I adore the flexibility of summer evenings. Churches tend to cut back on weeknight activities, kids don't have a hundred games or practices to attend, and life takes on a generally slower pace. (At least, for us it does.) This extra flexibility leaves room for something I've always loved: spontaneous guests.
We had the pleasure of hosting three new friends a few evenings ago, and I knew I wanted to have a little something sweet for all of us to munch on. BUT, they were arriving at 8 pm, and I didn't even get my kitchen cleaned up from our family's dinner until almost 7 pm. Oh, I guess I should also mention that we don't have air conditioning, and it had been a particularly
awful sweltering warm day. My house sat at a balmy 80 degrees, and I can tell you this much — I love hosting last-minute guests, but I was NOT about to preheat my oven for anyone!
In less than 30 minutes, I had whipped up a batch of No-Bake Coconut Delights. That and all the other scrumptious and healthy no-bake cookies and bars we've got here for you today are the kinds of recipes you want to have in your back pocket — whether it's 80 degrees in your house or not!
These no-bake cookies are like little candies. They are also sugar, dairy, egg, and grain free. Via wholenewmom.com.
These cinnamon raisin bites tastes just like oatmeal raisin cookies, except there's no oven required! Via hummusapien.com.
Are you looking to go raw but afraid you'll miss sweet treats? Try these carob clusters. Via popsugar.com.
These healthy truffles are so good and they just melt in your mouth. The best part? They can literally be made in minutes! Via mywholefoodlife.com.
Coconut covered in chocolate. Oh, my! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Make these for a nourishing, quick, grab-and-go snack — ready whenever you want one. Via primallyinspired.com.
Love peanut butter and chocolate no-bake cookies? With a few minor changes you can now enjoy them without guilt! These are made with all natural ingredients and are so much healthier. Via healthstartsinthekitchen.com.
No-bake plus fresh lemon coconut flavor in one little melt away bite? I'll take the whole tray, please! Via forageddish.com.
Just one bowl and ten minutes — that's all you’ll need to make these healthy no-bake thumbprint cookies. Via thebigmansworld.com.
The festive fabulousness of peppermint hot chocolate in the form of a healthy snack. Via hummusapien.com.
These No-Bake Almond Joy Energy Balls are inspired by the ever-popular Almond Joy chocolate bar, minus all the gunk! They pack a serious nutrition punch and are also gluten-free, vegan, AND paleo. Via thehealthymaven.com.
No-bake pumpkin cookies are grain-free and refined-sugar free for an easy and tasty treat! Via plaidandpaleo.com.
Addictive and healthy peanut butter cookies, without flour or sugar! Via chocolatecoveredkatie.com.
Consider these coconut cookie dough bites the paleo version of no-bake cookies, made healthy with simple ingredients almost everyone can find in their pantry! Via thecoconutmama.com.
These paleo chocolate cookies have raw cacao powder inside and raw cacao butter outside. Via thespunkycoconut.com.
It’s so simple — just two ingredients! Three if you want to add some coconut flavoring, vanilla, or cocoa power. And yes, they’re healthy ingredients. Incredibly sweet, but healthy. Via frugalfarmwife.com.
These sandwich cookies look like Oreos, but they’re softer and chewier… imagine a cross between an Oreo and a candy bar. That sounds fun, right? Via chocolatecoveredkatie.com.
These little bites are a nice treat when you don't want to turn on your oven. Mix these no-bake cookies up in about five minutes or so and then put them in the fridge for about ten. Viola! Via eatnourishing.com.
These cookies only take about five minutes to make and taste just like candy when covered in melted chocolate. Via forthefamily.org.
Desperate for a snack but short on time? These cookies fit the bill, deliciously! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
These no-bake cookies only take a few minutes to prepare and then you just pop them in the fridge until they’re chilled. Via deliciouslyorganic.net.
These no-bake gems are sweetened with dates and the yummy pumpkin. Via hummusapian.com.
These cookies have a deep richness and subtle sweetness that will easily satisfy those sugar cravings without the sharp blood sugar spike and inevitable energy crash.Via returntothegarden.blogspot.com.
This particular recipe for No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies is ideal for busy, health-minded folks looking for a hint of sweetness in their day. Made from just five real food ingredients in about two minutes with no refined sugar or grain flours to fuss with, these cookies deserve a spot in your dessert repertoire. Via blog.radiantlifecatalog.com.
This is a fun and flexible cookie. Via superhealthykids.com.
These are a nice sweet treat to have without all the processed sugars and flours. Perfect with tea! Via healyeatsreal.com.
These Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel No-Bake Cookies are a version of the original no-bakes. They're dairy- and gluten-free, paleo, and vegan. Via gi365.co.
Nourising, No-Bake Bars
These Raw Citrus Brownies are sweetened from natural sweetness of the dates and fruit. Via yummyinspirations.net.
These are a handy, and tasty, thing to grab when you're on the go. Via frecklepocket.com.
These raw energy bars are absolutely packed with protein, healthy fats, low-glycemic carbs, enzymes, vitamins, omega-3s, calcium, magnesium, selenium, iodine and zinc — and they are yummy and will keep you going for a good while. Via smallfootprintfamily.com.
These No-Bake “Almond Joy” Bars are easy to make, freeze well, and are loaded with coconut oil and other healthy ingredients. Via wholenewmom.com.
Do any family members participate in physically-demanding events or athletic competitions? These snack bar recipes will ease your planning as you prepare to feed and refuel your family. They are also delicious just as a treat! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
These bars are moist, chewy, chocolate-y. Via todayindietzville.com.
The nuts in these homemade Larabars are rich with digestive enzymes, rather than rich with enzyme inhibitors. So good for you! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Try these quick, delicious no-bake pumpkin energy bars: the perfect way to revel in the flavors of fall (even during the summer!) on-the-go. Via blog.radiantlifecatalog.com.
There’s only one problem with these bars: it’s near impossible to eat just one. So if you’re trying to watch your calories, you might just skip over this post. Via moneysavingmom.com.
These bars have such incredible flavor, you’d never guess they don’t have any sugar and only a smidge of natural sweeteners. Via kitchenstewardship.com.
This is a great recipe to utilize soaked nuts. Soaking nuts increased the nutrient availability and makes them easier for our body to digest. Use any type of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Change up the spices to your desired tastes. Via theorganicdietitian.com.
A creamy and delicious raw dessert! Free of eggs, grains, gluten, dairy, and refined sugars. Via wifemamafoodie.com.
Pecan pie + booze = better pecan pie. It’s science. Via minimalistbaker.com.
Looking for an easy treat? These no-bake Nut-free Chocolate Date Bars will satisfy your sweet tooth! Via agirlworthsaving.com.
These homemade chia seed energy bars are simple to make and packed with nutrients! These natural food bars give you lasting energy! Via wellnessmama.com.
Like a healthy Little Debbie! Via nourishedhealth.com.
Kid-friendly, super simple no-bake granola bars. All whole grains and zero refined sugar. Via kitchenstewardship.com.
You'll love these five varieties of energy bars featuring Maca. Via mommypotamus.com.
These healthy carrot cake bars are so easy to make and they don't taste healthy at all! Via happyhealthymama.com.
A no-bake healthy twist on a childhood favorite. Via ifoodreal.com.
All you need is five simple ingredients to make these blueberry bliss bars! This no-bake recipe is perfect for summer.
(Note: Many of these recipes call for nuts, nut butters, and seeds. Remember to always sprout or soak your nuts and seeds before using them in any recipe! Here's how and why.)
What nourishing no-bake cookies or bars do you love?
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Want More Nourishing No-Bake Treats?
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- Put the Lime in the Coconut
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Avocado Mint Chip
- Orange & Dark Chocolate
- Coconut Craze
- Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate
- Sweet Superfood (with goji berries & chia seeds)
- Chocolate-Covered Cherry
- Blueberry, Lemon, & Mint Bliss
- Buttered Caramel Cashew
You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already!
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P.S. If you purchase Nourishing No-Bake Treats through this link, Wardee from Traditional Cooking School will throw in a no-bake recipe of her own — Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies (pictured below). Just forward your receipt and we'll reply with the bonus recipe! (Forward to wardee at traditionalcookingschool dot com.)
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