I made these delicious little no-bake chocolate cookies for my son’s fourth birthday. We brought them to daycare for the afternoon snack. They are nut- and sesame-free (so the kids in his group with allergies could eat them, too!)
I used a combination of agave nectar, honey, and dates as sweeteners instead of sugar. My goal was to provide a chocolate treat that didn’t give all 24 kids an instant sugar rush (I wouldn’t wish 24 sugar-high kids on anyone!) and I wanted an easy no-bake cookie recipe that tasted gooey and chocolately and was quick to make.
I was there when the kids ate them, and they were a hit! Phew! Tested and approved by a crowd of 4-year-olds. This recipe gets a star!
If you don’t have agave nectar, you could try just using honey. Or leave out the sweetener all together and rely on the dates for sweetness. Another idea is to use a combination of dates and raisins. Experiment and let us know how it turns out!
- 1 cup finely chopped dates
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup soynut or peanut butter (or other nut butters)
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/4 cup agave nectar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cups oat flour
- 1 cup graham crumbs
- colored sprinkles
- Place all of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix with a large wooden spoon until it is too thick to stir. Use your hands to combine the ingredients well.
- Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll in the sprinkles.
- Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
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