No-Bake Coconut Delights (sugar, dairy, egg, and grain free)

Need a healthy treat in a flash? These No Bake Cookies are Sugar Free, dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free too! They come so quickly and are made of super healthy ingredients like coconut and coconut oil.  Store in the fridge for a refreshing treat.

I love baking.  But sometimes more than that I love – not baking.

What I mean is that I really like no bake dessert treats like these healthy chocolate truffles and the no bake cookies that 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.

Need a healthy treat in a flash? These No Bake Cookies are Sugar Free, dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free too! They come so quickly and are made of super healthy ingredients like coconut and coconut oil.  Store in the fridge for a refreshing treat.

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?

Need a healthy treat in a flash? These No Bake Cookies are Sugar Free, dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free too! They come so quickly and are made of super healthy ingredients like coconut and coconut oil.  Store in the fridge for a refreshing treat.

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.

Need a healthy treat in a flash? These No Bake Cookies are Sugar Free, dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free too! They come so quickly and are made of super healthy ingredients like coconut and coconut oil.  Store in the fridge for a refreshing treat.

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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.

Norpro Mini Measuring Spoons

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?

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  1. I always think your recipes sound good, but I can’t tolerate artificial sweeteners. What’s the exchange for good old sugar or honey instead of the sweeteners?

    Ann

    • You can just use them. I am in a quandary about how to list sweeteners. Sugar isn’t anything I would recommend anyone using at all. But honey is OK since I know a lot of whole foodies use it. I used to a lot. I’ll try to make a note in the recipe.

  2. I have the ame question. What would be the amount to use for regular granulated sugar or honey? Thank you.

  3. I love this because I CAN’T bake!! :) I can cook, but I cannot bake. My cake’s turn out like pudding and my cookies get so big and fat you can’t even make out what shape they are supposed to be!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  4. Love how you drizzled on the chocolate, Adrienne. Your take looks very yummy!

  5. Just wanted to say that these look and sounds wonderful. I hope to make them soon, and if I do I will be sure to blog about it and direct readers to your blog.
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. These look beautiful and sound delicious. I hope you’ll share them at our Holiday cookie recipe swap at http://thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com/2012/11/cookie-recipe-exchange-week-3.html

  7. Adrienne, these look wonderful! I have to say, I had a craving for coconut today so when I saw these, I came running! I’m going to put these on my Christmas treats list for sure!

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  9. I’m making these for my bf’s family for Christmas – they’re all about sugar free treats and LOVE coconut! My boss recently made peanut butter cups using xylitol, which is the first time I tried it. I couldn’t tell the sweetness wasn’t real sugar – excited to try your recipe!

  10. These cookies look amazing, and I like not baking sometimes also. I would love to have you share this with this weeks Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop. The link to the party is
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/11/washi-tape-idea-book-and-wednesdays.html#
    I hope to see you there.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  11. Those look fabulous!

  12. I’ve just started using xylitol in small amounts. I’ve heard that in larger amounts it can cause tummy trouble. I’m particularly thinking of my toddler. Did you find you had to work your way up to using larger amounts?

  13. Oh boy! Delish. These are so perfect for the upcoming Christmas season. Like little snowballs. I look forward to trying these for our next treat.

  14. I absolutely love treats like this Adrienne, and have been doing a lot with coconut. Your pictures are so enticing!

  15. These look absolutely delicious, especially because I’ve loved coconut since my 1st birthday cake. I’m about to PIN this, in hopes to make them this holiday season!

  16. When you talk about using scoops for the stevia, are you talking about the scoop that comes with the stevia package? Thanks!

    • Yes, I am. However, some don’t come with it. Unfortunately I have found they might vary in amounts. The label on one said it was 1/64 tsp but I really think it was 1/32 so I am quite confused right now.

    • I am going to look into this and hope to figure it out. I think my scoop that I use is 1/32 tsp.

  17. These look so good! This would be a perfect post to share at our Meal Plan Monday link-up at http://www.modernalternativekitchen.com! Hope to see you there tomorrow!

  18. Are you kidding me!? These look fantastic! So trying them.

    Thanks for linking up to Thank Your Body Thursday! Hope you’ll come back this week and share some more great posts! http://www.thankyourbody.com

  19. I have just started trying to get as much coconut in my diet as I can after reading about the benefits of it, so these have come at a perfect time. I generally use dates or date paste to sweeten food as I find it the least processed of everything. I can’t wait to try these.

    Many thanks

  20. Oh I love how easy these are! No Bake is always a great way to add that extra goody into the holiday baking mix! I would love to have you come over and link up to my new Linky Party “Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s”!
    http://www.pandpkitchen.com/2012/12/02/show-me-your-plaid-mondays-1/

  21. I made these with honey and posted on them about a month ago. I like that you added chocolate. Love the snowball look! Thanks for sharing at Deep Roots At Home!

  22. I love that this is allergy-friendly for those who aren’t allergic to coconuts. My son will love these. thanks!

  23. Are you kidding me?! This recipe look AMAZING and I will be making a batch this weekend. I think I might die and go to coconut heaven!!

    Fantastic!

  24. you could use coconut palm sugar (or date sugar) instead- its low glycemic and has minerals etc. ‘ve bought from this family for years, since I feel good about the source, but you can purchase it at whole foods etc. here is info on it http://www.realrawfood.com/coconut-nectar-and-sugar This recipe looks easy and quick and I have all the ingredients- yay! LOL

  25. Stephanie says:

    Just made these and they are insane! Added chia seeds for extra nutrients.

  26. I have made something very close to this same thing and lightly “cooked” it, on the raw heat setting on the dehydrator, both vanilla and cacao, very good. Thank you for sharing :)

  27. I just made these for the second time and this time they don’t want to stick at all. Is it because of the reduced fat shredded coconut? Coconut oil I used has also separated in the jar and turned more liquid since last time. Could that have something to do with it?

    • Reduced fat shredded coconut? I’ve never heard of that but that sounds like the likely culprit to me. If the coconut oil is liquidy I don’t know. Is it pure coconut oil? I’ve never had that separate. You could blend it before using it. Hope it helps!

  28. How do you make an alcohol free vanilla? I would love that.

  29. Does it really need an extra sweetener? the coconut is super sweet.

  30. The look of your new webpage is awesome. The recipe seems good too.

  31. I just began making these & have no idea how to measure 3/8 cup of coconut oil. How on earth does that convert?

  32. Deborah H. Bateman says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. They look delish. If I had all the ingredients I would make them today. If you get a chance stop by my blog Recipe for Life at Deborah Batemen blogspot and check out some of my family favorite recipes.
    Blessings,
    Deborah H. Bateman – author

  33. Hi thanks for this recipe. What vanilla do you recommend? There wasn’t a link to it that I can see. Thanks.

  34. Hi, I was wondering if coconut flour would work with this? My husband LOVES coconut macaroons and I wanted to give these a try. :)

  35. I enjoy so many of your recipes. When I saw this one I remember buying one in the stores very similar to this only sweetened with agave and some almond flour. So I made my first batch with 1 cup of almond flour , 2 cups of unsweetened coconut, and sweetened it with xylitol. They are delicious but too much xylitol hurts my tummy. So I made a 2nd batch today using only stevia with the almond /coconut combo. I really hated rolling the balls (I don’t have your fancy baller) so I got a bright idea and pressed them in little mini muffin tins. I just took them out awhile ago, dipped them in a bit of warm water to loosen them up from the tins, and they popped out easy. An unconventional shape but it was faster and easier.

  36. Hi! I was reading your coconut milk recipe last night – interesting. Since, I don’t have time to figure out where it was, I’ll post the question here….Where do you get your coconut? I live in a small town and I do believe that coconut is fairly expensive – just as expensive as coconut milk!
    Thanks!

    • Country Life Natural Foods – I’ve bought from Nutiva but they don’t carry it anymore. There are other places online – Green Polka Dot Box has decent prices. I have a few posts on them. You can check it out and if you are interested please let me know – I have some free memberships available.

  37. Hi Adrienne,
    I tried this recipe for the first time this week after being tempted for a second time I’ve seen it highlighted on your Facebook page. I made them as a little birthday gift for my husband who loves coconut-almond bars. I opted to use a combination of raw honey/pure maple syrup for the sweetener since that is what we had on hand. They came out delicious! I just wanted to share with you and other readers who may be in a similar situation as me. I am very new to using coconut oil in recipes that do not require baking/cooking. I purchased some high-quality organic coconut oil, so I believe the brand is not the culprit. After eating two coconut delights (well, let’s be honest – I had a bit more as I was shaping the mixture into little balls), I experienced gastrointestinal troubles (nausea, upset stomach, bloating and, well, other unpleasantness) for nearly 24 hours. After reading a bit more online, it seems as though this is common after consuming too much coconut oil if your digestive tract is not accustomed to it. This was a good reminder for me to not overindulge no matter how healthy the ingredients are! :)

    • That can happen, but I would think it’s not typical. I would also think you would get used to it. There isn’t that much coconut oil in the cookies really – maybe something else is going on?

      • From what I read, your body does get used to the coconut oil and you do not experience the troubles I did if you gradually introduce it to your diet. I think the severity I experienced was due to consuming more than a teaspoon of the coconut oil in the treats without my digestive system being accustomed to it. I suggested to my husband to only eat one delight and see if he had any adverse reaction, which he did not. He also really enjoyed it!

  38. These are so good!!!! I melted coconut oil and carob powder together to drizzle on top and added extra shredded coconut to top as well. One of the best recipes I have found! Thanks!!

  39. Do you have the NI on this recipe? They are delicious!!!

  40. The cookies were a little dry and I used my hands to press into a ball. Would it help to melt the coconut oil before blending all ingredients? I also added a bit of fresh orange in my vitamin. Love chocolate and orange. Can’t wait to try them!!

  41. these look awesome, but artificial sweeteners don’t agree with me whatsoever.
    I wouldn’t even call these sugar free as your adding honey which is basically the same form as a liquid sugar, does the same thing and same amount of calories. I use low GI sugar and have found i only need a small amount and don’t feel sore in the stomach like artificial crap.

  42. I followed this recipe and my food processor and my blender wouldn’t mix it (I do have good brands). I finally added some nondairy milk and it softened enough to make it work. I find this recipe frustrating. It does taste good once it’s done though.