Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies! Made with only 8 good-for-you ingredients, these healthy no bake cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan & refined sugar free!

front view of a stack of 4 healthy no bake cookies


I remember the first time I ever tried No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies…I about died. I hunted down the maker of those cookies and begged for the recipe. They were super easy to make, but I wasn’t a fan of the nutritional profile.

Since my first encounter with these little bits of chocolate/peanut butter heaven, it became my mission to create a healthier version! I’ve made this recipe more times than I can count, which means I’m very glad that these Healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar free AND vegan-friendly!

These Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are made with only 8 good-for-you ingredients, all of which you probably have on hand right now – yay!

7 healthy no bake cookies on a marble surface

 Healthy No-Bake Cookies: Ingredients & Substitutions

Here are a few potential substitutions for this recipe!

overhead photo of the ingredients in this healthy no bake cookies recipe
  • Peanut butter. Any nut or seed butter works well in this recipe.
  • Coconut oil. Butter or ghee are great substitutes for coconut oil.
  • Honey. Use maple syrup for a vegan version of this recipe.
  • Shredded coconut. If you don’t care for coconut, simply replace it with an extra 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats. 

How to make Healthy No-Bake Cookies

These healthy no bake cookies are so easy to make! Start by melting together the coconut oil, peanut butter and honey! 

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Stir or whisk the wet ingredients together over medium-low heat until the mixture is smooth. 

overhead photo showing how to make healthy no bake cookies

Add the dry ingredients – cocoa powder, quick-cooking oats and coconut. 

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Stir until the mixture is homogenous (uniform throughout).

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Then, use a 1 TBS measuring spoon or cookie scoop to portion out the no bake cookies, and place them onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Let them harden at room temperature or in the refrigerator or freezer. 

photo showing a cookie scoop portioning out a healthy no bake cookie

Serve

These healthy no bake cookies are best served cold because the coconut oil is soft at room temperature. 

Store

Store these cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

FAQs about Healthy No Bake Cookies

How do you salvage No bake cookies?

If you over-cook these healthy no bake cookies, simply add a TBS of each: honey, peanut butter and coconut oil by melting them together and then mixing them into the dry cookie batter. This should help. If you burnt them, you will have to start over.

Why didn’t my No Bake Cookies Harden?

If your no bake cookies don’t harden it means you didn’t cook the mixture long enough.

front view of a healthy no bake cookie with a bite taken out of it surrounded by other cookies

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Front view of a stack of three Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Laura
Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies! With only 8 good-for-you ingredients, these healthy no bake cookies are easy to make, and a delicious treat you can feel great about eating!
4.98 from 197 votes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 80
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Chilling time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper, set aside.
  • Combine peanut butter, honey salt and coconut oil in a saucepan and heat, stirring continuously, until melted and well-combined.
  • Stir in vanilla and cocoa powder.
  • Add quick-cooking oats and mix well.
  • Add coconut and stir until completely combined.
  • Drop 1 TBS portions of mixture onto your prepared baking sheet. Continue until you’ve used all your cookie mixture.
  • Let cool in the refrigerator or freezer until hardened.
  • Serve cold or frozen!
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator!

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Notes

These cookies are best served cold. Coconut oil becomes soft at warm temperatures!

Store

Store these cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or the freezer for up to 2 months.

Ingredient substitutions: 

  • Peanut butter. Any nut or seed butter works well in this recipe.
  • Coconut oil. Butter or ghee are great substitutes for coconut oil.
  • Honey. Use maple syrup for a vegan version of this recipe.
  • Shredded coconut. If you don’t care for coconut, simply replace it with an extra 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Did you enjoy this recipe? Have a question? Leave a comment below!

For some, summer is coming to a close…but I live in Utah where it stays hot well through September. I still try to avoid using my oven as much as possible, which is why this recipe is perfect! Delicious no-bake treats help us fall-lovers survive the extended hot weather!

These cookies are a fantastic after school snack to make for your kids too! They’re fast, easy, and taste like a treat {but are really healthy}! Your kids will think they are having dessert before dinner, when in fact they are fueling their bodies with protein, fiber, and healthy fats! #bossmom

If you don’t have kids, they are the perfect treat to refuel and reenergize your body after a great workout! Quick note: these cookies are best served cold. Coconut oil becomes soft at warm temperatures!

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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I’ve loved no bake cookies since I was in college and discovered them at the University sweets shop. This recipe is spot on, and healthy for kids!! No refined sugar! Win!!

  2. 5 stars
    Working at eating more healthy so I changed this recipe up a bit…used almond butter in place of the peanut butter…substituted unsweetened applesauce for the coconut oil and added 2 TBS of sunflower seeds…I baked them at 350 degrees for 12 minutes…delicious. They don’t get messy when eating since there’s no coconut oil to start melting once out of the frig…

  3. 5 stars
    Iced-in in the Pacific Northwest and scoured my cupboards for goodie-making supplies. This recipe hit the spot. SO YUMMY!!! Thanks, JoyFoodSunshine Mom! : )

    1. Yes it would. I don’t recommend omitting peanut butter in this recipe unless you replace it with another nut or seed butter.

  4. If butter is substituted for the coconut oil in the “Healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie” recipe, what is the change in the calorie count?

  5. 5 stars
    Just made these cookies! Oh my goodness… so delicious!!! Can’t believe their healthy~ hooray! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!💕