Grain Free Chocolate Drop Cookies – No Bake

by Kate on November 5, 2012

Chocolate Drop Cookies

Some thing came up in conversation with my mom that reminded us of these cookies I used to make as a kid.  Remember the chocolate oatmeal and peanut butter cookies you’d just drop on a cookie sheet and a short time later they were ready to eat without ever stepping foot in the oven?  I sure do!  I dug around for the recipe and realized about half the ingredients aren’t allowed in my body.  I thought about how I could change this recipe, I needed something with structure to replace the oats and nuts weren’t exciting me.  The recipe sat on the counter for a couple days and then got put away.

A few weeks ago I was in the mood for fudge or something of that consistency.  I got on Pinterest and looked at my Dessert Inspiration Board, (a board full of dessert ideas that I want to try to healthify) which is the board with the most pins, go figure!!!  I had pinned, not once, but twice this picture of these no-bake chocolate drop cookies.  It was almost the exact same recipe as the one I just spoke of!  Into the kitchen I went…and out I came 5 lbs heavier…at least I felt like that!  Needless to say, I loved these and have made them a couple more times since.

These have become my go to sweet treat, they have replaced my daily serving of one of my dairy free ice creams up until now.  These are delicious and full of healthy fats from butter (optional), coconut oil and almonds.  I make mine with a natural sugar alternative, Swerve (erythritol), so they are sugar free as well!  I love using Swerve in my recipes!!!  It is basically fermented glucose so the sugars have been removed.  For those of you that eat fermented foods, such as kraut, kombucha, etc, same concept in terms of the sugar being removed.  Erythritol also naturally occurs in many fruits and vegetables like melons, grapes, asparagus as well as fermented foods.  It does not affect blood glucose levels and will not upset your stomach.  I love it and use it for all of my recipes that call for granulated sugar (I use palm sugar here and there to get a brown sugar, caramel taste at times).  Swerve now has a confectioners sugar (powdered sugar) that I am going to try for some holiday baking.  I have used Wholesome Sweeteners erythritol in the past and its great, but I think this is better!  The Whole Foods at Southglenn, for you locals, sells it, but the best price is on the Swerve website.  If you buy 3 packages, you save on the product and get free shipping!  Stick around for some more news on Swerve, I just found out they are offering another deal for holiday baking, buy 2 packages of Confectioner (powdered) Swerve get on e free!!!!!!  This is a great deal and can also be found at their website the month of November or simply click here!!!

Recipe: Chocolate Drop Cookies


  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious no sugar vanilla coconut milk)
  • 1/4 cup grassfed butter or virgin coconut oil (I used a combo of both. I prefer virgin oil over expeller pressed oil so that you get more coconut tones)
  • 3/4-1 cup granulated sweetener (I used 1 cup of Swerve, Start with less palm sugar)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup almond butter*
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of sea salt


  1. In a medium size sauce pan, combine the butter/oil, cocoa, sugar and milk
  2. Bring to a boil, let boil for 1-2 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and add in the almond butter, coconut, vanilla and salt. Stir until combined
  4. Place spoonfuls of the mixture on parchment lined cookie sheet or plates
  5. Place in the freezer to for 30 minutes to set
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator


*Any nut or seed butter would work here. You could also try coconut butter, but I am not sure I would do 3/4 cup, so start with less, the cookies will still turn out. The original recipe calls for peanut butter. Feel free to use it, but I would start with 1/2 cup. Almond butter isn’t as pronounced as peanut butter in taste, therefore I used more of it than the original recipe called for (original called for peanut butter).


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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie November 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Sounds yummy! I’m going to try these this weekend!


Kate November 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm

They are my go to sweet treat! Enjoy!!


Renee November 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Hi Kate, this is one of my favorite’s of all time, too. Who doesn’t want a chocolatey sweet treat in less than an hour?! Thanks for the recipe and have a wonderful day.


Carolyn November 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Those look wonderful! I have 3 kids, so no-bake cookies are always useful for me!


Kate November 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

They are my favorite and yes so quick!


Jessica Billings January 6, 2013 at 1:09 am

Hello. Is this site Paleo approved? I hope it is because you have a lot off good food. Jessica


Kate January 6, 2013 at 1:28 am

Glad you like the site!! I don’t like to classify my site as a Paleo site. There are definitely recipes that qualify as Paleo. I know that recreating gluten treats into “paleo” treats is not really paleo. I also believe that swerve, the alternative sweetener I prefer, is probably not paleo approved. My thoughts are that going grain free and reducing insulin levels is key, not necessarily just eating paleo. Hopefully that helps!


Miriam April 4, 2013 at 3:47 am

This was so good! I did use Peanut Butter in place of Almond Butter. I used the full 3/4 cup and used chunky. I didn’t put as much of the shredded coconut in, maybe 1 1/4 cup. I also used kerrygold butter. Sooo good! Thank you!


Kate April 6, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I loooove these cookies!!! thanks for stopping by to let me know you liked them!!


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Kate April 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Thanks for stopping by! This is one of my favorite recipes!


Tina January 21, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Grain free chocolate drop cookies–do you have nutritional info on these?


Kate January 25, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Sorry I do not provide that info!


Pam March 17, 2015 at 6:26 pm

So glad I found these on Pinterest. These are the best low-carb treat I have found! I have made them at least 10 times. They got me through Christmas without cheating. Finally a low-carb dessert that tastes good and doesn’t cost a fortune to make! Thanks so much!


Kate March 17, 2015 at 6:40 pm

I love this! I make these all the time and keep in the freezer! I’ve been making my brownie fudge recipe a lot lately! I recently made them with part peanut butter substituted for coconut butter!


Liz March 19, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Erythritol makes my tongue burn. Does anybody have any other suggestions?


Kate March 21, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Erythritol can cause a weird sensation. Can you try xylitol or a mixture of both? You need the mass from the sugar or you could try stevia drops and just add more coconut until desired thickness. You want them to slightly spread, but still stay in a mound on the cookie sheet. Hope that helps!


Tammy April 8, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Just made these! Yummy! How many carbs, fat, calories?


Kate April 8, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Sorry I do not figure out nutritional info!!


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