Healthy No Bake Cookies

Healthy No Bake Cookies

Being inspired by a recipe I saw for no bake cookies that used a banana in place of butter, I decided to try my hand at creating a healthier version of our family recipe. 1 mashed banana replaces the 1 stick of butter, the sugar is cut in half and a low fat milk (skim or almond) is used instead of whole or 2%. Of course, there is quite a bit of sugar (1 cup) in the recipe but it’s still much healthier than traditional No Bake Cookies. I think regular old fashioned oats might work in place of the quick oats, but I had quick oats on hand so that’s what I used.

I also created two versions that are quite similar but call for a few different ingredients – depending on how your pantry is stocked.

I really enjoyed the cookies and would definitely make this recipe again and again. After having a few family members taste test the healthy no bakes, most said they could taste the banana but it added a nice flavor. If you don’t like the flavor of banana, I’d recommending subbing in 1/2 cup coconut oil or 1/2 cup butter for the banana.

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Healthy No Bake Cookies
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed well
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup non-fat milk
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups instant oats
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except the vanilla and oats in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat – stirring often.
  2. Let the mixture boil for 1 minute, remove from heat and let the mixture cool for 1 minute.
  3. Add the vanilla and oats and stir well to combine.
  4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper and cool to room temperature.

 
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Superfied (& Vegan) No Bake Cookies
 
This recipe includes some things you’ll need to purchase at your local health food store, for example the raw cacao powder and sucanat. .
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Ingredients
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed well
  • 1 cup sucanat
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • ½ cup almond milk (unsweetened vanilla)
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups instant oats
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except the vanilla and oats in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat – stirring often.
  2. Let the mixture boil for 1 minute, remove from heat and let the mixture cool for 1 minute.
  3. Add the vanilla and oats and stir well to combine.
  4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper and cool to room temperature.
  5. I really enjoyed the cookies and would definitely make this recipe again and again. After having a few family members taste test the healthy no bakes, most said they could taste the banana but it added a nice flavor. If you don’t like the flavor of banana, I’d recommending subbing in ½ cup coconut oil or ½ cup butter for the banana.

Comments

  1. Nice recipe!! I made my own variation…1 1/2 cups stevia instead of sucanat and 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate instead of cocoa powder. I used banana, but agree next time I will use coconut oil in its place! Happy eating!!

  2. I made the top recipe earlier today and used only 1/2C of sugar because that is all I had, they turned out great! The banana adds a great flavor!

  3. I tried making these no bake cookies today, but substituted almond butter for the peanut butter and reduced the sugar content to less than what the recipe called for. These cookies actually tasted pretty good.

  4. I just Googled a recipe for healthy no bake cookies and stumbled across your blog! These cookies turned out wonderful, however, not so healthy when you end up eating three of them! ;) Eh, oh well they were good! I’m glad I found you.

  5. The recipe tasted great, but the cookies never seemed to harden even after being put in the freezer.

    • You might need to boil the peanut butter, sugar and banana for a little longer. A good test is to drop a tiny drop in a small cup of ice water and if it hardens to a “soft ball,” it’s ready to add the oats!

  6. I just made No-Bake Cookies and every recipe I found used 2 cups of sugar!!! I googled a healthy recipe and found you. I have all the ingredients for the top one on hand and am glad that you’ve listed both. Thanks!

  7. Thanks for the recipes!! I am trying the no bake cookies tonight. I love baking but time has become an issue these last few months. A no bake cookie is a GREAT way for me to get my healthy sweet fix in a timely manner. Also, this recipe is a lot healthier than other no bake cookie recipes I’ve found online.

    P.S. I am fortunate enough to already have all these ingredients on hand. :)

    Thanks again!

  8. This sounds like a delicious recipe! I will have to try it out. I made my own similar version one day because I made some regular ones for the family and the dogs (my precious furbabies) wanted some special cookies too. So I made them a batch using carob chips instead of chocolate and honey instead of sugar. I actually preferred them to the regular ones. But the banana in these sound wonderful!

  9. Jen @nutcaseinpoint says:

    Do you know the nutritional value of these?!?! I’m making them now!

    • I hope you love them!!

      If you make 36 cookies using the Healthier No Bake Cookies recipe, each cookie has about 73 calories. The rest of the facts are below.

      Total Fat 2.34g
      Saturated Fat 0.37g
      Cholesterol 0mg
      Sodium 11.81mg
      Total Carbohydrate 11.82g
      Dietary Fiber 1.22g
      Sugars 6.38g
      Protein 1.83g

      • thank you, thank you, thank you!

        I don’t know if it’s just me, but the ‘dough’ tasted banana-y when it was still warm, but the banana taste totally disappeared once the cookies were fully cooked. I don’t mind the banana flavor AT ALL, but I know a lot of people are freaked out by different tastes in normal things..if you know what I mean, lol.

  10. I just made these (non vegan option) and they are AWESOME! I’ve been craving them for weeks and decided my 35th birthday was a good reason make them.
    A few notes – I only used a 1/2 C sugar and they are great. They didn’t harden as much as regular ones but I like them better this way anyway! I made them into 12 cookies and they had 196 cal, 6.9 fat and 3.5 fiber per no bake. Plus the 10 calories I’ll count for licking the spoon!
    Thank you for this idea.

  11. i really really wanted these to work, but couldnt get them to. I couldnt ever get the mixture to boil. It was just on the verge of scorching instead. It was like there wasnt enough liquid without the butter to boil. They tasted good but they werent the same consistancy of no bakes. Are they supposed to be?

  12. will make these very soon,have all ingredients,sound good.Thanks

  13. Do we know how many calories? Thanks ;-)

  14. I made the Healthy No Bake recipe and added 2 tbsp Chia Seed to the wet ingredients before boiling and 1/2 c Unsalted Roasted Sunflower Seeds when adding the oats to bulk up on the protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Delicious!!!! Wish I’d thought of the coconut oil – that sounds delicious!

  15. I just made these, subbed 1/2 cup of the sugar and added some stevia. I also added 3 T flax for some of the oatmeal and used Sunbutter instead of PB because of a nut allergy in my family. Has anyone tried honey or maple syrup instead of sugar…wondered if they would set up …also contemplated adding some cinnamon.

  16. I made these but replaced the 1 cup of Sugar with 3/4 cup of maple syrup and used 2 1/2 cups oatmeal and 1/2 c coconut. They were a big hit !!

  17. You can use dates and a little honey or maple syrup instead of the cup of sugar…just put the dates, honey and banana in the food processor and there you go! Tastes delish :)

  18. Samantha says:

    if you’re a health freak like me… barely put any sugar in and baking cocoa in and use some protein powder! i used a chocolate kind and they were great! also used almond milk (unsweetened, vanilla) instead of dairy milk

  19. Miranda says:

    Made these yesterday and they taste like straight up banana. I could not taste the peanut butter at all which was a real disappointment.

  20. Rebecca says:

    Can I use quick cooking oatmeal instead of instant? don’t want all the flavorings of instant, and also quick cooking is all I have.

  21. Rebecca says:

    They came out very tasty with quick cooking oatmeal. Thanks for the recipe.

  22. Michele says:

    Just made these using 1/2 cup almond milk in place of low fat milk and 1/3 cup of agave nectar in place of the sugar. I think I could have even used 1/4 cup of agave and been fine. They are delicious!

  23. I have been making these for a while – they are delicious. I have completely eliminated the sugar by using 1/4 cup of maple syrup or honey, and by adding coconut flakes (1/2 cup) at the same time I add the oats. I don’t use the PB at all or any substitute either. Whenever I make these they disappear in no time – I can’t keep my hubby and kids away from them

  24. Rochelle says:

    I made these with carob powder, mashed papaya, and only 1/4 cup of sugar. Normally I would use coconut sugar, but I had just run out. Carob powder has a natural sweetness, which is why I cut down on the sugar. You cannot taste the papaya, but it also adds sweetness. Also used unsweetened almond milk and a mixture of peanut and sun butter. Came out nicely, though they’re not a traditional cookie. I’m going to put a few in the fridge and see what happens. Thanks for the inspiration.

  25. Rochelle says:

    Well, I tried them & they’re really not very good. Not sweet enough or chocolatey enough, so you’re better off not to do what I did, though the papaya made them quite moist.

  26. Marijke says:

    How about steel oats?

  27. I must have done the same thing as an above poster – they did not harden and are still very moist even the next morning! they still hold together still and taste yummy but just not hardened. I also added a spoonful of coconut oil since I thought my banana was kind of small. This could also be the issue. Oh well, they’ll get eaten :)

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