Healthy no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies

These healthy no-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies are fudgy chocolate cookies ready in 15 minutes and full of nourishing ingredients to start the day. Plus, the recipe is refined-sugar free, and gluten free.

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No bake peanut butter oatmeal cookie ingredients

It takes just 10 minutes to make these no-bake oatmeal cookies and it’s the perfect recipe to meal prep your vegan snacks or breakfast. First, you need to gather and measure all your ingredients.

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Liquid ingredients

The 8 basics ingredients you need to start this no-bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies are:

  • Creamy peanut butter – you can also use a different nut butter in this recipe like almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter for a nut-free option. Another option is to use powdered peanut butter. In fact, powdered peanut butter contains less saturated fat and it will boost the healthy profile of these no-bake cookies. Simply follow the manufacturer instructions to re-hydrate you powdered peanut butter, using water or almond milk. Then, add the mixture in the recipe in same amount as peanut butter. Finally, if you like your cookies crunchy, opt for crunchy peanut butter. However, make sure that your crunchy peanut butter jar is fresh and creamy and runny or the cookie will end up dry.
  • Maple syrup – any other liquid sweeteners work including agave syrup, rice syrup or date syrup. Since the recipe is vegan, we don’t recommend honey as an option. However, you could also use brown sugar or coconut sugar in this recipe but you will have to melt it in a saucepan with the peanut butter and coconut oil.
  • Coconut oil – you can’t replace coconut in this recipe as it is the key ingredients to get crunchy cookies after you refrigerate them. In fact, coconut oil solidifies under 23°C and it’s what makes no-bake cookies harder than their baked counterpart. Note that refined coconut oil has no coconut flavor compared to unrefined coconut oil.
  • Vanilla extract

Dry ingredients

  • Instant oats– also known as quick oats, they are the best choice for this recipe. In fact, old fashioned oats are thicker and don’t make a soft, melt in your mouth cookie as instant oats would. Instant oats are very natural too, it is a precooked, dried, and slightly finer oatmeal than rolled oats. Its thin texture makes no-bake oatmeal cookies tastier, less coarse, dry or dense. If you prefer to use old fashioned oats, I would recommend you pulse them a few times in a food processor to get a finer texture.
  • Salt
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Almonds – this is optional and can be replaced by many other ingredients like vegan chocolate chips (or dark chocolate chunks), chopped nuts like walnuts, pecan or even shredded coconut

No bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies ingredients

How to make no bake oatmeal cookies?

Step 1: combine the liquid ingredients

The first step of this no-bake cookie recipe consists of combining maple syrup with vanilla and fresh runny peanut butter. It’s very important that you use natural peanut butter with no added oil or added sugar. In fact, added oil will make the cookies softer and they won’t crunch. Also, added sugar will make this recipe too sweet and it won’t be a healthy no-bake peanut butter cookie recipe with so much sugar in it. If your peanut butter jar has been opened for a while, it can be a bit hard and less oily. In order to easily combine all the liquid ingredients, you can stir them in a small saucepan under medium heat or microwave the bowl for 20 seconds. The heat will help the peanut butter dissolve with the melted coconut oil and vanilla creating a shiny paste.

How to make no bake oatmeal peanut butter cookies

Step 2: stir in the dry ingredients

Add all the dry ingredients into the previous mixture and stir with a spoon until it forms a consistent chocolate cookie batter. The batter will be sticky and that’s normal.

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Step 3: shape the cookies

First, choose a tool like a standard measuring tablespoon or an ice cream scoop maker. Next, oil slightly the inside of the tool to prevent the cookie batter from sticking to it. Then, scoop the raw cookie dough and place each cookie dough ball on a plate covered with parchment paper. Repeat these steps until no more cookie batter is left. You should form 16 cookie balls. Finally, oil your fingers and press each raw cookie dough ball into a thick cookie.

Step 4: set in the freezer

There are two options to set no-bake cookies. First, you can pop the plate with your no-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies in the freezer for 10 minutes. This is the fastest option to set the cookies and get a nice crunchy cookie to enjoy straight away. Next, if you have time or don’t have a freezer, pop the plate in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight.

Healthy no bake oatmeal cookies

How to store healthy no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies?

There are two options here. First, you can store these no bake oatmeal cookies in the fridge, preferably in a sealed container to keep them fresh and moist. The no-bake chocolate cookies last up to 1 week in the fridge, then the texture gets moist but they will still be delicious. Second option is to freeze the cookie in a sealed box or silicon bags. They will defrost in 1 hour at room temperature on the counter top.

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Healthy no-bake cookies add-ons

Here are some ideas to add on your no-bake peanut butter cookies and make them even more delicious!

  • Chia seeds – for a boost of plant-based protein and healthy fats
  • Chocolate drizzle – melt some dark chocolate and add a chocolate drizzle on top of your cookies, just before you refrigerate them. The melted chocolate will harden in the fridge and add a delicious crunchy texture to these healthy no-bake cookies.
  • Shredded coconut – replace the almonds in the recipe by coconut

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How to serve your no-bake cookies

An oatmeal cookie is a delicious breakfast or snack. Since this no-bake peanut butter cookies are vegan the best way to serve them is with:

  • a glass of nut free milk – almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk
  • a protein shake – the healthy slow carbs from these refined-sugar-free cookies will compliment well the nutrient of the protein powder. It will result in a perfectly balanced vegan breakfast. And, if you are a peanut butter lover, why not using peanut butter powder in your shake? Peanut butter powder is vegan and marries very well with peanut butter chocolate cookies.

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More no bake oatmeal recipes

I love healthy no-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies and bars for breakfast because they are easy, healthy and perfect for busy mornings. Below I listed my favorite peanut butter oatmeal bars and cookies that you may want to try too!

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Healthy no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies

A healthy vegan breakfast cookie with a combo of peanut butter, oatmeal and cocoa
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: breakfast cookies, easy vegan cookies, healthy breakfast cookies, Healthy no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies, no bake chocolate cookies, no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies, no bake cookies, no bake oatmeal cookies, no bake vegan cookies, vegan breakfast cookies
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Carine


Liquid ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Maple syrup - natural, creamy, fresh jar
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil - , melted (measure melted!)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Dry ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup Quick oats - also called instant oats *
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup Almonds - , chopped


  • In a medium size mixing bowl, add fresh creamy peanut butter, maple syrup, melted coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  • Sir to combine the liquid ingredients together until it form a creamy, shiny peanut butter paste, with no lumps. If your peanut butter is not fresh, it may be difficult to stir ingredients together. You can place your mixing bowl 20 seconds in the microwave, then stir. The heat will help the peanut butter soften and combine easily to the other ingredients. You can also bring the ingredients in a saucepan under low heat, stir constantly and remove from heat when combined.
  • In the previous bowl stir in instant oats, unsweetened cocoa powder, chopped almonds and salt. Combine until all the ingredients are coming together and form a chocolate sticky dough.
  • Grease a measuring tablespoon and you hands with a small amount of coconut oil to avoid the raw cookie dough to stick to your tools/hands.
  • Scoop batter from the bowl using the tablespoon then slightly roll dough in your hands to form a ball.
  • Place ball on a plate covered with parchment paper and press the top of the ball to shape the oatmeal chocolate cookie
  • Repeat these steps until no more cookie dough is left.
  • Freeze the cookies for 10 minutes to set or refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • You can decorate the cookies with melted chocolate on top or keep them raw.


  • Store up to 7 days in a sealed box in the fridge. After that time the no bake cookies are still tasty but get sticky as some moisture goes in.
  • Freeze in airtight box or silicon bags and defrost 1 hour before eating, on a plate, at room temperature on your countertop.


  • Rolled oats make the cookie dry, if you want to use rolled oats bring it to a food processor and pulse few times to get a thinner texture. 


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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