Line large baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, place the oats and cocoa powder, and toss to combine. Set the bowl aside.
In a medium-size, heavy-bottom saucepan, place the butter or coconut oil, sugar, milk, and salt. Whisking frequently, bring the mixture to a rolling boil over medium-high heat.
The mixture will bubble quite a lot. Just continue to whisk. Allow the mixture to boil for a full 2 minutes, whisking frequently.
Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the chopped chocolate and mix until the chocolate is melted, and the mixture is smooth.
Create a well in the center of the oats in the large bowl and pour in the sugar mixture. Mix to combine well.
The mixture will be thick but soft. Allow it to sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes to allow it to begin to firm up.
Using a large ice cream scoop or two spoons, scoop the cookie dough in 2 tablespoon portions onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1-inch apart from one another. Spread each gently into an approximately 2-inch round.
Allow the cookies to set at room temperature or in the refrigerator. After about 30 minutes, you should be able to peel them off the parchment paper.
Store the finished cookies in a sealed glass container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Originally published on the blog in 2016. Recipe clarified slightly, many photos, video, and most text new.About the oats: To make the equivalent of quick-cooking oats, I pulse certified gluten free old fashioned rolled oats in a blender or food processor a few times. To replace the oats entirely, try with 4 cups (120 g) puffed brown rice cereal in place of quick-cooking oats. Just be sure to cool the sugar mixture for at least 10 minutes or until no longer hot to the touch before pouring it into the cereal, or the cereal will taste stale as the cookies cool. If you’re not gluten free, you don’t need to use certified gluten free oats. Regular quick-cooking oats work.
Chocolate No Bake Oatmeal Cookies from Nicole Hunn at Gluten Free on a Shoestring. Find recipe online at https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/no-bake-oatmeal-cookies/