Peanut butter chocolate healthy no bake cookies made with half the amount of sugar in traditional no bake cookies and coconut oil instead of butter. Dairy-free, vegan and refined sugar free.

I’ve always loved traditional chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies. I grew up with them as a kid — my mom would make them for us every Christmas and once I was old enough she taught me how to make them myself.

Plate full of peanut butter chocolate healthy no bake cookies with a folded napkin below the plate.

No Bake Cookies Made Healthier

Traditional no bake cookies are made with butter, milk and refined sugar, but for this version we’re keeping things dairy-free by using coconut oil instead of butter and almond milk instead of the regular milk. To keep things refined sugar-free we’re using coconut sugar instead of white sugar. It also has half the amount of sugar and I have to say, I actually like this version with coconut sugar and less sugar way better!

I will warn you, these cookies might be healthier than traditional no bake cookies, but they’re just as addictive… I think I ate around four every day until they were gone. Oops. Breakfast dessert, lunch dessert, snack and/or dinner dessert – they work well for any and all of the above. 😉

How to Make These Cookies Sugar-Free

If you want to make this recipe sugar-free, feel free to try using stevia or monk fruit in place of the sugar. I haven’t experimented with either myself so I don’t know the appropriate measurement. For stevia, I’d recommend adding a little bit of stevia at a time until the cookies taste sweet enough to suit your liking. If using monk fruit, you can probably just sub it 1:1 with the coconut sugar. Let me know if you try a sugar-free version in the comments below!

Stack of peanut butter chocolate healthy no bake cookies.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make these cookies, plus some ideas for substitutions.

  • coconut oil – I’ve also made this recipe with a mashed banana in place of the coconut oil. The cookies will turn out  a little bit more dry without the coconut oil, but still yummy.
  • creamy peanut butter – you can also use almond butter or any other nut/seed butter in place of the peanut butter.
  • coconut sugar – if you’re looking for a sugar-free option, you can use monk fruit or stevia.
  • cocoa power or cacao powder – either option will work.
  • unsweetened vanilla almond milk – any non-dairy milk option will work just fine.
  • sea salt
  • vanilla extract
  • instant oats or rolled oats – steel-cut oats won’t work for this recipe.

Hand holding a stack of three peanut butter chocolate healthy no bake cookies.

How to Make No Bake Cookies

Mix the dough – Add melted coconut oil and peanut butter to a large bowl and stir until combined. Then add coconut sugar, cocoa powder, almond milk, sea salt, vanilla and oats into the bowl and stir until combined.

Scoop the dough – Drop the dough by the spoonfuls on a baking sheet lined parchment paper.

Set – Place baking sheet in fridge until cookies are set, then serve.

How to Store These Cookies

After letting these cookies set completely in the fridge, store them in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 1 week. These also freeze well if you need to keep them longer. Store cookies in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Plate of peanut butter chocolate healthy no bake cookies.

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If you make these healthy no bake cookies be sure to let me know how they turned out by leaving a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is so helpful for me and other EBF readers. 

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A hand holding a stack of three peanut butter chocolate no bake cookies.

Healthy No Bake Cookies


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Peanut butter chocolate healthy no bake cookies made with half the amount of sugar in traditional no bake cookies and coconut oil instead of butter. Dairy-free, vegan and refined sugar free.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil*
  • 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or stevia, to taste)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups instant oats

Instructions

  1. Add melted coconut oil and peanut butter in a large bowl and stir until combined.
  2. Add coconut sugar, cocoa powder, almond milk, sea salt, vanilla and oats into the bowl and stir until combined.
  3. Drop the dough by the spoonfuls on a baking sheet lined parchment paper.
  4. Place baking sheet in fridge until cookies are set, then serve. Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

  • I’ve also made this recipe with a mashed banana in place of the coconut oil. The cookies will turn out  a little bit more dry without the coconut oil, but still yummy.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Cookies

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 93
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3g

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    136 comments
    1. Rita
      February 18, 2021 AT 10:18 pm

      I was looking for a healthy and easy alternative to cookies, and these didn’t disappoint! I gave some to my friends and they said they tasted like nutella, and that they loved the. The only fault I found is how difficult it was to roll them, so I ended up squishing them into balls rather than rolling, but apart from that it’s an amazing recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 18, 2021 AT 10:54 pm

        So glad you loved these cookies, Rita. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    2. Emily
      February 15, 2021 AT 6:49 pm

      Yet another favorite! These were easy to put together and I had all of the ingredients in my pantry (love that). One cookie helps curb my sweet tooth with a little less guilt 😛 I gave several to my parents as well and my mom loved the hint of coconut (from the coconut oil).
      I found the recipe to be very forgiving overall and appreciate the multiple substitutions. I made the first batch using the recipe but might venture out in the future. Thanks!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 15, 2021 AT 7:44 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved these cookies, Emily. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    3. Irene Pfefferman
      February 12, 2021 AT 9:11 am

      I love this recipe- thank you for sharing! I’ve made the cookies twice, once with stevia (1:1 for the sugar) and once w/ half the amount of coconut sugar. Both times the consistency was more like chocolate covered crumbled oats/ not bound together at all to drop the cookies onto parchment by the spoonful. Like another reviewer, I added more coconut oil and peanut butter and that helped, but I still had to roll each cookie with my hands to get them to bind. I would love any suggestions on how to improve my consistency- the flavor is awesome but it is time consuming to roll each cookie out. Thanks again for sharing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 12, 2021 AT 3:44 pm

        Thank you so much for this feedback, Irene. Are you changing anything else about the recipe? Are you using quick/instant oats (and not rolled oats). I’m also wondering if reducing the sugar might be causing the issue? Also, what type of peanut butter are using? Is it a natural peanut butter that’s sort of drippy or one that is super thick? I think that could make a difference too!

        1. Irene Pfefferman
          February 14, 2021 AT 1:51 pm

          Thanks for the thoughts, Brittany! I used Organics crunchy old fashioned peanut butter. It is more on the thick side/ definitely not drippy. Is there a PB brand you’d recommend? And I used 365 organic quick oats, but underneath “Quick Oats” it says “Rolled Oats” – could that be my problem? Also just making sure- you only melt/ liquify the coconut oil, not the peanut butter or any other ingredient? Thanks again! Irene

          1. Brittany Mullins
            February 15, 2021 AT 3:21 pm

            It probably had to do with using crunchy pb instead of creamy. The creamy peanut butter should help these cookies stay together. I’ve been loving wild friends peanut butter and if you want to try it you can use code EBF10 for 10% off. 🙂

    4. Rachel
      February 1, 2021 AT 10:09 pm

      I was craving something sweet/healthy and came across this. No bake cookies are an all time favorite of mine. I substituted the coconut oil with a ripe banana and the coconut sugar with pure maple syrup, and it turned out great!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 3, 2021 AT 10:31 am

        Woo!! I’m so glad these cookies turned out for you, Rachel. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    5. Robyn
      January 29, 2021 AT 11:09 pm

      Hi!
      I’m looking forward to trying these. I’m wondering if they can be made with old fashioned Rolled Oats (and also whether, if I use a little bit of stevia instead of the sugar, if that will throw off wet/dry proportions?) Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 1, 2021 AT 1:10 am

        Rolled oats will be just fine! Other people have used stevia with no issues! Let me know if you try these and how they turn out for you. 🙂

    6. RLSCM
      January 20, 2021 AT 2:36 pm

      Not sure what went wrong but these did not bind well for me. All I did differently was use monk fruit instead of coconut sugar. After adding a little extra coconut oil and peanut butter, I was able to squeeze the mixture in my hand and carefully roll them into balls. I’m sure the shape won’t matter to my teen boys, who love all the treats I make even when they don’t turn out as planned. They are tasty though, which is why I gave this recipe a 4 star. I also love the simple healthy ingredients.

    7. Amy J
      January 16, 2021 AT 9:04 pm

      Gorilla 🦍 poops are very GOOD!!!!!!!!!!

    8. Sarah
      January 14, 2021 AT 12:02 am

      Just wanted to leave some love for this recipe! I’m about 5 years into my gf, df journey and have truly missed nostalgic desserts like these no-bakes. This recipe is even better than the traditional one! I’m not super great at sticking to a recipe and I slightly heated the PB mixture the first time out of habit. I also had to do half ghee, half coconut oil due to limited ingredients. The heat softened the oatmeal a bit for a softer texture and I really liked the flavor of both fats as well. I have since made the original recipe. Both turned out GREAT, but I do think the heat helped. Thanks for sharing this gem with us!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 14, 2021 AT 10:37 pm

        I so appreciate it, Sarah!! I’m pumped to hear you loved these cookies. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review and share the subs you made. It’s so helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it!

    9. Summer Yule
      January 6, 2021 AT 1:02 pm

      Delicious! Mine came out a bit crumbly because I used the dry peanut butter at the bottom of the jar. I should’ve used less oats since the peanut butter wasn’t providing much in the way of moisture. Tastes great either way though! 😀 Thank you for the tasty snack idea

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 7, 2021 AT 4:16 pm

        Ahh yeah, that was definitely it! I’m glad you still enjoyed these cookies. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    10. Ana Sastre
      December 26, 2020 AT 10:16 am

      I can’t stop eating them 😅 they are beyond delicious. Favorite treat of my Christmas holiday

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2020 AT 2:34 am

        Aren’t they SO good?! I’m glad you loved them. Thanks for the review, Ana. I so appreciate it!

    11. SusanfromKentucky
      December 23, 2020 AT 4:26 pm

      Just made these. They’re really good!

    12. Christa
      December 21, 2020 AT 6:44 pm

      I made this with about 1/2 cup of monk fruit sweetener. Thanks for the healthy recipe. I’m going to check out the rest of your blog! Meet Christmas!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 22, 2020 AT 6:37 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad these cookies turned out with monk fruit sweetener. Did you just do 1/2 monk fruit 1/2 coconut sugar or just 1/2 cup in total of sugar?

    13. Emma Darragh
      December 17, 2020 AT 1:54 pm

      Yum! Best part about these is they can be whipped up in literally 5 minutes. So quick and easy. Next time I’ll definitely try swapping the banana in, and oil out. Just curious to see the difference.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 17, 2020 AT 7:15 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved these cookies, Emma. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    14. Meghan
      December 12, 2020 AT 1:27 pm

      These are so good and so easy to make. The chocolate peanut butter ratio is spot on. I love the texture and there’s a perfect amount of sweetness too.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 13, 2020 AT 10:29 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear, Meghan!! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    15. Thomas Week
      December 10, 2020 AT 4:43 am

      Hello everybody!
      Thank you for these recipes, it`s really delicious and useful. I tried to cook it today, all is good but it takes a lot of time. I found some simple and tasty recipes and will try it today

    16. Danielle Guzman
      December 8, 2020 AT 9:47 pm

      Wow! These were so good I ate several spoonfuls before they even got scooped and into the fridge! They were super simple to make, set up perfectly and will make a decadent addition to this year’s Christmas cookie tower. They’re in the freezer now – we left a few out to enjoy this week. Thank you for another excellent, healthy recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2020 AT 12:38 am

        Yay!! So glad this recipe was a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    17. Rachael Ball
      December 1, 2020 AT 3:25 pm

      Sounds delicious! I saw you tried subbing a banana for the oil, do you think half a cup of applesauce would also create a drier cookie?
      Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 2, 2020 AT 12:59 am

        Hey Rachel – I’m not too sure how applesauce would work, I haven’t tried it. It might be too liquidy, but it might work ok. Definitely let me know if you end up trying it and how these cookies turn out. 🙂

    18. Llora Catuna
      November 21, 2020 AT 7:26 am

      Would this receipe work with steel cut oats

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 21, 2020 AT 6:52 pm

        Hey Llora – No, I wouldn’t sub the oats for steel cut oats as they are much harder than rolled or quick oats.

    19. Vanessa
      November 1, 2020 AT 3:36 pm

      So easy, and so delicious! I used Bob’s Mill gluten free oats and it’s the perfect snack for satisfying your sweet tooth if you’re a chocolate addict like me. Love these!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 2, 2020 AT 12:04 am

        So glad you love these cookies, Vanessa! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    20. Karen Rapp
      October 5, 2020 AT 11:01 am

      This is a great recipe and I love chocolate no bake drops except that I’m dairy-intolerant, and cocoa and sugar too. Ack! I know, I know. But I I made some pretty good drops anyway (I love them) when used only the Peanut Butter, vanilla extract, and instant oats, a bit of water to make it moist, and Stevia (the liquid only stevia kind, no added things). It’s really the core of the recipe! ❤️
      They taste great!!

    21. Mandy
      September 22, 2020 AT 3:47 am

      Very easy to do and well explained, loved them ♥️

    22. Lori
      September 13, 2020 AT 10:08 am

      Question:
      The trad recipe calls for boiling the butter and sugar and milk to almost a fudgelike texture. I tried replacing 1/2 of the sugar with Truvia. The cookies did not set and I had to freeze and eat frozen. I’d like to try this recipe, Has it been tried with sugar and stevia?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 14, 2020 AT 3:12 pm

        Hey Lori – I know someone else has used regular sugar instead of the coconut sugar and she said the cookies turned out just fine. I’m not sure about the Truvia, but I’m sure it would work. Let me know if you end up trying these cookies and let me know how they turn out. 🙂

    23. Lynn W
      August 12, 2020 AT 6:52 pm

      Made these no-bake cookies today (4th day of a heat wave). My daughter was complaining that she needed healthy snacks. These got a thumbs up!! From the hubby too.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 12, 2020 AT 7:53 pm

        So pumped these cookies were a hit, Lynn! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    24. Jessica H
      June 22, 2020 AT 5:29 pm

      Was looking for a vegan cookie to make that I didn’t have to start my oven for, on this hot day. These hit the spot!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 23, 2020 AT 10:29 am

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed these cookies, Jessica. Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    25. urmi
      June 20, 2020 AT 9:29 am

      Do you use cooked or dry oats?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 21, 2020 AT 7:03 pm

        Dry oats. 🙂

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