Originally submitted by Kelly Mapes as Mexican Kissed Hot Chocolate Coconut-Oatmeal-Pepita Drops (whew, that’s a mouthful!), we shortened the name of these chocolate oatmeal drops slightly but had no need to alter her formula one bit! This healthier drop cookies recipe was submitted as a Sweet entry in the BIG Snackable Recipe Contest (entries are now closed, but the winners will be announced on that post!).
The contest is a celebration of our new FREE Snackable eBook with delicious, original Sweet, Savory and Sippable Dairy-Free Recipes. Download and enjoy it now via PDF, iTunes, Kindle, Kobo or Google Play: www.godairyfree.org/snackable-ebook
To qualify for the contest, this recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate Oatmeal Drops uses Coconut Milk Creamer from So Delicious Dairy Free.
Since Sarah has tested and approved this recipe for chocolate oatmeal drops as one she would repeat, I’ve added it to the “Sarah’s Recipes” section. Here are her personal notes on the recipe:
Family-Friendly: In our contest recipe testing, we had trouble finding recipes that were a hit with Sarah’s whole family (all six of them), but these chocolate oatmeal drops were a hit with mom, dad AND the kids.
Healthier Take: Sarah thought these were a great twist on the classic recipe for chocolate no bakes. Though the ingredients used add a healthier spin, she said these could be enjoyed as a snack or a dessert. For those who want to go unrefined, coconut sugar could be used. If you opt to use unsweetened coconut, too, you may want to adjust the sweetness in the recipe to taste.
Special Diet Notes: Mexican Hot Chocolate Oatmeal Drops
By ingredients this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.
For nut-free chocolate oatmeal drops, you can substitute your favorite salted seed butter for the almond butter.
- 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 2 cups uncooked oatmeal, quick or old fashioned (certified gluten-free, if needed)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup sugar or coconut sugar
- ½ cup So Delicious Dairy Free French Vanilla Coconut Milk Creamer
- ½ cup creamy salted almond butter
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Cook coconut in medium saucepan over medium-low heat until lightly toasted, stirring constantly, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the coconut to a large bowl. Increase the heat to medium, add the pepitas to the pan and cook until lightly toasted, stirring frequently, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the pepitas to the large bowl, add the oats, and stir all three ingredients together.
- Place the saucepan back on medium heat. Add the cinnamon, chili powder, cumin and cayenne and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the coconut oil and let melt. Stir in the sugar and cook until dissolved, stirring frequently. Stir in the coconut creamer, almond butter and cocoa powder and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for 1 minute; remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the dry ingredients in the large bowl and mix well. Drop the mixture by the slightly heaping tablespoonful onto wax paper. Let cool.
- Store the oatmeal drops in the refrigerator.
Oh no! I tried to click the recipe for the top-8 free oreo recipe….it says the link is broken! 🙁
I think you’re talking about the Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream recipe? that’s odd, it does look like the link is all messed up. I updated it! -> https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-cookies-and-cream-ice-cream
Wow. This looks so yummy!! You had me at NO BAKE!! 🙂
Ahhh I love no bake cookies! I bet this addition tastes lovely!
These look amazing! And super simple. I have to try something like this for my kids.
Ok I TOTALLY had Mexican hot chocolate on my brain all week. It’s kind of scary that I found this recipe. I’m dying to try. This looks like a healthy and tasty breakfast idea – especially for on the go mornings!
I love Mexican hot chocolate, so I can only imagine how delish these would be!
I’ve never really had any mexican chocolate treats! But I’m always up for trying something spicy!
Wow–these look very yummy! Just a quick tweak and I can make these safe for my food allergic family!!!
Oooh, these are a very nice twist on an old favorite! 🙂