No-bake Christmas (Cookie Dough) Balls
With 3 days until Christmas, who has time to bake? I certainly don't! So here's an easy, no-bake cookie recipe that shouldn't take too long to make, and you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.
In case you missed my 3 ingredient cookie recipe, click HERE and see how easy this thin mint cookie is to make. You will be shocked!
My favorite nut butter of all time is cashew butter! There is something about the taste of it that is just so dessert-like. Add in a few drops of maple syrup or the liquid sweetener of your choice and, to me, it resembles caramel. I use cashew butter in my recipe for Twix bars. You can find that recipe HERE.
If you do not have cashew butter or you prefer a different nut butter, you may choose the perfect nut butter of your choice. I prefer an unsweetened and no-salt-added nut butter. The brand that I love is Once Again Organics. You can find this brand at Sprouts, Whole Foods or on Amazon.
The liquid sweetener that I love second to maple syrup is Dolcedi from Rigoni Di Asiago. This sweetener is made from 100% Organic Concentrated Apple Juice. It's low glycemic, non-GMO, kosher, vegan, organic and only has one ingredient. If you can't find it in your local store, order it online and use maple syrup in place of it for this recipe and it will be just as delicious.
1 cup Once Again Organics Cashew Butter (unsalted and unsweetened)
1 tsp vanilla
2 TB Dolcedi (or maple syrup)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup hemp seeds
1/3 cup flax seed meal
(or 1 bag Enjoy Life Foods Mini Chocolate Chips)
Mix nut butter, vanilla, Dolcedi (or maple syrup), chia seeds, hemp seeds and flax seed meal in a mixing bowl.
Using a tablespoon (approx.) sized cookie scoop like THIS ONE, scoop mixture one by one onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Put the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 1 hour.
Once you have a few minutes left on your timer, break up the chocolate bars and put them in a glass bowl and melt the chocolate over a double boiler on low heat. Stir occasionally with a spatula. Once melted, turn off heat and remove the bowl to an oven mitt or trivet. This photo below is from my 3 ingredient cookie recipe, you can use chocolate chips or the Lily's Chocolate Bars.
Side note: Please do not use the microwave, it's not good for you and alters the nutrition value in your food. I highly recommend you use a double boiler to melt your chocolate. It doesn't take long at all. For details on a double boiler, click HERE and see my photos below.
Allow the chocolate to sit for 2-3 minutes as it will be really hot. Carefully place each cookie into the melted chocolate and then place it on parchment paper to cool. To speed up the process, place the parchment sheet on a dish or back on the cookie sheet and stick in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Put the cookies in a cute gift box and gift it to a loved one, or eat them all up while catching up on Gilmore Girls on Netflix. One of those things may or may not have happened. Only 3 days until Christmas! Happy no-bake cookie time to you!