Healthy No Bake Cookies

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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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. 

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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

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 power
  • 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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  1. 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?

    • 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. 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Wow! Thank you for this recipe. I recently cut out dairy and most processed foods and have been really missing a little sweet something now and then. These are perfect. I used substituted 1/2 the oil with mashed banana and that worked beautifully. I will be checking out more recipes in your site. Cheers!

  5. Delicious. My family could tell a slight difference only and were surprised when I told them they were vegan. Thanks!

  6. amazes me people the people who think coconut oil its healthy all oil is unhealthy its been stripped of all its nutrition and nothing but fat.

  7. These were phenomenal! Super simple to make and such a delicious treat. We didn’t have coconut sugar on hand so just used granulated and it worked out fine. Can’t wait to make these again! Thanks

  8. Craving something sweet, but didn’t want to blow my diet! Loved this easy to make recipe. Do you have anything with butterscotch?

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies, Judith! Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it! I actually don’t have anything with butterscotch, but I’ll make note of it. 🙂

  9. I cannot imagine life without cookies and wanted to find a healthy alternative. My friend made this recipe and it rocked my cookie world! These are my new go-to for a mid-morning work break ~ thanks for such a delicious recipe!

    • Ahh this makes me so happy to hear, Stacey! I’m so glad you’re enjoying these cookies. Thanks for tying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

  10. These are SO GOOD! I have been craving no bakes but I’m trying so hard to be healthy. These are a great option! I’m also trying to go sugar free because my dad is pre-diabetic and he often has to skip the treats, so it’s awesome to find recipes with sugar alternatives! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Hannah!! I’m so glad you found my recipe and enjoyed these cookies. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it. <3

  11. I just made these and these was the worst tasting no bakes I EVER had,, blandas I don’t know what, tasteless,, and just plain nasty,, never will I make these again,, and will not recommend these to anyone

    • Hey Lana – I’m so sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy these cookies. Sounds like you might have skipped an ingredient if they tasted bland since they definitely shouldn’t taste like that. Did you add the coconut sugar? Or change anything about the recipe?

  12. I’ve never had no bake cookies. Is the cookie soft and chewy after you let it sit in the fridge? or is the consistency hard and crunchy?

  13. These are so easy! Taste awesome. Kid friendly. I will be making these often!
    I added 1/4 cup of coconut flakes and 2 3/4 cup of oats. So good!

  14. They taste AMAZING and so satisfying! I have been craving some chocolate no bake cookies for a long time, I am so glad I came across this recipe. They are so incredibly easy to make!

    • Ahh I love hearing that, Melissa! I’m so glad you came across my recipe, too. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. The reviews are super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it!

  15. These were amazing!! I’ve been baking pretty much every dessert on your page and they’ve all turned out so so good. I did use traditional oats as that’s all I had, and they mix was wet but I expected that and just spooned dollops onto a baking sheet and popped in the freezer for 10 minutes. They hardened beautifully and I just added a drop of melted chocolate on each one. So delicious! Thank you for another amazing dessert recipe.

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear!! I’m glad you’re loving all the dessert recipes on the blog. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. They are super helpful to other readers. 🙂

  16. I made these for a cookie exchange, they turned out so good, and perfect! I couldn’t believe how easy they were, and how tasty!! My son loved these also!!!

  17. I just found your site! Love love your recipes. I used to make a similar recipe with gf oats, coconut oil, almond butter and maple syrup. But for the life of me I can’t remember the measurements…!! Any suggestions? I have four daughters…one with chrons disease. My brain is not thinking clearly most of the time. Please let me know if you could help?!

    • Hi Wendy! Your recipe does sound similar. You could certainly use my recipe… the only difference is the coconut sugar. I haven’t made this recipe with maple syrup and I wouldn’t recommending using it as a sub for the coconut sugar since it will likely make the batter too thin. Let me know if you try this version though! 🙂

    • Hey Gloria, I haven’t made this recipe with anything besides the oats and they are a big component to this recipe. You could possibly try quinoa flakes, but you might have to play around with how much to use and I am not sure if the consistency will turn out the same since I haven’t tried it. Definitely let me know if you try it with the quinoa flakes and how they turn out.

    • Hey Shari, I have tried peanut butter powder before, but I normally always use actual peanut butter in my recipes. But feel free to sub peanut butter powder in for any of my recipes that call for PB. 🙂

  18. Please help! I made this twice. First time with banana, no oil. Clumpy mess. Second time, I used belted coconut oil. Barely any better than the first attempt with bananas. So sad. This is my fav childhood cookie but now that I must be GF and DF, I am trying to make this work within my new diet restrictions. I did notice the mixture thickening immediately before adding the oats. Should I have stirred them in sooner? Can you think of anything else I may have done wrong? The only other thing I did different was I used 1/4 cup of stevia/erythritol blend in place of the 1/2 cup coconut sugar. Please advise. Thank you!

  19. It’s not setting I thought it would be dry like yours in the video but unfortunately it’s wet and moist still and hasn’t set at all and I don’t even know what to do next I can’t eat them with tea either so what should I do ?!……

  20. 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 🙂

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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

  24. 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! 😉

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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…;)

  29. 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?

  30. 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!

  31. 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!!

  32. 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.

  33. 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.]

  34. 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. 😀

  35. 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!

  36. 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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