April 28


Monika’s Molecular Meals: Dark Chocolate Gluten-Free No-Bake Cookies (Ready In 15 Minutes!)

April 28, 2021

Chocolatey & Delicious Gluten-Free No-Bake Cookies

Monika's Molecular Meals: Dark Chocolate Gluten-Free No-Bake Cookies (Ready In 15 Minutes!)

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I grew up making these chocolate no-bake cookies thinking they were my grandmothers recipe totally authentic and made all the more delicious because they were a family secret.

And while yes, these cookies certainly ARE based on my grandmothers recipe a simple Google search recently revealed to me that grandmas recipe is pretty much all over the internet.

(It should have tipped me off when one of my best friends in college made almost *exactly* the same no-bake cookies that I did… and claimed they werealso HER family recipe.)

So OK, Ill admit it this recipe is not a family secret.

And in fact, its not even exactly the same as my grandmothers recipe.

Want to know why?

Because the original recipe which makes 24 cookies calls for 2 cups of sugar.

TWO cups!!!

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After learning about all of the potential problems that can come from consuming too much sugar… I knew I needed to do something about that sugar content.

On top of that, the cookies are called chocolate no-bakes yet the recipe doesnt call for any real chocolate (just cocoa powder).

(Which in my eyes, makes the recipe something of a lie… especially for a chocolate-lover like me!)

So in the recipe below, Ive cut the sugar down to a modest 3/4 cup, made tweaks to ensure its 100% gluten-free, and added in a good dose of dark chocolate to satisfy real chocolate cravings.

And I have to say they might just be better than the original, which is saying a lot.

(Just dont tell my grandma!)

Monika's Molecular Meals: Dark Chocolate Gluten-Free No-Bake Cookies (Ready In 15 Minutes!)

FTHs Chocolate Gluten-Free No-Bake Cookies

Equipment Needed: Small pot; heat-proof metal bowl; whisk; parchment paper or nonstick surface

Recipe Time: 15 minutes, not including time for the cookies to chill and set in the fridge

Makes: 24 cookies

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  • 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 Tbsp cacao powder (not cocoa see Recipe Notes)
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • Pinch Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (at least 60% cacao)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (preferably crunchy) 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1Tbsp rum (optional)


1) Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.

In a large bowl, mix the oats, coconut sugar, coconut flakes, cacao powder, cacao nibs, and salt. Set aside.

2) Get your double boiler set up & melt the wet ingredients.

Fill a small pot with 2-3 inches of water, then place on your stove over medium heat. Place a heatproof bowl on top of the pot (it should fit comfortably on top, but not too low that it hits the water in the pot). This is your double boiler.

Add the butter (or coconut oil)  and dark chocolate chips to the bowl, and let melt for 2-3 minutes. When almost fully melted, add the non-dairy milk. Whisk until everything looks smooth, silky, and ultra-chocolatey.

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3) Mix it all up! (And taste.)

Add the chocolate mixture to the dry mixture, then add the peanut butter, vanilla extract, and optional rum.

Stir to combine, and taste. Adjust as needed.

4) Form individual cookies and refrigerate until ready.

Using a small ice cream scoop or your (clean) hands, roll the cookies into golf ball-sized spheres and place onto parchment, a Silpat, or some other nonstick surface. They should be sticky enough to form little balls, but not so sticky that they fall apart and get all over everything.

If they seem too dry, youll need to add some more butter or oil (or melted chocolate). If they seem too wet and sticky, you may have to add more oats dont forget to adjust your seasoning if thats the case!

(However, Ive made this recipe MANY times without fail, so I wouldnt worry too much about this if I were you.)

Once your cookies are fully formed, throw those puppies into the fridge to cool and firm up. Youll know theyre ready when theyre cool to the touch and are fudgy in texture.


Recipe Notes

  • Cacao powder is preferable to cocoa powder here because it has more antioxidants, has a more pure chocolate flavor, is less processed, and may even potentially boost metabolism according to some research.
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  • Arent regular oats gluten free? <<< If youre wondering that, the answer is yes mostly. The thing is, oats that dont say gluten free on them may have been handled in a facility that also works with gluten-based products, so there are risks involved with choosing oats that dont specifically say gluten free.”
gluten free no bake cookies

Heres An Easy Substitute Thatll Cut The Calories Per Cookies Nearly In HALF…

If youd rather not indulge in 1/2 cup of full-fat crunchy peanut butter (760 cals)… I get it.

As a substitute, you can use a powdered peanut product called PB2.

Two tablespoons contain just 45 calories, and while the texture is a bit strange if youre just mixing it with water and spreading it on a piece of bread mixed into a recipe, its fantastic.

You could even combine it with some non-dairy milk for added flavor if you want!

The best part is, PB2 is sold in a LOT of stores now, and you can get it on Amazon if you cant find it in your local grocery.

So, PB2 is agreataddition to this recipe.

Something else you can do?

Substitute the coconut sugar in this recipe for a lower-calorie sweetener.

This might be a good option if you are watching your calorie intake or want to minimize your blood sugar response.

But just a heads-up!!!

Some lower-calorie sweeteners are actually extremely unhealthy for you and can CAUSE weight gain youll want to avoid those. (Like Splenda, for example.)

The problem is that pretty much all low-calorie sweeteners are marketed as being great for you! It’s hard to know which ones you should or shouldn’t use.

So we made a list of safe sweeteners you can use that wont cause weight gain and that will help you save calories and peel off the pounds:

Feel free to check out this list for yourself right here. 🙂

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[Note: This post was updated by Fit Trim Happy on January 5, 2020.]

Monika Knapp

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