These no bake coconut cookies are the perfect thing when you need a healthy treat in a flash. They come together super quick and are loaded with healthy ingredients.
Plus, they're grain free, keto, & sugar free too!
These cookies are basically like a raw coconut macaroon, aka "Super Tasty Easy Peasy Low-Carb On the Fly Sweet Treat", aka Cocoroon / Hail Merry Copycat. And we love them.
I love baking. But sometimes more than that I love not baking.
What I mean is that sometimes I want something yummy, but I don't have time for baking. I'm sure you agree.
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 and kind of like candies.
Not sure which category they really fit into, but they are great.
One thing that is really nice about these no bake coconut cookies is that they do not use rolled oats as one of the ingredients like most no bake cookies do. Oats are super high in phytates, which are rough on your digestion and they pull nutrients out of your body. They also are high in carbohydrates so if you are watching your carbs, oat-filled no bakes aren't going to be a treat you should be eating often.
For the phytate reason, I really recommend your staying away from no-bake oat cookies unless you soak your grains first to remove some of the phytates.
The Inspiration for These Coconut Cookies (Sorry My Name Isn't Katie)
The inspiration for these little cuties came from a recipe on Chocolate Covered Katie's blog and a similar recipe by another Katie (whom, I am sad to say, isn't blogging any longer).
The other gals called these cookies "coconut crack". Well, they are something I can't get enough of, 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.
Two Katies....2 coconut recipes.
Sorry I'm not named Katie.
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.
In many ways.
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 these no bake coconut cookies because they sure don't stick around our kitchen very long.
These are delights because:
They are EASY
They are HEALTHY
They're Super FRUGAL
And they're DELISH!
Recipe Notes and Substitutions
- Blending: These no-bake coconut cookies come together really fast but if you make them in a high speed blender you will have to take great care to not over-blend. If you do, you will get flavored, sweetened coconut butter. They will still taste great, but just so you know :)!
- Food Processor vs. Blender: If you make these in a food processor, the blending will take a lot longer and you might have to let the machine rest at times, similar to when making Homemade Coconut Butter.
- Make Sure Container Is Dry!: Your blender or food processor need to be dry before making these. Any water present will make the coconut much harder to blend.
- Sweetener: My Sugar Substitute would work great instead of xylitol. Subbing 4 scoops stevia extract would work as well. Or use 1/2 of one sweetener and 1/2 stevia. Coconut Sugar can be used but it will make the treats somewhat brown. Monk fruit is a great alternative as well.
- Stevia: See this post on Stevia: What It Is and How to Use It for tips on using this super-sweet, all-natural herb.
If you choose to use stevia in the no-bake coconut cookies, just note that 1/32 of a teaspoon equals 2 tablespoons of table sugar. These tiny measuring spoons are a HUGE help in any kitchen that uses this amazing sweetener. Oh and if you're concerned about stevia safety, you can read my post titled Is Stevia Safe?
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.
- Vanilla: For vanilla, I recommend using an alcohol-free version since you will not be baking these.
- Toppings: I have listed several suggestions for toppings, but there are many other things that would work great as well.
- THM: For those on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this recipe will fit in as an "S."
- AIP: Use carob instead of cocoa (if using drizzle), and coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey for the sweetener. Maple sugar will yield a lighter color as a granulated option.
More Easy Healthy Treats
Silky Smooth Bean Fudge - even bean haters will love this recipe.
Almond Joy Bars - you'll love how easy and delicious these are.
Homemade "Jello" - so much better than the box.
No Bake Sugar-free Coconut Cookies (Coconut Delights) (dairy, egg, and grain free)
- Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips (melted for drizzle)
- coconut shreds
- finely-chopped nuts
- Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender. You might want to start with 1/2 the amount of salt and adjust as needed.
- 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 :-)!)
- 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.
- Decorate with shredded coconut, cocoa or carob powder, crushed nuts, or melted chocolate (I used my Homemade Chocolate or 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.
- Leave to firm up on a plate. They will firm up at room temperature.
- You really don't need to store these in the fridge but I think they taste a tad bit better cold.
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I hope you love these No-Bake Coconut Cookies as much as we do!
What's your favorite treat in your home?