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Are you looking to satisfy your vegan sweet tooth but don’t have the patience or time for baking an elaborate batch of vegan cookies?
We’ve got news for you - vegan baking doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. No-bake vegan cookies allow for easy preparation, and then your work is done. No baking (or potential of burning the cookies) is involved.
What’s better, you can make tasty no-bake cookies from scratch using all natural, clean, vegan ingredients. Not only are you getting sweet and satisfying little desserts, but you’re also getting a cookie that causes no unnecessary harm to animals or the environment.
Read on to see why no-bake vegan cookies are an easy dessert you should be treating yourself to more often. We’ll share how to make them right, followed by a few good recipes to get started with.
Why go No-Bake?
Following the vegan lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up all your favorite desserts and baked goods. You can still enjoy plenty of tasty treats by swapping friendlier vegan ingredients for those unnecessary eggs and sticks of butter.
The rise of no-bake cookies has created great opportunities for vegan sweet enthusiasts.
A no-bake cookie essentially means there are no eggs in it (because it would have to be baked if there were eggs in it). If you’re at a potluck and someone brings no-bake cookies, ask them which ingredients they used. With the elimination of eggs, that’s one ingredient closer to the chance of their cookies being vegan.
Whether you’re vegan or not, no-bake cookies come in handy in a number of ways. If you need a last-minute dish for your child to take to school the next day, no-bake cookies are quick and easy to whip up. Also, they require very little ingredients or even clean-up.
But the no-bake cookie can be even more exciting for vegans because you can include more healthful and clean ingredients. Vegan cookies can include fibrous oats, soy protein powder, hemp hearts, almond butter and other nutritious components. They make for a delicious way to still enjoy sweet treats while getting necessary nutrients.
How to Make No-Bake Vegan Cookies the Right Way
Making no-bake cookies takes some trial and error. Many first-time no-bake bakers have similar issues in the beginning - their cookies turn out dry or they don’t set up at all. One of the biggest secrets to successfully making noebake cookies is to get the timing right.
Most recipes call for you to boil the “dough” for 1 to 3 minutes, but they might not be very clear about when you should start that time frame. Start timing the boil when it is fully and rapidly boiling, not just when the bubbles start popping up. If you go over 1 minute and 15 seconds when the water is boiling, your mixture will be too dry to form a solid cookie.
Now that you know why the no-bake option is perfect for a vegan cookie and how to avoid the common fails, let’s get started with some delicious recipes.
5 No-Bake Vegan Cookies to Try
When your sweet tooth won’t let up, whip up these no-bake vegan cookies:
1. Spice Cookies
For an autumn twist, try these no-bake vegan spice cookies. When you’re not in the mood for a typical chocolate cookie or don’t have any vegan chocolate chips on hand, try a cookie with pumpkin spice, ginger, and cloves for a little mix-up. You can incorporate your favorite nut butter or sunflower seed butter for a nut-free variation if you prefer.
These are perfect for Thanksgiving or any family or friends gatherings as the leaves start changing and the weather cools down.
2. Chocolate Fudge
For those chocoholic vegans, this is the no-bake vegan cookie recipe for you. With sweet maple syrup and rich cocoa powder, these will give you the chocolate fix you’ve been craving.
But they’re not all sugar and aphrodisiacs. This recipe incorporates nutritious ingredients like sunflower seed butter and chia seeds to give you a dose of fiber with your dessert.
3. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites
A slight twist on the no-bake cookie is the rolled-up ball version, otherwise known as “bites.” Bites are a fun way to feel like you’re eating raw cookie dough without the dangers of raw eggs. This is also a perfect back-up plan if your cookies don’t set well.
These Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites offer all the yummy flavors of oatmeal raisin cookies with a few surprise ingredients. Cashews and shredded coconut add a unique spin on this traditional cookie. With a healthy dose of whole-grain oats and clean ingredients, you won’t feel guilty indulging in these vegan cookie dough bites.
4. Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies
Who says you can’t have cookies for breakfast? With healthy ingredients providing several nutritional benefits, these no-bake vegan peanut butter cookies are a great way to start your day off right. Their thick and chewy texture make for a delicious breakfast treat.
Unlike traditional peanut butter cookie recipes, these no-bake vegan cookies do not contain palm oil, white sugar or butter. They are packed with nutritious ingredients like almond flour and coconut flour. Packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, these cookies are sure to fill you up and give you more energy than any regular, sugar-laden cookie would.
5. Bliss Bites
It doesn’t get easier than these no-bake bliss bites. With only seven ingredients, you’re able to easily fulfill your sweet tooth and stay true to your vegan diet. Oats, peanut butter, and maple syrup are the main ingredients for this recipe.
With simple, natural ingredients, a delectable flavor and easy no-bake process, these bites are every bit as blissful as their name describes.
Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up the sweet treats you’ve always loved. Whenever you get a craving for your favorite cookie, try one of the no-bake vegan versions instead. You’ll feel better physically and mentally with vegan cookies.
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