These no bake oatmeal cookies are a delicious treat that are super easy to make, and as cookies go, fairly nutritious. They are most notable for what they do NOT contain:
- No dairy
- No gluten
- No nuts
- No eggs
- No white sugar
The recipe calls for coconut oil, which makes them vegan, but you can also substitute a stick of grass-fed butter for the coconut oil. The coconut sugar gives them a chocolate-y appearance and it is a low glycemic sweetener.
I like the sunflower butter linked in the recipe because it contains no added sugar (most of them do contain sugar). Though if you use the Trader Joe's version with the yellow cap that does have sugar, the cookies taste better. The powdered vanilla has many beneficial properties and the one linked below from the Upgraded Self site is a high quality option but you can also get it from Amazon. It's healthier and better tasting than vanilla extract.
As an aside, baking equipment often contains toxic chemicals. So in this recipe and whenever baking calls for it, I like to use If You Care parchment baking paper because it's unbleached, chlorine-free, naturally derived and compostable.
All of the other ingredients are nutritious and beneficial, particularly the coconut oil. Try them out, your kids will love them!
- 1 cup Organic Coconut Sugar
- 1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Organic Coconut Milk
- 1 cup Organic Sunflower Butter
- 1 tbsp Organic Ground Vanilla Bean (NOT extract)
- 3 cups Organic Oatmeal
- In a heavy saucepan, add the coconut sugar, coconut oil and coconut milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.
- Add the sunflower butter, vanilla and oatmeal and mix thoroughly.
- On a sheet of parchment paper, drop the mixture by the teaspoonful. Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours or until the cookies become firm.