Paleo No-Bake Chocolate “Peanut Butter” Cookies are tasty energy balls that are gluten free, dairy free and nut free!
What is Paleo?
It is my understanding that if a food is paleo, then it must either come from the ground or have a mother (fruit, vegetables, nuts, meat). I think there might be some exceptions such as honey. I’m not an expert on this subject, but I do know that Paleo recipes are great if you are trying to cut grains from your diet. It’s also a good choice if you’re gluten free. Read more here.
Ingredients You Will Need for Paleo No-Bake Chocolate “Peanut Butter” Cookies
These Paleo No-Bake Chocolate “Peanut Butter” Cookies are quick and easy. That is if you happen to have all of the ingredients on hand. Some of them aren’t exactly pantry staples in my house, but I was feeling adventurous.
I actually found the Sunflower Seed Butter at my local Walmart and the Unsweetened Shredded Coconut was at Publix. Not too much trouble so far. I didn’t even try to find the Medjool dates which the recipe calls for. The book recommends ordering them online. I decided to use regular dates. I also used Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips because they’re vegan & sweetened with Stevia
How to Make Paleo No-Bake Chocolate “Peanut Butter” Cookies
1. Start by pureeing the dates in a food processor.
2. Add the sunflower seed butter, coconut, vanilla and a little bit of sea salt. Puree again.
3. Stir in 2 ounces of dark chocolate, chopped (I used Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips because they’re vegan & sweetened with Stevia).
4. Then you just shape them into balls and refrigerate.
Kids Love Paleo No-Bake Chocolate “Peanut Butter” Cookies Too
Next time I will use mini chocolate chips which will make it easier when forming the balls. Before I had a chance to refrigerate these babies, my son passed through the kitchen and swiped one.
I quickly told him that I didn’t think he would like them but he ate it anyway and immediately wanted another. He liked them! And he’s a typical, picky 8 year old eater. He came back for 2 more! He wanted more but I told him I had to take some pictures first.
I liked these Paleo No-Bake Chocolate “Peanut Butter” Cookies. And I was surprised at how good the Sunflower Seed Butter tasted. It tastes a lot like peanut butter, so it’s great if you’re allergic. If Paleo recipes are your type of thing, I’m sure you could find some more at Kelly Brozyna’s website.
Paleo No-Bake Chocolate Chip “Peanut Butter” Cookies
- 1/2 cup about 8 soft, pitted Medjool dates (I used regular dates)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter with no added sugar (I used SunButter)
- 1 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 ounces dark chocolate chips (I used Lily's Dark Chocolate Chips because they're vegan & sweetened with Stevia)
- In a food processor with an S blade, puree the dates until a ball forms.
- Add the sunflower seed butter, shredded coconut, vanilla extract, and salt, and puree again.
- Fold in the dark chocolate chips.
- Use a 3/4-ounce (size 40) scoop or your hands to form the dough into about 14 balls, and refrigerate to set. Store the cookies in the refrigerator.
- *To make this a Vegan recipe, use non-dairy chocolate chips. Also, to bump up the protein content, try adding some vanilla protein powder to this recipe.
- Makes about 14 cookies.
You might also like these Paleo Silver Dollar Pancakes.
Or you also might like these Paleo Orange Blueberry Gluten Free Muffins.