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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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. 

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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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    100 comments
    1. 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!!

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

      Very easy to do and well explained, loved them ♥️

    3. 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. 🙂

    4. 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. 🙂

    5. 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. 🙂

    6. 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. 🙂

    7. Emily
      June 19, 2020 AT 2:03 pm

      This is amazing!! I whipped it up in about 15 minutes.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 20, 2020 AT 1:53 am

        Woo-hoo!! So glad you enjoyed these cookies, Emily! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. 🙂

    8. Brianne
      May 31, 2020 AT 7:50 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 2, 2020 AT 5:27 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies, Brianne. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    9. Nicole
      May 13, 2020 AT 3:45 pm

      Excellent recipe! A great treat to have on hand to curb the sweet cravings.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 13, 2020 AT 3:52 pm

        I’m so glad you loved these cookies, Nicole! Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    10. Paige
      April 30, 2020 AT 12:47 pm

      Can I use swerve instead of coconut sugar?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 30, 2020 AT 10:50 pm

        Hey Paige – I haven’t tried it, but I’m sure that would work just fine. Let me know how these cookies turn out for you if you try them!

    11. Lisa Lewis
      April 26, 2020 AT 10:57 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 27, 2020 AT 12:27 pm

        Ahh I love that!! I’m so glad they were a hit with your family. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    12. jamie
      April 13, 2020 AT 6:31 pm

      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.

    13. rebecca
      April 4, 2020 AT 4:59 pm

      do you have a ref for how much stevia time use if no coconut sugar? thanks

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2020 AT 11:56 pm

        Hey Rebecca – I’d start with 1/2 teaspoon of stevia!

    14. Erin Richards
      April 4, 2020 AT 4:36 pm

      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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 6, 2020 AT 1:45 pm

        Yay!! So glad these cookies turned out for you, Erin. Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. 🙂

    15. Judith Fradkin
      March 24, 2020 AT 9:32 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 24, 2020 AT 11:51 pm

        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. 🙂

    16. Stacey
      March 21, 2020 AT 5:17 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 22, 2020 AT 8:22 pm

        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!

    17. Hannah
      March 14, 2020 AT 7:33 pm

      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!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 17, 2020 AT 1:43 pm

        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

    18. Lana
      February 25, 2020 AT 4:37 pm

      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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2020 AT 1:59 pm

        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?

    19. Daysi Benitez
      February 13, 2020 AT 11:44 pm

      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?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 16, 2020 AT 10:55 am

        Soft and chewy! 🙂

    20. Amelia Davis
      January 25, 2020 AT 1:38 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 26, 2020 AT 7:12 pm

        Woot woot!! I’m so glad you and your kids enjoyed these cookies. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, I so appreciate it!

    21. nicole
      January 24, 2020 AT 1:07 pm

      How long do these last in the fridge? Can you freeze them?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 25, 2020 AT 12:05 am

        Hey Nicole! These will last about a week in the fridge if stored in an airtight container and yes, you can definitely freeze them!

    22. Melissa
      January 19, 2020 AT 10:00 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 20, 2020 AT 7:49 pm

        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!

    23. V
      January 17, 2020 AT 8:02 pm

      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.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 18, 2020 AT 5:31 pm

        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. 🙂

    24. Sanja
      January 2, 2020 AT 1:10 am

      Can you use oat milk instead of vanilla almond? I really don’t like the taste of vanilla almond milk.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 2, 2020 AT 10:24 am

        Definitely! Any milk will work.

    25. Juliana
      December 13, 2019 AT 8:52 am

      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!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 13, 2019 AT 4:35 pm

        YAY!! That makes me so happy to hear. Thanks for trying this recipe, Juliana and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

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