My ORIGINAL Healthy Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Cookies from 2015 are an easy recipe made with only 6 clean, real food ingredients. They're ready to enjoy in about 30 minutes and are a delicious plant-based dessert treat you can feel good about eating!
Here's Why This Recipe Works
Here's why this recipe works - my top 3 reasons:
- One-bowl recipe that can be prepared in under 5 minutes
- A healthy, plant-based no-bake dessert
- Made with only 6 clean, real food ingredients
One-Bowl Recipe That Can Be Prepared In Under 5 Minutes
This just might be the easiest healthy no-bake recipe you'll ever make...seriously!
You'll love how easy it is to make this one-bowl recipe that takes about 5 minutes to prepare.
Simply add all the ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir everything together, then transfer the cookies to a cookie sheet.
The hardest part is waiting for them to firm up in the freezer then they're ready to enjoy!
A Healthy, Plant-Based No-Bake Dessert
I am so excited to have finally taken the time to re-make these classic Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Christmas cookies that I have enjoyed since I was a child.
My mother has been making these every year for our family Christmas get-together for years and years and of all the desserts there were to choose from, I would always go for these.
And I don't mean just go for one or two. My obsession was so shameful, I had to wait until there was no one in the kitchen to grab 4 or 5 at a time so no one would see me.
Even though I eat clean desserts now, it doesn't mean I'm never tempted by the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) desserts, especially when you've grown up with them, like this one.
Now I don't have to miss out on one of my favorite childhood desserts anymore, and neither do you!
Made With Only 6 Clean, Real Food Ingredients
I'm pretty sure that 99.9% of the bloggers making and sharing this recipe on Pinterest and their websites were probably not even born when the original version of this recipe started circulating well over 30+ years ago.
It's popping up everywhere now because it's a "trending recipe" on Pinterest in 2018 + 2019... and these bloggers have no clue about how unhealthy the original recipe was.
They're just re-circulating the cleaned-up version.
My cleaned-up recipe from 2015 is much healthier than the traditional S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) version.
Here's the original ingredient list from my mother, which she had on a handwritten postcard many, many, many years ago (like way over 30+!) from a neighbor.
I just love the cute title she gave the recipe lol!:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) “Real Good Chocolate Cookies (For a Busy Day)" aka Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies Ingredients: 3 cups oats, 2 cups white sugar, 1 stick margarine, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ½ cup milk, ¼ cup powdered cocoa, ½ cup peanut butter
Indeed, they were "real good", that's no lie.
But they were made with 2 cups of refined white sugar (2 cups!), an entire stick of margarine?! and milk.
Here's what I did to clean up this recipe to make it with clean, real food ingredients:
- Instead of margarine --> organic coconut oil
- Instead of cocoa --> organic raw cacao powder
- Instead of refined white sugar --> organic maple syrup
- Instead of vanilla extract --> organic vanilla bean powder
I also omitted the milk and salt because I didn't feel like it needed it, and if I would have used those ingredients, I would have used homemade almond milk or Joi organic almond milk instead of regular dairy and Himalayan pink salt instead of refined white table salt.
My healthier plant-based version is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, no-cook, no-bake, egg-free, contains no refined sugar and tastes just as good!
How To Make This Recipe: Step-by-Step Instructions
Here is how to make this recipe and I'll show you with step-by-step instructions below.
Before beginning, prepare a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and set aside.
Step 1: Gather and Measure the Ingredients
Firstly, gather and measure all the ingredients for the recipe, then add them to a medium-size mixing bowl.
If you need ingredient substitutions, just check the "Ingredient Substitution" section below.
Step 2: Mix All the Ingredients and Transfer to a Cookie Sheet
Secondly, this is basically the main part of the recipe and should take no more than 5 minutes to mix everything together.
- Mix the ingredients: You'll add all the ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and stir everything together until it's well combined....it takes less than 5 minutes. That's it!
- Prepare your cookie sheet: You'll want to make sure you line your cookie sheet with parchment paper because it will make the cookies so much easier to remove once they've hardened in the freezer. And, it makes clean up easier too!
- Transfer the cookies to your cookie sheet: This part is super easy because these are basically "drop cookies". You don't have to use cookie cutters, cookie scoops, roll the mixture out, etc. All you do is take a spoonful of the cookie mixture and drop it onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Firm in the freezer: This is the hardest part - waiting for the cookies to firm in the freezer before enjoying them! I've been known to sneak out one (or maybe 2 or 3) from the freezer before they were ready because I just couldn't wait!
Step 3: How To Store Your No-Bake Cookies
Lastly, because of the clean ingredients used in this healthier recipe, it's important to know how to properly store them.
The only difference between these and the original version is these will not keep their shape at room temperature like the traditional version.
They will need to be kept in the refrigerator or freezer in an air-tight BPA-free container until ready to serve or they will get soft and lose their shape if left out at room temperature.
Keep this in mind if traveling with them or serving them at a party or get together.
- Refrigerator: Store in an air-tight BPA-free container for at least 1 week
- Freezer: Store in an air-tight BPA-free container for at least 1 month
Expert Tips + Ingredient Substitutions
Here are some expert tips to make this recipe perfectly:
- Peanut Butter. Substitute with your favorite nut butter. For example, almond butter, cashew butter, and even sunflower butter all would work well.
- Cacao Powder. Can be substituted with regular cocoa powder in the same amount.
- Coconut Oil. If you don't like the taste or smell of coconut oil, use organic refined coconut oil which has zero coconut taste or flavor.
- Maple Syrup. -Substitute with another thick liquid sweetener like organic date nectar, organic coconut nectar or organic brown rice syrup.
- Vanilla Bean Powder. Substitute with organic vanilla extract, in the same amount.
Want More Healthy Plant-Based No-Bake Desserts?
- Gluten-Free Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars
- Clean Eating Peanut Butter Fudge
- Crunchy Raw Protein Balls
- or my CLEAN DESSERTS Cookbook with 72 Plant-Based No-Bake Vegan + Gluten-Free dessert recipes made with clean, real food ingredients just like this one that you will love!
Did You Make This Recipe?
I'd love to hear about it! Please give it a rating and leave a comment below...it would make my day! 🙂
The ORIGINAL Healthy Gluten-Free Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Cookies
- 2 cups organic gluten-free quick rolled oats
- 1/2 cup organic peanut butter
- 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 1/4 cup organic raw cacao powder
- 1/4 teaspoon organic ground vanilla bean powder
- Prepare a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Add all ingredients to a medium-size bowl and stir until well combined.
- Take a spoonful out at a time and drop it onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Transfer the cookie sheet to the freezer for approximately 30-60 minutes, or until the cookies are firm.
- Store in an air-tight BPA-free container in the freezer or refrigerator until ready to serve because they will get soft and lose their shape if left out at room temperature.
Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan (with a heavy focus on Medical Medium® compliant) and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.