Baking as a hobby can be quite fulfilling but most often than not, it can be quite demanding too. Plus, living in a tropical country doesn’t really help, what with the oven that immediately turns your kitchen into a sauna, sometimes you’d rather just run to the mall and grab yourself some freshly baked goodies.
But who said that you must turn on the oven to enjoy great homemade cookies! Here’s a recipe for when your sweet tooth just can’t wait, and all you need is a fridge!
The recipe has three basic ingredients (oats, nut butter and liquid sweetener) in which you have the liberty to add your custom favourite ingredients. The possibilities for additional ingredients and combinations are endless and can include, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, chocolates, coconut and whatever you can think that’s best to improve the taste of your treat. Sky is the limit!
Customise your no-bake dessert
Here are some suggestions to further improve your homemade treat:
- Nuts: almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, pistachios
- Seeds : flax seed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds
- Dried fruits : cranberries, raisins, cherries, mangoes, apricots
- Chocolate: milk, dark, white chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder
- Halva/Tahini: sesame, hazelnut, sunflower
- Others: coconut shreds, cinnamon, vanilla extract
For starters, choose your preferred ingredients. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Let’s try out two easy recipes for you to start with.
Recipe 1: Cranberries and Almonds
What you’ll need: oats, nut oil/butter (you can use sesame or hazelnut tahini/halva), honey, chopped almonds, dried cranberries, flax seeds, coconut shreds
Recipe 2: Almond Chocolate Delight
What you’ll need: oats nut butter, honey, chopped almonds, cocoa powder, coconut shreds, dark chocolate chips
Preparation time: 5 minutes, Cooking time: 5 minutes, Total time: 10 minutes.
Ratio of ingredients:
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup custom ingredients (see custom ingredients list)
- ½ cup nut butter/oil (nut butter or tahini are rich in calorie, so be mindful)
- 1/3 cup liquid sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup or coconut nectar)
Step 1: Place all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well until it’s thick enough to shape the mixture into balls.
If the “batter” is too crumbly, add more nut butter or honey, if it is too moist, add extra oatmeal.
Step 2: Scoop about 2 tablespoons (optional: use ice cream scoop) of the batter and shape into a ball. Do so for the remaining batter.
Sprinkle the cookie balls with coconut shreds, chocolate shavings, crushed walnuts or cocoa powder. Place the cookie energy bombs on a dish with baking paper.
Step 3: Chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
Voila! Enjoy your no-bake sweet treat with family and friends.
Storage and fridge recommendation
These homemade no-bake cookies are best stored in the refrigerator. And if you happen to prepare more than what you can consume for the day, fret not, simply place the extra treats in the freezer for longer shelf-life.
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You can eat them anytime!
These energy cookie bombs are definitely perfect for the summer, to beat hunger anywhere and anytime. At work, while walking, after your gym session, on a hike, while watching your favourite show or after meals.
So no matter how hot it could be this summer, you can still treat yourself to some tasty delights. Just mix your favourite ingredients and store them up in the fridge. That easy! 😉
Photos and Recipe Jessica Bose / Food Hacks Daily