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 πŸ™‚


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! πŸ™‚

Hope you enjoy <3



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  1. Fit Missy on July 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Will definitely have to try this recipe!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on July 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

    One thing you’ll NEVER here me say is…”I don’t like chocolate.” It’s the best thing ever, in my opinion! πŸ˜‰

    Love this cookie dough recipe!

  3. Fernanda on July 29, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Will make it this evening!! Was dreaming about them since you IG’ed it over the weekend.
    Hope they keep well a few days in the fridge though … (Am planning on eating one per day as afternoon snack).
    Thanks for posting!

  4. Lisa on July 29, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I’ve seen these kinds of things popping up everywhere! I’m so obsessed with them.
    I recently made my own no bake cookie, and oh man they are so perfect for the Summer when you just don’t want to turn on the oven.
    Definitely my favorite thing about egg free cookies, is the fact that you can just eat the dough. I actually don’t really like baked cookies that much. I guess that’s odd;)

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

      the purposes of cookies is the dough, not the final cookie haha

  5. Ksenija @ Health Ninja on July 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

    What a delicious no guilt-treat! I love the idea of putting them in the fridge, since everything which is cooled down tastes better in summer.

  6. Ashley Lynch on July 29, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Looks yummy! May have to try these today!

  7. Natalie Hinkley on July 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Great idea to use that candy bar. I always buy those and end up not caring for them!

  8. Elizabeth M. on July 29, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I think I am going to have to make this and freeze some for when that OMG I NEED COOKIE DOUGH RIGHT NOW moment hits. Which is at least once a week…

  9. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on July 29, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Oh goodness, I can’t wait to try this! I saw it on Instagram this weekend, and was looking forward to your post on it today.

    I always need a little afternoon pick me up too, especially since Hunter has been born, but I’m hesitant to rely on coffee too much. I worry that I won’t be able to get to sleep very well or that I’ll become too addicted. Buuuuut maybe it’ll just have to happen. I like your idea of a cup of coffee and a little something sweet. πŸ˜‰

  10. chelcie @ chelcie's food files on July 29, 2013 at 11:40 am

    just made this with honey instead of maple syrup and peanut butter instead of sunbutter. So good!!

  11. Amber on July 29, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Oh my goodness… My mom has a bear at her house that says the same thing, and Baylie LOVES it! It was one of the first stuffed animals that she actually paid attention to. She DEFINITELY has my blood running through her!!! My mom raised me to eat based on the “sandwich” theory–chocolate, then dinner, then chocolate.

  12. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on July 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

    yum. i love making almond meal chocolate chip cookies, so i bet i’d love these.

  13. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on July 29, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I already have all the ingredients… YES! I’ll be making these really soon, nom nom! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  14. Ali @ Peaches and Football on July 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I LOVE simple and gluten-free cookie recipes!

    Although… not sure I can be friends with girls who don’t like chocolate. Men – sure, I get that… but women?? πŸ™‚

  15. STUFT Mama on July 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Yeah, I don’t understand the whole “not liking chocolate” thing. What??? Oh, these cookies. Must try them like now! Happy Monday!

  16. Amanda on July 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    These look amazing! I wish I was at home right now so I could test these out! I wonder if I can sub anything for the maple syrup. I can’t have sugar (cue eczema and bad headaches – boo!) but do fine with stevia and 99% cocoa. Any suggestions?

  17. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on July 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I love calling that time of day “jolt” time! I may have to steal that from you since I get a bit laggy during 2 o’clock as well ;). Those cookies look delish!

  18. Heather on July 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I will have to try these after I go to the store. I am somehow out of all nut butters in the house including PB. It is shocking since usually we have the industrial size jars of PB because of my boys and then I have almond butter and sunflower butter in the house.

  19. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on July 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    How do you come up with these things? I am just so not as creative! πŸ™‚

  20. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie on July 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    This sounds perfect – This treat sounds amazing! <3

  21. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on July 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    My favorite part about baking cookies is the dough obviously haha. It’s the best part!

  22. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on July 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Chocolate is pretty much the perfect accompaniment to coffee, especially when the afternoon slump hits. I always said I wasn’t a big fan of cookie dough, but that’s mostly because the idea of eating raw eggs totally skeeved me out, so a cookie dough without the eggs is perfect πŸ™‚

  23. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on July 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I actually used to not like chocolate! I know….blasphemy! Growing up i was only about the fruity/sour candy and treats. It wasn’t until I had a love for healthy living that I started to love dark chocolate. Now I can’t handle anything too sweet. Crazy how your tastebuds change like that.

  24. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on July 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing this!! They look delicious and will definitely be on my list to try here soon!

  25. char eats greens on July 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    YUM! And yes, a life without chocolate would just be sad! Luckily, my hubby came home with a raw bar the other night when we hadn’t had chocolate in the house for a few days. I couldn’t have loved him more that night because I was in withdrawal for the stuff (that probably shouldn’t be phrased exactly like that; I sound like an addict haha)

  26. sarah on July 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Totally Agree With You!

    Chocolate is the best, seriously a staple in our home:) I have really been loving chocolate and blueberries lately, now that is an awesome combo!

  27. Jean on July 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I recently started making no-bake treats and i love them! So easy and I don’t have to turn on the oven in this hot weather. Most of them do not need added sugar which is always a plus. Can’t wait to make these!

  28. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on July 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I really want to try making a no-bake treat. Chocolate is the bomb dot com!

  29. julia on July 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    OMG this looks so good! I can’t wait to try it

  30. Dominique on July 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I know what you mean about the afternoon “jolt!” I often have coffee 4x a day- 0700, 1400, 1730, and 2030 (caffeine doesn’t affect me, so I can get away with nighttime coffee). Summertime means it’s ALWAYS iced coffee, and I love making homemade iced mochas:
    Cold brew/chilled coffee + almond milk + dark cocoa powder + stevia powder
    …all mixed with a blender-wand and then lots of ice added. It’s so good, and pretty decent, nutrition wise.

    And I’m not a huuuuge fan of solid chocolate, but chocolate-flavored things (like mochas!) are definitely a go-to treat!

  31. Sara @ fitcupcaker on July 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    yum, these looks so good. I have tons of almond flour that I need to use, and I love not having to turn on the oven in summer πŸ™‚

  32. Sarah Crowder on July 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Oh wow these sound great. I have sunflower seed butter that I never reach for and rather than let it go rancid, I think I’ll make these!

  33. Lucie@FitSwissChick on July 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    That cupcake magnet!! I want it πŸ™‚
    And I love love love no bake cookies. These are definitely first on my list now!!

  34. Kris @ kriswithbliss.com on July 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    oh my! These look soooo good – I love cookie dough way too much, so it is awesome that these are in portion controlled cookies (though I’d probably just eat all the cookies!)

  35. Marissa on July 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    these look great. i’m always up for something that is “no bake,” especially with this summer heat!

  36. jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur on July 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    5 ingredient vegan cookie dough? Fine by me! I love that you used sunflower butter – it is definitely my top choice lately. I’m not such a fan of chocolate bars with crunch pieces of anything in them. I prefer my chocolate to be completely smooth, but like you, I have received several bars of chocolate (mostly for my birthday) that just aren’t what I’d normally choose. Now I know what I’ll be using them for!

  37. Kailey on July 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Ha! That magnet is on my fridge too! Chocoholics unite! πŸ˜‰

  38. Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food on July 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    My roommate in college hated chocolate and I’ve never understood it! Those cookies look really good. I like the idea of just making a couple at a time. I have difficulty with restraint…

  39. Kelly on July 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I like chocolate too, but um….is that a RECENT ultrasound pic on the fridge? Not sure why it jumped out at me but I thought I would ask. : )

    • Danielle on July 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      OMG I was thinking the SAME THING!!!!!!!!! Is that a new little peanut on the fridge or one of Liv’s old ones? lol

      • Kelly on July 29, 2013 at 10:32 pm

        I know I kept mine on my fridge for a while after baby #1 but I found the ink on those things fade quick. I ink this one looks kinda new. Just sayin. ; )

        • Kelly on July 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm

          Okay, just looked back at it and the other magnet on the fridge says ” a star is born”. HA! Now I am really over analyzing it, lol!

        • Fitnessista on July 30, 2013 at 12:13 am

          oh my gosh, you girls are cracking me up. it’s livi’s ultrasound pic πŸ™‚ i like having it on the fridge, but removed it today because we got a giant magnet calendar thing. it’s going in her baby book. no buns in the oven over here for a while

  40. Melodie on July 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Mmmm. Recipe looks great. I pinned it. But im one of those oddballs that isn’t crazy for chocolate. Unfortunately, I do love sweets and I love chocolate if it includes peanuts, peanut butter, almonds, caramel… just about anything really. But chocolate by itself I can turn down 99% of the time.

  41. Sarabell on July 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I eat mostly grain-free AND have all of these ingredients!

  42. Ryan Archdeacon on July 29, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    This looks great! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  43. april on July 29, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    oh yum, these look amazing, especially with the addition of sunflower butter (one of my fave nut butters). the no bake concept is perfect for summer – reminds me of baking with my grandma when i was little and how i loved to lick the mixing spoon with the raw cookie dough πŸ™‚

  44. courtstar @ starsystemz on July 29, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Yum I love simple cookies such as these! Can’t wait to try them thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ love + shine Courtstar

  45. Olivia @ Liv Lives Life on July 29, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Love this recipe! I wonder if I could use ground oats in place of the almond meal? (I’m allergic to nuts.)
    I’m the same way about an afternoon treat. A few hours after lunch, I start looking for something to satisfy my sweet tooth. πŸ™‚

  46. Alexis @ Hummusapien on July 29, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    These are so creative! I love that they’re stuffed with dark chocolate AND that I don’t have to turn the oven on πŸ™‚ YUM!

  47. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on July 29, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Looks like I know how I’ll be spending my evening. πŸ˜‰

  48. Mary @ Munchies and Miles on July 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    These sound delicious! I bet this mixture (minus the chocolate chips) would be delicious as an almost raw pie crust! I think I might try it and put my chocolate-avocado-banana mousse as the filling!

  49. Denise on July 29, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I made these today and oh my-delicious! You are a genius! Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2013 at 12:14 am

      yay, i’m happy you like them! i made another batch today too- liv loves them πŸ™‚

  50. Amy @ www.funfoodiefamily.wordpress.com on July 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Yes, please!!!! I just bought an ice cream maker, so I think these will make a fabulous ice cream cookie sandwich!

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2013 at 12:14 am

      that sounds awesome!!

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