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. We always used the traditional recipe with butter, milk and sugar, but over the years my tastes have changed and I recently set out to create no bake cookies that are dairy-free and made with unrefined sugar.

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

I made a batch with half the sugar. I actually like this version with coconut sugar way better. That said, 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’d recommend adding a little bit of stevia at a time until the cookies taste sweet enough to suit your liking.


Stack of peanut butter chocolate healthy no bake cookies.

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

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

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Plate of peanut butter chocolate healthy no bake cookies.

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


Healthy No Bake Cookies

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


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. 


  • 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 power
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups instant oats


  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.


  • 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


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

Keywords: healthy no bake cookies

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  1. So this recipe is amazing. I’m thankful for a healthier version of tue classic. One thing I did differently is…. in the classic version of this you bring the peanut butter, butter (or in this case coconut oil) and sugar to a simmer then remove from heat and add milk. This process caramelizes the sugar helping to hold the cookie together afternoon cooking. I found this technique helpful. Just thought I’d share 🙂

  2. These cookies are amazing. I totally messed them up but I can tell they would be good lol. I decided to double the recipe then suddenly realized it was going to make a ridiculous amount. I ended up adding a bunch of stuff to make it thicker because I didn’t have time to let them set properly so I added chia seeds, coconut, coconut flour, ground flax, and then quickly rolled them into balls. They were better before but I was short on time. I also didn’t have instant oatmeal and I realize they would have been way better with instant oats. There is a lot of oatmeal in these more than most and so the oatmeal was a bit too chewy. These cookies were good despite all my mistakes which shows how versatile this recipe is. I made 70 cookies and did the calorie count and it was 90 each. I am going to make them again as written if I ever eat all of these lol.

  3. I grew up making no-bake cookies. This healthier alternative stands up to the original in taste! Delicious!!! (And super-easy!)

  4. I was wondering if I could use sativa instead of sugar so I will try it and let you know how they turned out Thank you bet they are yummy

  5. Your cookies look so great for healthy snacks! By any chance do you know the weigh and volume you are using? I don’t have cups in France. I should really get some as I want to try this recipe! Thanks in advance! 😉

  6. I’m one of the pickiest person to eat healthy foods, only because I love sugar & good tasting foods. So in my mind I figured I’d be wasting my time & would probably be throwing these away, but this wasn’t the case. Shockingly these are really Good!! So good that I ate most of them by the end of the night ?? and they are very easy to make.

  7. I can’t make these again. I have zero self control! They were yummy. I do miss eating them warm and gooey from the pan though.

  8. My name is Brice and I love to bake like cookies or double doozie or chocolate chip cookies or almond cookies bake cakes and more desserts to ship it to the United States of America

  9. I just made these, followed the recipe exact, except added a handful of raw coconut, and they are sooo good, I accually think these are better than the original unhealthy recipe….Thank you Brittany…;)

  10. I just tried this recipe, but I got stuck on first step. I put the natural pb and mashed ripe banana into the saucepan and stirred but it never got close to melting. I tried turning it up but it just started to brown. The directions say that the pb should be melted before adding the rest of the ingredients. Am I missing something?

    • Hi Alisha. So sorry for your trouble. I should probably change the wording because the peanut butter doesn’t really have to “melt”, it just needs to get warm and thin out. Did yours do that?

  11. 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!

  12. 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!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.]

  15. 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. 😀

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

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