I love chocolate. It is my guilty pleasures. One of the struggles I have had with the removal of refined sugars has been not getting my daily little taste of chocolate. I decided that I did not want to try to hunt down and taste vegan chocolate chips. This would not be a normal ingredient in my house. So I had to find a different way to combat this craving. I decided to bake a no refined sugar recipe for no bake cookies.
This recipe contained fairly normal ingredients. In fact it looked like a basic no bake cookie recipe with a few ingredients replaced. I wanted to see if this would work so I decided to try it out. The recipe I chose came from the blog 12 Tomatoes. I chose to use our regular butter instead of coconut oil, as I wanted to make recipes that I could do without buying too many extras.
An chocolate, oatmeal cookie with no refined sugar.
- 3 cups quick-cooking oats
- 3/4 cup honey
- 2/3 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter/margarine or coconut oil
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine honey, peanut butter and butter/coconut oil, stirring until everything blends together smoothly.
- Take the saucepan off the heat
- Stir in cocoa powder, vanilla and salt
- Add oats and mix until everything is fully incorporated and coated.
- Use a spoon or small ice cream scoop to drop cookies down onto parchment-lined baking sheets
- Place in freezer for at least 15 minutes to set.
- Store in an airtight container either in the fridge or freezer
These cookies look similar to regular no bake cookies, but do not set like them. Remember to keep the cookies in the fridge or freezer as they will melt.
While these cookies resemble their refined sugar counterparts, they taste slightly different. They are delicious with a taste of chocolate and peanut butter. I also tasted some hint of honey.
My kids enjoy eating these cookies as did my husband and a good friend. Both my husband and friend agreed that the taste of the cookie was off. They admitted that they had expectations for the taste and the cookie was different. Neither of them could taste the honey like I did, so my taste of honey could have been perception as I had made the cookies. You will have to decide for yourself if the flavor of honey comes through. Both my husband and friend agreed that the no bake cookies tasted good.
I enjoyed making and eating this recipe of no bake cookies. I liked the simpleness of the recipe and how soon we could eat the cookies. Definitely, I would make these cookies again. Next time I might even try the coconut oil.