Healthy no-bake cookies

I've been craving no-bake cookies for the last several days, but I know that 2 cups of sugar in any recipe is not good for maintaining good health, so I came up with a healthy version of this favorite holiday cookie.

There are several things that I love about it, but perhaps the best thing is that this is a raw cookie, so there are many health benefits from all the nutritious ingredients. Plus, there are many ways that these could be made to cater to those with food sensitivities.

Shopping List:
• 6 Tablespoons pure, unsweetened cocoa or carob powder
• 1/2 Cup (1 stick) organic butter
• 2 Teaspoons organic vanilla extract
• 3/4 Cup or organic coconut milk (can use cow's milk or almond milk instead of coconut milk)
• 3 Tablespoons raw honey (or a little more for a sweeter cookie)

• 1 Cup coconut flakes
• 1 Cup homemade peanut butter (see recipe below)
• 2 3/4 Cup of gluten-free rolled oats (or use regular whole wheat oats)

Homemade Peanut Butter: In a food processor, pulse raw, organic peanuts until crumbly. Add extra virgin olive oil, a little at a time, until you reach desired chunkiness/smoothness (I prefer chunky peanut butter for this recipe). Store unused portion in refrigerator and enjoy on toast on celery.

Directions: In a mixing bowl, mix the first 5 ingredients until well blended. If the mix is a little dry, add more milk (almond, coconut, or cow's milk). Stir in the coconut flakes, peanut butter and rolled oats. Roll into little balls, press into a round cookie shape on wax paper and then refrigerate for an hour. Store in the refrigerator.

Tipoftheday You might also enjoy this recipe for chocolate, raw protein bars.