Easy no-bake cookies + a shoot with Ali V.

Easy no-bake cookies

Last Friday our wedding photographer came to shoot some photos in what I should probably stop referring to as our new place. We had literally been planning this shoot for months (m o n t h s) but I was hesitant because our house has pretty much been a constant work in progress since the day we moved in. It’s still a work in progress (the next big project is removing the texture from the walls, I think I told you that) but with all the snow that landed in Denver last week, we came to a general consensus that now would be the perfect time to cozy up and take some photos. And so we did.

I suppose I should preface the rest of this post by informing all of you that I am an inherent slob. Even worse: I’m a slob who hides messes. Everywhere. If you look in our bedroom closet, there’s a mess. Guest bedroom closet, more mess. The garage? You guessed it. It’s a serious problem most of the time, except when you’re expecting guests and it just so happens that you have an uncanny ability to transform a house that looks like a complete and utter disaster into something that’s quite the opposite, in less than 30 minutes. It’s a skill I’ve developed over the years and one I think will really suit us if/when we have tiny monsters humans running around. But what you should know about some of the photos you’re going to see in this post (following the recipe) is that although we look like somewhat presentable humans (Thom calls that oversized sweater my burlap sack, so.. maybe not) residing in a somewhat presentable housing structure, things probably couldn’t be further from the truth (I’m just really good at making our messy life look.. not-so-messy). And sitting next to me there’s a man who is more than a little annoyed about it all, but he smiles anyway.

So Ali showed up Friday morning to me in panic mode/still hiding things getting ready/buzzed on caffeine and sugar (and the lingering adrenaline from my early-morning run) and Thom sitting on the couch, annoyed as heck that he a) has to be in front of the camera for the next couple of hours and b) got woken up at 8AM by his overbearing fiancée shouting GET UP! GET UP! WE HAVE TO CLEAN THE HOUSE!!!! Thankfully Ali’s got this funny way of diffusing our very different (but equally obnoxious) morning demeanors, and within five minutes the three of us were sitting around the living room, laughing and shooting the shit about foreign travel (she just returned from a dreamy trip to Japan) (!) and devising a plan for that big ass party we’re throwing in June.

I think this is the part where I wax poetic about Ali because not only does she work some serious magic behind the camera, but both times we’ve shot with her it’s felt so incredibly natural and damn-near effortless (which is big for us considering we don’t exactly enjoy being in front of the camera). Our first shoot with her is the main reason we hired her to be our wedding photographer. We weren’t even engaged yet but I remember telling Thom, if we ever decide to do that whole white-gown-ceremony-thing, I want her behind the camera. And within days of Thom putting a ring on it, we locked her down for what was originally going to be a big Colorado wedding, but has since transformed into a ceremony in the Irish countryside, followed by a celebration in Dublin’s city center. Knowing she’s going to be the one documenting what people keep telling me is going to be the biggest day of our lives, puts my anxious heart at ease.

June can’t come soon enough.

A small handful of photos we shot with Ali follow the recipe. Oh, and did you notice this space got a bit of a facelift? Big thanks to Kebin (no, that’s not a typo) for lending a helping hand on the back end and to Melissa for designing those sleek ass social media icons. As for the header, I drew that bad boy myself.

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Notes: Feel free to use your favorite nut butter in place of the peanut butter. I should note that I’ve made these without heating the liquid ingredients but found that step to be crucial in getting the mixture nice and smooth/perfectly creamy. Any flaked grain will work here – kamut and quinoa were delicious – but thick rolled oats will always be my favorite. If desired, zap your oats in a spice grinder for 10-15 seconds for a finer oat texture (or use instant oats). For oat-packed cookies, increase the oat measurement to 1 1/2 cups. If you’d prefer an unrefined sweetener, you can use 6-8 medjool dates in place of the maple syrup, but you’ll need to transfer the mixture to a high speed blender to get everything nice and smooth. If you’d rather use 1/2 cup of cacao powder, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1 cup of peanut butter, etc. have at it – the recipe can be tweaked to your liking.

PS – If you put the chocolate peanut butter mixture (before adding the oats) into the fridge for 4 hours to set, you can make some killer chocolate peanut butter truffles. Just sayin’.

EASY NO-BAKE COOKIES

1/4 cup refined coconut oil
1/4 cup Grade B maple syrup
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup thick rolled oats
Pinch of sea salt

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup, and cacao powder in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Whisk just until all of the cacao has been incorporated then whisk in the peanut butter and whisk just until combined. Remove mixture from heat and, using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir in the oats and sea salt. Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop, drop the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, flatten a bit, then sprinkle with crushed peanuts, if desired. Transfer sheet to freezer and chill for 10-15 minutes. Cookies will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week but can be stored in the freezer for up to one month. Refrigerated cookies will look like the ones picture on the white plate; frozen cookies will look like the ones in the last three shots.

Yield: 15-16 cookies

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58 Comments

  • Reply Maja 3 March 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Oh you people! That b+w picture of you two holding the kitchen tools…priceless! Oh, and where can one get such a pretty burlap sack?!

    • Reply Ashlae 3 March 2015 at 8:12 AM

      OH HEY BABE –

      Up until recently you could have snagged that overpriced burlap sack from Madewell but unfortunately it looks like they’re sold out. Hi to M! Hope you two are well and that our paths cross again SOON. This summer? ;) xo

  • Reply Kathryn 3 March 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Do you know what I love most about these pictures? You guys just look so damn happy. Clearly life can’t always be full of rainbows and unicorns but you’ve got something so good together. Plus no-bake cookies are totally the way to my heart.

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan 3 March 2015 at 7:53 AM

    These are the CUTEST! That scarf and that coat you have there lady are to die for.

  • Reply Allie 3 March 2015 at 7:58 AM

    The new site is perfect, the cookies are perfect (I have all the ingredients!!!!!) and you and Thom are…perfect. Although I’m sure you’d make an argument contrary to that last statement. What you two have is clearly so dang special and I can only hope that one day I meet someone who calls me their “queen.” Fabulous print over the bed, by the way.

    • Reply Ashlae 3 March 2015 at 8:09 AM

      Hi Allie –

      I will agree with the first two, but the last one? Yep, not even close. That print was the first note Thom wrote to me, nearly eight years ago. Bianca Cash took the original and turned it into a big ass print, and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. <3

  • Reply Ellie 3 March 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Ashlae these pictures are beautiful! I love love love that note from Thom that you have hanging above your bed – so sweet. And I just pinned this recipe – it looks delish!

    xo, ellie

  • Reply Abby 3 March 2015 at 8:18 AM

    I love this post so much! Ali’s photos are fantastic, and these cookies look delicious.

    Also… love, LOVE the redesign! Oh, Ladycakes looks amazing :)

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha 3 March 2015 at 8:27 AM

    I’m happy I’m not the only one who climbs chairs to make photos :P
    Ps : these photos are so beautiful, you’re radiant ^_^

  • Reply molly yeh 3 March 2015 at 8:31 AM

    ahhh the cuuuuuutest!!!!!!! love these! you guys are the cutest. and i would have never thought you were a slob. SERIOUSLY. like from your clean food styling and bright home photos, i would have thought you were this inherent tidy lady. but ok NOW I KNOW YOU’RE A REAL PERSON. :)

  • Reply cynthia 3 March 2015 at 8:47 AM

    I. LOVE. THIS. SO. MUCH. that one of you in the snow!! it looks like a dance move that needs to be coined the ashlae. the coffee cups, the cuddles!!! ALL the smiles!!!!!! there is so much joy in this that it just lifts my heart — so, so wonderful. also, YES for messes and hiding messes!!!!! solidarity. i am such a mess maker and hider. these cookies and these photos are beyond wonderful, ashlae :D thank you so so much for sharing!

    PS your comment about dresses — SO GLAD i’m not alone!!!!!!!
    PPS I LOVE the new logo!!

  • Reply Caitlin 3 March 2015 at 8:54 AM

    these photos.

  • Reply Millie |Add A Little 3 March 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Amazing new website Ashlae!! I love it!! Plus these cookies look amazing!!!

  • Reply Cady 3 March 2015 at 10:19 AM

    I have just so much to say- the cookies are perfection- my mom used to make some less wholesome ones in a similar method at Christmas time and called them reindeer poop. They have always been my favorite Christmas cookies! Ha!

    The photos are perfection, truly nothing says love more than shoving voodoo in your darling’s mouth. I would take that display of love any day of the week!

    I am so excited for you guys. SO excited for your joy and life together. And the redesign is incredibly clean; somehow I knew that header was an Ashlae orig ;) You’re my creative muse, now and forever!

  • Reply Clara 3 March 2015 at 11:54 AM

    What I can’t believe is how did u manage to be without sleepy faces so early in the morning???!!?!
    I love the pictures, you are very lucky Ashlae, my husband, would never, EVER, accept to do pictures with a photographer etc. the way u did.
    thanks for your words, you always make me laugh.xx

    • Reply Ashlae 3 March 2015 at 3:15 PM

      Hi Clara –

      Ha! I’m usually awake by 5AM so it was basically afternoon for me. ;) As for the photos, he’s a pretty good sport. Lucky, indeed! XO

  • Reply steph 3 March 2015 at 12:01 PM

    you two are too cute! and i LOVE that burlap sack!!!!

    and your new logo!! LOVE!!!!!!

  • Reply Molly 3 March 2015 at 12:32 PM

    What great photos of the two of you! You look so happy =) Best wishes xx

  • Reply Cassie 3 March 2015 at 12:43 PM

    JUST. YUM.

  • Reply Elizabeth Jarrard 3 March 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Ali captures both your spirits so perfectly!! and these cookies are so damn good! xoxo

  • Reply ale 3 March 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Love the new logo.

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar 3 March 2015 at 5:14 PM

    soooo you guys are the cutest. and these cookies?! love!

  • Reply Madison 3 March 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Yummy all your recipes look so delish!
    Yummmm. You’re so cute!

  • Reply Amy | Sobremesa 3 March 2015 at 6:33 PM

    The site re-do, the cookies, the photos OH MAN, OH MAN, OH MANNN! The b+w of you, your stunna shades, and that big grin…BABERAHAM LINCOLN. Snowballs, donuts, kitchen tools, AH they’re all so great. Can’t wait to try these cookies too! xx

  • Reply Medha 3 March 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Gorgeous website! and love those no bake cookies too. Photos capture your happy spirit so perfectly – its beyond wonderful!

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout 3 March 2015 at 7:40 PM

    I saw these on pinterest and I had no idea they were yours! So pretty and lovely pictures :)

  • Reply Friendly Little Kitchen 3 March 2015 at 8:07 PM

    What a great post! I can’t wait to try these cookies :)

  • Reply The Vegan Cookie Fairy 4 March 2015 at 5:43 AM

    So much cuteness in one post :)

  • Reply Lindsey 4 March 2015 at 6:39 AM

    hey girl! i totally love it all – the logo, NO-BAKE cookies!, and these incredible real-life engagement photos! so much good stuff coming your way, and i’m sure june seems like some time away, but it’ll come before ya know it :) xo!

  • Reply Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen 4 March 2015 at 6:43 AM

    I’m a total slob too, other than my kitchen. My bedroom will look like a bomb went off in it, but I need my kitchen to be spotless for my sanity haha.

    Lovely photos! :)

  • Reply Julia Gartland 4 March 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Redesign / cute photos / no bake cookies = LOVE it ALL <3 <3 xoxo

  • Reply Nadia 4 March 2015 at 9:45 AM

    I grew up eating a much less healthy version of these cookies but I made your version last night and was shocked at how similar they taste to the recipe I used to love. New to your site but totally digging your healthy twist on desserts. Also digging those pictures of your and your beau. The wedding sounds like a fairytale.

    All the best,
    Nadia

  • Reply Gemma 4 March 2015 at 4:26 PM

    These cookies look absolutely delicious! I love how glossy the chocolate looks. Plus your pictures are very beautiful, they have such a nice sincere and intimate atmosphere.

    xoxox

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens 4 March 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Oh my god I just made these cookies and they are so freaking delicious. I was going to make dinner but I think I’m just going to eat these instead. You and Thom are too adorable and I am so excited for you both. Also, you have the brightest smile ever!!!

  • Reply Jane 4 March 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Vonnegut you guys :) These photos are so true to life. They shine bright with happiness. With the same chocolatey kind of happy when these cookies melt in my mouth. I used a variation of almond butter and will probably try these next time with quinoa. Rolled oats seemed a little too familiar. Thank you very much for this delectable article!

  • Reply Edlyn 4 March 2015 at 9:05 PM

    My dooooofus husband and I have the most amazing arguments and at the end of them, I still want to have him around. That’s special and that’s something you keep around. There’s nobody else I’d love to drive crazy and I see that in you and your betrothed, at least through your writing. I love the photos because they are a) adorable and b) honest
    Congratulations!!!!
    Also, already said this on instagram but I came straight home from work and made these. I ate 2 and he ate 3. Then I scolded him for not pacing himself to allow us time to savour treats. Then we sat down to watch TV and these are all i could think about (what the hell) but he refused to bring me some because – will power. Ugh.. We split my 2 1/2 and his 3 1/2 (th?) one. This is a dangerous recipe. I can’t get enough.

  • Reply Christine 5 March 2015 at 7:35 AM

    You two look so very happy together. I am loving the new design (it is so clean) and these cookies. I halved the recipe because I dont trust myself and then I ate the last three for breakfast this morning. :-)

  • Reply Renee (will frolic for food) 5 March 2015 at 10:45 AM

    awwwww you too are too goofy/cute I CAN’T HANDLE IT. happiness. love all of these shots and recipe sounds so good. putting it on my list of things to make ASAP! also i too am a mess hider. not ashamed. ok… a little ashamed. not too many places to hide my messes in my tiny house though! it aaaaall goes under the couch. haha.

  • Reply Natalia 6 March 2015 at 2:21 AM

    You are so cute!
    The recipe is lovely, easy to make and I think I will be making tomorrow! Thank you!

  • Reply Melissa @ Treats With a Twist 6 March 2015 at 11:13 AM

    I just love how happy you two are. I love that you’re always honest, that “perfect” couples are extremely imperfect and there are ups and downs to every relationship, but the beauty is in making it work because you love each other to the core. I adore you two.

  • Reply Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel 6 March 2015 at 6:56 PM

    loving your blog. its fantastic!

  • Reply Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship 7 March 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Wow…. these look amazing (the cookies and the photos)

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  • Reply Kari 7 March 2015 at 8:13 PM

    These look great! I love no bake cookies!
    Kari

  • Reply Carol 8 March 2015 at 5:08 AM

    I really love your house, It’s simple and comfortable!

  • Reply Rach 8 March 2015 at 7:27 AM

    You two! I can’t wait to see the photos from your wedding. It’s going to be so stunning. FYI these cookies lasted about 30 minutes between 5 people. :)))))))

  • Reply Beth 9 March 2015 at 3:59 PM

    I must tell you, these cookies were absolutely delicious. And also nostalgic! My mother used to make something very similar, though not vegan. And these are even better because they’re made with coconut oil! Thanks for the quick and yummy recipe…I’ll be making these for years to come, and teaching my baby girl to love them too. :)

  • Reply Teffy @ Teffy's Perks 10 March 2015 at 3:25 AM

    Such amazing pictures – both of the cookies and of you guys!!
    Love a good no-bake recipe, so very very keen to try these out. I mean, they’re cookies, so they definitely belong in my belly!

  • Reply Thea @ Baking Magique 10 March 2015 at 10:05 AM

    I love the new design! Can’t believe you made the logo yourself, it looks awesome! I especially like your new about page, it’s perfectly weird and informative and cute at the same time.

  • Reply Kathryne 11 March 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Love these photos and can’t wait to see photos of your Irish wedding! I’m really digging the new design and love the fact that you drew your logo yourself. Been meaning to try making some no-bakes with coconut oil and natural sweetener and now I don’t have to! Thanks, Ashlae.

  • Reply Ingrid 12 March 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Beautiful new design and lovely recipe! Well done! x

  • Reply Heather 15 March 2015 at 12:12 PM

    I never would have pictured you as the ‘messy’ type. You seem very organized to me. Or maybe its those fantastically clean organized photos you post of your house. I am the opposite. Clean and organized to an obsessive level. Brent on the other hand, has his own ideas about organization. They involve large piles of stuff, scattered around. These photos are fantastic. They really capture the two of you perfectly.

  • Reply Erika 1 April 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Catching up on all your posts after a too-long blog reading hiatus made my heart so happy. Can I just echo everyone’s comments and say y’all are adorable? YOU ARE. And beautiful, inside and out <333

  • Reply Marija 25 May 2015 at 4:34 AM

    Yummm.this must be simply divine! :)

  • Reply allison smith 5 October 2015 at 5:30 PM

    bah – an instant hit in my home for my honey and an easy delish snack throughout the week. love this.
    yum.

  • Reply carlos at Spoonabilities 30 November 2016 at 6:04 AM

    Beautiful pictures!!

  • Reply Liz 21 March 2017 at 8:30 PM

    Hi Ashlae, I made these and they are DELICIOUS! But they “melted” into thin cookie puddles in my fridge (couldn’t fit the baking sheet into my small freezer). Do you have any advice on tinkering with the oat ratio? Was thinking if I upped it they might remain a little more cohesive and a little less puddle… Thanks!

    • Reply Ashlae 22 March 2017 at 6:55 AM

      Hi Liz –

      The freezer chill is super important! That’s why I don’t call for chilling them in the fridge.. because they thin out too much. Also, if you’re using natural/runny peanut butter, you’ll want to switch to something with a more Jif-like consistency.

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