These healthy no bake morning glory cookies are loaded with nutty goodness – soft and chewy, with a surprise crunch in every bite! A glorious breakfast, dessert, or snack. They are also vegan, gluten free and packed with nutrients.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably already know I’m obsessed with anything no-bake. Generally, they are my daily go-to!
Having an easy, pre-made breakfast in the fridge is truly my sixth love language. As a full-time content creator and mother of a hungry Ollie, this recipe is certainly a lifesaver.
It’s full of protein, fiber, and healthy fats to keep us satiated and satisfied.
Why are they called Morning Glory Cookies?
The Morning Glory Cookies are certainly an inspiration recipe from the traditional Morning Glory Muffins created by Pam McKinstry, owner of the “Morning Glory Café.”
She created the original recipe, the original Morning Glory Muffins were meant to be harvest muffins, packed with a little bit of everything. They had whole wheat flour, carrots, apples, raisins, orange juice, and coconut.
They live up to their name – they are a glorious way to start your day.
Learn more about their history here.
Are No Bake morning glory cookies healthy?
This healthy version of the Morning Glory cookie has been modified to include lots of nutritionally dense ingredients. It is the best way to start your day with plenty of energy!
Some of my favorite ingredients to include, especially for their health benefits are:
Oats are one of the healthiest grain options – they’re a great balance of carbs and fiber. They’re even higher in proteins and fats than most grains.
Secondly, they have a group of antioxidants called avenanthramides, which have been shown to lower blood pressure and also support an anti-inflammatory diet.
Learn more about the health benefits of oats here.
Walnuts have more antioxidants and contain a significantly higher amount of omega-3s than any other common household nut.
Another key point is that they also help decrease chronic inflammation, which is the major aggravator of chronic diseases.
Walnuts are the perfect healthy addition to this recipe, but most nuts work well and are also great sources of nutrients and healthy fats.
Learn more about the health benefits of walnuts here.
Carrots are one of my favorite ways of including veggies into sweet recipes. Another reason is that they’re full of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants.
Carrots also have plenty of Vitamin A, which is why your parents would always tell you to eat carrots to improve your vision. Vitamin A not only supports vision, but growth and immune function as well.
They’ve been linked to lower blood cholesterol, weight loss, as well as even reduce the risk of cancer.
Learn more about the health benefits of carrots here.
What other nut butter can I use for No Bake Morning Glory Cookies?
I know not everyone loves peanut butter. Almond butter is one of my favorite alternatives.
Allergic to nuts altogether? This recipe would also taste great with pumpkin seed or sunflower butter.
OR you can use granola butter, which is typically made with oats, coconut, olive oil, and maple syrup.
The cookies will taste just as nutty!
Ingredients for No Bake Morning glory cookies
Above all, the best part of this recipe is that you probably already have most of these ingredients at home:
Oats, old fashioned
Peanut butter, smooth
Orange juice, if needed
I think these cookies taste especially better with:
Apples, small diced
Surprisingly, there is a lot of room to experiment with additional ingredients!
How to make No Bake morning glory cookies
This recipe is super simple and easy to make.
First, begin by mixing the oats, peanut butter, walnuts/pecan, raisins, orange juice, and coconut into one bowl.
Secondly, I used Lakanto Monk-fruit-sweetened peanut butter. But if you are using plain peanut butter, you can add ½ cup up to 1 cup honey/maple syrup (depending on your preference).
If the batter is too crumbly/lose, try adding more orange juice, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Optionally, add the diced apples and shredded carrots for extra flavor.
Then, scoop the cookie dough balls into a cookie shape. Squeeze them together if the batter is on the looser side.
Drizzle the cookies with more peanut butter on top and enjoy.
How to serve NO bake morning glory cookies
First, the best part of these cookies is that they are immediately ready to eat, or you could always enjoy them later.
Serve them in the morning in full glory with coffee or a glass of milk.
Additionally, take them on the go or pack them in your child’s lunch box.
Surprisingly, they are super versatile!
How to store No bake morning glory cookies
Morning Glory no bake cookies will store best in an airtight container. Or you can store them in the fridge for up to a week. I like storing them in the freezer and warming them up a little bit when I get a cookie craving.
Secondly, they are the perfect meal prep, pre-workout energy kick, or healthy snack to have at hand.
Enjoy at any time!
What other no bake recipes would you like to see? Leave a comment below!
OTHER NO BAKE RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
No Bake Morning Glory Cookies
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup orange juice if needed
- 1 cup chopped Walnuts/pecans
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup Apples small diced
- 1/4 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1. First, begin by mixing the oats, peanut butter*, walnuts/pecan, raisins, orange juice**, and coconut into one bowl.
- 2. Optionally add the diced apples and shredded carrots.
- 4. Scoop the cookie dough balls into a cookie shape.
- 5. Drizzle the cookies with more peanut butter on top and enjoy.
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.
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