I'm a sucker for No Bake Cookies. They just hit the spot. And with all the sugar and butter in them...they stay at the spot.
I've seen a recipe for "healthy" No Bake Cookies floating around in my Facebook running group.
"Healthy No Bake Cookies"?
But I'm here to tell you, it's true! You CAN cut the sugar and butter and make No Bake Cookies that are healthy! In fact, you can even call them "Energy Bites" which makes them feel all the healthier.
Now, let's be honest here...They are NOT No Bake Cookies. Nothing is quite like a No Bake Cookie. But these Energy Bites come close enough on those days when you reeeeeally want to stick to your healthy eating, but you also reeeeeeaally just want a cookie or a bit of chocolate.
Even my kids liked them and scarfed them down. Methinks this could be the perfect recipe to turn to when they want a "treat" but I want to be good and avoid temptation.
(recipe from Gimme Some Oven)
1 cup dry oatmeal
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
chia seeds (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate for half an hour. Roll into bite sized balls. Store in airtight container and keep refrigerated up to one week (if they last that long).
Makes 20-25 balls depending on what size you make them.
The beauty of this recipe is that it's very versatile. Don't like coconut? (Yuck! Me neither!) Leave it out! Make sure to replace it with a little extra oatmeal or some crushed cereal or whatever you have hanging out in your cupboards. Use dried fruit instead of chocolate chips. Replace the peanut butter with almond butter. Go wild!
Also...They can be made gluten- and dairy-free!
These would make awesome hiking snacks! I'm sure I'll be making a few batches to take with us when the snow melts off the trails.
Again...NOT No Bake Cookies. But pretty darn close.