I have a childhood memory of the chocolate oat combination bubbling on the stove for no bake chocolate haystack cookies at Christmas. My mom would set them on the counter in long lines on parchment paper and I could eat SO many. Know what they’re typically made out of? Butter and sugar – just like most cookies. So I wanted to make a vegan version this year and I made the most delicious No Bake Vegan Chocolate Haystack Cookie Bites you could imagine. I can’t tell the difference between the regular butter version and this one.
I came home last Wednesday night late after a long day of Champagne craziness and I realized that I needed to make cookies for an event the next day. I wanted to go to bed but instead, I nabbed these 9 ingredients, I mixed them into a pot on the stove, dropped them onto parchment and they were “done” within 10 minutes. The next morning they had hardened and I popped them in a container and everyone at the party loved them. Perfection! If you’re busy this season (who’s not really) – make these and make your life easier.
The good news about No Bake Vegan Chocolate Haystack Cookie Bites is that though they are dense in calories, they are quite small – bite-sized – so if you can stick to just 1-2, they can fit easily into a healthy diet. There are some good ingredients in here! Rolled oats for fiber, vitamins and minerals combined with protein-packed peanut butter. Like I mention in the recipe, be sure to get a variety that does not have added sugar, salt or oil. Cocoa powder is packed with antioxidants and minerals like magnesium. So though these are certainly treats….No Bake Vegan Chocolate Haystack Cookie Bites have some good-for-you ingredients, too.
What are some of your holiday cookie memories?
Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO
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