Chocolate Mess Cookies (No-Bake)

I posted a similar recipe to this a while ago but this is a bit different, packed with more goodies and without peanut butter.

You can really get creative with these cookies – add what you want and think will taste good. I intended to add crispy rice cereal and as I was digging through the cupboard to find it I saw the puffed quinoa I bought a while ago and decided to use that instead. Pretty happy with the results.

Chocolate Mess Cookies (No-Bake)
  • ½ cup vegan margarine
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk (I use unsweetened plain almond milk)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups gluten-free oats (I use Only Oats)
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup puffed quinoa cereal (or crispy rice cereal)
  1. Prepare two large baking sheets by lining with waxed paper or parchment paper.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat bring the margarine, milk, sugar and cocoa powder to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add everything else. Mix well to combine.
  4. Working fast, drop mixture by teaspoons to the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Refrigerate until hardened.


Makes 3 dozen. (Well, actually one cookie shy of 3 dozen, but that’s because Levi was ‘sampling’ as I was dishing these out onto the cookie sheet.)

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10 Responses to “Chocolate Mess Cookies (No-Bake)”

  1. May 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Terrific! Satisfies my craving for chocolate without milk products! Thank You!

    • May 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

      You’re welcome Jan!

  2. Amy
    December 7, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    May I ask if the shredded coconut should be sweetened or unsweetened? Does it matter?

    • December 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

      It really doesn’t matter what you use. The cookies are quite sweet on their own so I’d recommend unsweetened coconut, but that’s really just my preference.

      • Amy
        December 7, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

        Thanks so much for your reply! I thought the chocolate would be sweet enough too, so glad I went with my instinct to get the unsweetened earlier this afternoon. Looking forward to trying out your recipe tomorrow. :)

  3. Sierra
    December 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    This recipe looks awesome! Is the coconut necessary? My friend doesn’t like coconut, and I’m allergic to coconut and baking. Could I leave it out without them being runny or odd?

    • January 1, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      The coconut isn’t necessary. Just add in another 1/4 cup of oats or puffed quinoa and it won’t be too goopy.

  4. Sarah
    December 4, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    Yum! These were great! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  5. Sara
    March 7, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    Disaster. :( I went as fast as I could and still only got two cookies on the sheet before it ended up a big, hard ball stuck to the saucepan. :( clearly, I did something wrong. I did not use coconut (didn’t have any) or almonds (can’t eat them), but I added a bit more of the rice cereal, as you suggested in another comment. It was a solid rock in seconds.


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