Baking can be tricky. It’s a lot different than cooking because the measurements and timing really have to be precise, which doesn’t work well if you don’t like to follow directions. I’m not really a direction follower. I kind of do my own thing and decide what works better on my own. Which is why I basically suck at baking gluten and grain-free desserts.
Coconut flour, tapioca flour, almond flour are all tricky ingredients to work with. Then, when you throw in eggs, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, applesauce, coconut oil, etc., the results are completely unpredictable. It really takes practice and only certain people are good at it. Anyways, the only thing I can really bake is banana bread from The Paleo Kitchen. That recipe is bangin’ and fool proof.
These suckers here are NO BAKE, which is why they turned out delicious. I barely had to do anything, and the ingredients were so simple and already in my pantry.
I highly recommend you make these for someone if you want them to like you. Wrap them in cute little Easter bags and give them out. Or bring them to your honey at work. No one will even know or care that they are healthy.
Here’s a testimonial from my #1 taste tester (who thinks he is hilarious and is also writing a script for an infomercial):
“Have a girlfriend that spoils you often and brings you tasty things at work? Want something that doesn’t have all the crap that break and baked cookies have AND taste better? Want something that she doesn’t actually have to cook? Then you might want to hint these awesome No Bake Cookies to her. The only regret that you will have is that she brought them to work and all of your co-workers will be asking for them. GET YOUR OWN! These are too good to share. I found myself hiding what I actually had left of them in the back of the refrigerator. Trust me guys, hint these to your girlfriend and thank me later.”
There you have it. Good stuff.
- 8 tbsp butter or coconut oil
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup almond butter (I used TJ's crunchy)
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 cups chopped pecans (or any nuts)
- Heat sugar, cacao powder, butter, and milk in a sauce pan over medium heat.
- Stir until butter is melted and mixture boils for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and stir in almond butter, salt, and vanilla.
- In a mixing bowl, combine coconut flakes and nuts. Add the heated cocoa mixture and stir to combine.
- Using a cookie scoop or spoon, plop cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet. You can make them as big or as small as you want.
- Chill for at least 2 hours and make sure you have people to give them away to so you don't eat them all.