Desserts Recipes

Healthy No-Bake Cookies

Since returning from vacation, we have really tried to cut back on desserts (so far, so good with two desserts a week), but sometimes I just want something sweet at the end of the day. And my standby frozen banana ice cream is out since I burned out the motor on my food processor and have yet to buy a replacement.

This recipe was a complete winner on one of those nights where I needed something quickkkkly. Ella might have liked these, but I can’t say for certain since Bart and I scarfed down an entire half-batch before she had a chance to give them a whirl.

I seriously thought these were just as good, if not better, than the regular no-bake cookies I’ve had in the past, and these ones have no sugar added to them (just some honey). 

Also, one saucepan? I love it. 

Healthy (or at least healthier) No-Bake Cookies
(adapted from The Marathon Mom)

Makes 14-16 cookies

1/2 cup peanut butter (I used natural)
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup butter
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate because that’s the bag that was open)
1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries

Melt the butter, peanut butter and honey in a pot over medium heat, until smooth.

Remove from heat and add all remaining ingredients, stirring to combine.

Lay a piece of wax or parchment paper on the counter or on a cookie sheet and scoop golf ball sized rounds of mixture on to the paper.

Spray the bottom of a drinking glass or measuring cup with cooking spray and press each ball flat until it’s about 1/4-1/2 an inch thick.

Let cool on the counter or, my preferred method, stick them in the fridge. Once they are set, eat them all in one sitting.

Or don’t. They’ll be good the next day too. And probably the day after that, but I can’t vouch for that particular detail because I’ve never had them last that long.

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  • Reply Grace Marie August 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    yum yum yum.

    Simon LOVES no-bake cookies — I'll have to try these — you know, for him.

  • Reply Ralphie August 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Love it! Will be giving them a try.

  • Reply Rachel August 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Yum! No-bakes are a common occurrence at our house. We'll have to try these

  • Reply RA August 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    MAKING THESE IMMEDIATELY. I have all of the stuff! And I need an afternoon pick-me-up!

  • Reply Faith - Sweetened Style August 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    These look delicious! Can't wait to try. 🙂

  • Reply heidikins August 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Printing to try!


  • Reply suffocatedbliss August 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Look yummy. – You could get pretty creative with these, too. They kind of look like a cliff bar.

  • Reply Packrat August 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Sounds good. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  • Reply emandtrev August 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Mmmm, they look and sound delicious. I hate to admit it, but I've never bought flaxseed (just stuff with flax in it). Whereabouts do you find it in the grocery store? Or do you need to go to a health foods store?

  • Reply Ash August 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I am reading this shamefacedly since my version of no-bakes is so UN-healthy… So I will have to try them this way (especially since I, too, am usually guilty of eating large quantities/the entire batch in one sitting.)

  • Reply sewsimplesewjess August 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Yummy! I love no-bake cookies, will be making these very soon.

  • Reply Jenny August 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I struggle with the dried fruit/chocolate combination… but I'm willing to be brave in this case…

  • Reply Erica August 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    this looks so freakin' good. i LOVE dried cherries.

  • Reply Emily August 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Just made these. I made them in bar form, like Marathon Mom, and oh my goodness they were tasty! I love putting craisins in just about anything and we're big fans of coconut over here too–totally a winning combo. I have a feeling these will be in our regular dessert rotation from here on out!

  • Reply Jillian August 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I saw you mention them on Twitter and thought ooh! I can't wait to try them!

    Also-a really good, healthy dessert is Healthy Cookie Dough. Can be made in one blender or food processor. I got the recipe off of Pinterest so just search for it there but I promise you, AMAZING. You'll love it.

  • Reply Miriam August 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I'm ready to throw darts at your picture – Dave is out of town for 4 days so I decided I'd make these (he's the one with the health issues that has resulted in us going super healthy on our eating…when he's gone I admit to cheating!) I couldn't stay out of them yesterday, and I'm sure it'll be the same today. At least the last one will be eaten by around noon I'm guessing and then the temptation will be gone. Hate to think of the lbs. I've put on – but way yummy!

  • Reply Fay August 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I am trying to wrap my head around the concept of raw oats, but the picture looks inviting, and the ingredients sound so healthful, and some dried cherries in the pantry need to be used . . . so will do.

  • Reply Beth F August 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    These look absolutely fab. And how easy and fast. Yum. They would not last more than a day or two around here either.

  • Reply caite August 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I have never made a no-bake cook but these sound divine,

  • Reply Cecelia August 27, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I'm not usually a no-bake cookie fan, but these look like they might change my mind. So many delicious ingredients! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • Reply (Diane) bookchickdi August 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    It's been a while since I made n-bake cookies, and this recipe looks intriguing.

  • Reply Peggy August 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    A great version of the no-bakes! thanks

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