Healthy No-Bake Cookies

May 24, 2011

A few months ago, I made these healthy, no-bake cookies for a Healthy Snacking presentation. I was speaking to a small group in their office, showing them how easy it is to make nutritious, satisfying, tasty snacks as opposed to simply reaching for a pre-packaged bar or the like.

This was one of the healthy snacks I made whilst presenting. I found the recipe (link here) on Oh She Glows, a healthy food blog, and was quite surprised with how darn easy they are to prepare. Angela owns a healthy bakery business, and her recipes are so vibrant, they really are fantastic.

So much nutty, seedy, fruity goodness!

Be sure to use fresh dates here, not dried. They bind the cookies with their soft, caramel properties. In fact, I rarely use dried dates in my cooking, fresh is best! You can rehydrate dried dates with water, yet I don’t get quite the same results and hence prefer to just use fresh. Fresh dates = pure bliss.

In my batch I doubled the almonds. On purpose. Yep. Well, not quite. It was actually an accident, but I quite like how they turned out. I guess it shows how fail safe this recipe is. Oh, and I used dark chocolate bits in place of raw cacao nibs, because I’m not made of money.

These babies are full of protein and fibre, plus lots of vitamins and minerals. I will often whip up a batch when I want a healthy snack for the week but don’t have a lot of time on my hands. So I thought I should share the recipe with you! Spread the love, if you will. I really am rather fond of these cookies.

Heidi xo
  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 24, 2011 at 9:09 am

    what a great idea!

  • Leah May 24, 2011 at 9:26 am

    These look great Heidi, I love that you can put them in the freezer also! thanks for the link 😉

  • Michelle Chin May 24, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Cocoa nibs?? do they taste like chocolate?

  • Margaret May 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I'm sure it would be enormous fun to be in the audience while you give a presentation Heidi! 🙂
    Your enthusiasm is infectious.

  • Blithely Unaware May 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm


    Great idea Heidi, plus no baking – brilliant!

  • Heavenly Ingredients May 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    love that they are no bake, perfect!

  • Hannah May 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I am such a massive, massive fan of no-bake snack balls (as my blog attests 😛 ) that I must try these! I love how identifiable all the ingredients are here 🙂

  • Heidi May 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Lisa – I know, they're fabulous!

    Leah – you're welcome 🙂

    Michelle – they taste…pure 🙂 from the cacao bean. v intense, bitter.

    Margaret – aww why thanks, how sweet!

    Blithely Unaware – yes, no need to depend on a good oven!!!

    Laura – they're so quick & easy!

    Hannah – yes, you're a no-bake ball goddess!! (that's a complement, sorry about saying ball goddess). & I know what you mean, they're great to look at!

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef May 24, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    These look great Heidi, but stop telling everyone about how great RAW-food is, don't put us chefs out of our job of COOKING for people!:)No matter how healthy, yummy, nutritious, easy, and did I mention yummy, these balls are!

  • msihua May 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    What delicious looking healthy bites these are!

  • Sherilyn May 24, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I love this type of thing. Just posted some on my site that are similiar but I am keen to try yours out for sure. They look great. The thing I love about this type of snack is that they are easy to carry on you for when the kids want a snack when out and about.

  • Iron Chef Shellie May 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    ooooo nice one. I need a healthy snacking lesson from you. This blog is a good way for me to get lessons 😛

    lol. i'm not made of money either! haha love it!

  • Gretchen May 25, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Going to toddler b-day party this weekend and going to make these into "people" by putting lollipop sticks for legs/arms and actual lollipop for head. Cut the sugar way back and parents can eat them en mass too~
    Thanks Heidi~

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 25, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! These look so good! 😀

  • Heidi May 25, 2011 at 6:53 am

    InTolerant Chef – hahahaha yeah, my bad! 😛

    Msihua – so delicious!

    Sherilyn – thank you 🙂 yours look fantastic! I actually made something quite similar to yours at the same presentation – recipe to come soon!

    Michele – glad you liked that one 🙂

    Gretchen – sounds great! be careful of the chunks though – may be a slight choking hazard, especially if the ids are running around!! Love the lollypop people idea, how creative!

    Kath – thanks, they're so easy to make. Credit to Angela 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Carly Findlay May 25, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I am going to make these on the weekend – thanks!

  • Jemma May 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

    These look sooooo yum Heidi – thanks for sharing! Will definately try these. x

  • Heidi May 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Carly – you're welcome, enjoy!

    Jemma – yay! and yes they were very delicious 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • deb May 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Heidi, these look so good, and easy. I want to make them for someone who has a nut allergy. Am going to increase the seeds and not use almonds, hopefully that will work!!

  • Anna Johnston May 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    These look amazing, great colours & no bake…. is it possible to stop at 2??!!

  • Heidi May 26, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Deb – how lovely! It should do, if you use a lot of seeds! You may need to chop the apricot super fine though. The dates should make everything stick together fine 🙂

    Anna – actually yes! They're super filling wit all that seedy, nutty goodness 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • wholesomecook May 26, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Love the idea, as I much on seeds and nuts every day. Perfect snack for the kids too as it's additive free – saves me reading labels on muesli bars at the supermarket! Thanks for sharing!

  • Hannah May 26, 2011 at 9:47 am

    mmmm yum! Sometimes I like making something similar with dates, raw cocoa, shredded coconut and walnuts all blended. So healthy, but feels like a treat 🙂
    Hannah x

  • Heidi May 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    wholesome cook – you're welcome, I agree they're fab 🙂

    Hannah – yum! Sounds similar to something I make too, recipe will come. I also made it on this day for the healthy snacking presentation. You're right – tastes like a treat, they're so delicious!

    Heidi xo

  • Dream 500s October 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    These are very good! The son of my friend wanted a no-bake cookies, and I saw this recipe. It 'hard to get him to eat healthy, so I thought I'd give them a whirl of what we do not know …