Is it just me, or are oatmeal cookies tragically underrated?
They are soft, delicious, and always taste homemade (even when they come from the store). And yet, people always seem to stick to other classics like chocolate chip and sugar cookies. The most open minded cookie connoisseurs might pick snickerdoodles. But people hardly ever choose oatmeal cookies.
My sympathies have always gone out to these cookies. Fortunately, with these No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies, I think their luck may be changing. This delicious, no-bake recipe is giving oatmeal cookies a major (chocolatey) makeover.
Not only is this no-bake recipe super easy, but it also makes these cookies much healthier. So, how do you not bake a cookie?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean we’re out here eating raw cookie dough. (Or fortunately, if you’re one of those mythical grown adults who somehow doesn’t enjoy raw cookie dough.)
Rest assured, these cookies are baked, just not in the oven. For this simple stove top recipe, just bring the ingredients (minus the oats) to a boil, cook for three minutes, then remove from heat and add the oats. Then, just drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper, like you would with any cookie dough (unless you’re eating it raw), and let cool. The rounded spoonfuls will cool into perfect, chocolatey oatmeal cookies, no oven required.
Being a no-bake recipe, these cookies easily knock out two less-than-healthy traditional baking ingredients: flour and eggs. Oats and cocoa powder are all you need for a perfect, soft and chewy no-bake cookie.
These No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies also include other clean ingredients like almond milk and coconut sugar. Meanwhile, this recipe also uses maple syrup for an extra touch of sweetness.
Along with the cocoa powder, to which these cookies owe their delicious chocolate flavor, this recipe also uses almond extract for flavor.
My favorite of all extracts, I use almond extract any chance I get. Pretty much any time a recipe calls for vanilla extract, I’ll substitute almond. It adds a subtle, yet rich and unique flavor that sets any recipe apart from the crowd.
I had never really used almond extract in chocolate recipes before, but thought I’d give it a try in this one. I’m happy to report that in this recipe, almond extract blends beautifully with the cocoa for a full, rich flavor.
Whether you’re one of the few loyal oatmeal cookie fans out there or you still need some convincing, I can guarantee you’ve never seen them like this before. These chocolatey no-bake cookies are a quick and healthy way to satisfy a craving for homemade sweets. Unless of course your craving is for raw cookie dough.
If you liked these No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies, try some of these other delicious no-bake recipes:
- No-Bake Almond Joy Cookies
- No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cups
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake
- No-Bake Fudge Brownie Bites
Yields: 16 cookies | Serving Size: 1 cookie | Calories: 103 | Total Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 9 mg | Carbohydrates: 17 g | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 12 g | Protein: 2 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, optional coconut oil
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons (natural) peanut or almond butter
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups quick oats
- In a medium pot, stir together the almond milk, butter, coconut sugar, and cocoa. Bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring continuously, then remove from burner. Immediately add the nut butter, vanilla, and oats, stirring until completely coated in the chocolate mixture.
- Drop by tablespoon onto parchment paper and allow to cool completely. Enjoy!