No Bake Cashew Cookies Recipe

This week on our blog we are going to share recipes with ingredients known to be a good source of plant based protein.  Beans, nuts, seeds, and certain grains are at the top of our list, with our first recipe being dessert!

This is one of my FAVORITE things to make. We often make these “cashew cookies” (really Larabars) to take hiking or on long trips.  I love the flexibility of them, as you can include different nuts and different add-ins, and they always seem to turn out amazing!  This time, we wanted to make a basic cashew cookie, but instead, put our add-ins on the outside, for a variety of treats.

No Bake Cashew Cookies Recipe. Only 4 easy steps to make this incredible dessert!

Nuts, like cashews, are a good source of protein.  1 ounce of cashews contain 5 grams of protein. Not only that, but they are an excellent source of minerals, such as magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorous, vitamin K, and iron.

No Bake Cashew Cookies Recipe

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So, we first started with our base.  This included 10 pitted dates and 1/2 cup of cashews in a food processor.  I haven’t tried this in a blender, or any other way… but if you’ve been reading here for awhile, you’ll know that I used a mini $20 food processor for the better part of 10 years before I moved onto a 9 cup one.  And it worked just fine!

No Bake Cashew Cookies Recipe. Only 4 easy steps to make this incredible dessert!

Once mixed, we gathered some possible add-in ideas.  We used all sorts of things we found in the cupboard and fridge! This included:

  • Wheat germ
  • Flax meal
  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Sprinkles
  • Dried blueberries
  • Sunflower seeds
  • and Oats
No Bake Cashew Cookies Recipe. Only 4 easy steps to make this incredible dessert!

Then, we divided our dough into 12, tablespoon size balls.  These are the perfect size.  When you are using nuts and dates, they are pretty calorie dense, so making them small, just makes sense.

No Bake Cashew Cookies Recipe. Only 4 easy steps to make this incredible dessert!

After we had our balls made, we shaped them with some cookie cutters, and just with our hands.  Then, pressed the finished product into our different toppings.

No Bake Cashew Cookies Recipe. Only 4 easy steps to make this incredible dessert! No Bake Cashew Cookies Recipe. Only 4 easy steps to make this incredible dessert!

No Bake Cashew Cookies

No Bake Cashew Cookies Recipe
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Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup – cashews
  • 10 medium – dates, Medjool

Directions

  1. Pit the dates.
  2. Combine the cashews and dates into a food processor until they are well blended and form a dough.
  3. Once a dough has formed, divide into 12 tablespoon size balls, and shape as desired.
  4. Press a variety of toppings onto your cookies, such as chia seeds, flax meal, coconut, wheat germ, cocoa, dried fruit, oats, crushed nuts, or seeds.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 264 13%
  • Fat: 8 g 12%
  • Carb: 50 g 17%
  • Fiber: 4 g 16%
  • Protein: 3 g 6%
  • Sugar: 40 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Comments(15)
bindilee says:

Is there a way you can leave the dates out and use another fruit and if so has it been tried with any other fruit?

Amy says:

@courtney- Spinach? Interesting!

Courtney says:

I make something like these.

Almonds (raw)
spinach (raw)
craisins/raisins/dates (any dried fruit)
puree in food processor and roll into balls.
Yummy and healthy!

Jenny says:

I have made a recipe that uses almond meal and coco and you soak the dates in a little warm water, then roll balls in coconut. They freeze fine.

Thanks for sharing this lovely post 🙂

Daniel says:

For me this is a relatively easy quieston, but has a pretty complex answer. The specialty I have actually looked forward to working with is OB/GYN. I find that the ability of a woman’s body to produce a child, endure the amount of abuse it takes during a pregnancy, and the amount of pain endured during delivery is amazing. The joy of being able to be present as life enters the world is truly one of the greatest moments in life. To me that would be the best possible option. I also would love working in the operating room with a surgeon. I have experienced the OR quite a few times, and have been on both sides of the table. I have to say I would love to work with any surgeon in the OR except for Orthopedics. The reason behind that is the surgery’s are pretty brutal when it comes to the skeletal system. Having been in the OR with an Orthopedic surgeon and seeing the use of the saws, hammers and other heavy equipment in order to perform the surgery just sends chills up my spine. I know that type of surgery is not for me. I think my favorite surgeries have to be that of the abdominal cavity. The specialties that I would least like to work for are few, and for simple reasons. Pediatrics is not a specialty for me since I have four children of my own. My Aunt is a neonatal nurse practitioner and I followed her in high school and saw the good, the bad, and the ugly so I can honestly say I could not emotionally handle that type of position. Podiatry is also an area I could not see myself working. The reason behind this is pretty silly, but here goes, I very much dislike other peoples feet especially if they are not well kept. I know in the medical field you will encounter feet on a daily basis, but I could not mainly work with feet on an everyday basis. My last specialty is Orthopedics for the reasons I noted above about the barbaric nature of the surgeries and treatments for the musculoskeletal system. Its just not for me.

I love cashew. Cashew are very delicious and beneficial.

Amy says:

@alicia- I actually think it would be fine.. maybe a little too sticky though after it’s all combined.
@Terita- TASTY!

I love making homemade “Larabars” like this. The best ones I have made began with a similar date/nut base to this recipe, before I added pureed fresh fruit (apples or bananas) and dehydrated them. It’s much fussier to add the fresh fruit because it makes the dehydrator necessary, but the results are so tasty!

Alicia says:

Can the cashews be soaked overnight or would it ruin the recipe? I’ve just read that soaking nuts is good…

Lyla says:

Thanks! 🙂

Amy says:

@lyla- I would add anything to the food processor. This dough is very forgiving, and the more you add, the better it turns out!
@cathy- I’ve used both and I think they taste the same. Raw is healthier 🙂
@allison, I do not think these freeze well, but I haven’t tried. I would store them in a ziptop bag in the pantry for 3-4 days, or the fridge for up to 1 week. It only makes 12, so that’s not too many to keep.

Allison says:

How should these be stored and for how long? Can u freeze?

Cathy says:

Are the cashews raw or toasted?

Lyla says:

If you wanted to add the add-ins to the dough, would you just add the to the food processor or mix them into the dough after the fact? Thanks!

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