No bake cookies are a godsend for days when you want the awesomeness of cookies without having to spark up the oven. They make sense on the Paleo diet because they’ve found ways to bring you the satisfaction that cookies bring, without loading you up with refined sugar, or dairy. These no-bake cookies will have you doubting that they really didn’t get baked, because they taste just as a good as a baked cookie, but without the hassle, and without the waiting.
1. No Bake Chocolate Cookies
When you go Paleo it will probably be necessary for you to swap out a few things in your cupboards, fridge, and kitchen in general. You’ll have to do a sweep for anything made from grains, including flour. Replacing those items with things like almond butter, raw honey, and coconut oil will enable you to create things like these amazing no-bake chocolate-loaded cookies. They pile on the chocolate with cacao butter, cacao powder, and chocolate chips. We’d recommend going with dark chocolate chips to keep this as Paleo as possible.
2. Coconut Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
These coconut chocolate cookies are not only no-bake, but also raw, so they can be eaten on a number of diet programs, including Paleo. They break down the ingredients and instructions into two parts, one for the cookie and one for the chocolate center. One thing you’ll notice is that the chocolate they’re using is raw, there is no added sugar, and the sweet sources are natural, nothing artificial here. From start to finish this recipe takes 15 minutes, so these are great to whip up in the event of a chocolate emergency.
3. No-Bake Almond Joy Cookies
If you used to love Almond Joys and feel like you’re being too restricted by not being able to have them, this might be a compromise you can live with. The key is replicating the taste of a mass produced candy bar with real ingredients. The almond flavor comes from almond extract as well as almond flour, and the coconut flavor comes from coconut butter and shredded unsweetened coconut. Honey and chocolate provide the sweet and chocolatey flavor you’d expect from a candy bar cookie, and this is sure to be a hit even with those that don’t necessarily like Almond Joys.
4. No Bake Almond and Apricot Cookies
Here’s an interesting mix of almonds and apricots that let’s you feel like you’re being bad by having a cookie, when really you’re being good by getting healthy fats and nutrients. Almonds are one of the healthiest nuts you can eat, and apricots are an often overlooked fruit that provides plenty of antioxidants to help your body. By combining the two in a delicious cookie this represents a sweet treat you don’t have to regret. The sweetness comes from maple syrup, and like any good no-bake recipe you’ll have these ready in under 20 minutes.
5. No-Bake Pumpkin Pecan Cookies
This recipe might win the award for fastest on our list, clocking in at a mere 10 minutes from beginning to end. These are going to provide a flavor that is a cross between a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie. The pumpkin pie flavor will be there from the canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice being used, and with a hearty pecan placed on each cookie you’ll get a pecan pie flavor as well. Everything gets blasted in a food processor and then formed into a ball so it’s really quick and easy so you can get to the fun part.
6. No Bake Paleo Cookies
These cookies are for you if you like to have them completely covered in chocolate. One interesting part of this recipe is the use of olive oil, which you don’t often see in a cookie recipe. Extra virgin olive oil is one of the recommended oils while on the Paleo diet, so it’s good to include it in your dessert choices as well as your cooking. They are using Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are Paleo friendly, and a way to get your chocolate fix without worrying if the chocolate is acceptable or not.
7. Coconut Caramel Cookies
These are some of the simplest cookies you’ll ever find, with just three ingredients. Coconut of course is one of those ingredients, but interestingly enough there isn’t any caramel included. The recipe author says that the ghee used gives the cookies a caramel flavor, so no actual caramel is needed. The third ingredient is coconut butter, so it’s basically a surge of coconut flavor, with a butteriness to it from the ghee. All that’s required is putting them in muffin cups and playing the waiting game while they cool and set.
8. Paleo No Bake Cookies
These no-bake cookies adhere to the Paleo way of cooking, and specifically leave out the kinds of ingredients that can wreak havoc on your body, making you feel fat and sluggish. Instead they’re using things like real honey, unsweetened cacao, coconut oil, and almond butter. This means you won’t be getting things like refined sugar, flour made from wheat, and a bunch of dairy in your cookies. While these may not be cookies that Paleolithic man ate, there’s no reason why they couldn’t if they had had the recipe, as all of these ingredients must have existed back then.
9. Chocolate Covered Paleo No-Bake Cookies
The trial and error nature of how this recipe came to be is a fitting example for the Paleo method of cooking. There are plenty of recipes out there for you to adapt and adjust to the Paleo style, and this is a perfect example. The chefs behind this took a non-Paleo recipe and tinkered with it until they got it right. You can’t be afraid to make a few mistakes in the kitchen as you figure things out. Certainly our Stone Age ancestors had their fair share of goof-ups and blunders. Everything here is Paleo, right down to the suggestion of using dark chocolate that is at least 70% pure.
10. Paleo No Bake Oatmeal Cookies
We just had to include some no-bake oatmeal cookies on our list, for those that want a break from all of the chocolate offerings. Since oats are not something you’ll be eating on the Paleo path, they had to come up with a workaround to give you the flavor you want without subjecting your body to oats. They used a series of nut-based products, like almond flour, almond butter, and walnuts, mixing them with sweet things like maple syrup, honey, and raisins. The end result is a cookie that looks and tastes like an oatmeal cookie, but requires no baking and is devoid of any oats.
11. No-Bake CocoNUT Cookies
This is a pretty classic mix of nuts, coconut, and cacao powder, which is sure to satisfy your cookie craving in record time. One feature of these cookies that sets them apart from others on our list is the inclusion of flaxseeds. These will give you omega-3 fatty acids as well as additional fiber, while contributing to the overall taste of the cookie as well. She’s also using pumpkin seeds, which offer a good portion of healthy fats, and have been making health news more and more for their many benefits.