Made without refined sugar or flour, this recipe for no-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies is a more nutritious version of the classic.
These peanut butter no-bake cookies are naturally 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 more nutritious no-bake cookies. They’re everything we love about the original, with a few wholesome ingredient swaps and additions.
“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 cookies. Use certified GF oats to keep them 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.
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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.
Make them chocolate: check out our no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies for a similar variation.
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!
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Healthy Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix together until well combined. The mixture should be fairly moist and malleable.
- Using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out each cookie and roll the dough between your palms until a ball forms. Place the cookie dough ball onto the prepared baking sheet and gently press down on the top of the ball to slightly flatten. Repeat.
- If adding the chocolate drizzle, melt the dark chocolate chips in the microwave or on the stovetop. Drizzle over each cookie.
- Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer and freeze until the chocolate sets and the cookies are solid throughout.
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!