Quick No-bake Grain-free Cookie Dough

It always blows my mind when people say they don’t like chocolate. It’s ok, we can still be friends.

More for me, right?

huge chocolate bar

I live for chocolate. Livi is quickly learning the ways, too. My nana bought me a cupcake magnet years ago and when you press the cupcake it says, “I loooooooooove chocolate.” Guess what 18-month old loves to press the magnet and say, “I loooooove chocolate!” along with it? Pretty dang cute.

chocolate magnet

I especially love a little something sweet in the afternoon with my coffee. Nana and I call it our “jolt” time, and it always involves coffee, usually a bite of something sweet or some popcorn. So, naturally around 2pm the other day while Liv was napping, I started to scrounge for a sweet treat.

No-Bake Grain-Free Cookie Dough

I found this chocolate bar from Whole Foods, which wasn’t really my favorite:

dark chocolate bar

and gave it second life in a no-bake cookie dough.

no-bake cookie

Much better ๐Ÿ™‚


No-bake cookie dough ingredients


Grain-Free No-Bake Cookie Dough


  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup sunflower butter (or any nut butter)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 heaping tbsp chocolate chips
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1tsp vanilla


  1. Mix all ingredients in medium bowl
  2. Form into 4 cookies
  3. Place on a plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes


  • Serving Size: 4


Cookie dough 1 of 1 2


Eat! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you enjoy <3



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  1. Em on July 29, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I was just wondering what you suggest as a substitute to the almond meal. Seeing as I am allergic to almonds I would like to find a good substitute. Thanks.


    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2013 at 12:12 am

      ground oats should work!

  2. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome on July 29, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Mmmm… love cookies like these! The problem is, I eat way too many! I’ve gotten better at sticking half the batch in the freezer to pull out and defrost when needed ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on July 30, 2013 at 2:40 am

    This looks SO delicious and what a bonus that it has added protein and fiber!

  4. Haley @ Cupcakes and Sunshine on July 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    These sound so easy! I need to pick up some almond meal so I can always have it on hand! (:

  5. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on July 30, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    yum those look so delicious!

  6. Denise on August 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I have made these about 4 times now. Today, I decided to increase the almond flour to 1 cup and I much better results. My cookies look like yours now! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Bethany on August 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I made these yesterday, and I couldn’t get them to set up….so I baked them for 10 min at 350 and they were perfect! My little one who is autistic and super picky is on a grain free diet….its been super challenging, but she loved these cookies! I think they are going to be a staple!

  8. Rachel on August 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Yum! Increased the almond meal and loved these!

  9. Kristen on August 23, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Used 1/2 this recipe to make a grain-free breakfast cookie dough cereal (minus the chocolate, add cinnamon)… delish! So filling and felt like a treat ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Beth on February 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Is almond meal the same as almond flour?

  11. Liesl @ Fitnessinthekitchen on February 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    This looks like danger! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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