These 3-ingredient no-bake peanut butter cookies are easy healthy no-bake cookies without milk or butter. This easy vegan peanut butter cookie recipe is for health-conscious peanut butter lovers!
You will not believe those are made with only 3 ingredients! Yes, the chocolate shell is optional, so technically, you don’t need this fourth ingredient to make these no-bake cookies! It is the cherry on the cake, up to you to add this or not.
Plus, they taste like a real peanut butter cookie without the hassle of using your oven!
They are melt-in-your-mouth, slightly sweet cookies 100% vegan with a keto-friendly option!
How to make no-bake peanut butter cookies?
The secret to this amazing texture is a simple combo of peanut butter and coconut flour!
The 3 ingredients you need to make these easy peanut butter no-bake cookies are:
- Natural peanut butter – this refers to pure peanut butter with no added sugar, no added oil in the jar. You need peanut butter just made of peanuts! It’s ok if salt is added, it won’t compromise the taste of these vegan no-bake peanut butter cookies.
- Coconut flour – this is an amazing healthy gluten-free flour. Plus, it is safe to eat raw coconut flour. So it makes it perfect to use in no-bake cookies. It’s also a healthy flour as it contains a high amount of fiber, protein, and iron! Indeed, 1/4 cup of coconut flour covers 20% of the iron daily value. Also, it has very few net carbs (8 grams per 1/4 cup of flour. It means it is a very fulfilling flour that releases energy slowly to your body and stabilizes your blood sugar level. As a result, coconut flour is great flour for diabetic or keto baking.
- Maple syrup – or any unrefined liquid sweetener you love like agave syrup or sugar-free maple-flavored syrup made of Monk fruit for a keto option.
Prepare a place to store cookies
Before you start making the cookie dough, I recommend preparing baking sheets with parchment paper. These cookies will not be baked, but you will pop them in the freezer to set.
Prepare any flat surface like a baking sheet or plate covered with waxed paper and grease with coconut oil.
Combine the ingredients
First, combine peanut butter and maple syrup in a large mixing bowl. It should be quick and easy to do so using a fresh jar of peanut butter.
If it’s too hard to stir at room temperature, pop the mixing bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften the peanut butter and make it easier to stir.
If you don’t have a microwave, place the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and stir to melt and combine.
When the liquid ingredients are well combined, stir in coconut flour. First, stir with a spoon, then when it starts to be difficult to stir, knead with your hand until a dough ball forms.
Shape cookie ball
Now, shape cookie dough balls and place them on the prepared surfaces leaving 1 thumb space between each ball.
Flatten each cookie dough ball with the back of a fork to form a cross on top of the cookie, as seen in the picture below.
Freeze the cookie
Place the lined baking sheet with the cookies on it into the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
How to dip make a chocolate shell?
To male chocolate peanut butter, no-bake cookies, as seen in my picture above, you need to create a chocolate shell. To do so, melt 2 ingredients below in a small bowl in the microwave:
- Vegan dark chocolate chips – 1/2 cup is enough for the whole recipe.
- Coconut oil – optional, but this helps the chocolate melt. Use 1 teaspoon. You can use refined coconut oil to avoid coconut flavor.
Remove the cookies from the freezer and dip half of the cookies onto the melted chocolate. Return each cookie onto the lined baking sheets. When all the cookies are dipped into chocolate, bring the sheets back to the freezer until the chocolate shell is hard.
How does it taste?
These are soft no-bake cookies with a delicious peanut butter flavor and light coconut taste from the coconut flour. If you don’t like coconut flavor, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into the dough to cover it.
Can I use other flours?
You can’t make the recipe with almond flour or wheat flour. Wheat flour is not safe to be eaten raw. Almond flour won’t absorb liquid well and let the dough runny and oily.
However, you can use oat flour in this recipe. Check the recipe card for measurements. To make oat flour, add quick oats or rolled oats in a blender and blend for 30 seconds on high speed until a thin flour forms.
Nutrient-dense no-bake peanut butter cookies
These cookies are made with natural ingredients. Consequently, they are the most healthy no-bake cookies for snacking.
In fact, raw baking preserves all the nutrients from food as it doesn’t involve high temperate.
Plus, this recipe, compared to the classic no-bake peanut butter recipe, doesn’t use refined sugar and healthy high fiber, fulfilling flour, so it is better for you!
Keto vegan cookies
I don’t eat sugar at all, and my husband is vegan. That is the reason why this recipe has been tested with a keto sugar-free liquid sweetener as well.
However, if you eat sugar, I recommend using maple syrup for the best flavor. Both work very well with the same amount.
More healthy no-bake peanut butter treats
If you love easy no-bake peanut butter cookies, I recommend you also check my Healthy peanut butter oatmeal cookies.
It is a delicious vegan breakfast cookie with peanut butter chocolate flavors and nutrient-dense oatmeal!
Enjoy the raw cookie recipe, and don’t forget to share this on your Pinterest board to save it for later.
No-bake Peanut Butter Cookies
Chocolate shell - Optional!
- In a medium mixing bowl, add your fresh, runny peanut butter along with sugar-free maple-flavored syrup. I like to use Monk fruit syrup with maple flavor. It has barely any carbs and it is natural. Feel free to replace it with regular maple syrup if you are not on a sugar-free or keto diet.
- Combine both ingredients with a spatula until it forms a shiny paste. If it is cold where you live, the peanut butter may be less soft. If so, you can microwave the ingredients for 30 seconds. It will make it easier to combine.
- When both ingredients are combined, stir in the coconut flour and keep mixing with the spatula at first, then with your hands, until it forms a cookie dough ball.
- If it is too dry, this can happen if you did not measure the coconut flour carefully and add too much. Then, add 1-2 teaspoons of extra liquid sweetener until the ingredients come together and a shiny cookie dough ball forms.
- Roll 8 balls of the same size between your hands and place each ball onto a plate covered with parchment paper. Leave 1 thumb space between each cookie ball.
- Flatten each cookie ball using a fork. First press the cookie ball with the back of the fork in one direction. Then, repeat in the other direction to form a cross on top of each cookie.
- Place the plate in the fridge for 5 minutes to set the cookies.
Chocolate shell - optional
- Meanwhile, place the sugar-free vegan chocolate chips into a bowl and microwave by 30-second bursts, stirring between. Stop when fully melted and shiny.
- Remove the peanut butter cookies from the fridge. Dip one cookie at a time into the melted chocolate. Hold one side of the cookie and dip the other half only.
- Place the dipped cookie onto the plate covered with parchment paper.
- Repeat the chocolate dipping steps until all the cookies have been covered with chocolate.
- Place the plate into the freezer for 2-5 minutes or until the chocolate shell is set.
- Store your cookies in the fridge for 3 weeks. in a sealed container. You can also store them at room temperature. They will be slightly softer.
- You can freeze your no-bake cookies in a sealed box or bag. Defrost 1 hour before eating.
- The data provided uses sugar-free monk fruit syrup and sugar-free chocolate chips. Net carbs per cookies 5.3 grams
- If you use regular maple syrup and 70% vegan dark chocolate, the nutrition panel per cookie will be different. You will get per cookie calories: 213 kcal| Fat: 12.2 g | Carbs:25.6 g | Fiber: 11.1 g | Sugar: 10.9 g | Protein: 5.7 g
Coconut flour swap
- You can replace the coconut flour with 1 cup of oat flour if desired
- Replace peanut butter with sunflower seed butter
- Don't use powdered sweetener in this recipe. It will end up very dry
- I recommend Monk fruit syrup, Maple syrup, agave syrup, or brown rice syrup