These rich and chewy No-Bake Cashew Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are dairy-free, gluten-free and made with wholesome, healthy ingredients.
Where did this month go?! It seems to be flying by and I can't believe Brett and I are coming up on 3 months in China! While in one sense I feel like we've been here for a long time (ahem, already missing family), another part of me is fully aware of how much adjusting we have yet to do and cultural aspects we still need to learn. But as they say in China, "Slowly, slowly!"
With the end of the month approaching that also means that it's time for another Recipe Redux challenge. This is only my second time participating in the Recipe Redux monthly roundup, but I already am in love with group. It's so fun for me to have some outside guidance for one recipe each month. It causes me to think outside of the box and get creative. Last week we were challenged to come up with a "freezer meal" and I created these Vegan Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches, which are unbelievably healthy and store wonderfully in the freezer.
Check out this month's challenge below!
A Nutty Nut Day
We had to take advantage of the fact that National Nut Day (October 22nd) falls on one of our ReDux monthly theme post days – so we can all go nuts! Share a healthy nut-filled recipe: Think whole nuts, chopped nuts, ground nuts, nut butter and/or nut flour. And Happy Nut Day!
I was excited to see this month's challenge, because I have a new-found love for cashew butter. Guys, that stuff is like fairy dust. It makes any sweet recipe I add it to that much richer, sweeter, creamier...just better. I've been making energy bites using cashew butter recently and everyone I serve them to loves them and asks how I made them. (The secret is the cashew butter, y'all.) Since I still don't have an oven, I knew I wanted to create a no-bake dessert using cashew butter and after three tries, these No-Bake Cashew Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies were deemed WINNERS!
As you can see, these No-Bake Cashew Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies look just like the classic no-bake cookies, except these lil' guys are sans butter, milk, and white sugar. Instead we're using coconut oil, non-dairy milk and a mix of coconut sugar and maple syrup. Oh yeah. Then when you add in magical cashew butter you get an amazingly chewy, rich cookie that leaves you feeling so happy and satisfied.
These are simply delicious.
No-bake cookies are nostalgic for me. I grew up eating them and they were a go-to recipe to make in college whenever I had to bring a dessert to a party. Even right out of college I had a co-worker who would always serve no-bake cookies for dessert whenever she invited people over for dinner. I always looked forward to eating at her house, and at one point I even deemed no-bake cookies my favorite dessert. That's why I'm so in LOVE with these No-Bake Cashew Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. They take me back to happy times in my life, but they also leave my belly feeling satisfied and happy. If I had a classic no-bake cookie now, I'm almost positive my stomach would hurt and I would have a head ache from all the sugar. Not with these cookies though. They give me all the no-bake textures and richness without the dairy, gluten and processed sugar. Win!
I hope you guys give these No-Bake Cashew Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies a go. If you do leave a comment and let me know how you liked them! Even better, take a picture and tag #theconscientiouseater so that I can see you beautiful creation!
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
- 1 ½ tablespoons cacao powder
- ⅓ cup cashew butter
- 1 cup quick oats
- Heat coconut oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup, non-dairy milk and cacao powder in a sauce pan until boiling.
- Turn off heat and stir in cashew butter until it is completely incorporated.
- Stir in quick oats and mix until combined. Drop by rounded spoonfuls (about 2 tablespoons worth) onto parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
- Place in the fridge until hardened, about 1 hour.
Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 184Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 56mgCarbohydrates 19gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 1gSugar 10gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 3g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.