Healthy Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Made without refined sugar or flour, this recipe for no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies is a healthier version of the classic. These peanut butter no bake cookies are naturally vegan and gluten free (use certified GF oats) and come together with just a few simple ingredients.

Growing up, no bake cookies were a staple in our house. Quick and easy to make, they were always around, especially throughout the holiday season dotting cookie and dessert trays. They will always be one of my favorite cookies (a close second to peanut butter oatmeal cookies) and bring me back to my childhood.

Classic no bake peanut butter cookies are full of sugar, butter, more sugar, and more butter. After lots of recipe testing, we created this recipe for healthier no bake cookies. They’re everything we love about the original, with a few wholesome ingredient swaps and additions.

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“I made these on Monday and have been enjoying them all week : ) It’s so nice to know I have a yummy treat waiting in the freezer for me when I get home.” – Angela

What you need for no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies

No butter or white sugar needed for these no bake cookies!

  • Oats: Old-fashioned oats are the base of these no bake cookies. Use certified GF oats to keep these cookies gluten free.
  • Peanuts + Peanut Butter: Chopped peanuts + all-natural (aka drippy) peanut butter add flavor AND protein. Each cookie has 5g of protein!
  • Brown Rice Syrup + Honey: Both sweeten and bind all of the ingredients together.
  • Chocolate Chips: Melt dark chocolate chips and drizzle on top of the cookies before freezing.
healthy no bake peanut butter cookies

Ingredient substitutions

Use homemade peanut butter instead of store-bought peanut butter.

Swap the same amount of maple syrup for honey.

Instead of a dark chocolate drizzle on top, mix in 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips before scooping and freezing.



What if my cookie dough is too wet?

Add 1-2 tablespoons of oats to the dough.

What if my cookie dough is too dry?

Mix in 1 teaspoon of water to your cookie dough at a time until the dough reaches a malleable consistency.

Can you use quick cook oats?

We recommend whole old-fashioned oats for these no bake cookies for extra chew and texture, but quick cook oats work in a pinch. Use the same amount.

How do you add more chocolate?

Make our no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies!



No bake cookies keep best in the freezer. Once the cookies have fully frozen on the cookie sheet, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container and enjoy for up to 3 months. They won’t last that long, trust me!

More quick peanut butter recipes

Try our peanut butter protein balls, no bake peanut butter oat cups, or peanut butter bars for other grab and go peanut butter snacks.


  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until you’ve created your cookie dough.

  • Use a cookie scoop to scoop out about 2 tablespoons worth of dough. Roll between your palms until you’ve created a ball and then slightly flatten to create your cookie.

  • Repeat.

  • Optional: melt dark chocolate chips and drizzle over cookies.

  • Place cookies on a cookie sheet and freeze until ready to serve.

Tips & Notes

  • Storage: Once the cookies have fully frozen on the cookie sheet, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container and enjoy for up to 3 months.
  • Peanut Butter: Our homemade peanut butter is great to use in these no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies!

Nutrition facts

Calories: 174kcal Carbohydrates: 14g Protein: 5g Fat: 8g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 10g

These Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies are made with 100% whole grains, peanut butter, crunchy peanuts, and no refined sugars for a healthier homemade variation!

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