No Bake Almond Cookies

These tasty no bake almond cookies are packed with almonds, dates and cacao nibs. They’re sweet and delicious as is, but insanely good dipped in chocolate.

Can you believe I came up with this recipe in 2011?! Yup, this recipe has stood the test of time and it’s still one of my favorite treats!

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 9 no bake almond cookies half dipped in dark chocolate or white chocolate and sprinkled with cacao nibs.

These cookies required less than 10 ingredients and you don’t have to turn on your oven to whip them up. This happens to be super convenient when it’s 100°F outside!  The flavor of the cookies is nutty from the almonds and almond butter and a bit caramely from the medjool dates. They remind me of my 4-ingredient samoas but with almond instead of toasted coconut!

Close up photo of a no bake almond cookie dipped half way in white chocolate and sprinkled with cacao nibs.

No Bake Almond Cookie Ingredients

Here’s what you need for these no baked almond cookies:

  • roasted almonds
  • almond butter
  • medjool dates – the dates hold the cookies together and give them a delicious caramel flavor
  • cacaos nibs – these little guys are the pure form of chocolate and I love the crunch they give these cookies
  • vanilla extract
  • salt – you can omit this if your almond butter is salted (or not… it’s up to you)
  • chocolate chips and white chocolate chips – dipping the cookies into melted chocolate makes them look adorable and taste delicious, but this step is optional

No bake almond cookies half dipped in white and dark chocolate on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

How to Make No Bake Cookies

The best part about these cookies, in my opinion, is that you don’t even need a bowl and spoon. Just grab your ingredients and toss them into your food processor!

Start by adding the almonds to the food processor and pulse until it’s a coarse almond meal. Add the dates, almond butter, vanilla and salt and process for about a minute until a dough forms. Add in the cacao nibs and pulse once or twice to combine.

Side by side photos of food processors. The first is of the ingredients to make no bake almond cookies (almond butter, dates, almonds) and the second photo is of all the ingredients blended up.

When the mixture is combined (crumbly but sticky enough to hold together), form the dough into small cookies by using your hands or press the dough out on parchment paper and use a cookie cutter to cut out. Each cookie should be about 1 Tablespoon of dough.

Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and enjoy immediately or place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to firm up. Store any leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for up to a week or the freezer for up to 3 months.

Stack of no bake almond cookies half dipped in either dark chocolate or white chocolate and sprinkled with cacao nibs.

Chocolate Dipped Cookies

Dipping the cookies in chocolate is optional and you certainly don’t have to do both white and dark chocolate… just pick your favorite. If you do decide to dip them, I highly recommend Lily’s Sweet chocolate chips combined with a little coconut oil to thin. Simply dip half of each cookie into the chocolate, sprinkle with extra cacao nibs and place cookie back on the parchment lined baking sheet. Once all cookies are dipped, place baking sheet with cookies into the fridge or freezer until the chocolate has set. Enjoy right away or store in the fridge or freezer.

More No-Bake Desserts to Try:

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Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 9 no bake almond cookies half dipped in dark chocolate or white chocolate and sprinkled with cacao nibs.

No Bake Almond Cookies


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 18
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These tasty no bake almond cookies are packed with almonds, dates and cacao nibs. They’re sweet and delicious as is, but insanely good dipped in chocolate as well.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw or unsalted roasted almonds
  • 1 cup (about 8-10) medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao nibs + more for topping
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if your almond butter is salted)

Chocolate for Dipping (optional)

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Lily’s)
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips (I used Lily’s)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, divided

Instructions

  1. Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse until it resembles a coarse meal.
  2. Add the dates, almond butter, vanilla and salt.
  3. Pulse/process for about a minute, until a dough forms.
  4. Add in cacao nibs and pulse once or twice to combine.
  5. At this point your mixture should be a bit crumbly, but sticky enough to hold together when pressed. Form the dough into small cookies using your hands or by pressing the dough out on parchment paper and using a cookie cutter. Each cookie should contain about 1 Tablespoon of dough.
  6. Place formed cookies on parchment paper. Enjoy immediately or place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to firm up. Store any leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for one week or the freezer up to 3 months.

For Chocolate Dipped Cookies

  1. If you want to dip the cookies in chocolate like I did, simply grab two small bowls and add the dark chocolate chips with 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate oil into one and the white chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil in the other. Heat the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Dip half of the cookies in the dark chocolate and half in the white chocolate. Place cookies back on parchment and sprinkle with cacao nibs. Place in the fridge or freezer to until the chocolate has set.
  2. Store any leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for one week or the freezer for a month.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 chocolate dipped cookie
  • Calories: 135
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 22mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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    70 comments
    1. Shauna Angel Blue
      December 25, 2020 AT 11:25 am

      I have made these cookies 5 or 6 times.
      This time to make it easy on myself for Christmas I placed the dough in mini cupcake pan, froze for a bit and then topped with chocolate and cacao nibs. What a great treat.
      Thank you EBF for creating this recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2020 AT 2:39 am

        You’re so welcome! I’m so glad you’re loving these cookies. 🙂

    2. Jenn
      September 1, 2020 AT 11:14 am

      Can I sub peanut butter for almond butter?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 1, 2020 AT 9:45 pm

        Definitely! Any nut or seed butter will work. 🙂

    3. karla
      August 27, 2020 AT 10:03 pm

      Would you recommend soaking the dates in boiling water first to make the food processor blending easier?? I find the dates are the hardest part of blend

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 28, 2020 AT 5:29 pm

        Hey Karla! If your dates seem dry and hard you can definitely soak them beforehand, but you shouldn’t have to soak them if the dates are softer.

    4. Stephanie
      August 4, 2020 AT 10:15 am

      So yummy! Simple recipe. Holds together well. Perfect amount of crunch and sweetness. My husband and I have to limit ourselves to 2/day because they are THAT delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 5, 2020 AT 1:36 am

        Ahh yay! That makes me so happy to hear, Stephanie. 🙂 I’m so glad these cookies are a hit! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    5. marquis | realrawkitchen
      August 2, 2020 AT 5:27 am

      I LOVE the new version of these cookies 🙂 the dipped chocolate is a nice touch. I’ve made something similar in a ball shape. I’ll try them this way next time!

    6. Lisa
      July 31, 2020 AT 2:57 pm

      These cookies are so delicious and easy to make. I eat then straight from the freezer. Perfect healthy snack.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 3, 2020 AT 12:49 am

        Ahh yay! So glad you’re loving these cookies, Lisa! I so appreciate you making them and coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. 🙂

    7. Shailaja Desai
      July 29, 2020 AT 6:06 pm

      These no bake cookies look super amazing!!

    8. Ashlee
      July 29, 2020 AT 10:43 am

      Can you use almond flour instead of grinding your own almonds?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 29, 2020 AT 2:56 pm

        Hey Ashlee – I think almond meal would likely work, but maybe not almond flour because it’s so fine. In the instructions I say to pulse the almonds until it resembles a coarse meal, so we don’t want the texture to be too fine.

    9. Stiverd
      July 29, 2020 AT 8:49 am

      Easy peasy love these cookies thanks for the repost made them last year

    10. Hayley
      November 23, 2015 AT 5:18 pm

      Can’t wait to make these! Do you know if they freeze well?
      Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 23, 2015 AT 7:58 pm

        Yes, they freeze wonderfully. I have a bunch in my freezer right now. I eat them straight from the freezer sometimes. 🙂

    11. Claudia
      July 29, 2015 AT 3:49 pm

      So excited to make these! Would sunflower butter and cashews work? I have a sensitivity to almonds. Thanks for all the recipes and great information!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 30, 2015 AT 10:27 am

        Hi Claudia! I bet sunflower butter and cashews would work. Let me know how they turn out if you try it. 🙂

    12. wellandfull
      July 20, 2015 AT 2:44 pm

      These cookies ARE really cute! And made from whole food ingredients, I love that 🙂

    13. Emily
      July 20, 2015 AT 2:02 pm

      Mmm these look so yummy, Brittany! 🙂 Inspired now to write a recipe post this week.

    14. danicaliforniacooks
      July 20, 2015 AT 1:02 pm

      I love these! So simple.

    15. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
      July 19, 2015 AT 9:27 pm

      These look delicious! I love almond cookies!

    16. amanda
      July 19, 2015 AT 7:31 pm

      I made these a ton when you first published them, but haven’t in forever. Thanks for the reminder!

    17. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
      July 19, 2015 AT 4:05 pm

      Another winner! These look delicious.

    18. Strength and Sunshine
      July 19, 2015 AT 11:51 am

      My kinda cookies for sure 😉

    19. 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?

      1. 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. 🙂

    20.  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!

      1. 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.

    21. 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.

      1. 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.

    22. donna
      May 16, 2012 AT 11:39 am

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

      1. 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!

    23. 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: http://foodanddo.lindsaybeeson.com/2011/10/08/day-18-of-101-chipping-away-at-my-fifty-recipes/)

      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.

    24. Allie
      September 21, 2011 AT 2:02 pm

      Made these last night…YUMMMM!

    25. Katy
      September 2, 2011 AT 12:53 pm

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

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