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Thursday, August 11, 2011

No Bake Cookies, Take Two

(These cookies look like truffles. Now that I think about it, they'd be cute rolled in dutch cocoa.
Now that I really think about it, they'd be great dipped in chocolate, on a stick!)

It was the motor. Our A/C motor up and kicked the bucket the other day. Even with the fans running it was so hot in the house, and it was even hotter outside. I like to joke with the girls that Sugar, since she spends a lot of her time in the garage standing guard against unwanted creepy-crawlies that find their way in from the outside, has baked her brains because it's so hot in there. Well now I know how it feels. I can't complain, though. It only took a day for someone to come out and replace the motor. I'm pretty sure the home warranty has paid for itself in just that one visit!

So what's a gal to do when it's too hot to bake (or do anything, really) and there are no cookies for the children? (Other than going out to buy mighty over-priced ones at Whole Foods?) Conjure up some no-bake cookies that for the kids are both novel (what, raw cookies?) and fun to make, of course! These cookies get their sweetness from maple syrup, applesauce and shredded coconut. You could make them a little sweeter by including chocolate chips and rolling them in powdered sugar as desired. My girls liked making these almost as much as eating them and it made our hot afternoon a little more bearable.

No Bake Cookies, Take Two (see Take One)

1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup applesauce
6 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. coconut milk (I used So Delicious Vanilla Flavored)
1/4 cup almond butter or other nut butter as desired
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 cup quinoa flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup uncooked buckwheat hot cereal
1/2 cup shredded dried coconut
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, if desired
powdered sugar for rolling, if desired

First, toast the uncooked buckwheat hot cereal in a dry skillet over low heat for several minutes until fragrant, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Remove from the heat and set aside until cool.

In a large bowl whisk together the coconut oil through the vanilla until smooth. In a medium bowl combine the quinoa flour through the shredded coconut (make sure the buckwheat is cool). Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir to combine. Add the chocolate chips if desired. Refrigerate the mixture until firm enough to form into balls, about an hour.

Take heaping teaspoons of dough and form them into balls with the palms of your hands. Roll them in powdered sugar if desired. Place one layer on a plate or small glass dish and cover with wax paper. Repeat to make a second layer. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.


Ina said...

What a perfect no bake cookie! I have not seen cream of buckwheat where I live...I am wondering if gf rice puff cereal would work in place of? What do you think?

Erin said...

Hi Ina...something like Rice Crispies might work, as long as they are on the small and not large side, or you can crush them. Or you can use oats or quinoa flakes instead. :)