No Bake Cookies {Grain Free}

grain free no bake cookies

No bake cookies are my go-to recipe when I want something that’s easy, rich, and very chocolate-y.  When I have a long day, a dirty house, and am just flat exhausted I always tend to make no bake cookies and then end up on the couch licking the pan while I watch TV! Pretty much when my husband sees me making no-bake cookies he knows he’s putting the kids to bed that night 🙂

This is the same recipe I always use but this time I made just a few adjustments so they would be grain free. And while we are not  100% grain free, when I cook I have complete control over the ingredients and I prefer my recipes to be not only gluten and dairy free but also grain, soy, and refined sugar free. Then I don’t feel so bad after licking every last bit of chocolate then eating a whole bunch of cookies right before bed!

On a more personal note, many people have been asking me how my son has been doing. Over the coarse of a week and a half he had 2 seizures, lots of tests, and lots of doctors appointments. He ended up just getting a general diagnosis of epilepsy and he is now on seizure medication.  He has been on the medication for 10 days now and so far he hasn’t had any more seizures!!! We don’t know what’s causing the seizures but I was surprised to learn that up to 40% of children in the autism spectrum have or develop epilepsy! I knew epilepsy went along with autism but I had no idea it could develop at the onset of adolescence. I thought that since he didn’t have seizures as an infant and since his autism is mild that we would never have to deal with it… I was obviously wrong.

He still sleeps in our room every night because we haven’t worked up to his full dose of medication yet and are still very worried. And while we are still dealing with his worsened autism and are now homeschooling him, things have calmed down considerably and are starting to get back to normal.

Thank you for all of your concern and nice e-mails 🙂


No Bake Cookies {Grain Free}
 
Ingredients
  • 1 C Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1½ Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ C Refined Coconut Oil or Dairy Free Butter
  • ¼ C Milk Substitute (I used almond milk)
  • ¼ C Crunchy Peanut Butter (crunchy almond butter for paleo)
  • ½ Tsp. Vanilla
  • ¾ C Soaked Cashews
  • 1 C Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Instructions
  1. Prepare the cashews: Soak in hot water for 30+ minutes. Drain. Then transfer to a food processor and process until finely shopped. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, mix together the sugar, cocoa powder, coconut oil, and milk. Bring to boil and boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and peanut butter. Mix until the peanut butter is completely melted. Then, add chopped cashews and coconut. Mix well.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Transfer to refrigerator until set (a few hours).
  6. Store in airtight baggie or container in the fridge.

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14 responses to “No Bake Cookies {Grain Free}

  1. Another easy, healthy, fabulous recipe, Cassidy!!! Can’t wait to make this. I will be using almond butter (as I have a peanut allergy), so I will let you know how that transfers. I may also try sunflower seed butter (this really smells like peanut butter…so much in fact I can barely be around it). Crazy.

    On another note, I am so glad to hear your son is going better, Cassidy! I have been thinking about you. That’s scary to have a new diagnosis and all the unknowns now that come with it, but at least there is a name for the symptoms. I am sure that was a real shock though for you all. I wonder if hormones had anything to do with it coming on this late? It sounds like things are better for now. I hope everything evens out with the medication. You are amazing (and your husband sounds amazing too). Your son is so lucky to have such loving, dedicated parents.

    I started working with children, teens, and adults, with ASD back in 1999. A few years later I became a board certified behavior analyst, then ran social skills groups with teens/adults with Asperger’s/HFA. As I recall, several of the children I worked with over the years had epilepsy and it was very frightening. Presently, I am a L.C.S.W., and work in the mental health field, but I will always have a deep love and respect in my heart for all the families AND children I worked with for so many years. Back when I started I was an in-home early intervention tutor and worked closely with the families. I was there with them along their child’s growth and development. It was such an honor to know those families. I still have contact with many of them today.

    Have a great rest of your week, Cassidy. One day at a time…right. 🙂

    xo,
    –Amber

    • Cassidy

      Hi Amber!

      I’d love to know if the almond butter and sunflower seed butter work in this recipe b/c I know many people have peanut allergies.

      Thank you for your concern about my son. I bet you find your job very rewarding. We’ve gotten close to many of the therapists we’ve worked with over the years and I’ve really appreciated their help. I’m sure the families you’ve helped have a special place in their hearts for you!

      I hope you have a good week as well, thank you for such a nice comment 🙂

      Hugs,
      Cassidy

  2. HI Cassidy,
    I just wanted to let you know that my son also had “childhood epilepsy”. The seizures started when he was 10, with no history in either of our families we were shocked. The medicine kept in under control and after 2 years he was able to go off of it and is completely seizure free. It is a scary road to travel but it does get better. Good luck to you! Karen

    • Cassidy

      Thank you for the nice comment Karen. I’ve heard several people say that the medicine kept the seizures under control and that their kids were eventually able to get off of the meds completely. It is definitely very scary but we are hopeful. Thanks for sharing, I’m happy your son is doing well now.

  3. These look simply amazing and a must try!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    We have a Gluten Free gift basket giveaway this week! One lucky winner will score an awesome basket, just in time for Mothers Day!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  4. I am sorry to hear that your son is suffering from seizures, our son does as well. We have recently had our son on the ketogenic diet, and it worked for seizure control. You can easily adapt many of your recipes to be keto, pretty easily.
    Seizures can be very scary, but our son is doing quite well, and his meds are not too hard on him. Good luck in this journey!

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