoa or carob powder, crushed nuts, or melted chocolate (I used my Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips, piped from a plastic baggie with a tiny hole cut in the corner) as desired. Or leave them plain. They are great just as is (but I do think a little coconut sprinkled on top adds a nice touch.
5. Leave to firm up on a plate. They will firm up at room temperature.
6. You really don’t need to store these in the fridge but I think they taste a tad bit better cold.
Notes: See this post on Stevia: What It Is and How to Use It for tips on using this super sweet, all-natural herb.
These mini stainless measuring scoops are what I use to measure stevia. I only needed one of the scoops, but they are reasonable so I was willing to buy the set. Stevias do vary in strength and volume so play around to see what you need.
The 2nd smallest scoop is 1/32 of a teaspoon (the standard “stevia scoop” size) and it fits nicely in my small stevia container.
These would be a wonderful addition to a cookie exchange or packaged prettily almost like truffles in a candy box.
I love homemade gifts at Christmastime like this one. They cost less than most store-bought gifts and foodie gifts are easier than most to give.
For other healthified treats, check out:
- Silky Smooth Bean Fudge (also no-bake, vegan, sugar free)
- Almond Joy Bars (no bake, grain free, vegan, sugar free)
- Coconut Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Cookies (grain free, vegan, sugar free)
- Homemade “Jello”
How about you? What is one of the favorite treats in your home?