Cacao Espresso NO BAKE Cookies


Made with seed cyclers in mind, but delicious for everyone.  These cacao espresso no bake cookies are soft and chewy, ready in minutes, and provide healthy fats and protein without any refined sugar.

I made these cacao espresso no bake cookies because through my journey of quitting hormonal birth control and trying to heal my hormones, I decided to give seed cycling a try.  Simply put, seed cycling is the practice of adding different seeds into your diet during different times of the month based upon where you are in your cycle.  The nutritional components of various seeds support your cycle in different ways and you can use them to balance your hormones to ensure less symptomatic periods, boost fertility, and even reduce other symptoms. If you want to learn more about seed cycling, check out my post here.

But even if you do not care one bit about seed cycling, you should care about these cookies

because they are DELICIOUS.  And seeds are nutritional powerhouses.  Think about it – they contain everything required to grow a living organism!  So adding them to your diet is great for anyone and they provide added nutrients whether you are concerned about your cycle and your hormones or not! (although personally speaking I think we should always be concerned about our hormone health).

If you really can’t get past the seeds – just leave them out!  These cookies are delicious with or without the seeds because they don’t provide too much of the flavor, just a ton of nutrition!  If you do this you may want to use less nut butter because you won’t have as much dry ingredients you need to get sticky.  I haven’t tried it so I can’t give an exact amount, but just add a little bit at a time and stop when it is sticky enough to form into cookies. 

pumpkin seed cycling cookies

Nut Butter Heaven

The “cacao espresso” part of this recipe is made possible by Julie’s Real nut butters.  They have a cacao espresso almond butter and yall it is to die for.  Before you get to thinking that it is probably full of icky additives- it is NOT.  The only ingredients are dry roasted almonds, virgin coconut oil, organic honey, organic cacao nibs, ground vanilla beans, espresso beans, and sea salt.  So it is perfect to make this super fun flavor!

If you do not have access to this nut butter, feel free to make it with any of your favorite peanut, almond, or even cashew butter!  They will all still make for delicious cookies.  You could always add in some extra ingredients to switch up the flavor too!  Maybe dried fruit or chocolate chips, or coconut!  These really can be made many different ways and still be just as good.

How will you make yours?!

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cacao espresso cookies

NO BAKE Cacao Espresso Cookies

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  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 7 cookies 1x


Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan Option, Refined Sugar Free

These NO BAKE cookies are a great way to easily practice seed cycling in a delicious way.  But seed cycler or not, they are a great treat for your afternoon energy boost!




  1. Grind your pumpkin seeds, measure out 7 tablespoons
  2. Grind your flax seeds, measure out 7 tablespoons.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined (if mixture is too dry, add more almond butter and/or maple syrup.  If it is too wet, add more oats).
  4. Form into seven cookies.
  5. Optional: drizzle some melted chocolate on top! (mix with a little coconut oil to make drizzling easier)


*To make this recipe vegan you can make it with any plain nut butter or use NuttZo’s Chocolate Power Fuel to retain the chocolate/cacao flavor (could also add espresso beans if you want to keep that flavor too!)

**Use dairy free chocolate to keep this recipe dairy free (like these)

Seed Cycling Note: As-is, this recipe is suited to support the follicular phase of your cycle.  Swap out the ground pumpkin and flax seeds for ground sunflower and sesame seeds for these cookies to support your luteal phase.  This recipe makes a week worth of cookies for seed cycling purposes.  To read more about how seed cycling works, read my post here.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: desserts and snacks, breakfast
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know what you think!  If you remake on Instagram, be sure to tag me at @donutworry_behealthy so I can see your creation and send you some love!


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