Gluten-Free No-Bake Coconut Almond Butter Cookies

I love November. It makes me wanna wrap myself up in a cozy blanket and bake (or… no-bake) cookies all day.

Don’t you?


Today calls for cookies. It’s the holiday season and everyone is getting ready to bake for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. You’ve all been asking me for easy cookie recipes and this is surely a simple one.  It’s not quite a chocolate chip cookie recipe but there are tiny chips in here so if you want to call ’em chocolate chip cookies, go ahead! The best part is that they don’t require turning on your oven. How easy is that?

You’ll totally want a glass of almond milk with these yummy no-bake treats. It’ll hit the spot.


Trust me.

If you’re a cookie lover, you’ll want to get your paws on these. They’re super chewy and incredibly flavorful. I used my favorite almond extract, almond butter and raw almonds to make them extra almond-y. Medjool dates hold these babies together without the need for eggs or butter and a touch of coconut, a few mini chocolate chips and handful of puffed rice cereal will have you seriously wanting to eat them again and again.

Gluten-Free No-Bake Coconut Almond Butter Cookie

Add these to your Thanksgiving menu…they’re perfect for the kids to munch on after the feast and will become a staple in your home. Not to worry- they’re healthy and super high in protein so they won’t send your blood sugar racing thru the roof. Heck, they can even be served for an after-Thanksgiving breakfast treat for your guests with some warm almond milk and fresh fruit.


Now, that’s a fabulous idea. Much better than leftover pumpkin pie, right?


Gluten-Free No-Bake Coconut Almond Butter Cookies
Serves: 8
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan & Soy-Free
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup well-stirred creamy almond butter
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 tsp. organic almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. mini dairy-free chocolate chips such as Enjoy Life Foods
  • 1 cup gluten-free puffed rice cereal


  1. Combine almonds, almond butter, dates, almond extract, sea salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until smooth; transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add chocolate chips, coconut flakes and puffed rice cereal; mix well using hands and roll into 1 inch golf-sized balls. Add more rice cereal if needed to form balls. Place balls on a baking sheet and transfer to the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free No-Bake Coconut Almond Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 391mg11%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 27IU1%
Calcium 118mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Like the recipes you’re featuring on fb from your holiday e-book. This would be a perfect recipe to try with the NaturAlmond almond butter! Here’s hoping I can give it a shot! I’d have to hide these from my husband, though. He’s an almond butter fiend!

  2. Wow! I could really go for some of these right now! I love almonds :). I went gluten-free several months ago to support daughter number four and didn’t realize until then I needed to be gluten free. I felt like a whole new person after a couple of weeks. I snitched a couple bites of Moms stuffing on thanksgiving and I was so not well the day after and realized that was really how I had felt the three years before I went gluten free! I love finding recipes like this and my daughter loves to execute them. We are so blessed 🙂

  3. These look like a great, easy special treat. Love the combination of almond and coconut….with the dates for a bit of sweetness!

  4. 3 stars
    Hi there. I made these this afternoon. These taste good, but we found that just putting large medjool dates and almond paste and almonds in my food processor did not blend. I think you need to chop these into smaller pieces and we needed to add liquid to make it blend. (I have a good food processor and it was working extremely hard and produced a burning smell just to get it to move around the bowl.) We also found the mix very pasty and had to add extra rice puffs and coconut and then roll them in coconut to make it less sticky. Great ingredients but the proportions didn’t work as is for me.

    1. Thanks Corrie; it may be the type of dates were are using. Mine were juicy and large. That could be why yours was so dry. Also, larger puffed cereal like the ones I used took up more room. Glad you liked them!!!

  5. 4 stars
    I love the blue berry muffins. I look forward to trying the harvest grain but I haven’t seen them in my area. Thanks for a Chance to win them.

  6. I see so many recipes using dates, but this one with almonds and coconut, I MUST get some and try this, it sounds delicious! And no bake – yay!!!

  7. These sound amazing!!! So does your Udi’s Gluten Free Giveaway. I’ve been gluten free for 3 1/2 years; I absolutely love Udi’s products! Can’t wait to try out these cookies!

  8. I am so excited to make these for my boyfriend! He just found out about his wheat allergy so it will be awesome to make him a good treat!