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Healthy No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Balls

We love our desserts…maybe a little too much (scale groans). We have a Classic Oatmeal Cookie Recipe that we love, but when we’re watching our calories and our sugar intake we like making these Healthy No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Balls. As good as butter and sugar make cookies taste sometimes you’ve gotta watch your waist!

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You understand the dilemna right? It’s fun making cookies! It’s a great activity to do with your kids and who doesn’t like a nice dessert treat? The problem being it’s also fun eating cookies. And then 48 hours after baking the 4 dozen cookies all that’s left is a pile of crumbs and a heaping serving of guilt. C’mon, you know you’ve had I ate too many cookies guilt.  We’ve all been there. And even though you enjoy the cookies greatly, your sugar and butter intakes just spiked through the roof while your immune system plummets. And the same is true for your kids who are now bouncing off the walls before the inevitable sugar spike. And they’ll probably be sluggish at school tomorrow and more susceptible to the latest bug going around. Because there’s always something going around. And you don’t want it invading your house!

So, the solution? You need to come up with some healthier cookie recipes that you still enjoy that you can sub in from time to time so that you can get your dessert fix without totally throwing your diet and your house totally off track. Today we are going to show you our recipe for Healthy No Bake Oatmeal Cookies that will do just that! And they are no bake and super easy to make!

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No bake cookies have become very popular and for good reason…who doesn’t like immediate gratification and less time in the kitchen? They also come in all sorts of interesting varieties:

Since we love our Oatmeal Cookies and wanted a way to mimic those flavors — but without all the bad ingredients — we decided to make a healthier play on an Oatmeal Cookie. There are lots of hacks for making healthy cookies.  For our Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Balls we eliminated the butter, subbed in maple sugar and coconut oil, and included cashews and oat bran. Then end result is a No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Recipe that is a lot healthier, but still delivers on Oatmeal Cookie flavor. And the prep is super simple!

We hope you enjoy!

Here’s the recipe:

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Healthy No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Balls

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c . cashews
  • 3/4 c . oat bran
  • 1/2 tsp . salt
  • 1/2 tsp . cinnamon
  • 3 T . maple syrup
  • 1 tsp . vanilla
  • 1 T . melted coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Add cashews and oat bran to food processor and pulse until mixed.
  2. Add all other ingredients and pulse until combined.
  3. Scoop out with a tablespoon and form roughly into ball shape.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and enjoy.

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11 Comments

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    April @ Girl Gone Gourmet
    January 22, 2016 at 10:19 am

    So many great reasons to make these and the look delicious! I need ideas like this – I tend to make bad snack decisions when the afternoon slump kicks in 🙂

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      mywifecancook
      January 23, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Same here. If I have them prepped and right in the fridge, it’s so easy just to grab one (or tell my kids to go grab one) instead of something junky out of the snack cabinet.

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    Jenn
    January 22, 2016 at 10:25 am

    These look delicious! I love cashews so much. I can imagine how amazing these taste. Yum!

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      mywifecancook
      January 23, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you! I always forget about cashews. We had a bag of them from something else we made and it turned out really good!

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    Munchies and Munchkins
    January 22, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Oh yes I know the too many cookies dilemma! I never make big batches anymore. These look great.

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      mywifecancook
      January 23, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      It is a dilemma. I always think it’s a good idea to make a big batch for lunches for the kids. And we devour them and have nothing for lunches.

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    Valentina
    January 22, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Easy and delicious. Perfect. Thank you. 🙂

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    January 22, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Love the addition of cashews. Perfect to make with my grandson…he would have lots of fun with these.

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      mywifecancook
      January 23, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      My son really enjoys making them (and eating them).

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