Healthy No Bake Almond Cookies

by on August 28, 2011

I have a special treat for you all today. An incredibly delicious, healthy treat – in cookie form!

I was recently pinning on Pinterest (my new favorite online pastime) when I came across a recipe that reminded me of a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar. I knew I needed to try it right away!

As it turns out, no bake cookies come in handy while you’re without power due to a hurricane. Trust me on this one.

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Healthy No Bake Almond Cookies (gluten-free & vegan)

Makes 22 small cookies / Inspired by this recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies

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These cookies may be small, but they make up for their size in the flavor department. They’re all natural, have only 5 ingredients and no added sugar – overall a great alternative to white flour and sugar based pb cookies. Storing the cookies in the fridge will keep them dense, chewy and delicious.


  • 1 cup raw or unsalted roasted almonds
  • 1 cup (about 10) medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1.5 Tablespoon cacaos nibs (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Place the almonds in a food processor or mini chopper and pulse until it resembles a coarse meal.
  2. Add the dates, almond butter, vanilla and salt.
  3. Pulse for a couple minutes until it forms a dough.
  4. Stir in cacao nibs, if using. You can use your hands to knead in the cacao nibs as the dough is thick.
  5. Shape about 1 tablespoon of dough into a round cookie shape and place on parchment paper.
  6. Enjoy right away or place the cookies into the fridge for storage.


To add a some chocolate flavor and crunch I added these tasty cacao nibs to the dough.

cacao nibs

The cookies are very tasty with or without the cacao nibs so don’t like this ingredient deter you from trying them. And, here’s a little info on cacao, both the nibs and the powder.

If you try the recipe, I’m sure you’ll enjoy these little cookies as much as we did! Notice the past tense here. Yes, the cookies were pretty much devoured this weekend…

healthy almond cookies

I hope everyone who was affected by hurricane Irene is safe and sound! Richmond had quite a bit of damage from the winds and we were without power overnight on Saturday, but otherwise we are okay.
Last but not least, check out my guest post over at Cook. Vegan. Lover where I share one of my all-time favorite vegan recipes.

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 29, 2011 at 8:31 am

These look so good! I really wish I had a food processor!

Medjool dates are the best, especially when accompanied with almonds :)


Justine June 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm

If you have a blender, it would work also:)


Jess August 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

Thanks for the great recipe! These sound great!


Beth @ Beth's Journey August 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

These look awesome Brittany! I am looking forward to making something very similar once I’m settled into my new apartment!


Eating Bird Food August 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Yay! Let me know how they turn out. :)


Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves August 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

Pintrest is taking over my life!!!! It is so addicting, but so resourceful! I actually pinned this recipe! :)


Eating Bird Food August 29, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I KNOW!! Pintrest is so addicting, but I love it as well. Thanks for pinning the cookies.


Erin @ The Grass Skirt August 29, 2011 at 10:24 am

God bless you. These are just what I need today, and I have all of the ingredients on hand already! I actually make something similar, but I roll them into balls. Calling them cookies sounds 1,000 times better than balls. ;)


Hannah August 29, 2011 at 10:50 am

I really need a food processor. I just have too many gadgets and no room to put them!
I want to try to make this sooo bad.
They look delicious! :)


Melissa August 29, 2011 at 11:23 am

Glad you weathered the storm ok! Looks like I got out of town just in time, huh?

I just made a similar recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie, but since I’m obsessed with almond butter, these are up next for sure.


Eating Bird Food August 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm

You definitely left just in the nick of time! I hope you’re doing well.


Jessica @ Bake a Little August 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

These look amazing and so easy. I am definitely going to try them! Thanks for sharing!


Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I’m loving all of the no-bake cookie recipes going around these days. So simple and delicious (and usually pretty healthy)!


Liz @ Southern Charm August 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

These look amazing!

What a great recipe and can’t wait to try it out.

Talk about Hurricane friendly :)


Dawn August 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Excellent! I’ll have to try these. I just made some protein “cookies” with dates, almonds, whey protein, and cooked quinoa (all chopped together in food processor)…but the texture is kind of weird. I’m starting to feel addicted to dates, so this came at a good time. And it looks like you can swap out ingredients, and still end up with a tasty treat!

Also, I wanted to thank you for posting your latest Whole Foods tasting experience. Now I have YET another fun idea for zucchini now (the ricotta-stuffed zucchini). They’re on the menu for this week, in fact. :)


Eating Bird Food August 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed the Whole Foods cooking demo recap! I hope the ricotta-stuffed zucchini turn out to be delicious.


Sarah @ SarahFit August 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I love making recipes like this but I must admit, I lack the will power to have just one or two :) I will try this recipe soon though!


Eating Bird Food August 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

You and me both. :)


Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy August 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

These look so wonderful!:) I can’t wait to try this recipe out!

I got so excited when I saw YOU were feature on FitSugar today! Glad to see that you are getting deserved recognition!:)


Eating Bird Food August 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Thank you so much Savannah!


Liz @ iheartvegetables August 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I’m so glad you guys didn’t have too much damage! We lost power Saturday night but had it back by late Sunday morning.

These cookies look incredible!!


Eating Bird Food August 29, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Glad to hear that you’re a-okay and have power now as well. Saturday was definitely scary.


amy August 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm

yummmm i love no bake anything! mostly bc im lazy…those look awesome!


Pure2raw twins August 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

this is my kind of cookie ;)

glad you are okay from the storm!!


Eating Bird Food August 29, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Definitely your kind of cookie. If you ladies ever come to town, I’ll make some for you!


Monet August 30, 2011 at 9:36 am

You know i love Larabars! This looks so good! And I love Pintrest too :-) I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday morning. I’m about to head off to work and begin my day. Much love and hugs from Austin!


Steph @ StephSnacks August 30, 2011 at 10:39 am

I love how simple these are to make! They look delish!


Paige @ Running Around Normal August 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

You’re right – the ingredients totally remind me of Lara Bars! I never have dates in the house – I don’t know why!


Alexa @ Simple Eats August 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm

i love the addition of cacao nibs…they sound delicious!


glidingcalm August 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm

mmmm those look fabulous!! thanks for the recipe !! :D


MizFit August 31, 2011 at 5:40 am

Thanks for this.
perfect to make with and then send to school with the kinder-girl!


Erika August 31, 2011 at 11:21 am

Ooo adding these to my “To-make” list. I’ve been craving cookies lately and you really cant go wrong with dates and nuts as far as I’m concerned. If life would let me, I would get lost for hours on Pinterest. It’s an addiction!


Sanjeeta kk September 2, 2011 at 7:17 am loving these healthy and easy peasy cookies..making them ASP.


Katy September 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

These look absolutely delicious! I’ve been meaning to try some of’s no bake cookie recipes. This one will be added to the list!


Allie September 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Made these last night…YUMMMM!


Lindsay Beeson October 8, 2011 at 9:36 am

Hi, these are delicious.

I’m a consummate recipe-admirer and I’ve *finally* challenged myself to actually make some of the recipes I’ve bookmarked; this is one of the first! (Wrote about it:

I even made my own almond butter for this! Simple: just roasted an extra cup of almonds and put them in the food processor (when they were still warm) until they butter-ized. That made a little more almond butter than I needed, but no worries … extra almond butter is highly snackable.


donna May 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

would just using almond flour work in place of grinding up the almonds?


Eating Bird Food May 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

I haven’t tried it with almond flour but it seems like it would work. Let me know if you test it out!


Lisa August 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I love these cookies, I usually eat them as a snack. I was wondering if you have any idea what the calorie and fat content are per cookie.


Eating Bird Food August 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

If you make 22 cookies they have about 80 calories and 5.5 grams of fat each.


 natural wheat protein December 8, 2012 at 4:00 am

Hi there this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to
know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually
code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!


Brittany Mullins December 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

If you use a service like blogger or wordpress you won’t need to code manually. Best of luck starting your blog.


Christine October 27, 2013 at 9:41 pm

I already have almond meal on hand. Was wondering if 1 C of whole almonds, when processed, is equal to 1 C almond meal or does the amount change?


Brittany Mullins October 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I looked online and it looks like that is correct. 1 cup of whole almonds should make 1 cup of almond meal. :)


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