Healthy No Bake Cookies

Between these Healthy No Bake Cookies and watching the Final Five US Women’s Gymnastics team dominate in Rio on Tuesday night, my inner little girl is doing a triple back flip tumbling pass of her own! Made with peanut butter, chocolate, oatmeal, and naturally sweetened with honey and banana, these easy treats are gold-medal worthy.

Healthy No Bake Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate

 

Ben and I along, with one of our best couple friends here in Milwaukee, have taken to creating themed dinner parties, and last night, we rocked it Olympic-style. If you follow me on Snapchat (wellplated) or Instagram (wellplated, or my more personal Instagram, erindeeclarke), you may have caught some of the festivities and fair via video, and I posted this picture too. Honestly, I was pretty impressed with our spread!

As I was sinking my fork into a second serving of peach pie, I couldn’t help but giggle at the thought that our activity of choice while watching athletes at the pinnacle of fitness was eating.

I didn’t regret a bite, but I did wake up today feeling inspired to share this healthy no bake cookie recipe. Made without sugar and filled with wholesome ingredients like peanut butter and oatmeal, this no bake recipe is as ideal both for grownups looking for a healthy way to satisfy their sweet tooth and for back to school lunchbox treats.

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Growing up, no bake cookies were a staple at every childhood sleepover. They were one of the first desserts I ever learned to make, a lesson imparted by a neighbor friend’s mother, no doubt to keep us from using the oven unsupervised after she’d gone to bed. Her original no bake cookie recipe involved two cups of sugar and a full stick of butter, a lofty undertaking for two small girls to devour in a single evening, but we persevered.

For today’s recipe, I kept the classic no bake cookie ingredients—peanut butter, chocolate, and oatmeal—but made a few key changes to create a healthy no bake cookie recipe that would still score full marks at any sleepover.

Healthy No Bake Cookies made with Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Oatmeal

 

While you’ll find chocolate and peanut butter aplenty, these healthy no bakes are made without sugar. Instead, they are naturally sweetened with honey and mashed banana, which keeps the no bake cookies soft and chewy, and also allowed me to significantly reduce the amount of fat in the recipe too. You’ll find just 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the whole batch!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Healthy No Bake Cookies

 

These healthy no bake cookies are soft, chewy, and most importantly, still boast that enigmatic midnight-snack quality that makes classic no bakes so addictive.

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Healthy No Bake Cookies

Healthy no bake cookies made with peanut butter, chocolate, and oatmeal. Soft and chewy cookies, without any of the guilt!

Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy (for best results, use shelf-stable peanut butter; if using natural peanut butter, ensure that it is well stirred and not oily)
  • 1/2 cup milk (any kind—almond, dairy milk or soy milk. I used unsweetened vanilla almond)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup well mashed very ripe banana (about 1 medium banana)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats (see recipe notes to make your own)
  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, wax paper, or a silpat mat. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the peanut butter, milk, cocoa powder, coconut oil, and salt until smooth and well combined. Remove from the heat and whisk in the honey, banana, and vanilla extract until smooth and most of the banana lumps have disappeared. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold in the oats. The mixture will be very thick.
  3. With a small cookie scoop or spoon, drop heaping tablespoons of no bake cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Gently flatten the mounds into a cookie shape, then press the chopped chocolate on the top. Place the cookies in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the oats to soften and the flavors to meld.
  • Do not use rolled oats, as they are much firmer than quick and will make the cookies hard to chew. To make your own quick oats, place the same amount of regular rolled oats in the food processor and briefly pulse 3 to 4 times.
  • Store leftover no bake cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or tightly wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cookie

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 120
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 40mg
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Protein: 3g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

55 comments

  1. I remember how I used to eat with my girlfriends at sleepovers. I think I would definitely get sick now. But I miss that iron stomach!
    These look great. Pressing chocolate onto the top is definitely a good choice!

  2. Can’t wait to try these. Love that they can so easily be made gluten-free!

  3. No bake cookies for the win! :) 
    Cant wait to give these beauties a whirl, they look fabulous. 

  4. When you host this party, I need to be there so I can have a batch of these cookies.  Throwback parties are so much fun!

  5. Yes! Definitely brings back middle school memories! My school used to actually sell them in the cafeteria, which was even more dangerous than being able to make them ourselves. And they were huge.. Need to try making these ones immediately :)

  6. This is definitely a delicious cookie to make. Love that they are not baked since I am not a very good baker ;-)

  7. I love everything about these cookies — the no-bake situation, the chocolate/PB combo, the chocolate chunks on top, the fact that I can eat a dozen of them in one sitting with no guilt (right?) — everything.

  8. Yum! Whenever my cousin and I had sleepovers, we would buy a roll of premade cookie dough and pretty much eat the whole thing in one sitting. It was fabulous/horrifying. I definitely miss those days!

  9. Mmm those cookies look incredible! And I love that they’re healthy, no-bake, AND have chocolate chunks on top – yum!! Pinned :)

  10. I have been craving these cookies for MONTHS, but won’t make them because of all the butter and sugar. I LOVE your healthified version!! Will be making these, stat!

  11. I second Stephanie, everything about these is perfection! And I just so happen to have all of the ingredients in my pantry this very moment….I’m flying solo tonight with the hubs out of town, might have to whip up a batch of these all for myself! 

  12. this is everything i want right now..of course with some vino and cheese platter. 

  13. Any ideas on how to make this recipe without bananas? I know that is the key to keeping it healthy, but I abhor bananas and would love to know a healthy alternative. (Sorry banana lovers – I want to like them, but just can’t get there).

    • Hey Niki! This is kind of a tough substitution, because the bananas both bind and moisten the cookies, and they sweeten them too. You could try starting with a slightly lesser amount of unsweetened applesauce, then add a little bit of sugar or honey as needed to taste. I’ve never tried it this way, but feel free to experiment, and I would love to hear how it goes!

    • I also can’t do bananas! Trust me, it’s not for lack of trying!! I make these cookies all the time without the bananas! I use  organic unsweetened coconut flakes in place of the bananas and kick the honey up to 3/4 cup. Hope this helps!  

  14. Ohh, you made me nostalgic for slumber parties. I think it would still be fun – but I probably wouldn’t be able to stay up as late, lol! 

    It’s been forever since I’ve made a no-bake cookie and these look absolutely perfect!

  15. YUMYUMYUM. I am so there for the throwback sleepover. And for these cookies. And YAY for discovering you and your blog today, Erin! A big hi and hug from me and K&C. xoxo

  16. Yum!! These look really good Erin!! I love chocolate!!

  17. Adding chocolate to the tops of all the cookies would definitely be the direction I would head!  But then, I have no self control when chocolate is involved!  Besides they’re healthy, so it’s okay!  These look great!

  18. These are just perfect!  No bake cookies win and I love everything you added into yours! The chocolate chunks on top look so so good! 

  19. If you plan a grown up sleep-over, can I PLEASE be invited? I’ll bring the wine! Maybe some nail polish too, because we’re never too old for that! 
    P.S. I have always loved no bake cookies – and these sound amazing.  And easy too! Pinning to try them soon!! :)

  20. I love the way no-bake cookies taste, and these look awesome! Can’t wait to try!

  21. chocolate heaven! this looks delicious! ;-) 

  22. what are the nutrition facts?

    • Great question Allie! Regarding nutritional info, this is something that I’ve actually started adding to all of my new recipes, effective January 2016 (you’ll see it in the recipe box at the bottom). Unfortunately, it’s pretty time consuming, so I’m unable to go back and add it to past recipes. If you’d like the nutritional info for any of my older recipes (or really any other recipe or food), you can actually calculate it yourself for free at myfitnesspal.com (this is how I calculate the new recipes on my blog). I’m sorry I can’t give you the information for this exact recipe, but I hope that My Fitness Pal will be a helpful resource for you.

  23. hey girl these look really good! Yay team USA!!

  24. When I  click on what seems to be a link to the cookie recipe, I just get to the commentsma

    • Hi Margie! The recipe is right above the comments section in the recipe box. You should be able to see it. If you can’t, I would suggest refreshing the page. I hope that helps!

  25. These look and sound so good! I love that they contain many of the traditional ingredients without being loaded down with sugar and butter. Wish I had one to enjoy after my lunch today! ;)

  26. You have just given the best “excuse” to eat “raw cookie dough”. Love i (;

  27. Never made these using a banana but will try it…..these look really good….can’t have regular chocolate chips, so I will use white chocolate chips…. but was wondering what I could use instead of 1/4 cup of cocoa powder ? Wonder if you could buy white cocoa powder ??? If you know or any of your fans know I would appreciate it…..

    • I’m afraid I’ve never heard of white cocoa powder, and I don’t know that it actually exists, since white chocolate isn’t made out of cocoa beans the way regular chocolate is (it’s mostly sugar, milk, and cocoa butter). I wish I could help you there. You could try omitting the cocoa powder entirely and adding a bit more oats, though it would be an experiment. I’m sorry I can’t help you more—I’ve never tested this recipe without chocolate or cocoa.

  28. This sounds delicious

  29. Erin- thank you! These cookies have been a lifesaver in my first two weeks as a mom. I made a batch before baby arrived and stuck them in the freezer for middle-of-the-night breastfeeding treats. Once my husband discovered them, we ran out quickly. Our second (double) batch just disappeared, too. So good! 

  30. These were yummy! I confess I was out of honey and banana but already committed so I used 3 tsp maple syrup. I added 1.5 chia seeds as I am trying to get kids fiber intake up slowly. 
    I can’t wait to make these with the honey and banana(a great excuse to make them again)!

    • Kelly, I am so glad that you and the kids enjoyed these. Maple syrup is a great swap, and the chia seeds sound like a smart addition. Thanks for taking time to leave your review!

  31. Hi Erin. Thanks so much for dis wonderful way of making healthy cookies. But I will like to know how to preserve them apart from the freezing method.I want to make them for sale but wondering how to package and still keep dem fresh and healthy,should they remain after the day of production. Thanks.

  32. Jennifer morovits Reply

    Mine are not getting firm…still quite soft. What did I do wrong…any suggestions??

    • Hi Jennifer! Did you use a particularly runny peanut butter or the kind that has to be refrigerated? Those don’t usually set at room temperature, which could cause soft cookies. Have you tried putting them in the fridge to firm up? It’s also possible that the oats were slightly undermeasured or that the honey was slightly overmeasured. But all is not lost! I suggest storing them in the freezer, letting them sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly when you’re ready to eat them, and enjoying them cold! They actually taste pretty good that way!

  33. I was craving the no bake cookies and curious about whether I could make a healthy version.  I’m so glad I found your recipe.   I have all the ingredients except honey and I don’t really use honey for anything else.  Do you think I could leave it out?  If so, what do you recommend I do differently?  I have pure stevia extract.  What about an extra banana?  Also, using almond butter instead of peanut butter wouldn’t make a difference would it?  Thanks!  I look forward to checking out your other healthy recipes.

    • Now I’m craving no bake cookies too, Jean! I have never tried this recipe without the honey, but I worry that the cookies wouldn’t bind together properly without that sticky, syrupy ingredient. Take a look at Kelly’s comment a few comments up…she tried the recipe with maple syrup and chia seeds, if you’d like to experiment with her substitutions! Almond butter may work (I haven’t tried this either!) if it’s pretty solid at room temperature. If it’s a runny kind, the cookies may not be very firm. Hope that helps!

  34. I am dying to try these. Would adding cocoa powder hurt at all?

    • Hi Crystal, cocoa powder is built right into the recipe! If you mean adding more cocoa powder than the 1/4 cup called for, I don’t know for sure. I haven’t tried them that way, so you’d be experimenting. My only concern would be that adding more of a dry ingredient may cause the cookies to turn out a little dry and crumbly. I hope you enjoy them!

  35. True, I did not read every ingredient. I’ll try it just as it is and see how things go. Thank you.

    I crave no bake cookies like no one’s business since I had some while visiting a friend recently. I want a healthy alternative to sugar for sure. I’m hoping this will do it for me.

  36. No-bakes are my toddler son’s favorite cookie,  but I’m not comfortable with letting him have as much sugar as thee original recipe calls for.  These are perfect for both of us. Just made them and we both love them! Thank you so much! 

  37. I made these for my husband, since he looooves no bakes but I don’t like making his grandma’s recipe because there’s so much sugar it makes my teeth hurt! Apparently I can’t compete with grandma (can anyone compete with their husband’s grandma??) because he wasn’t a huge fan but I LOVE THESE. I couldn’t stop licking the spoon as I was forming them and they’re even better once they set! I guess it’s ok he doesn’t like them because now there’s more for me! Definitely plan on making these again!

    Rating: 5
    • Kate, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the cookies. You’re absolutely right that there’s no competing with grandma, but I guess the silver lining is that there are more cookies for you! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome review!

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