So I might have discovered the simplest no bake cookies ever – you literally throw – okay well not literally – but you “throw” all of the ingredients into a food processor (or blender) to make the batter! “How simple is that?” (In my best Ina Garten voice) Then form into little cookie balls of deliciousness and put in the fridge. Dat’s it! And also – these taste like the Larabar Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bars (minus the chocolate chips).
The most difficult part of this recipe might be pitting the dates, if you never used dates – they are an easy natural ingredient to use which can take the place of sugar in some recipes. They are a good source of insoluble and soluble fiber, b-vitamins, and potassium. I use ‘Medjool Dates’ because that’s what my farmers market sells, I’m sure you could use any variety that is sold in your local grocery store…. aren’t they gorge!?!?
Simply cut in half and remove the pit.
Okay so something I still have yet to purchase for my kitchen collection is a food processor. My Mom has one and I remember her using it all of the time growing up, but for me they seem so bulky and complicated. So when I saw this recipe – and it called for a food processor – I decided it was time to put my Ninja blender to the test! And she did a great job!
- ¼ cup natural smooth peanut butter
- ½ cup unsalted peanuts
- ½ cup pitted dates (about 5)
- ⅓ (heaping) cup rolled oats
- ½ Tbsp pure maple syrup
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. corse salt
- ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- Pit dates
- Place first seven ingredients in food processor or high power blender, pulse until a course batter forms.
- Add vanilla and lemon and pulse for another 30 seconds.
- Use a small cookie scoop - or teaspoon - and roll into 12 balls, place on cookie sheet.
- Press gently w/ fork to form cross marks on each cookie
- If desired sprinkle with additional cinnamon and corse salt
- Refrigerate for an hour and enjoy - keep in refrigerator or freezer
If you are making these to bring to a party or to work (which everyone will love you and give you a gold star if you do) I suggest doubling the recipe. These cookies are small, but satisfying.
- Years ago a rumor began circulating in the world of Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) regarding the amount of sugar that someone who has had surgery should be eating. For some reason – most patients have heard that they are not allowed to eat / drink more than 5 grams of sugar at a time. This is a rumor, and is not based on research. IF this “rule” works for you, that’s fine- honor your body and what works for you.
- This recipe contains 7 grams of sugar (from dates / and a small amount of pure maple syrup). I encourage my clients to look at where the sugar is coming from instead of simply focusing on the amount of sugar in the food.
- These cookies are delicious – and can be enjoyed after WLS! Remember to eat them mindfully and enjoy each bite. Remember you know yourself better than anyone. IF having something like this in your home sets you up to binge – then it might not be the best thing for you to make. Although I would encourage you to work through emotional issues surrounding food by working with a dietitian or counselor to help you establish a healthy relationship with food after WLS.