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Healthier No-Bake Cookies

No-bake cookies. The most scrumptious cookies that we almost always have the ingredients for. They’re not the most beautiful, but they make up for it in their simplicity and deliciousness.

My family would often make no-bake cookies on Sunday afternoons. We used my grandma’s recipe. It had 2 cups of white sugar, and 1/2 cup of butter, along with the 3 cups of oats.

These lightened-up replicas are naturally-sweetened, use only whole-food fat of nut butter, and are chewy and chocolately just like Grandma’s! They are dangerously easy and convenient to make!


4.41 from 5 votes
Healthier No-Bake Cookies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

These healthier no-bake cookies have no butter or sugar, and are oil-free! They taste great made with peanut or almond butter.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: cookies, healthy, no-bake, plant-based, quick, vegan
Servings: 14 cookies
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (can be omitted)
  • 1 cup quick oats (can sub 1/2 cup with cereal like rice crispies, chex, or corn flakes for more crunch)
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
  1. To a small pot, add peanut butter, honey, milk, cocoa, and salt. On medium (NOT high) heat, stir until completely melted and smooth. Once melted, cook and stir about 1 minute longer, constantly stirring to avoid burning. 

  2. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Then add coconut and oats, and optional peanuts. Stir until well-combined.

  3. Scoop out 1 tablespoon-fulls and drop onto wax paper. Let chill in refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. Store in refrigerator. Makes about 14 cookies. 

  4. For nest cookies, make an indentation in each cookie and put 2-3 candy eggs, almonds, or berries in each one.

Recipe Notes

For a fudgier, more traditional cookie, you could add 1/4 cup coconut oil with the cocoa and peanut butter. You'd add 300 calories to the batch, though. These are delicious without! 

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  1. These so remind me of my childhood making no-bake cookies! There’s nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter, in my opinion. I’m grateful for a healthier option, these are delicious and not too sweet. The only thing I did differently was that we didn’t add coconut, my kids don’t like it. (Breaks my heart!)

    1. These were so easy to make!! The kids were able to make them. They were so yummy! I’ve just started trying the vegan recipes and you’re really not missing anything!! In fact I think these taste better!

      1. Yay! In my opinion, anything with peanut butter and chocolate is worth making again and again. Thank you for the comment, Sabrina!

  2. YUM. I just had a hunkering for something sweet and I whipped these up in less than ten minutes. Delicious! And honestly can’t tell a difference in taste between these and the typical no-bakes one would make. Yum yum yum!

    1. So glad they satisfied your sweets craving! It’s kind of dangerous that I always have the ingredients on hand for these…..

      BTW, just checked out your website and I love it! You are such an engaging writer.

  3. I love these cookies! They are a family night favorite. They are so quick and easy and not too sweet (I reduced the honey just a little.) Thanks so much for sharing your recipe for them.

  4. The salt in this recipe is not needed or at most all you need is a pinch of it. A 1/4 tsp for this small of a batch made it incredibly salty, they couldn’t be eaten and the entire batch was tossed in the trash. I would try this again I just would completely omit the salt! Bummer to waste these ingredients.

    1. I’m so sorry they were salty! I love the flavor that the salt brings out, but I’ll reduce the amount in the recipe to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

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