Dates + apples + peanuts + almonds + cacao + oats + rice + coconut.
Talk about an impressive list of ingredients for a cookie!
I intended to title these “no-bake choco peanut puddles,” but while scanning my list of ingredients I realized something—how close to nature these cookies really are :] Fruits, nuts, grains, legumes… but not processed, refined, enriched, fortified or sweetened like everything in our grocery stores seems to be.
So you can truly feel good about eating these cookies—they’re full of natural and whole foods, which are naturally better for your health!
Besides all that wholesome nutrition, these guys are good. In every single way. They’re rich with a chocolatey peanut butter flavor, they stay soft straight from the freezer and thaw extremely fast. Know what that means?! Yep. Ice cream sandwich perfection. A little spoonful of vanilla bean cream in between two of these guys and you’ve got yourself one divine, richly satisfying dessert. Let it thaw a minute and the cookie and cream meld seamlessly into one another.
Vegans rejoice. Make them gluten free if you wish by using gluten free oats. And even the biggest sweet teeth on the planet [me] can indulge completely guilt-free. No refined sugar, no artificial sugar. Just fruits of the earth. And love.
No-bake choco peanut puddles, adapted from here
½ c pitted Medjool dates, firmly packed (about 6-7)
½ c hot water
1 T coconut oil
2 T unsweetened applesauce
1/3 c natural peanut or almond butter
2 t vanilla
¼ c + 1 T raw cacao powder
¼ t sea salt
¼ c almond meal
¼ c peanut flour
1 c oats (processed in a blender a bit)
½ c puffed rice cereal (processed in a blender a bit)
**edited 8/29/12: I took out 1/4cup earth balance / applesauce from my original recipe and added 1/4 cup more oats. This makes the dough less runny and easier to work with. You could even get away with adding more oats/puffed rice if you’d like a stiffer dough.