It is very common in our society to take healthy food mix it together until it is no longer healthy or nutritious. Before I was health conscious, one of my all time favorite cookies was No Bake cookies. They have the perfect blend of chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal. YUM! But after my hubby and I started getting serious about what type of sugar we were eating and how much…the no bake cookies had to go. :(I remember visiting a friend who had proudly made me some as a gluten-free option (this was before I was dairy-free) and so I politely enjoyed a cookie.
My taste buds immediately went on over drive as I couldn’t even enjoy the chocolate peanut butter oatmeal goodness because of the over whelming taste of sugar. All I could taste was sugar and I got a head ache shortly after to prove it. The brain fog and migraine I received reminded me of the power sugar has on our bodies.
Did I ever notice the high sugar content before? No, my body was in a sense “used” to it. This is why it is very common for people who are doing a detox to experience head aches, mood changes, or just have a general feeling of unwellness. It’s largely impart to a sugar withdrawal. My case was a reaction to a sugar spike.
My headache was so miserable that I stayed away from no bake cookies for two years. I had made up my mind that it was just one more thing that I could DO without………..until a few months ago. 🙂
I needed a dessert for a family function that was gluten-free and vegan. But I wanted it to be appealing for the other families as well. I have come to realize that some people won’t EVEN try food if they have never seen it before. So instead of frightening people off, I wanted to revamp something that I knew people would enjoy without them even knowing I gave it a HEALTH BOOST.
PLUS, WHAT CHILD DOESN’T ENJOY A COOKIE? SWEET ROUNDED CORNERS THAT THEY CAN SCARF DOWN ON THE GO (WITHOUT UTENSILS) IS ALWAYS A WIN FOR TODDLERS AND ADULTS ALIKE.
That’s when it hit me…No Bake Cookies. Easy, Simple and Enjoyable to eat! 🙂
I swapped out the dairy ingredients for organic non-dairy ingredients and then I cut the sugar amount in half. Really 2 cups of sugar for these cookies is not needed! It wasn’t just that I cut the sugar in half it was also the sugar that I used. I used Coconut Palm Sugar. Sugar is sugar, right? Wrong. Coconut sugar has the glycemic index of 35. That’s right, only 35 which is 4 points lower than our friendly green pea at 39. Does anyone ever think of green peas has desert? Regular processed white sugar is 68 almost double the index. You can learn more about the glycemic index and other sugary facts here.
Since sugar is already EVERYWHERE in our food…I’m always trying to lower it where I can. These cookies taste great because of their chocolate peanut butter blend so offer that to your children and leave the sugar buzz and head ache out!!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Dairy-free No Bake Cookies:
Serves: 15 – 20 cookies depending on size
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Set Time: 30 minutes or until firm
– 3 cups of gluten-free oats
– 1 cup of organic peanut butter
– 1 cup coconut sugar
– 1 stick or 8 tbsp of earth balance butter (non-dairy)
– 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk
– 4 tbsp cocoa
– 1 tbsp vanilla
– wax paper
1. Measure out your oats & peanut butter and set aside.
2. Take a large sauce pan and melt butter, sugar, cocoa and milk. Bring to a boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
3. Pour oats and peanut butter into the sauce pan and mix well. Once mixture is blended add in vanilla.
4. Scoop out cookie mixture onto wax paper and let cookies sit until firm. Place cookies in an air tight container until ready to serve.