Cowboy Cookies in a no bake ENERGY BITES form! Yes, the best of both worlds. No baking, vegan energy bites that taste like cowboy cookies! Soft, chewy, and loaded with a variety of flavors. Oats, dark chocolate chips, coconut, almond or peanut butter, maple syrup, chopped walnuts, and a hint of cinnamon coconut sugar (my personal addition).
So now that Memorial day has come and gone, does that mean it’s unofficially summer? I’m having flash back of watching Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused. The too bright of orange pants and a creepy mustache. Yes, that was the official SUMMER movie though. If you are under 30, you probably won’t get it. LOL! I’m old. I digress. Or rather, I just get easily entranced in thought.
Anyway, let’s talk about Summer INSTANT snacking and Summer plans. Like say.. um, HEALTHY BITES. Gah, it’s been a while ya’ll. So sorry I haven’t posted a no bake bite recipe. I missed them TRULY! This No Bake Cowboy Cookie Dough Bites recipe will make it up to you. Or so I’d like to think. It’s one of my favs! Plus there is a story behind it.
So hold on to your belt buckles, here goes.
First, you’re probably wondering what Cowboy Cookies are like. They are basically a TEXAS sized cookie flavor. A “beefed up” spin on a classic chocolate chip cookie. Chocolate chips, oats, pecans, coconut and cinnamon. Gah, so good! Well, I think it’s even better with dark chocolate chips, toasted walnuts, unsweetened shredded coconut, and mixed with maple and salted roasted almond or peanut butter.
Yup, the ultimate no bake cookie in cookie dough bite form. Which is why I sharing this recipe with you today.
The other part of my little Cowboy Cookies recipe story is of course, my husband. So… obviously this kiwi had no idea what a Cowboy Cookies were. Which means i had to make and inform him. Yes, my American wife duties. But also, these no bake cookie energy bites are going to be his FUEL for an upcoming bike race. Yes, I was just informed that he signed up for 100 mile bike race in 10 days. And he hasn’t been training.. like at all.
My sherpa wife syndrome is in full force ya’ll. FUEL FUEL FUEL for that man! He’s gong to need bike fuel that easy to eat, salty, sweet, a little bit of healthy fats, and good carbs.
In all seriousness, these cowboy cookie bites can be tailored to your liking. Which means you can make as a no bake dessert or an energy bite recipe. You know where I’m going with this, right?
Seeing that I …
- A. Have a husband who has never tried a Cowboy Cookie
- B. Am needing to feed a husband POWER FUEL for his 100 miler bike ride
- C. Am in need of a gluten free cookie fix to cope with all the things going on in LIFE.
Yes, I totally just justified a No Bake Cookie “Energy Bite” recipe as a proper form of FUEL, ENERGY, EMOTIONAL coping, and just plain FUN. Gluten Free and dairy free friendly of course. You’re welcome.Print
NO BAKE VEGAN COWBOY COOKIES ENERGY BITES! Yes, the best of both worlds. No baking, Soft, chewy, and loaded with a variety of flavors. Gluten Free, vegan!
- 2/3 c to 3/4 c gluten free rolled oats. Start with 2/3 c and add more to batter if needed.
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/3 c Dark Chocolate Chips (we use Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate)
- 1/3 cup roasted or raw walnuts or pecans – chopped
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1/3 c to 1/2 cup almond flour (see notes)
- 1/3 cup creamy almond butter or peanut butter, no stir. (adjust to oats ratio if needed)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (adjust measurements along with almond butter ratio) honey works too
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Extra coconut sugar and/or coconut for rolling
- Place your oats, chocolate chips, coconut, pinch of cinnamon, coconut sugar, and walnuts together in a large bowl. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup almond flour. Mix together
- Next add your creamy almond butter. Stir again.
- Finally, Add in your vanilla extract and maple syrup a little bit a time. Mixing between pours. Adjust the amount of maple syrup you use depending batter’s thickness. You might need more or less.
- Mix again
- If batter is hard to roll, then place (chill batter) in fridge for 20 minutes. That way it’s easier to roll later.
- Roll into 1-1.5 inch balls and place on cookie tray or plastic ware with parchment paper underneath.
- Let them freeze for 20-30 minutes then transfer into a Ziploc bag.
- Dust with additional cinnamon, coconut sugar, and/or coconut flakes if desired.
- Keep in fridge or freezer for up to 6 weeks. See notes for other techniques and how to make vegan.
- For vegan dark chocolate chips we use enjoy life foods
- If the batter is not thick enough to roll after adding honey, add 1/4 cup more almond flour or oats to thicken.
- If batter is too dry, add 1/4 cup or less more honey or nut butter.
- Category: snack
- Method: no bake
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 energy bite
- Calories: 75
- Sugar: 4.2g
- Sodium: 1.7mg
- Fat: 4.9g
- Saturated Fat: 1.6g
- Carbohydrates: 7.2g
- Fiber: 1.2g
- Protein: 1.7g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: cowboy cookies, no bake bites, no bake snacks, energy bites, gluten free snacks
Okay y’all (said with a twang), let’s NOT fire up the oven and no bake these cookies… energy bites…snack bites.. err whatever. GETCHA SOME!
Ingredients needed –> Gluten Free oats, a salted no stir almond or peanut butter, cinnamon mixed with a little coconut sugar, plain or roasted nuts, unsweetened coconut, dark chocolate chips, maple syrup, and a whole lotta love!
YEEHAW! Cowboy Cookies you can take to the range. Okay I will stop at that. Mental note, that might be way too corny for post holiday conversations. LOL!
Cheers to the unofficial start of Summer and SNACKING!