No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

by Marla on February 13, 2010 · 35 comments

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These were truly the most simple little treats to make. Usually I make them in bar form and munch them as a pre or post workout snack. Here I made cute little hearts for Valentine’s Day. Not sure I know anyone who does not love the chocolate peanut combo. It is a natural flavor pairing like maple and cinnamon. The other bonus is you don’t need to bake them or add any sugar. The medjool dates add all the sweetness you could ever need.

My two kids loved them at their little homemade tea party. The combo is a party in your mouth. With no refined sugar and all good for you ingredients this indulgence is well worth the tiny little effort it takes to make them.

Homemade no bake cookies for Valentine's Day parties

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

makes about 20 2″ cookies

NOTES

  • I say go Big Batch here, the more cookies you have the better! This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
  • As always, use your own taste buds to determine how you want to season your cookies. Cardamom, ginger, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice would all be good too.

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz chopped, pitted dried Medjool Dates
  • 2 oz all natural Peanut Butter (or any other nut butter you love: Almond, Cashew or even Sunflower Seed Butter)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 oz Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • pinch of Salt
  • pinch of Cinnamon
  • ground Almond Meal (Use this instead of wheat flour to help roll out your dough and prevent sticking to the rolling pin and work surface.)

METHOD

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process thoroughly until you have a firm ball of dough.  Pinch with fingers to see that everything is well combined. Press dough into a ball and chill in fridge for about 1/2 hour. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick, sprinkle almond meal on dough to prevent sticking.  Cut out hearts or whatever shapes you desire. You can also roll them into “balls” or truffles. Lay parchment or wax paper in between layers of cookies and store sealed in an airtight container in the fridge. You can store them long term in the freezer as well.

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Fresh Variations

  • You want to send your kids to school with some of these cookies but school is a “no peanut butter zone.”  No problem, use Almond Butter or Sunflower Seed Butter instead.
  • Gently roll or press toasted unsweetened coconut, nuts or cocoa powder on your cookies.
  • As with a sugar cookie you can make themed no-bake cookies. Just choose the appropriate cookie cutter for whatever holiday or celebration you have lined up.  You can press in sprinkles for some color too.

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