Banana No-Bake Cookies (No Refined Sugar)

I’ve got another sugarless baking experiment for you today, imaginary internet pal!
I know you’ve been there- middle of the afternoon, no snacks handy, craving hits.. and you think to yourself, “how can I make myself a treat before the kids wake up??”
I immediately thought of no-bake cookies (and also thought I was some kind of genius for coming up with that.. DUH, Natalie.). The banana takes the place of refined sugar in this recipe. If you’re not into the whole sweeten-stuff-with-bananas thing, this recipe isn’t for you. The banana isn’t overpowering, but you can taste it in there.
I was a fan, husband was a fan, toddler was a fan. They tasted plenty sweet to us without the sugar, but that could be because we aren’t eating any real sugar and our taste buds have changed. I had a little cookie-fruit-pizza-bite-thingy yesterday morning at MOPS (you’ve been on Pinterest, you know what I’m talking about) and it tasted SO SWEET. A month ago, I would have downed a handful of them and started looking for something else. Hooray for detoxing!
If you’re looking for a quick and refined-sugar free cookie, give this one a try. But it’s okay if you don’t- I know my girl Marianne will (this post is really just for her anyways). Better get crackin’- nap time is almost over..
Banana No-Bake Cookies (No Refined Sugar)
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adapted from Back to Her Roots

  • 1 medium banana, cut into chunks
  • ½ cup chocolate chips/chunks
  • 3 tablespoons nut butter (I used PB)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 to 1½ cups rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)

  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine banana chunks, chocolate chips, nut butter, chia seeds, milk and salt. Heat for 2-3 minutes or until just beginning to bubble.
  2. Using a fork, mash the bananas in chocolate mixture until smooth. Bring mixture to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, add in vanilla.
  3. Stir in 1 cup oats until well-coated. If the mixture seems a bit runny, add up to ½ cup more oats until the mixture is scoop-able.
  4. Spoon rounded tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper and let cool in the fridge or freezer until firm. Enjoy the cookies right away or keep refrigerated.

5 Responses to “Banana No-Bake Cookies (No Refined Sugar)”
  1. Cathy says:

    Hello! I ran across your blogsite via Pinterest, searched Vegetarian, and found these! After a quick “pantry check” in my brain, 10 minutes later, I have a plate full in the freezer! It was that easy! I was out of chia seeds, so I used flaxseeds…can’t wait to taste them! (the part I licked off my fingers after rolling the balls tasted yummy!) Happy Day!

  2. Margaret says:

    Any way to replace the nut butter? I want to make these school friendly for my daughter. Sounds yummy!

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