No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies: Sweet and Simple Recipes

Chocolate Almond CookiesLet’s face it — who doesn’t love cookies? Cookies seem to be as versatile as they are tasty making them appropriate for virtually any occasion. Cookies can serve as a handy snack to have around the house, or double as a go-to desert to share at a picnic or social gathering. Whether you are craving a chocolate treat or looking to prepare an easy desert for family dinner, no bake chocolate chip cookies are a simple and sweet solution when you don’t feel like toiling for hours in the kitchen. In five easy steps, you can create delicious cookies that taste anything but basic.

If you have a passion for cookies and are looking to delve into the world of baking, the course Learn The Pastry Arts – The World Of Cookies will help you to build essential pastry training skills while instructing how to prepare and execute various types of cookies. However, if  you want to keep things quick and easy, check out these recipes for no bake chocolate chip cookies listed below.

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1  cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

(makes about 20 cookies depending on size)

  1.  In a large mixing bowl, combine oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and vanilla.
  2. In a saucepan, mix butter, milk and sugar over medium high heat. Continuously stir until mixture boils. Continue to stir for one minute.
  3. Carefully, pour the hot mixture into the mixing bowl containing the oatmeal mixture. Stir well until evenly combined.
  4. Using a spoon, drop spoonfuls of cookie mixture onto a sheet of wax paper.
  5. Allow cookies to cool and sit for an hour to harden. Placing cookies in the freezer will allow them to harden faster. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

You can even jazz up the recipe by adding coconut, marshmallows, or substituting white chocolate chips to the mixture. Check out this article for a delicious white chocolate chip cookie recipe. Also, for a different spin on this snack, cookies can be made into bars. Instead of spooning out the mixture on wax paper, press cookie “dough” into a pan. After hardening, the mixture can be cut into bars. To make this recipe a bit healthier, try using raw almond butter in lieu of peanut butter, old fashioned rolled oats, a natural sweetener instead of pure sugar (be sure to check conversions) and low-fat milk or unsweetened almond milk. Are you looking to explore more healthy desert options? Learn to make desserts using raw cacao, with this course from Udemy.

If you are craving something sweet and looking for something that is even more simple and quick to prepare, give these no heat chocolate chip cookie balls a try. You do not require an oven or a stovetop for this simple recipe.

No Bake and NO HEAT Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

(makes about 20 balls)

  1. Stir all dry ingredients together in a medium  bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Add honey to the mixture and stir until evenly dispersed and mixture is a thick consistency.  You could also easily reduce the amount of honey and add coconut or almond butter.
  3. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  4. Once chilled, roll into balls. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to one week.

These recipes can also be adapted according to various tastes and substitutions can be made due to food allergies. For example, removing the oats would make this a gluten free desert. If you are on a gluten free diet, yet would like to indulge in bread, Online Pastry School – Gluten Free Bread Baking Course, will teach you how make a variety of great-tasting, gluten free breads.Cookie balls can be taken to the next level if you are thinking of creating a healthy cookie packed with protein for a pre or post workout snack. Try this variation for a healthy, protein packed snack.

Chocolate Chip Protein Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs or chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup protein powder (chocolate or vanilla)

Directions:

(makes about 20 balls)

  1. Combine oats and protein powder in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add and stir the remainder of the dry ingredients until evenly distributed.
  3. Add honey to the mixture and stir until evenly dispersed and mixture is a thick consistency.
  4. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  5. Once chilled, roll into balls. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to one week.

These cookies and protein balls make great dessert options or snacks because not only are they tasty, but there are healthy and do not contain countless ingredients. Knowing exactly what goes in to what you or your family is eating is a wonderful feeling – especially when you are trying to take the steps to create a healthier lifestyle for those around you.Also, they are easy to eat, convenient to pack and snack on the go, and can be pack with hidden nutritional power foods that will give you a boost instead of making you feel sluggish or bloated.

The great thing about no bake deserts is that they are simple, easy to prepare, and usually require less clean up after they are completed.  Do you possess a need or desire to cook, but are strapped for time? This course helps with meal planning and cooking instruction. Though it was designed with single parents in mind, the course applies to any busy individual who is looking to cook and seeking simple, doable solutions. I hope you enjoy these bake free deserts and will add them to your list of go-to easy fixes.