Vegan Chaga Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

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If you know me, you know that dessert is my absolute weakness– especially cookies! As I work to remain health-conscious, my favorite way to satisfy my sweet-tooth is by using medjool dates. They're high in fiber, a natural energy booster, heart healthy, rich in minerals like calcium and phosphorus– and they're deliciously sweet. Dates, peanut butter, and coconut flakes frequent my belly post-dinner. I set out to to recreate a childhood favorite using these complimentary ingredients and no refined sugar. These were taste-tested and approved by my family. Even my brother, a vegan food skeptic, said, "they taste like the real thing".

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While I was at it, I threw in one of my most used adaptogens: chaga mushroom. As an adaptogen, chaga fights stress in the body. It’s also loaded with antioxidants, helps protect against cell damage, and supports the immune system. Chaga is a SUPER super food. I source my mushrooms from the best organic herb company I've come across– Mountain Rose Herbs.

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Without further ado, let's get to the good stuff!

Vegan Chaga Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs coconut milk

  • 3 tbs coconut oil

  • 2 tbs cacao powder

  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (pay attention to the ingredients, there could be sugar hidden in your pb!)

  • 10 pitted medjool dates

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

  • 1 cup oats

  • 2 tbs chaga mushroom powder

Instructions

  1. Soak dates, then blend with vanilla to create a paste-like texture. Set aside.

  2. Add coconut milk, coconut oil, and cacao powder to a medium sized saucepan over low heat. Stir frequently.

  3. Once the coconut oil has melted, remove from heat and add peanut butter. Stir until combined.

  4. Add date mixture, oats, shredded coconut, and chaga mushroom powder. Stir to incorporate all ingredients.

  5. Roll dough into balls and flatten to create desired cookie shape. The recipe makes more of a dough than a batter like in traditional no-bake recipes. Rather than the hardening sugar, date paste holds everything together.

  6. Sprinkle with additional coconut shreds (optional).

  7. Let sit at room temperature until cooled.

... and enjoy!

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Mountain Rose Herbs. I work exclusively with companies that embody my values, and would never share anything on my blog that I don’t genuinely believe in!