These no-bake chocolate cookies are delicious and easy to make with just a few wholesome ingredients.

Stack of 5 no-bake chocolate chip cookies with a few cookies scattered around. The cookie on top has a bite out of it.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Easy to make with 5 ingredients.
  • Customize with different nuts and add-ins.
  • Perfect sweet & salty flavour!
  • Can be made into balls, bars or cookie shapes.
  • Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and no added sugar (if you use sugar-free chocolate chips).
  • Travel well for snacks and treats on the go.

Ingredient Notes

  • Almonds: Use raw almonds with no added salt or oil.
  • Dates: You can use any kind of date as long as they’re soft and fairly moist.
  • Chocolate Chips: Use any kind of chocolate chip you like. For vegan cookies, make sure you use something like Enjoy Life.
  • Flavour: Vanilla and salt help to enhance the flavour.
Close up of 3 vegan raw chocolate chip cookies. A few chocolate chips are scattered in the foreground.

Recipe Tips

  • You can use any kind of nuts such as walnuts, pecans or peanuts.
  • If your dates are overly dry or you’re not sure, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes then drain well before using in the recipe.
  • For a lower-sugar or sugar-free, reduce the chocolate added or use dark chocolate or sugar-free chocolate chips like Lily’s.
  • You can roll the dough into balls, press it into bars in a pan or shape it into cookies.

Recipe Varations

  • For no-bake oatmeal cookies, add up to 1/2 cup rolled oats.
  • Try adding up to 1/2 cup desiccated coconut.
  • Raisins, cranberries and cacao nibs work in place of chocolate chips.
  • Try dipping the cookies in melted chocolate, placing on a baking tray and firming in the fridge for an extra treat!
  • For peanut butter cookies, use peanuts and add 1 tbsp peanut butter.
A stack of 2 no-bake chocolate chip cookies scattered around a counter with a few chocolate chips scattered around.


Can I use almond flour instead of almonds?

You can! If you’d like to use almond flour, start with 3/4 cup and blend with the dates to form a dough you can mold into cookie shapes. If needed, add a little more until you reach the right consistency.

Are these cookies gluten-free?

Absolutely! These cookies do not contain wheat though you may want to double check the brand of chocolate chips you use.


  • These are best stored in the fridge or freezer.
  • They will keep for 2 weeks in a sealed container in the fridge.
  • Store for up to 3 months in the freezer. They can be enjoyed straight from the freezer.
  • They’re ok at room temperature for a day or two but will get soft if it’s warm.

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Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almonds - Running on Real Food

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 13
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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You only need 5 simple ingredients to make these delicious no-bake chocolate cookies.



  1. Place the almonds in a food processor and mix until broken down.
  2. Add the dates, vanilla and salt and mix until it forms a thick dough.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to combine.
  4. Roll the dough into approximately 13 balls, pressing each ball into a cookie shape or using a fork to press them down. Place in the freezer for an hour to set. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 10 days or freezer for up to 3 months.


These are awesome stored in the freezer but keep just fine in the fridge too. I added quite a lot of chocolate chips so feel free to reduce it to 1/4-1/3 cup if you’re watching your sugar and/or fat intake. You could also replace the chocolate chips with some chopped dark chocolate.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 209
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 4 g