These Protein packed No Bake Cashew Cookies are perfect for snack time or as a healthier dessert option!
- 1 cup medjool dates (about 15–17 dates)
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup thick cut oats
- 1 scoop (42g) plant based protein (plain, vanilla or almond)
- 3 tablespoons creamy almond butter
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- flakey sea salt, for sprinkling
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the s blade, puree dates until smooth. Remove dates from food processor bowl and set aside.
Place the dry ingredients (oats, cashews, salt and protein powder if using) into the bowl and pulse until you have a very fine crumb. Add date puree into dry ingredients (I like to break up the puree into 4 clumps before placing in food processor bowl – I find it help incorporate more smoothly), as well as almond butter. Run processor on high for 60 seconds then add almond milk 1 tablespoon at a time. If your almond butter is very runny, you may find you only need 1 tablespoon almond milk. Pulse a few more times until wet ingredients are thoroughly mixed in and the mixture’s texture is fairly smooth and sticky.
Scoop out mixture onto parchment paper and roll out until 1/4 inch thick. If your mixture is too sticky to roll, place another piece on parchment paper on top before rolling. Cut into small discs or whatever shape small cookie cutter your have (about 1-1 1/2 inch cutters will get you 36 cookies). Bunch up scraps and roll out again to be cut, repeating until you have no more dough mixture.
Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet and let chill until firmed up – about 20 minutes.
Using either a small sauce pan over low heat or microwaving in 30 second increments, melt chocolate and coconut oil together. Drizzle over cookies and sprinkle with sea salt and additional cashew pieces if desired. Chill again until chocolate is firmed up.
Keep refrigerated until ready to snack, but these also keep just fine wrapped in plastic at the bottom of your bag for a day’s outing.
Yields 36 1 inch cookies.
Feel free to leave out the plant based protein powder – these cookies pack a protein punch without it. Just reduce the almond milk to 1 tablespoon, unless your almond butter is very very runny, then you can omit the almond milk all together.
If your dates are dried out, you should soak them prior to using in the recipe.
If you don’t feel like rolling and cutting out cookies, you can just press them into a parchment lined 8×8 pan and then cut into little squares.
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