No-Bake Cookie Love

No-Bake Cookie Love

Life would be a cold, bleak wasteland without cookies (just ask the Cookie Monster), but who wants to turn on the oven when it’s 85 degrees outside? It’s time to satisfy your inner child while keeping cool: break out the no-bake cookie recipes!

The Healthy Version

Want to eat as many cookies as your little baked-sugar-and-flour-deprived heart desires without heading down Guilt Trip Lane? Mix up a batch of raw vegan cookie dough, and then hide it from the rest of the family, because these healthy, delicious babies disappear fast. (Note: You’ll need a blender or food processor for this recipe.)

To make a basic sweet (but healthy) cookie, blend two parts raw cashews with one part oats (try starting with 2 cups of cashews and one cup of oats). Toss in two teaspoons of vanilla extract, and sweeten to taste—we recommend agave and/or maple syrup. Blend everything up until it becomes dough-like.

Now that you’ve got your basic cookie dough, you can go as wild as you want with it. Form it into balls and dust with sugar to get raw sugar cookies. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Dust with cocoa powder. Add some raisins and a dash of cinnamon to the batter. Cover in shredded coconut. Dip in Nutella (oops—we forgot we’re supposed to be healthy here…)

The Indulgent Version

What is it about summer that brings out the kid in us? Is it the sticky, drippy popsicles? The smell of sunscreen? Whatever the elusive magic is, embrace it with these classic freezer cookies—you know, the kind where the recipe used to come on the side of the cocoa powder can. Chocolate! Peanut butter! Oats! You really can’t go wrong here.

In a saucepan, combine one cup of sugar with half a cup of milk (or almond milk), one half cup butter (or Earth Balance), and four tablespoons cocoa powder. Bring to a boil and stir for a few minutes. Remove from heat.

Now, stir in half a cup of peanut butter, three cups of oats, and a teaspoon of vanilla. Try not to eat the entire thing yet….

Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper or aluminum foil. Stick ‘em into the freezer until hardened, and then devour them barefoot on the lawn.

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