New & Improved Healthy No Bake Cookies

by on December 14, 2012

Happy Friday! Today’s post is a quick one because I don’t have a ton of time this morning before darting off to work but I wanted to share an updated version of the healthy no bake cookies I posted last year around the holidays. The original recipe I came up with is much healthier than the traditional no bake cookies I grew up with as a kid, but they still had a quite a bit of sugar (about 1 cup). I used natural sugar, but still, added sugar is added sugar and I’m all for reducing it when I can, as long as the cookies still taste good!

Healthy no bakes

So last week I made a batch with half the sugar. They are still plenty sweet to me, but some people like things on the sweeter side so feel free to add more sugar, if you wish. I actually liked them better this way! I changed up a few other things as well – for instance, storing the cookies in the fridge to “set” rather than letting them sit out at room temperature. Because these changes affected the recipe in such a good way, I decided I should repost it! So here she is, the new and improved Healthy No Bake Cookies, with new photos to boot.

New & Improved Healthy No Bake Cookies
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I used regular rolled oats for this batch and they turned out fine, but a little on the hearty side. I still like the texture of the quick oats better, but feel free to use whichever you have on hand. If you dislike banana, you can use ½ cup extra virgin coconut oil in place of the banana. The cookies will turn out to be a bit richer and higher and calories, but super delicious.
Serves: 24
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed well
  • ½ cup natural creamy peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • ½ cup raw cane sugar/sucanat (or stevia, to taste)
  • ¼ cup cocoa power
  • ¼ cup almond milk (unsweetened vanilla)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups instant oats (or regular rolled oats)
  1. Place mashed banana and peanut butter in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often until peanut butter and banana are combined.
  2. When the peanut butter is melted, take the pan off the heat and add remaining ingredients and stir until everything is well combined.
  3. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to let the batter setup – this step is optional, but the dough will be easier to shape if you do.
  4. Drop chilled dough by spoonfuls on a baking sheet lined parchment paper, using hands to work cookies into desired shape – I made this batch into little mounds.
  5. Place baking sheet in fridge or freezer until cookies are set, then serve. Store any left over cookies in the fridge or freezer for later.

If you want to make this recipe sugar-free, feel free to try using stevia in place of the sugar. I haven’t experimented with it myself so I don’t know the appropriate measurement. I would put in a little bit of stevia at a time until the cookies’ sweetness suited my tastes.

Healthy no bake cookies 1

I will warn you, these cookies might be healthier than traditional no bakes but they’re just as addictive. I think I ate around four every day until they were gone. Oops.

Healthy no bake cookies 3

Breakfast dessert, lunch dessert, snack and/or dinner dessert – they work well for any and all of the above. ;)

Healthy no bake cookes 2

In need of some other healthy holiday cookies? Here are a few you might like:

Yes, I realize that most of these have peanut butter in them. That’s how I roll. :)

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Shannon December 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

Thanks for posting this Brittany, I mad your original recipe last year because my nephew has an egg allergy so I like to make treats everyone can have. Can’t wait to try this new version this year.


Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots December 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

I love no bake cookies and I love that theses are healthier so that I can eat several at a time :)


Stephanie Wilson December 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

Beautiful job “healthifying” these!


Kim@hungryhealthygirl December 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

I love no bake cookies. In fact, I was thinking about making them for the holidays already. Can’t wait to try this recipe!


Denise @ December 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

I also grew up on the high sugar No Bake Cookies as a kid – and I ABSOLUTELY loved them !!!! Although they were VERY high in sugar. Looking forward to making this lower sugar and healthier version !!!!! THANKS for the recipes !!!!!


Gillian @ Money After Graduation December 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm

It looks great, I’ll have to try the new recipe. I’m with you on the peanut butter thing.


Rachel December 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Yes – these are my kind of cookies!! I can’t bake, so anything no bake is perfect for me.


Lauren December 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Well these look delicious! I wouldn’t expect anything less though. :) Have a fantastic weekend girl!!


Brittany Mullins December 16, 2012 at 12:17 am

Thanks lady!


{Moni} @ Moni Meals December 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I love these cookies Brittany! And..NO BAKE-Why yes! I also have a similiar version too and you were so lucky to grow up with these.
Thanks for sharing and also giving out some super fantabulous holiday cookies from around the web. YUM!
Happy Weekend!


Angela December 16, 2012 at 12:57 am

I love these cookies! Can’t wait to try the healthier versio. :)


Ruta December 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

Oooh, they look delicious! I love no bake cookies, but hate all the sugar they always seem to have. I’m going to have to give this recipe a try!


Jay December 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I saw this on Instagram and had to try it! So easy and so yummy!!!


Moyave26 December 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Oh-my, you just saved me with these cookies, thank you Brittany! I was really feeling a need for sweet just now, when I read this recipe I realized I had everything that it took to make a healthy no-bake cookie on hand.
Well, minus the banana. I substituted with coconut oil and this makes them taste like something that is almost too good to be healthy.
I will make the lower-caloric version with banana another time, to get something that I can really feel guilt-free about eating.
Like I said, the ones with coconut-oil taste so yummy that I feel like they can’t be innocent. :D


Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen January 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm

LOVE this. I have been mulling over a no-bake treat idea or two for awhile now, and this is perhaps an excellent jumping off point for me. [They look delicious as is, but you know I just can't follow a recipe as written. Ever. I've tried.]


Stephanie March 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm

These look fab! I’ve been looking for a healthier version of peanut butter no bakes. I must try these. Thanks!


Sadie March 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm

No-bake cookies were the only homemade treats my mom ever made when I was a kid. I have missed them dearly since becoming a vegan and now with this recipe I can have my cookie and eat it too! I may try the sugar-free option (using either stevia or date sugar) and see how they turn out.


Brittany Mullins March 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Yay! Let me know how they turn out.


Karmen May 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Okay I just made these with coconut oil and stevia. I used 3 tbs truvia and that seemed the perfect amount of sweetness but next time I will adjust with less cocoa and probably a little more pb – they’re just a little too dry and bitter from the cocoa. Thanks for posting this!!


JamieH July 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I like to watch my calories so I did the math and thought I would share the calorie count so no one else has to try and calculate it :) If you use stevia it is roughly only 75 calories a cookie. This is great for kids considering it’s no sugar added and I looove cookies so it’s nice to treat myself every once in awhile. Thanks so much for sharing!


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