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.

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.

Plate of peanut butter chocolate healthy no bake cookies.

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Healthy No Bake Cookies

4 from 186 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.
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Prep Time 15minutes
Total Time 15minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients

  • ½cupmelted coconut oil
  • ½cupnatural creamy peanut butter, or almond butter
  • ½cupcoconut sugar
  • ¼cupcocoa powder
  • ¼cupunsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • pinchof sea salt
  • 1teaspoonpure vanilla extract
  • 3cupsinstant 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: 1cookieCalories: 93kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 3gFiber: 2gSugar: 5g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Keyword: healthy no bake cookies
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    199 comments
    1. 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)?

      Reply
      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!

        Reply
    2. Beginner Food
      June 24, 2022 AT 2:35 am

      These are my absolute fave treats to make for my kids. They love that they can make it themselves too.

      Reply
      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 24, 2022 AT 9:35 am

        That’s great to hear! Thank you so much for your comment.

        Reply
    3. Liz
      June 23, 2022 AT 3:32 pm

      5 stars
      I made these! I try all kinds of healthy recipes with no sugar and no flour. I used Chocolate sunbutter, monkfruit instead of the coconut sugar, and Oat milk instead of the almond.(that’s what I had on hand:) I also used half homemade granola and the other half of the instant oats. Added 2 tbls. of unsweetened coconut too. I just like to play with my food. Excellente!! Thank you for your wonderful delicious healthy recipes!

      Reply
      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 24, 2022 AT 9:34 am

        Hi Liz, those sound like great swaps! Thank you for coming back to share and leave a review, I appreciate it!

        Reply
        1. Joyce
          August 7, 2022 AT 1:01 am

          Can I use refined canola oil instead?

          Reply
          1. Brittany Mullins
            August 8, 2022 AT 1:21 pm

            Hey Joyce – That should work just fine. I will note that the coconut oil hardens in the fridge/freezer so it helps these cookies stay together, but I have made these cookies with mashed banana instead of oil and it worked well, so I think subbing the coconut oil for another oil will work just fine. Let me know how these cookies turn out if you end up trying them!

            Reply
    4. Janis
      June 21, 2022 AT 9:05 pm

      5 stars
      Just made these and they are better than the original recipe and much healthier. Yum!!

      Reply
      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 22, 2022 AT 10:39 am

        Hi Janis, so glad you liked this recipe! Thank you for leaving me a comment and review, it’s very appreciated!

        Reply
    5. Sarah
      April 11, 2022 AT 12:33 pm

      Looks super yummy! A great dessert or snack, clean & healthy!
      It’s also a great way to encourage kids to eat healthily.
      Sarah
      http://www.dietofcommonsense.com

      Reply
      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 12, 2022 AT 8:14 am

        Thanks, Sarah! I appreciate your review!

        Reply
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