Protein No Bake Cookies

Healthy No Bake Cookies

In hopes of making your week a bit merrier I made you some cookies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein No Bake Cookies (vegan & gluten-free)

Not just any cookies. These are my favorite.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein No Bake Cookies (vegan & gluten-free)

No Bake Cookies… with protein.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein No Bake Cookies (vegan & gluten-free)Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein No Bake Cookies (vegan & gluten-free)

If it feels like I post a new No Bake Cookie recipe every year around Christmas time, it’s because I do. The original version has always been one of my favorite holiday cookies (they rival Nanny’s Crescent Cookies) so I like to play around with the recipe to see if I can make different and healthy versions of the original.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein No Bake Cookies (vegan & gluten-free)

The first healthy version I made used banana (or coconut oil) in place of the butter and less sugar. I loved that version so much but last year I decided I needed new photos so I experimented again and made a new and improved version with half the sugar.

And now I’m posting another one. This time without the banana (or oil) and half the sugar (again). If this trend keeps progressing, next year I’ll be posting a sugar-free version… it. could. happen.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein No Bake Cookies (vegan & gluten-free)

Over the past week or so I’ve actually made three different batches of No Bake Cookies resulting in two new recipes to share. This one with the protein powder and another version that I made into bars, which I’ll be posting later this week.

I’m excited to say that this version is low in sugar, has no butter or oil and uses whole rolled oats instead of instant AND they still taste good. Like really good, and not just to people like me who like healthy food. Others have said they’re good too. 🙂

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein No Bake Cookies (vegan & gluten-free)

These cookies are perfect for your next holiday cookie platter (people won’t even notice that they’re healthy) but I’ve also deemed them a great snack option. With the protein powder, peanut butter and oats, they’re basically like a granola/protein bar. I’ve totally taken this idea to heart and have been eating them for a snack whenever possible. Cookies every day = awesome!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein No Bake Cookies (vegan & gluten-free)
Prep time
Total time
Serves: About 20
  • 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 scoop (21 grams) vanilla protein powder (I used a vegan brown rice protein powder)
  • ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Combine oatmeal and protein powder in a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir until there's a nice dusting of protein powder over all the oatmeal.
  2. Place almond milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, cocoa powder and sea salt in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often until cocoa powder is completely dissolved and the sauce has thickened. Take the pan off the heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Pour peanut butter chocolate mixture over oats/protein powder and mix until all pieces of the oatmeal are covered.
  4. Place batter in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to let the batter set up – this step is optional, but the cookies will be much easier to shape if you do it.
  5. Drop chilled dough by spoonfuls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using hands to work cookies into desired shape – I made these into little round cookies.
  6. 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 the cookies to be vegan and gluten-free, make sure to use a vegan/gluten-free protein powder and certified gluten-free oats.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 93 Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 12g Sugar: 3g Fiber: 2g Protein: 3g

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  1. Mmmmm! I love no bakes! And these are even healthier, yay! Thanks for sharing….will have to give these a try….maybe with a little peppermint to make them christmassy. I love enjoying these post run as a reward before I fuel up 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. My favorite thing about this recipe is that I already have all the ingredients on hand. Thanks for sharing! I think I’m going to make these for my husband and I to nosh on this week 🙂

  3. These look awesome! Chocolate and PB is my favorite combo, so I definitely need to make these. Pinning for later!

  4. Oh YUM!!!! These look so good, Brittany! I will absolutely be making these!

  5. These look great! How do you get them so cute! They look like store bought (baked) cookies. I love the packaging!

  6. Yum! Love no bake recipes! What type of peanut butter did you use? What sort of texture are they from the fridge once they’ve set in the freezer?

  7. I love no bake cookies!! I def need to make these ones!

  8. oh yum… these look amazing! love that they’re healthy to boot 🙂 and your presentation is adorable too!

  9. These look so good! Love no bake recipes 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  10. Hi Brittany,
    Don’t forget dad with those no bakes. they look really good.
    I will see you soon.

  11. I love no bakes! They are easy and a great treat! I will have to put these on the list to make sometime this holiday season! No oil and less sugar – PERFECT!

  12. Thanks for including vegan options (as I see you do often:)

  13. I’m not much of a “baker,” so I am a sucker for a good no-bake recipe! I cannot wait to try these :).

  14. These are so simple and look and sound so good! I’ll definitely be giving them a try. And what a good idea to give them as a gift. Love the photos!

  15. I’ve never tried “no-bakes” before, but these were a great introduction. Delish! I used Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder and they came out extra chocolatey.

  16. Love how they keep progressing! These sound delicious 🙂

  17. yummy!! we love no bake cookies

  18. These sound delicious! I love your photography too, very pretty! I’ve pinned these on my board of homemade Christmas gifts to make 🙂

  19. good like always!

  20. I am obsessed with no bake cookies! Can’t wait to try these. I will have to modify them a bit because I am on the candida cleanse, but I WILL make it work! Also, beautiful photos!

  21. I love recipes that evolve into healthier versions but still taste delicious! I get ridiculously excited about this kind of ingredients list 😉

  22. Can’t go wrong with chocolate + peanut butter! I’ve never done a no bake cookie – definitely want to try this out!

  23. Oh wow – I’m drooling already!! Do you think these bad boys would work with other kinds of protein powder? I use hemp but I think it might be a bit overbearing.

  24. Cookies looks really nice. WIll have to do it at home!

  25. These cookies look amazing. i love chocolate and peanut together.

  26. Erica Prussmann says:

    Love your recipes. Would you ever consider posting nutritional info for them.
    It would be very helpful for folks on limited intake of calories or o. Weight Watchers
    Thanks ! 🙂

  27. currently making these! absolutely delicious!!! just wondering, about how long should the cookies set for in the fridge/freezer?

  28. These were amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe!!!

  29. Tammy Jo Ryan says:

    I’m making these right now. I was wondering if you had the nutritional info on these by chance.

  30. Yummy! So I made some modifications: sweetened vanilla coconut milk, banana instead of maple syrup, chocolate whey protein instead of vanilla, crunchy unsalted peanut butter, halved the cocoa and doubled the vanilla. No added sugar! Definitely less desserty this way though–more like an incredibly decadent snack.

    If anyone is interested, I figured out the nutritional info for this whole batch is 1465 calories, 35 grams of fiber, and 56 grams of protein. I wanted to make each cookie about 100 calories so I made the batch into 15 big cookies making each cookie 98 calories with 2.5 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. Happy snacking!

  31. Natalie says:

    I grew up with No-Bake cookies, but the family recipe, while delicious, is not the healthiest. I’ve been looking for a recipe that not only tastes just as good, but also doesn’t make me feel guilty for enjoying 3/4 of the batch immediately. 😉 Finding your recipe made my day, and inspired some ideas for utilizing ingredients I had in my pantry.

    I substituted half the oatmeal for raw hemp seed hearts–making it packed with omega-3, a host of new vitamins and minerals, and a ton of extra protein. To balance the intense flavor of hemp seed, I added a pinch more sea salt, and did half/half of real grade-A maple syrup and raw coffee blossom honey. I needed to use up my dried black currents, so I tossed a few handfuls into the chocolate before combining with the oatmeal mixture. Also, I love the flavor of natural vanilla–there can never be too much. I used vanilla soy milk, and doubled the vanilla bourbon extract.

    These are out of this world delicious and brilliantly healthy–the best tasting protein bars I’ve had in a while. Thank you for your inspiration, Brittany!! Healthy and simple, I’ve found a new favorite pair of No-Bake “Cookie” recipes!!

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