Chocolate Coconut No-Bake Cookies

Presenting the 7th recipe in our holiday dessert series: a tasty plant-based twist on chocolate no-bake cookies. These babies are sweetened with dates, full of whole grain oats and have a coconut twist.


no-bake cookies


These no-bake cookies are made with sunflower butter which is simply sunflower seeds ground up into a paste. It’s found at most grocery stores with the nut butters. Choose an option without added sweeteners or oil. The ingredient list should only include seeds. A little salt is okay too!

Swapping out peanut, almond or another nut butter is an option. However, if you’re feeding anyone with a nut allergy, stick with sunflower butter.


Chocolate Coconut No-Bake Cookies


Looking for more healthy holiday treats? Check out our 2nd Annual Holiday Treat Series.

Chocolate Coconut No-Bake Cookies

Chocolate Coconut No-Bake Cookies

Whole food, plant-based treat for coconut and chocolate lovers alike! Sweetened with dates. No baking required.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, Coconut, No-Bake Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 10 pitted dates soaked in 1/4 cup water for 5 minutes
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave
  • 2 T almond milk
  • 2 T cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup sunflower butter (no oil or sugar added)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (additional for topping) unsweetened
  • dash salt


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • In a food processor, process dates and water until smooth. Add date mixture, maple syrup (or agave), almond milk and cacao to a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. 
  • Once bubbling, let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in sunflower butter and vanilla. Then stir in oats, shredded coconut and salt until mixture is fully mixed. 
  • Drop heaping tablespoon amount of mixture on to parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with additional coconut. 
  • Place baking sheet in freezer for 30-60 minutes to firm. Best served right out of the freezer. 


Sunflower butter can be replaced with any nut butter: peanut, almond, etc. 
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