Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
Sarah Biren
Sarah Biren
May 13, 2021 ·  3 min read

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

These Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies have three things going for them. Incase you didn’t get what those are already, they are:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Peanut butter
  3. No baking

Oh yeah, and they’re healthy to boot—gluten-free, high in fiber, and low in sugar. Some people may not consider the perks of a no-bake recipe. Just think of all the times a person is stuck without an oven, on camping trips, in hotel rooms, dorm rooms in college, occupying a small apartment, or during a power outage. I had once rented a studio in L.A. for five months. It had a stove, but no—you guessed it—oven. These no-bake recipes were a lifesaver whenever the cookie craving hit. 

About the Recipe

It’s time to get baking! This recipe is simple, takes less than 20 minutes to whip up, and is bound to please everyone. 

The oats add a delicious crunch to these cookies; you won’t even miss the refined flour. For this recipe, it’s best to use quick cook oats for a more enjoyable texture. If you have old-fashioned oats, you can pulse them in a food processor a few times, and there you go—quick cook oats.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies


Makes about 30 cookies.

  • 1 stick butter or ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 ½ cups coconut sugar
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups quick-cook oats
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. In a large bowl, stir the oats and salt together. Set aside.
  2. Place a small saucepan over medium-high heat, and add the butter/coconut oil, coconut sugar, almond milk, and cacao powder. Whisk until well-combined.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil for about one minute; then remove from the heat.
  4. Mix in the peanut butter and vanilla.
  5. Pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the prepared oats, and stir until combined.
  6. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Using a medium cookie or ice cream scoop, drop the cookies onto the wax paper. 
  7. Allow the cookies to cool on the countertop. Store them in the refrigerator once they are cool and dry.

Note: If you don’t let them cool on the counter before putting them in the refrigerator, they will become very gooey.

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Troubleshooting: Why are My Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Gooey?

If the cookies seem gooey and fall apart when you pick them up, you may not have waited for them to completely cool before you placed them into the fridge. It’s a hard wait, but it’s well worth it. Also, ensure the chocolate mixture came to a complete boil and continued to boil for a full minute. This step avoids an unappetizing texture. 

How Long Does It Take for the Cookies to Harden?

It should take about 20–30 for the cookies to harden as they cool on the counter. That’s just enough time to wash the dishes and clean up before the taste test.

Can You Freeze These Cookies?

Yes, but ensure they have completely cooled on the baking sheet before you transfer them to an airtight freezer bag. You might prefer them frozen to given then an extra crunch. Either way, they are delicious.

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