Healthy No Bake Cookies

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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.

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Healthy No Bake Cookies

4 from 201 votes
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.
A hand holding a stack of three peanut butter chocolate no bake cookies.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients

  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup natural creamy peanut butter, or almond butter
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups instant oats

Instructions
 

  • Add melted coconut oil and peanut butter in a medium mixing bowl and stir until combined. Add coconut sugar, cocoa powder, almond milk, sea salt, vanilla.
  • If desired you can heat the peanut butter cocoa mixture on the stovetop over medium low heat to fully dissolve the coconut sugar, about 5-6 minutes. Sometimes I do this and sometimes I don't. Depends on how much time I have.
  • Add oats to a large mixing bowl and top with peanut butter cocoa mixture. Stir until well combined.
  • Using a small/medium cookie scoop, scoop the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use your hands to press the dough down a bit and form the cookies into a cookie shape.
  • Place baking sheet in fridge until cookies are set, then serve. Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

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Notes

  • No oil version: 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.
  • Sugar: You can use granulated sugar instead of coconut sugar, but you will definitely want to heat the peanut butter cocoa mixture to dissolve the sugar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie Calories: 93kcal Carbohydrates: 11g Protein: 3g Fat: 3g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 5g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Keyword: healthy no bake cookies

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    206 comments
    1. Sharon
      January 25, 2023 AT 4:39 pm

      2 stars
      This recipe has a lot of delicious and healthy ingredients. But there is way too much oatmeal for the amount of wet ingredients. I did melt the wet ingredients together. After I added the oatmeal, I had to add more peanut butter and coconut oil to get the oats somewhat covered. you have good ingredients as I said, but it definitely needs some tweaking. I checked numerous other similar recipes (in case it was just me) They all have a ratio with less oatmeal.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 26, 2023 AT 11:27 am

        Hi Sharon – I am sorry to hear this recipe did not turn out as you had hoped. Did you change anything about the recipe before having to add in more pb? I have not had this problem before and am wondering if maybe something was changed.

    2. Tara
      December 8, 2022 AT 11:18 pm

      5 stars
      i made these cookies tonight, and they are wonderful. i only had old fashioned oats, and i added a little coconut flakes. i found that they solidify nicely and had a fantastic flavor. i may cut back the sweetener next time because im trying to train my pallet to enjoy sweetness, though these are perfectly sweetened but not too sweet.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 9, 2022 AT 10:26 am

        WOO! I am so glad that you are loving this recipe, Tara. The coconut flakes sound like a delicious addition. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I so appreciate it!

    3. Hannah
      October 14, 2022 AT 9:30 pm

      5 stars
      This was one of my favorite treats as a kid and I was looking for a healthier version for my kids. These were delicious and they loved them, thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 17, 2022 AT 12:59 pm

        WOO! I am so excited to hear that this recipe is a hit for you and your family, Hannah! Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, it means so much to me.

    4. Kaitlyn
      September 15, 2022 AT 1:28 am

      This is a great recipe, but I think the title is a little misleading. Coconut oil is not healthier than butter. It’s debatable as to whether or not coconut sugar is healthier than cane sugar. I can see why this would be a good vegan recipe though.

    5. Matilda Gage
      June 25, 2022 AT 9:49 pm

      5 stars
      I’m not clear on what’s healthy about this? It has saturated fat (coconut oil) and added sugars (coconut sugar)?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 27, 2022 AT 11:12 am

        Hi Matilda – this recipe is a refined sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan alternative to traditional no-bake cookies. Hope this helps!

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