Healthy No Bake Cookies with Protein

Healthy no bake cookies with protein powder. Made without any butter or white sugar! (Regular no bake cookies have around 18 grams of sugar per cookie, these have 3 grams!) They’re healthy, vegan and gluten-free.

In hopes of making your week a bit merrier I made you some healthy no bake cookies with protein powder.

Striped rectangular green and red tin with a red bow on top filled with no bake cookies.

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No bake cookies have always been my favorite and I LOVE these because they’re healthier and loaded with protein.

Stack of no bake protein cookies on parchment paper

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 these almond flour crescent cookies) so I like to play around with the recipe to see if I can make different and healthy versions of the original.

Red and green striped tin with no bake cookies inside.

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 these healthy no bake cookies 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.

Red and green striped tin filled with healthy no bake cookies.

Over the past week or so I’ve actually made three different batches of healthy 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. 🙂

Two stacks of no bake cookies on the left with a green and red tin filled with cookies on the right.

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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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: About 20

Description

Healthy no bake cookies made without any butter or white sugar! Regular no bake cookies have around 18 grams of sugar per cookie, these have 3 grams!! They’re healthy, vegan and gluten-free.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 scoop (21 grams) vanilla vegan protein powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  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 minutes to let the batter set up – this step is optional, but the cookies will be cool and 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. At this point they’re ready to enjoy or you can place them in the fridge if you’re serving them later. Store any leftover cookies in the fridge.
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 93
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3g

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    45 comments
    1. Amy
      January 18, 2020 AT 9:13 am

      I substitute 1/8 cup of raw honey for the syrup. They’re delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 18, 2020 AT 5:34 pm

        I’m so glad these cookies turned out well for you, Amy! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    2. Kristin
      March 10, 2019 AT 6:06 pm

      Good cookies but they still have A LOT of sugar in them. 1/4 cup maple syrup has 51 grams of sugar in it and 210 calories.

      1. Tamara Elders
        June 17, 2019 AT 4:33 pm

        Ummm…use sugar free maple syrup.

    3. Carly Sears
      December 13, 2017 AT 11:35 pm

      Can you leave out the protein powder in this recipe? Looks so good btw <3

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 14, 2017 AT 11:31 am

        I use vanilla protein powder which gives the cookies a boost of protein (most cookies are low in the protein department) and also adds a hint of vanilla sweetness. If you don’t have any on hand you can always leave it out! If the batter seems too thin without it, just add a couple additional Tablespoons of oats.

    4. tom
      February 19, 2017 AT 11:30 pm

      hey, which protein powder did you use?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 20, 2017 AT 9:26 am

        I really like Sunwarrior Vanilla Warrior Blend. It’s a plant-based protein powder.

    5. Natalie
      April 1, 2016 AT 2:18 pm

      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!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 1, 2016 AT 5:16 pm

        Oh my word, your version sounds delicious! I LOVE the hemp seed addition. I feel like I need to see a picture of these.

    6. Jamie
      June 28, 2014 AT 3:06 am

      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!

    7. Tammy Jo Ryan
      June 26, 2014 AT 12:49 am

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

    8. Keshia
      April 21, 2014 AT 10:26 pm

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

    9. Sarah
      April 3, 2014 AT 8:54 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 3, 2014 AT 9:16 pm

        Yay! I’d say 30-60 minutes. Enjoy and then store the leftovers in the fridge or freezer. Let me know what you think after you try them. 🙂

    10. Erica Prussmann
      January 2, 2014 AT 8:26 am

      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 ! 🙂

    11. Aleesha Banks
      December 19, 2013 AT 11:57 pm

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

    12. Women’s Health
      December 12, 2013 AT 3:55 pm

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

    13. Phil Nauta
      December 12, 2013 AT 2:27 pm

      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.

      1. Eating Bird Food
        December 14, 2013 AT 9:44 am

        Hi Phil. You could certainly use hemp, but I think you’re right — it might be a little overbearing. Do you have a vanilla hemp protein? That might work well!

        1. Phil Nauta
          December 16, 2013 AT 9:22 am

          Thanks, that’s a really good idea Brittany – or maybe even a mix of hemp and rice powders 🙂

    14. Joanna @Makingmine
      December 12, 2013 AT 10:57 am

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

    15. Elyse @ Lizzie Fit
      December 11, 2013 AT 8:47 pm

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

    16. Brandy @ A Mindful Mantra
      December 11, 2013 AT 12:12 pm

      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!

      1. Autumn
        April 1, 2020 AT 7:17 pm

        Brandy! I’m also on the Candida cleanse!! Can I ask you what you changed on the recipe? I figured instead of peanut butter use Almond butter, and use yucca syrup or SF maple syrup? Thanks!

    17. elena
      December 11, 2013 AT 10:53 am

      good like always!

    18. Dearna @tohercore
      December 11, 2013 AT 12:20 am

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

      1. Eating Bird Food
        December 14, 2013 AT 9:29 am

        Thank you so much Dearna!

    19. Purelytwins
      December 10, 2013 AT 10:01 pm

      yummy!! we love no bake cookies

    20. Danielle @ LabelsAreForTinCans
      December 10, 2013 AT 7:24 pm

      Love how they keep progressing! These sound delicious 🙂

    21. Kate
      December 10, 2013 AT 1:39 pm

      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.

    22. Anna
      December 10, 2013 AT 1:35 pm

      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!

    23. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
      December 10, 2013 AT 11:00 am

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

    24. Ted Wallof
      December 10, 2013 AT 10:53 am

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

    25. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
      December 10, 2013 AT 10:50 am

      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!

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