No-Bake Walnut Cookies (Grain-Free & Gluten-Free)

By Jess

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Whether you are in a rush to put together a snack or just don’t feel like going through the whole baking process, these cookies are the ticket. Sometimes I crave something sweet but don’t feel like bringing out my mixing bowls and almond flour and taking the time to bake something. Instead, I can throw together these delicious and healthy cookies, made entirely in a food processor or blender.

No-Bake Walnut Cookies- these are super easy and so good!

No-Bake Walnut Cookies- these are super easy and so good!

In order to get the cookies to the right consistency, I suggest using a food processor in order to ground the walnuts to an almost flour-like base. If you don’t have a food processor though it’s not a big deal, the cookies will just be a tad bit crumbier. As you might be tell from the photos, I myself used a blender because the food processor was broken – so I had to make a compromise. A person can never have too many kitchen gadgets! The end result being that the walnuts did not get as finely ground as I usually prefer, but they still tasted delicious, and my sweet tooth was fully satisfied.

The ingredients for the recipe are probably already in your pantry. Convenient and simple to make – what’s not to like? Feel free to adjust the honey and vanilla levels to your own taste preferences. If you are not a fan of coconut, these could be made into no-bake chocolate cookies by substituting chocolate chips. I’m a coconut fan. I really like the almost buttery flavor that the coconut and ground walnuts form when combined.

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Blend, shape, and freeze – three easy steps for a sweet treat in no time. You could also get the kids involved in helping to first roll the dough into balls and then flattening the balls into cookies. These nutty, chewy cookies keep best in the freezer in an airtight container after they are formed, for snacking at your leisure.


  • Ingredients
    • 1 cup walnuts
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
    • 2 tbsp raw honey
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Add walnuts to food processor and blend until finely ground. Add in the remaining ingredients and blend until a dough forms, about a minute.
  2. Turn out the dough onto a piece of parchment paper. Using your hands, roll pieces of the dough into small balls, about 1 inch around, and space out on parchment paper. After all of the balls are formed, press down on each ball to form a flat cookie. Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.


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  1. I love this recipe! I usually have the all the ingredients on hand already and it takes me 5 minutes with my mini food processor to combine it all, then a quick 15 minutes in the freezer! Easy quick way to satisfy a craving! I just wish I could hide them from my Hubby…they do not last very long! 🙂

  2. I discovered these a few months back when looking for raw things to put in my Paleo diet and I love them!!!!! They remind me of raw cookie cough. 🙂 plus the ingredients are always in my cabinet.

  3. I made these last night but found that if you don’t have greaseproof paper it can get a little sticky! They tasted ok but I was expecting better. My partner liked them though. Might taste better with some dark chocolate chips.

  4. Ok, I got all excited over these just to have them taste like eating raw dough. What did I do wrong, or how to make it better? Also your pictures looks nuttier while mine was totally pureed from using the Magic Bullet to blend the nuts.

  5. I’m SO surprised at the lack of comments and/or praise for this recipe!!! These cookies are hands down the most delicious and simplest paleo recipe that I have come across yet. I have shared samples with people at work and quite a few went home and whipped up a batch of their own. The ingredients alone sound delicious, but I never would have expected the unbelievably delectable result when combined. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Keep them coming : )

  6. Loved these! Kind of like Baklava without the grains! Next time I will toast the walnuts before grinding and add some cinnamon! Thank you!

  7. I love these so much! Today I tried a new thing, and it turned out well. After the grinding of the main ingredients, I kneaded some raisins and chopped walnuts in, pressed them out and sprinkled with cinnamon. They taste pretty close to oatmeal raisin cookies!!!

  8. So is honey allowed in paleo or not??? I’m so confused as every website tells a different story. Would like to try these but am not sure if it’s really ok.

  9. I have a container of ground walnuts. What does a cup of walnuts equal in already ground walnuts? Thanks, Nancy

  10. We had company coming over and decided to make these! OMG, we are rock stars in their eyes and you are defiantly rock stars in ours. These are so incredible!!! We made them in small round and put a whole walnut on top. Great presentation. Had to make a second batch the following day- they went FAST. Thank you, thank you. By the way, anyone remember Cresent Cookies? These taste like them. Incredible.

  11. Made a double batch today. Very yummy! Not a huge walnut fan. Not a huge coconut fan. Even so, really like these. A great way to get a “sweet” fix. I used a medium cookie scoop and got 13 cookies out of a double batch.

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