This is my favorite time of the year. Family get togethers, Holiday parties, gift giving, lots of delicious food and cookies! What would Christmas be without cookies for Santa and for ourselves, right? This year I’m trying to enjoy the Holidays without packing on the extra pounds. I never can have just one cookie so I decided to make some healthier cookie options that I can indulge in, guilt free!
Both of these cookies are no bake and are actually healthy (well, for cookies). Most cookies use butter and flour. There is no butter or flour in either of these delicious cookies. I use coconut oil instead of butter and also since they are “no bake” no flour is needed. Check them out below and enjoy!
NO BAKE COCONUT CHOCOLATE BALLS
•1 3/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
•2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup
•3 tsp coconut oil
•2 tbsp unsweetened coconut milk
•1 tsp vanilla extract
•dash of salt
•organic dark chocolate to melt
1. Mix one cup of shredded coconut & the coconut oil into a mixing bowl. Mix well! * Tip: I heated my coconut oil up for 45 seconds first so the oil and shredded coconut mix better.
2. Add the coconut milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup and salt and mix very well until it’s almost like a batter consistency.
3. Shape the mixture into balls. Mine were about 1inch thickness.
4. Place them on a plate and leave in the fridge for 1-2 hours to harden
5. Melt the dark chocolate and dip coconut calls on the chocolate to coat
6. Sprinkle extra shredded coconut on top. *Tip: do this right away before the chocolate cools so the coconut sticks!
NO BAKE CHOCO-PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN COOKIES
•2 cups oatmeal
•1/2 cup natural peanut butter
•1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (I used vanilla cupcake)
•½ cup vanilla almond milk or regular almond milk
•¼ cup maple syrup
•2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
•1 teaspoon vanilla
•a dash of salt
1. Mix oatmeal and protein powder in a mixing bowl, set aside.
2. Place almond milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, cocoa powder and sea salt in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for about 2-5 minutes until it’s almost a frosting texture and the cocoa powder is totally mixed in.
3. Pour the mixture over the oats and mix. Make sure all of the oats are covered.
4. Shape the batter into balls and lay out on wax paper to harden.
5. I couldn’t wait so I ate a few right away, but it’s best to wait 10-20 minutes for the cookies to hold their shape.
Are you hungry yet? I hope you enjoy these quick, easy and healthy cookie recipes and have a lovely Holiday Season!
Scarlett is a lifestyle blogger living in the moment. She focuses on mind & body, home décor, travel and a splash of fashion. When Scarlett is not blogging you can find her hiking, cooking, painting, at yoga or snuggling with her Great Pyrenees puppy, Winnie. Follow her on Instagram: @thescarlettsocial