No-Bake ‘Cookies’ Gluten Free & Vegan

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No-Bake 'Cookies' Gluten Free & Vegan

This originally started as a quest to re-create the no bake cookies of my generation for a good friend.

What I ended up with was far more delicious and healthy than the original. I feel good about giving these to my kiddos for an afternoon boost, and coupled with the fresh organic strawberries coming in from California right now…heaven!!

I call them cookies to excite my kids and only wish all the treats they get at school came packed with so much goodness.  See what you think, my friend thinks they’re ‘jammin!’ (I have had a few giggles with that word!).

I started with a recipe from The Gluten -Free Vegan.

Makes about 2 dozen balls

No-Bake 'Cookies' Gluten Free & Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 24
  • ½ cup grated coconut, unsweetened
  • 1½ cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life) or any dark chocolate in smallish pieces.
  • 8-10 Medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup pecans (or other nut of choice)
  • ½ cup sunflower seed butter or other nut butter
  • ½ cup gluten-free oatmeal (I have used quinoa flakes too w/ great results)
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (only if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  1. Toast the coconut in a clean, dry pan over medium heat (it will start to turn golden and smell heavenly!) Set aside.
  2. I decided to do the whole thing in my food processor. If yours is a bit weak or old, then follow Option B below. Otherwise, put all the ingredients in the food processor, and turn on. It will need some time to work it all into a thick batter where chocolate chips are not distinguishable. Be patient, it will come together! Only add the honey if you think it needs more movement to blend, coconut oil would work too. It should be well blended.
  3. Roll into balls and refrigerate until firm.
  4. OPTION B: Melt chocolate chips and nut butter together.
  5. Process with the remaining ingredients until well mixed.
  6. Form into balls and place into refrigerator to harden.



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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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9 comments on “No-Bake ‘Cookies’ Gluten Free & Vegan
  1. Leann says:

    Ohhhhhh, I make a variety of these too! I use honey, a nut butter, finely shredded coconut, and chocolate chips. I roll them in some more coconut and then freeze them. They are amazing to pop in your mouth straight from the freezer :)

  2. Tessa says:

    Aren't they fun, there are so many ingredients you could play with here! These were firm enough not to roll them in anything too. Have you tried the "Lara Bars" on here yet…similar, but amazing!

  3. blkenigma888 says:

    I'd love it if you'd come by Themed Baker's Sunday and share your treat! This week's theme is cookies!
    See you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary

  4. April Harris says:

    I love all the wholesome and tasty ingredients in these lovely ‘cookies’. Delicious!

  5. I want to make and take these for power bars cookies on hikes. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Sara says:

    I just came across this on pennywise platter while I was wondering what to do with dates I had. These are AWESOME!!! I will definitely be making these again. Thanks :)

  7. Tessa, those sound heavenly ♥ What a wonderful twist on an old traditional favorite of many. Thanks for sharing this week!

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