This recipe was originally posted in October 2016. It was updated in June 2018.
Summertime brings so many treats, doesn’t it? Ice cream, popsicles, and celebrations galore. So since we try to avoid processed sugars as much as possible so we can focus on healing, I figured that these sugar free no bake cookies would be the perfect thing to master for when my sweet tooth hits this summer!
So while these cookies are free of processed sugar and refined sugar, they do contain natural sugar or sugar alcohols. I promise, you won’t be able to tell!
The original recipe of these cookies is not paleo- however, it’s not difficult to make them paleo. All you need to do is substitute almond butter for peanut butter, and substitute shredded coconut or coconut flakes for the gluten free oats.
Sugar Free No Bake Cookies with Paleo Option
These sugar free no bake cookies are not only easy, but they've got no refined sugar, and they taste amazing!
- 1 cup organic peanut butter Or any nut butter for paleo. I get it from Costco
- ½ cup organic pure maple syrup OR 3/4 cup erythritol or xylitol for completely sugar free
- ½ cup coconut oil also Costco. They have everything!
- 5 tablespoons cacao
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups gluten free oats OR shredded coconut for paleo
Heat the peanut butter, syrup, and coconut oil together on the stove over med-low heat.
Keep stirring it so it melts quickly and blends well.
Once it's all melted, remove it from the heat and add the vanilla and cocoa powder.
Stir it all together well, and then add the oats.
When the oats are all mixed through, scoop out chunks of the mixture and put it on a cookie sheet.
Refrigerate them for an hour or so, until they're solid. Then they're ready to eat!
I use wax paper to keep the dough from sticking to the cookie sheet. Keep them in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 1 week. Keep them in the freezer in a sealed container for up to 1 month.
If you use erythritol instead of maple syrup, sugar will be 1g, depending on the type of coconut and almond butter you use.
These sugar free no bake cookies are amazing, but they do need special treatment since there’s no refined sugar in them to help them solidify. They need to be stored in the refrigerator, or they’ll get gooey and melty.
Having no real sugar in these sugar free no bake cookies is great because they’ve got a fudgy texture instead of a grainy one, and they melt in your mouth. If you need them to set quickly after making them, you can put them in the freezer for 30 minutes or so.
These are such a great sugar free treat, and you don’t even realize they’re healthy! Just remember that just because they have healthy ingredients does not mean that they won’t make you gain weight if you eat too many.
Stick to one or two and save the rest in the freezer, your waistline will thank you and they’ll last that much longer.
What’s your favorite healthy, quick treat?