No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

One year for Lent, I decided I would challenge myself and give up all sweets. I thought that maybe after 40 days with no sweets my cravings would die down and at the end of the 40 days I would be "fixed". No more sugar cravings. 

Well, here you are reading my blog on no bake cookies, so it's safe to say that my cravings never died down. In fact, on day 41 I ate every sweet I could find. 

With that being said, I always try to create treat recipes that can fit in my calorie budget. So while ice cream may be an occasional treat, lower calorie treats are more of a daily thing. I mean...I am not willing to live a life where sweets are off limits; and neither should you. 

This no bake cookie recipe utilizes the super delicious, super wonderful, cocoa powder. Cocoa powder is so great because it's 10 calories for 1 tablespoon! Cocoa powder can help you get that rich, chocolaty flavor you crave without all the calories. 



  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp.cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp.maple syrup


  1. In a microwave safe dish, melt the chocolate chips for about 1 minute. 
  2. Roughly chop the banana and mash it with the back of a fork. Add the mashed banana to the chocolate chips. 
  3. Stir in the oats, vanilla, chia seeds, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. 
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a cookie mat. Drop 7-8 cookies onto the sheet. 
  5. Freeze for one hour or until firm.
  6. The cookies will be firm once frozen, but will become soft after 2 minutes of sitting at room temperature.
  7. Store uneaten cookies in the freezer. 
  8. Take a cookie out when you need a sweet treat. 
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