These no bake chocolate cookies don’t contain any flour, eggs, refined sugar, butter or oil and are healthy enough to eat for breakfast. They take only about ten minutes to prepare and store well so you can make a large batch for an easy breakfast or snack.
I’m always finding an excuse to eat chocolate at any meal, especially breakfast. So I love that these chocolate breakfast cookies can be enjoyed for breakfast. They also make a great snack. They are very easy to customize to suit your personal preferences.
- Cocoa Powder
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: These cookies are flavored with cocoa powder. You can use dutch process or natural. I prefer dutch process cocoa as it has a less acidic flavor. I also recommend using a good quality cocoa powder because you will taste the cocoa in these cookies.
Dates: The cookies are naturally sweetened with Medjool dates. The dates also act as a binding agent for the cookies. I think these cookies work best with dates but if you are looking for a substitute, you can try prunes or raisins. Prunes work well as a binding agent but prunes are not as sweet and they have a strong prune flavor. If you are okay with that, you can try substituting with prunes. I have also had a reader tell me that they had success with raisins (first cook the raisins to rehydrate and plump them before using). Raisins are closer in sweetness to dates so this may be a better substitution.
Walnuts: Walnuts can be substituted with other nuts like almonds or pecans. If you are looking for a substitute for nuts, try my version with oats.
How to Make No Bake Breakfast Cookies
To make these cookies, first you blend the dates and cocoa powder together until they form a dough. The nuts are then blended in until they are evenly incorporated. The dough is then ready to be scooped out. Roll the dough into balls and flatten them into round disks. The dough is then chilled until it’s firm.
More No Bake Cookies
- 3 Ingredient No Bake Banana Oatmeal Cookies
- 2 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
- 2 Ingredient No Bake Chocolate Cookies
3 Ingredient No Bake Chocolate Breakfast Cookies
- 1 packed cup (165 g) pitted Medjool dates
- 2 tbsp (14 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup (45 g) walnut halves unsalted
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Add dates to food processor. If your dates are no longer super soft, see notes for how to rehydrate them before using. Pulse until dates form a smooth paste. You will need to scrape down the sides a few times to help your food processor mix the dates. Once a paste forms, add in cocoa powder. Pulse again until cocoa is completely incorporated and a thick dough forms. The dough should pull away from the sides of the food processor and form a thick dough ball.
- Add in walnuts. Pulse until they are evenly incorporated and reach your desired size. The smaller the walnut pieces get, the stickier the dough will be, so while you can make your nut pieces very tiny, your dough will be a little harder to work with.
- Using a 1.5 tbsp cookie scoop, scoop out dough. Roll dough between your hands to compact and form a smooth round ball. Place ball onto prepared cookie sheet. Press down on the dough ball with the palm of your hand until it form a thick round disk. Repeat with remaining dough. I recommend washing your hands after each cookie is formed because it makes it easier to work with the dough.
- Place cookies into the fridge or freezer to set. The cookies will not change much but they should become firmer, less sticky and easier to hold. They will only need about 10-15 minutes in the freezer. If leaving in the fridge it may take 30 minutes to an hour to firm up. Store uneaten cookies at room temperature or in the fridge.
- If your dates are not soft and moist you may need to rehydrate them. To do so, soak them in warm water for about 15 minutes. Then pat dry and use.
- Make sure to pit the dates before measuring them.
- If you have questions regarding ingredient substitutions, please see the Ingredient section of the post where I discuss possible substitutions.
- This recipe can be adjusted to suit your personal preference. Add more cocoa powder if you want a deeper chocolate flavor. Add more dates if you want your cookies to be sweeter. You can also add more nuts for more texture.
- My favorite Medjool dates to use are Double Date Organic Medjool Dates.*
- *This product link is an affiliate link. This means I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
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I love this!, ingredients isgreat.
We’re so glad!
Hi, I was wondering can I used, shaved or flaked or shredded coconut instead of the walnuts?
That would work well!
My daughter hasn’t let her daughter eat the normal on occasion sweets like ice or a cookie or…anything so I tried the coconut nut one when getting ready to make a favorite treat of ours. Choc no bake.which of course she wouldn’t be eating..so saw and made yours first and well…REALLY hard not to sit DOWN AND JUST HAVE AN EXTREMELY FATTENING bowl of. Great to have a v treat for her. Going to try the other 2.! Thanks
We’re so glad you loved the recipe!
Can I use any other type of date?
The recipe works best with Medjool dates because they have more soft flesh. It’s harder to get a smooth paste with other kinds of dates
I want more pls….thanks
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I fiddled with the recipe a bit because dates are just too sweet for me. I left the cocoa the same, but used a full cup of walnuts. Of course the increased walnut chunks made it harder to form cohesive “cookies.” Even falling apart, however, they are quite yummy! Next time I will just pack the mixture into a silicone ice cube tray and then I won’t have to worry about shaping them! Problem solved! ?
Thanks for sharing your ideas!
If I have date paste, how much is equivalent to the number of dates in the recipe?
Sorry I don’t have that information. If you have a kitchen scale you can weigh it to get the right amount.
The receipe is simple enough. I think this is a great receipe for hard time with only 3 ingredients. Thanks
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