No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Sometimes you just need chocolate, but you don’t have any in the house. Well these no-bake cookies are ready in less than 20 minutes, without any baking required.

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies | kitchenoperas.com

I originally made these way back in the summer of 2012, when I received a copy of Vicki’s Vegan Kitchen by Vicki Chelf from Thomas Allen & Son.  (I also loved her Gluten-Free & Vegan Cauliflower Croquettes and Corn & Kidney Bean Casserole).  And since then, I keep thinking of making them again, but get distracted by other cookie options.

Earlier this week, I had a chocolate craving, and we were out of our normal chocolate options, so I decided to make something myself.  I was in a cookie mood, and so it was officially time to bring back the no-bake cookies!  I wasn’t going to blog them, but my lovely friend Louise asked for the recipe when I posted them on Instagram, and I am happy to oblige.

These cookies are simple to make, but use a couple of “fancy” ingredients: coconut sugar and cashew butter.  I have found coconut sugar easy to find around my town (at fancy food shops, greengrocers, grocery stores, and health food stores), and it’s well worth picking up.  I love how it adds a caramelly-coconutty flavour to baked goods (and also to other treats, like cocktails!), and it brings an extra depth of flavour to these cookies.  If you can’t find coconut sugar, feel free to replace it with an equal amount of crystallised cane sugar.  For the cashew butter, you can use any nut or seed butter in its place.  I use all nut butters interchangeably, but don’t keep peanut butter in the house due to allergies in the family.  Last time I successfully used almond butter.

If you want the cookies to be gluten-free, make sure you get rolled oats that are certified gluten-free, as oats are often cross-contaminated when they are processed in factories that also process wheat.  I like the ones from Bob’s Red Mill.

The secret to no-bake cookies is that you bring the sugar, cocoa, coconut millk, and coconut oil to a boil before mixing in the rest of the ingredients. Doing this means that the resulting mixture will set into cookies without needing to bake them in the oven.  Because they’re no-bake, you can have cookies ready to go, really quickly.  Perfection.

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
I have a nostalgia for these cookies, although I’m sure I didn’t grow up with them.  These hit some sweet spot of memory and are a perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up.  The cookies freeze really well, and in fact taste great straight out of the freezer (but don’t tell your dentist I told you so).  Adapted from “No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies” from Vicki’s Vegan Kitchen by Vicki Chelf.  Makes about 12 cookies (4cm / 1.5″ in diameter).

  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Gluten-free rolled oats

Prepare a cookie sheet (or other flat surface) by lining it with parchment or wax paper.

In a medium pot, combine the coconut sugar, cocoa powder, coconut milk, and coconut oil.  Heat over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Continue stirring and boil for 90 seconds.

Turn off the heat, and add the cashew butter and the vanilla.  Mix everything together until the mixture is smooth.  Pour in the oats, and stir to incorporate all of the oats into the cocoa mixture.

Drop rounded teaspoons of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheet, and let cool.  As the cookies cool, they will harden.  Eat with delight!


In other gluten-free news: Registration for my online Gluten-Free (and Vegan!) Bread Baking Class is now open for a limited time! Once you sign up, you get permanent access to the online video course.

The class features 4 gluten-free breads:
1) Chickpea Chapati (great for curries)
2) Multigrain Pita Bread (perfect for hummus and spreads)
3) Brown Rice & Buckwheat Sandwich Loaf (awesome for sandwiches)
4) Artisanal Quinoa & Millet Crusty Boule (great for dinner parties)

There are also dips and tips for working with gluten-free grains, as well as a whole lot of giggles.

Gluten-Free Bread Baking Online Class | kitchenoperas.com

Click here to register or click here to find out more (I’d appreciate it if you use my links when clicking or sharing with friends, as they give me credit for sending you to Meghan’s site)!

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Categories: Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

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4 Comments on “No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. Heather
    February 20, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    yum yum yum!!!!! thanks for the non fancy substitute suggestions haha. will make very soon 😀

    • February 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

      I think you’ll love them, Heather! (And don’t forget, we can make them together!)

  2. February 23, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    No bake cookies are the best – esp whilst traveling without an oven! What is your favorite cashew butter brand or did you make it your own?

    • February 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

      I often make my own, but this was from a jar by “Nuts to You”, which is our prevalent brand here. They make a divine Almond Hazelnut Butter, too!

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