Tuesday, January 28, 2014

No-Bake Cookies...or maybe Granola Bars


My mother doesn't like to bake. Or cook, for that matter. I ate a lot of rice with ketchup, raw fruits and veggies, and canned food growing up. It only makes sense that the cookies she made were no-bake, too. They are a great comfort food without much effort, and she had a few varieties. My favorite was chocolate.


Since going grain-free and (almost) cane/beet sugar-free a year ago, I haven't found a no-bake recipe I am that happy with...until now. These came out super yummy. They aren't like the no-bake cookies we are all used to; they are more like a coconut granola bar. But they hold together, make a lovely snack, and are very little effort to make.



3 c shredded, unsweetened, dried coconut

1/4 c maple syrup

1/2 c chocolate chips

1 T vanilla


Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Process until part of the mixture has turned a bit creamy, or at least begins to stick together. This creates a binder to hold the cookies together but leaves enough whole for texture. In a vitamix this simply means not using high power and not much tamper. Perhaps in a food processor it means mixing the ingredients in a bowl and only processing 3/4. Whatever method you use, you should end up with a sticky mixture that can be pressed into balls or candy molds. I used our Easter bunny-head silicone candy mold. Place in fridge to harden, then pop out.


As I type this, e is eating one for breakfast! First breakfast, that is. We are somewhat like Hobbits when it comes to meals.


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