Who says no bake chocolate cookies and bars are only for kids? Not me. I grew up eating no bake chocolate cookies and bars like a kid. Now as an adult, I have come to realize that they are really no healthier than any other cookie or bar out there. What I mean by that is that even in their no bake form, the ingredients are still processed, and as we all know, processed foods are not good for you.
Take for example the palm oil. Palm oil is derived from the nuts of the palm tree, which is sometimes used as a preservative. This palm oil has been compared to petroleum jelly. What makes this stuff different from petroleum jelly? Well, it’s cheap, it doesn’t last very long, it clogs up with water and because of the preservatives, and it can also cause cancer.
No bake chocolate cookies is an old school childhood favorite of mine. As a child, I remember sitting around the kitchen table with my grandmother, who would demonstrate how to bake them by mixing them into a big bowl of icing. They were so good, I still get nostalgic when I see no bake chocolate chip cookies. These cookie creations are quick to make and easy to store in the freezer or refrigerator. Here is a no bake recipe for a wonderful selection of flavors, colors, and sizes.
For this no bake chocolate cookies recipe, start with a basic mix, which is oatmeal. In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, and butter. Stir well. Then add a little bit of vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon, and chocolate chips.
Other ingredients in factory produced cookies are refined, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, sugars, corn syrup, whey and milk solids. Can you imagine eating a meal consisting of these ingredients and thinking that you are actually enjoying a healthy cookie? Not me neither. So my take is to say that while no bake chocolate chip cookies may be tasty and colorful, they do not have to be unhealthy.
So what should you look for when making your own no bake chocolate chip cookies? First, check the ingredients. They need to be wholesome ingredients. Whole wheat flour, fresh vegetables, natural sugar, unrefined olive oil, no bake chocolate chips (in their purest form) and nonfat confectionery. By choosing healthy ingredients, you ensure that you are not only getting the taste that you desire, but also are providing your body with the nutrients it needs.
As for recipes, try making your own chocolate cookie dough so that you don’t have to buy expensive baking mixes. You can use applesauce, yogurt, eggs or even milk to make your own ‘jelly’ chocolate cookies. If you are not that creative, then use peanut butter instead of chocolate chips, and you will get the same chocolate taste without all the calories.
No bake chocolate chip cookies are a healthy choice if you bake them yourself. By choosing quality ingredients, avoiding unhealthy ingredients and baking your own chocolate treats, you will have a healthy treat for family and friends. Just think how good it would feel to know that you have made your own delicious chocolate treats, and didn’t have to pay a fortune at the store to do it!