No Bake Protein Cookies

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No bake protein cookies cookies made with just eight simple ingredients and without any butter or white sugar! They’re oil-free, vegan and gluten-free.

No bake cookies have always been my favorite and I LOVE these because they’re healthier and loaded with protein. So basically, they’re a snack that you can eat any time of day… you can thank me later!

Plate of no bake protein cookies.

No Bake Cookies Made Healthier

Traditional no bake cookies are made with butter, milk and refined sugar and have around 18 grams of sugar per cookie! This version only has 3 grams of sugar per cookie and we’re swapping the refined sugar for a mashed banana (or maple syrup if you prefer). It also has no butter or oil and uses whole rolled oats instead of instant AND they still taste good. Like really good, and not just to people like me who like healthy food. Others have said they’re good too.

These cookies are perfect a great snack option any time of year! With the protein powder, peanut butter and oats, they’re basically like a protein bar or protein ball, but in the shape of a cookie.

Ingredients measured out to make no bake protein cookies: almond milk, vanilla, oats, peanut butter, protein powder, oats, banana, salt and cocoa powder.

Ingredients & Substitutions

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

  • old fashioned rolled oats – my fave brand of oats is Bob’s Red Mill. They have a gluten-free oats if needed too!
  • vanilla protein powder – make sure to use plant-based protein powder to keep these cookies vegan. Feel free to use chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla if you prefer.
  • creamy peanut butter – you can also use almond butter or any other nut/seed butter in place of the peanut butter.
  • non-dairy milk – I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk but any dairy-free milk works!
  • mashed banana – I love using a mashed banana instead of sugar for this recipe, but if you don’t love the flavor of banana you can use maple syrup instead.
  • cocoa powder – to add the chocolate flavor without added sugar!
  • vanilla extract – the perfect flavor enhancer.
  • sea salt – to bring all of the flavors together.
Collage of four photos showing the steps out to make no bake protein cookies. One photo of the melted peanut butter mixture in a pot, a mixing bowl with oats and protein powder, a spatula and mixing bowl making the cookie mixture and finally a photo of a spoon scooping no bake cookies onto a cookie sheet.
tip!
My favorite protein powder is Nuzest Clean Lean Protein. It has a short ingredient list, great nutrition facts and great flavor! They are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, lectin-free and non-GMO. Use code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order!
Close up photo of no bake protein cookies.

How to Store

Store these cookies 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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No Bake Protein Cookies

4 from 51 votes
No bake protein cookies cookies made with just eight simple ingredients and without any butter or white sugar! They're oil-free, vegan and gluten-free.
Plate of no bake protein cookies.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 17 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 scoop (21 grams) vanilla or chocolate protein powder
  • ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter, look for one that's thin/drippy
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 mashed banana, or 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Combine oats and protein powder in a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir until there's a nice dusting of protein powder over all the oats.
    Mixing bowl with protein powder and oats.
  • Place almond milk, peanut butter, banana or maple syrup, cocoa powder and sea salt in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often until cocoa powder is completely dissolved and the sauce has thickened. Take the pan off the heat and stir in vanilla.
    Almond milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, cocoa powder and sea salt mixture bubbling in a pot with a whisk.
  • Pour peanut butter chocolate mixture over oats/protein powder and mix until all pieces of the oatmeal are covered.
    Mixing bowl of protein no bake cookie mixing being mixed with a spatula.
  • Place batter in the fridge for 10 minutes to let the batter set up – this step is optional, but the cookies will be cool and much easier to shape if you do it.
  • Drop chilled dough by spoonfuls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using hands to work cookies into desired shape – I made these into little round cookies.
    Cookie sheet with no bake protein cookies next to a mixing bowl with the cookie mixture and a spoon.
  • At this point they're ready to enjoy or you can place them in the fridge if you're serving them later. Store any leftover cookies in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for longer storage.
    Cookie sheet lined with parchment and no bake protein cookies.

Notes

  • Peanut butter – You can also use almond butter or any other nut/seed butter in place of the peanut butter.
  • Non-dairy milk – I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk but any dairy-free milk works!
  • Mashed banana – I love using a mashed banana instead of sugar for this recipe, but if you don’t love the flavor of banana you can use maple syrup instead.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie Calories: 96kcal Carbohydrates: 10g Protein: 4g Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 44mg Potassium: 94mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: no bake protein cookies

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    59 comments
    1. Rachel
      August 10, 2021 AT 2:27 pm

      So excited about a healthier version about no bake cookies! I was a little confused, though: the instructions talk about cocoa powder and then peanut butter chocolate mixture, but the recipe doesn’t call for cocoa powder. Maybe this is leftover from the original version?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 10, 2021 AT 3:49 pm

        Hey Rachel – In the ingredient card it says 2 T of cocoa powder. Are you not seeing that?

        1. Rachel
          August 10, 2021 AT 6:26 pm

          Oh goodness 😂 I see it now. Sorry about that!

          1. Brittany Mullins
            August 10, 2021 AT 7:38 pm

            No worries!! 🙂

    2. Jillian
      May 31, 2021 AT 9:42 pm

      Making these now! I see the nutrition information, but I can’t find how big each cookie is supposed to be, or (relatedly) how many cookies one batch is supposed to make. I am not a regular cookie-maker, maybe that knowledge is assumed, but I don’t know it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 2, 2021 AT 1:34 pm

        Shoot, I don’t remember! This is an older recipe. I need to actually retest it! But I usually use a Tablespoon when scooping dough for cookies and then roll them into balls from there. Let me know how they turn out for you!

    3. Adam
      May 27, 2021 AT 7:56 am

      4 stars
      Hey it looks like you changed this recipe? Or the link I was using before got redirected. There was a no-bake recipe with coconut oil and coconut brown sugar that I was using before… does that still exist somewhere or could you email that recipe to me? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 27, 2021 AT 8:59 am

        Hi Adam. Good catch, for some reason my traditional no bake cookie recipe was getting redirected to this one with the protein powder. Here’s the recipe you’re looking for: healthy no bake cookies.

        1. Adam Ming
          May 28, 2021 AT 8:12 pm

          Brittany I’m getting the same link, it’s a time loop! Browser issue? Email is listed if you want to send the direct link. If I hadn’t just bought the extra coconut oil I would try this one but I have a whole tub to use up! Thank youuuuu

          1. Brittany Mullins
            May 29, 2021 AT 12:44 pm

            It must be a browser cache issue. Can you clear your cookies? If not, I can send you a direct link via email. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience.

    4. Leslie Raab
      May 14, 2021 AT 4:07 pm

      1 star
      I have had these before but never with the protein powder. The protein powder ruined them. I realize it depends on the brand, how that is going to change the flavor but I don’t think I’ll do that again.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 17, 2021 AT 1:02 pm

        Sorry to hear you didn’t like these with the protein powder, Leslie. What brand of protein powder did you use?

    5. Amy
      January 18, 2020 AT 9:13 am

      5 stars
      I substitute 1/8 cup of raw honey for the syrup. They’re delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 18, 2020 AT 5:34 pm

        I’m so glad these cookies turned out well for you, Amy! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.

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