since josh and i have been working hard the last few months at keeping all added sugar out of our diets (if you missed it, see our video and post here. also, thank you to everyone for the great tips and comments and feedback!). but anyway, since we aren’t eating added sugar right now, we’ve been trying to limit the amount of sugar the kiddos are consuming as well (while not taking it away entirely. i just can’t imagine a childhood that doesn’t involve ice cream.) i’ve been messing around at home with some cookie recipes that all of us can enjoy together, and while my first attempt at making a chocolate chip cookie with no flour or sugar (substituting those with chickpeas (TRUE STORY!) and peanut butter) turned out terrible, my kids might have forgiven me with this last batch of chocolate oat cookies we made together this past weekend.
we used this recipe as inspiration, although changed around the ingredients a bit (less peanut butter, more cocoa powder) and had a great time making them together. they are no bake, which means they are super quick and basic, and just take about 15 minutes in the freezer to firm up before you can eat away! there is quite a bit of honey in them, which is a natural sweetener i’m not incredibly keen on, but i don’t think you need to use as much as the recipe calls for and they still taste sweet!
no added sugar chocolate oat cookies
3 cups quick oats
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
in a medium sauce pan over medium heat, stir the honey, coconut oil and peanut butter together until combined and smooth. stir in the remaining ingredients and remove from heat. spoon packed balls of the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. let them stand in freezer for 15 minutes. (we’ve actually kept our in the freezer because we like them on the harder colder side!)
(we accidentally filled the measuring cup with too much honey the first round!)
coconut oil is definitely becoming a favorite ingredient around here. we’ve liked using it as our oil base when cooking and also adding it to our smoothies.
all the oats didn’t quite make it into the pan! it’s what happens on occasion when my little pastry chefs are in charge. but worth it. totally worth it.
this is my kind of cookie dough! no eggs, so you can eat it right away! when i asked the kids if they wanted to eat some they looked at me so surprised! it took quite a bit of encouragement to get them to try it. i think they are used to me getting on their case when they try to eat the raw dough we usually make because of the raw eggs in it. haha! best part of a no-bake cookie.
eleanor kept talking about teamwork here. ;)
we had cookie balls of all shapes and sizes. samson made a few super little ones, which he said were for conrad for when he woke up from his nap! if that isn’t the sweetest thing ever! he’s so thoughtful.
now that i’m looking at these photos, i’m realizing that these cookies probably don’t look that appetizing. i’ve obviously been off of sugar too long when i wanna reach through the computer screen and have one even so! just trust me, they’re yummy.
let us know if you give them a try! i’ll try to share more of our go-to snack recipes and other healthy things we’ve been cooking on repeat at home. if you have any healthy sugar-free recipes you love, please share in the comments below!
happy monday, friends!
for those interested in what’s being worn, my jogger sweatpants are from anthropologie (on sale!) and baseball t-shirt from jcrew a few season back (different color available HERE, also on sale!) eleanor’s penguin turtle neck from gap kids last year, and samson’s sweater from crewcuts.