Weeknight Cookies

nobakes01Most days after work, when I get home I just want to sit on the couch and do nothing.
And while I’m doing nothing, I usually want a glass of wine and something chocolate (total cliche girl activity, I know).

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So tonight I will be doing just that with these yummy cookies.  They are easy enough to make on a weeknight because they require no baking.  We called them “no bakes” growing up and they were hands down my favorite school cafeteria cookie, even if I didn’t (and still don’t) think oatmeal belonged in cookies (oatmeal raisin cookies will always be a breakfast cereal trying hard and failing miserably at being a dessert).
I’ve re-made my mom’s tried & true recipe, making them dairy-free and refined sugar-free.  They are vegan and delicious!

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No-Bake Cookies

2 tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (my favorite is unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
7 dates, cut into 1/4″ pieces
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/4 cup unsalted peanut butter (or almond butter)
1 1/4 cup rolled oats (not quick cooking or steel cut)
3/4 tsp. vanilla

  1. Combine oil, milk, cut dates, and cocoa powder in a saucepan over low heat.  Mash and stir until dates are incorporated.  If the mixture gets too dry, add more milk by the tablespoon full.
  2. Add peanut butter and stir until just combined.
  3. Take off the heat and stir in vanilla and rolled oats.  Drop onto wax paper in balls about 1.5 inches in diameter.
  4. Let cool until cookies are solid.
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