These no bake chocolate cookies are fudgy and chewy. They don’t require any baking or cooking. They are also eggless, flourless, butterless, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. With only three ingredients, they are so easy to make!
I love making desserts that satisfy my cravings for something sweet but are also a little healthier. These no bake cookies come out so fudgy and chewy. They definitely satisfy my sweet tooth.
- Almond butter
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Maple syrup
Almond butter can be substituted with other nut butters like cashew or peanut. For a nut-free option you can use sunflower seed butter. I prefer almond butter for these cookies because the texture of almond butter makes these cookies more chewy than some of the other spreads. Almond butter also has a more mild flavor so the nutty flavor is very light. Whichever spread you use, make sure to use natural, creamy and unsalted.
It is important to use natural nut butter (the kind that isn’t processed with oils),otherwise, you will have a lot of difficulty mixing together the ingredients. You also want unsalted, otherwise, you will have to add a lot of sweetener to compensate and that will make your dough too wet.
Unsweetened cocoa powder
You can use natural or dutch process. I use dutch process because it has a darker color and a richer chocolate flavor.
Maple syrup is used to sweeten the cookies as well as thicken the dough. Maple syrup has a high water content and when mixed with the nut butter and chocolate, it causes the spread to seize a little and thicken into something that resembles cookie dough. I have not tested this recipe with other sweeteners so I don’t know if honey or other liquid sweeteners will work. I think they might work but you may need to dilute them with water to get the same effect as maple syrup.
How these cookies work
When you look at the ingredient list, you may think that this will just turn into a sweet chocolate almond butter spread. But it’s not. When you’re done, the dough will resemble cookie dough. The almond butter provides the chewy texture of these cookies. The cocoa powder gives the cookies a rich chocolate flavor. And when you stir in the syrup, it not only sweetens the cookies, but causes the dough to seize up slightly and thicken, which is how it becomes a cookie dough texture.
These are no bake cookies so they won’t be the same as baked cookies. They hold their shape but are more malleable and soft. They are chewy and chocolatey, almost like fudge.
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3 Ingredient No Bake Healthy Chocolate Cookies
- 1/2 cup creamy natural almond butter unsweetened and unsalted
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder dutch process or natural
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- coarse sea salt optional
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine almond butter and cocoa powder and stir until completely blended. Do not add the maple syrup yet.
- Stir in the maple syrup. Once the syrup is fully incorporated, you should see that the spread has thickened to a cookie dough-like texture that you will be able to break off and roll into balls. Taste and add a little more syrup if needed for personal taste. Don't add too much syrup (no more than an additional 1/2 to 1 tbsp) as it will make the dough too wet. You can always add chopped chocolate or chocolate chips on top if you feel the dough is not sweet enough.
- Scoop 1 tbsp of dough and roll between your palms. Place onto cookie sheet and flatten into a thick disk about 1/3 inch thick. You can make the cookies thicker but you don't want them any thinner.
- Place cookies into fridge to firm up. They will not firm up that much but it should be enough that you can hold the cookies without them bending out of shape. Sprinkle tops of cookies with sea salt if desired. Store remaining uneaten cookies in fridge.
- If you have questions regarding ingredient substitutions, I address potential substitutions near the beginning of the post.
- Because these cookies are so rich, I made them small. Each one is 1 tbsp of dough. If you want bigger cookies you can definitely make them bigger with more dough. Make sure you don't flatten the dough too thin because then the cookies will be less sturdy.
- If you find the dough isn't sweet enough, you can sweeten the cookies more by adding chocolate chips or topped chocolate to the cookies.
- You can also store the cookies in the freezer but the cookies will be hard straight out of the freezer and you will have to let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften.
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.