These No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are ALL of the good things: chocolate-y, oat-y, and peanut butter-y, plus, with just 3 easy steps, they’re a cinch to make!
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One of my absolute favorite combinations ever is peanut butter and chocolate. That, and butter + noodles (can you tell that comfort food is my love language?!). These no bake oatmeal cookies feature that favorite ever combo (pb and chocolate, not pasta and butter…thank goodness, right?!) alongside heart healthy oats and natural sugar in the form of honey or maple syrup, and let me tell you, they are divine!
These cookies are easy enough for anyone to make and they’re sure to impress all who try them. Add these to your holiday cookie tin or make these in the dead of summer (no oven necessary, so the house will stay nice and cool!)…either way, we’re sure you’ll love them!
Are no bake cookies healthy?
We’re always looking for a healthy dessert, aren’t we? The truth here is that while these cookies ARE still cookies, they’re definitely on the healthier side of the dessert realm. Made with healthful ingredients, these no bake cookies are definitely a healthier treat to keep on hand. While we don’t think that they’re the health*IEST* choice ever (let’s be honest, they aren’t a kale salad!), we think that all foods (that your body can tolerate) are great in moderation!
Just a handful of ingredients make up these classic no-bake cookies, and I’d be willing to bet that you have several (if not all) of them on hand right now (I know I do!). Here’s what you’ll need:
- Honey or Maple Syrup – to sweeten these no bake cookies, we’ll use either honey or maple syrup. You choose which you love most (or base your decision on what you already have stocked in the pantry). Either way, you’ll need a 1/2 cup of sweetener total!
- Coconut Oil – we love the addition of coconut oil here, because it helps to really hold everything together, and adds a super nutritious dose of fat to these cookies. You’ll need a 1/4 cup of coconut oil for these cookies.
- Cocoa Powder – the first part of my favorite duo…chocolate! A 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder brings the perfect touch of chocolate to these cookies!
- Vanilla Extract – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract adds a really yummy touch here.
- Peanut Butter – the second in the best-ever duo…peanut butter! 1 cup of natural crunchy or creamy peanut butter will do perfectly here, and in addition to tasting amazing, the peanut butter also helps to hold all of the ingredients together!
- Oats – the bulk of our cookie is made up of oats! No flour here, just 2 cups of oats! If you’re gluten-free, be sure to grab gluten-free oats – though oats are inherently gluten-free, they’re often subject to cross-contamination so be sure that your package of oats specifies GF.
How to Make
As mentioned above, these cookies are EASY PEASY, y’all! I’m talking, 3 easy instructions between you and a tummy full of no bake cookies…are you ready?! Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Combine the Ingredients Over Heat – first, you’ll need to heat the maple syrup or honey, coconut oil, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once bubbling, stir in the peanut butter. Let cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until the peanut butter melts and the mixture is smooth and fully incorporated, and then remove from heat.
- Add the Oats – stir the oats into the peanut butter honey mixture, then take a 1/4 cup of the no bake batter at a time (using either a measuring cup or cookie scoop), roll it into a ball, then place it on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and flatten into a cookie.
- Refrigerate + Enjoy – put the tray of no bake cookies in the fridge to chill for 2-4 hours, until set, then enjoy!
Other Flavor Variations
You KNOW I love this recipe just as it’s written, but you can totally change it up and make it your own too! Here are a few yummy variations worth trying:
- Swap the Nut Butter – not a fan of peanut butter? No worries! Swap it for almond, cashew, pecan, or even sunflower seed butter!
- Add Chocolate Chips – if you want more chocolate in your cookie, simple add a shake or two of chocolate chips. Peanut butter chips would also be really yummy!
- Add Dried Fruit – for a tart take on this cookie, add in some dried cranberries (unsweetened or apple juice sweetened are the best choices here), cherries, or even blueberries!
Know that if you make additions to these cookies, you may need to add more liquid so that the cookies hold together…that’s ok! We recommend alternating between adding a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of nut butter at a time, until the cookies are the right “moldable” consistency. If you aren’t making any additions to your cookies, the recipe will be perfect as written!
How to Store
These easy cookies can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Either way, you’ll want to put them in an airtight container to get the longest life out of them. These cookies also freeze really well, so it’s a great idea to make more than one batch at once, and freeze what you won’t eat within the week for an easy cookie treat later.
We hope you love these no-bake cookies as much as we do – they really do make for the easiest, yummiest cookie treat!
No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
- 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 cups rolled oats
- Heat the maple syrup or honey, coconut oil, cocoa powder, and vanilla over medium heat. Once bubbling, stir in the peanut butter. Let cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and fully incorporated. Remove from heat.
- Stir the oats into the peanut butter honey mixture, then take about 1/4 cup of the mixture at a time, roll into a ball, then place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and flatten into a cookie.
- Refrigerate for 2-4 hours, until set, then enjoy!
- You can substitute the peanut butter for any nut butter here, including almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or cashew butter!