No-bake almond butter cookies (with goji berries)

No-bake almond butter cookies (with goji berries)

Two weeks in Iceland. 12 days in Denver. Two weeks traveling all over the Midwest. Denver for 20 more hours. 3 leg flight to Morocco; seven cities in two weeks. Exhale. Four days in Spain. Barcelona to be exact. Back to Denver until we run away to Ireland to say HELL YES I DO (this summer).

It feels so good to be back after two long, jam-packed months. Finally. With new ideas. New perspective and inspiration. A new life slogan that’s something along the lines of Thou Shalt Not Keep Any Shit Thou Does Not Need. Which I think was the direct result of traveling to a third world country (at least that’s what I’ve been told). The other result? Crying off and on for a good two days because allllll the feelings came crashing down the moment I walked into our house and the heaviness of my pack collided with the floor.

Thankfully, I decided early on that sulking is a lot less productive than what I could be doing, so I took all the not-so-feel-good energy and decided to (finally) paint the entry way after months of having cans of primer and Benjamin Moore’s summer basket green take up valuable shoe real estate in the entryway closet. One early morning before Thom woke, I rolled the paint onto our heavily textured walls then decided, when I was 98% finished, that we needed to rip the exposed telephone wires off the walls instead of continue painting over them like owners past. Along with the wires came some of the plaster then came a contractor and then the decision to HEY! LETS TAKE ALL THE TEXTURE OFF THE WALLS!

Oof.

Gojiiiiiii berriesNo-bake almond butter cookies in the makingA match made in heavenNo-bake almond butter cookies (with goji berries)No-bake almond butter cookies (with goji berries)

Now that I’m back and am attempting to settle into a routine again (and trying to stay as far as I can from future home improvement projects), I figure it’s about damn time I share something edible with you guys because that hasn’t happened in over six (!) weeks. I’ve been avoiding the oven like the plague because I made three peach crisps and only one of them turned out. Then I made a batch of my favorite chocolate chip cookies, left out the vanilla extract (though I’m not sure how considering I reached over exactly three bottles of it to get the salt and baking powder), and so more than half of the dough got smooshed into ramekins to be enjoyed with ice cream on top.

Pro-tip: Ice cream is the best disguise for subpar desserts. It’s also the antidote to ugly crying, in case you weren’t aware.

No-bake almond butter cookies (with goji berries)No-bake almond butter cookies (with goji berries)No-bake almond butter cookies (with goji berries)No-bake almond butter cookies (with goji berries)No-bake almond butter cookies (with goji berries)

Notes: Feel free to replace the vanilla almond butter with your favorite flavor of Justin’s. Chocolate hazelnut, classic peanut, and maple almond all made for delicious variations, but the vanilla almond butter version was, by far, my favorite. If you can’t get your hands on bulk goji berries (buying a bag of them will set you back more than a few bucks), fell free to replace them with dried cherries or cranberries (just make sure they’re unsweetened). The shredded coconut is optional, but I highly recommend adding it as it pairs perfectly with the almonds and goji berries.

This post is sponsored by Califia Farms + Justin’s. All opinions are my own, and I think both of ’em rule.

NO-BAKE ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES (WITH GOJI BERRIES)

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raw almonds
Pinch of fine sea salt
10 medjool dates, pitted
2-4 tablespoons dried goji berries
1/2 cup Justin’s vanilla almond butter
1/4 cup Califia Farms unsweetened almondmilk
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, optional

In a food processor fitted with the S blade, blend the oats, almonds, and salt into a fine meal. Add the dates and goji berries, pulse until combined. Add the almond butter, almondmilk, and coconut, if using, and process just until the dough forms into a ball. Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon or 1 teaspoon cookie scoop, drop the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll into round balls, if desired, then smoosh with a fork. Freeze for 30 minutes then transfer to an air tight container. Cookies will keep in the freezer for several months but I doubt they’ll last that long.

Yield: 16-18 cookies + 24 bite-size cookies

28 Comments

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar 30 January 2015 at 8:07 AM

    I love the goji berries in these!! So yummy!

  • Reply Cady 30 January 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Ugh Ashlae you always hit the nail on the head. I have also been thinking about how to simplify, as well. And how to be okay with the process of getting there. You rule.

  • Reply molly yeh 30 January 2015 at 8:45 AM

    YOU’RE BAAAAACK!!!!!! yay yipee yay yipee!!!!! welcome back, you crazy traveler you!! GREAT choice on paint color :) and these cookies look perfect. eggboy is going to be ALL over these. i think i’ll make some heart shaped for valentine’s day.

  • Reply Nazia @ Your Sunny Side Up 30 January 2015 at 8:47 AM

    I’ve had goji berries only once before but have never really known what I could pair them with. These cookies look like a good place to start – they look delicious!! :)

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout 30 January 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Love all the cute different sizes! Your travels sound like a dream. I have yet to try that vanilla almond butter, but it looks amazing in these cookies :)

  • Reply Jessie Snyder | Faring Well 30 January 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Love this and glad to see you back at it creating deliciousness! So sorry for all the tears and ripped walls. And amen to the ice cream cover-up. Here’s to happier, cookie filled days leading up to your big celebration this summer! Woot!

  • Reply Mia 30 January 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Sounds great, do you think the recipe works with cranberries as well?

  • Reply Millie |Add A Little 30 January 2015 at 12:22 PM

    This looks amazing and they’re so cute!

  • Reply Hannah 30 January 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Welcome back!

  • Reply karissa 30 January 2015 at 10:47 PM

    these are delicious…thanks for the super simple recipe!

  • Reply Janet 31 January 2015 at 2:25 AM

    Welcome back!! So much travel, good for you!!
    Please show us a picture of your entry way when it is done. I am sure we would all love to see it :)

  • Reply The Vegan Cookie Fairy 31 January 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Ha, home improvement projects suck major monkey balls. Says the person who’s about to go and paint the wardrobe in which she plans on installing a desk. UGH.)

    Funny enough I’m in a similar place at the moment, although for different reasons. Don’t really want to use my oven too much so I’ve been making no-bake desserts. (I have a gas oven for the first time in my life and it just won’t cooperate grrrrr.)

    Anyway. Super cute cookies! I could gobble up a few right now.

  • Reply My Seasoned Travels 31 January 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Ooh! Will you be posting about Morocco. I feel like I’m living a delayed version of your travels thus year. I’m going to Iceland in June (with your Iceland guide tucked under my arm) and I’m going to Marrakech in May. I still have one arm free to tuck some Morrocco tips under ;)

  • Reply Kathryn 1 February 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Oh yeah, my mantra for 2015 is definitely on the ‘have less shit in my life’ lines. So far, I feel pretty good about it + feel like I’m beginning to see the benefits of simplifying (particularly with the whole impending wedding-ness). PS I want one of these so bad.

  • Reply Canvasli 2 February 2015 at 2:19 AM

    Looks amazing !

  • Reply Hannah 2 February 2015 at 8:38 AM

    1. I just made these cookies but with spelt flakes and they were freaking delicious (though a bit addicting, which may or may not be a problem). 2. Your Morocco photos are just stunning. I hope you plan on doing a guide! I previously had no desire to go to Iceland or Morocco and they both just moved up on my travel wish list because of you. Thank you for the inspiration (and the healthy grub). Good luck with the house renovations…I do not envy you for those. :-)

  • Reply Kelsey 2 February 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Wow, these look incredible…can’t wait to whip these up this week :)

  • Reply Gemma 2 February 2015 at 12:13 PM

    I’m in a no-bake/rawish desserts frenzy lately and this recipe is just the perfect excuse to keep that ‘obsession’ alive! lol.
    These cookies look so cute and delicious, plus they have such a nice color! Love the idea of flatten the balls and make these fork marks!

    xoxox

  • Reply Rachel 2 February 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Hug. I’m glad you’re home honey bee.

  • Reply Eva 3 February 2015 at 7:01 AM

    What a year! Happy you’re back. Especially happy you’re back with cookies but can a sister expect a guide to Morocco? Your guide to Ireland was more useful than LP’s travel guide so it’d be awesome to see something similar for Morocco. xo

  • Reply Melissa @ Treats With a Twist 3 February 2015 at 12:34 PM

    These sound so good. The vanilla Justins is my favorite!
    I think all of that travel in general would feel like such a high and then I’d have a MASSIVE crash into depression afterwards. Ugh. Sorry lady. But I’m so jealous of your travels anyway

  • Reply Catherine 3 February 2015 at 1:21 PM

    These cookies sound wonderful; as I am sure they are. A sweet treat; yet so very healthy too.

  • Reply Renee Kemps 9 February 2015 at 11:05 AM

    They looks amazing! All those lovely ingredients, yum!!

  • Reply Anze 10 February 2015 at 6:40 AM

    I need to make these ASAP.

    Euroboy

  • Reply Anabel 10 February 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Hello! These look so good, and I am intrigued by baking with goji berries. I was thinking of making these for a backpacking/camping trip. Do you think they’d hold up well? Thanks!

    • Reply Ashlae 10 February 2015 at 6:36 PM

      Hi Anabel –

      Heck yeah they will! These sorts of high energy eats make for some of the best roughin’ it food, in my opinion. :) Enjoy!

      • Reply Anabel 12 February 2015 at 2:38 PM

        Wonderful! Made a batch last night and they are great — thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  • Reply Teffy @ Teffy's Perks 10 February 2015 at 2:01 PM

    They look soooo yummy!
    I love a good no-bake recipe, usually means I don’t have to wait ages until the cookies bake and cool. I’m a big fan of quick access to my cookies, even if it means waiting while they set in the freezer for a bit (even though I’d probably sneak one or two before they were done)!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

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