These oat and hemp seed cookies are a healthier twist on traditional peanut butter chocolate no-bake cookies. They're gluten-free, vegan, oil-free, whole food plant based, and damn delicious.
I used to love whipping up a batch of sugary, butter-filled peanut butter chocolate no bake cookies when I was a kid. I thought they were good for me because of the oats. Seriously! But there was nothing wholesome about them.
This recipe is much better for you! We've got fiber and protein from the oats and hemp seeds, natural sweetness from the maple syrup, and antioxidants in the chocolate. They're not low-calorie, but they're a lot better for you than straight up white sugar and butter, right?
Let's go with YES.
- This recipe is egg-free and dairy-free, and it's also made without wheat, gluten, or oil.
- Oats add fiber and make it whole grain. Hemp seeds add more fiber, protein, and essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6.
- This is the perfect summer cookie recipe. No need to turn the oven on since these are no-bake. Just melt, mix, and chill. They're so easy! The hardest part is waiting for them to firm up in the fridge.
Ingredients and Substitutions
The full recipe is in the recipe card at the end of this post, but here's a quick look at the ingredients you'll need to make these oat and hemp seed cookies.
- peanut butter
- unsweetened baking chocolate
- hemp seeds (aka hulled hemp hearts)
- rolled oats
- pure maple syrup
- almond milk or your favorite plant milk
- vanilla extract
For substitutions, please see the notes section in the recipe card.
First, gather your ingredients and line your baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
Next, combine the peanut butter, chocolate, maple syrup, and plant milk in a small saucepan.
Heat the saucepan on medium heat, stirring often, until the chocolate is melted and the ingredients are combined.
Stir in the vanilla, then add the hemp seeds and oats.
Stir it all together until all the oats and hemp seeds are coated in the delicious chocolate peanut butter mixture.
Use a tablespoon to scoop the mix up and form into cookies. Place cookies on the lined baking sheet.
When all the cookies are on the baking sheet, stick it in the fridge and let the cookies chill for 15-20 minutes, until they're firm and don't fall apart when you try to shove one in your mouth.
Can you bake with hemp seeds?
Yes! Hulled hemp seeds are deliciously nutty and full of nutrition, especially fiber and protein. You can absolutely add them to baked goods.
Unless you're talking about seeds from that crappy bag of skunk weed you bought from your neighbor. Then, no. That would be hella gross.
Do hemp seed cookies get you high?
Unfortunately, no. 😂 Hemp seeds are not the same seeds you find in marijuana. There is no THC in the hemp seeds we're using, so they are not psychoactive.
Are hemp seeds and hemp hearts the same thing?
Yes. Whether your package calls them hemp seeds or hemp hearts, make sure they're hulled, which means the crunchy outer shell has been removed.
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