These Healthy Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies are an easy recipe made with only 6 clean, whole food ingredients. They’re ready to enjoy in about 30 minutes and are a classic dessert treat you can feel good about eating!
These super easy Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies take about 5 minutes to prepare and then all you have to do is wait for them to harden up in the freezer to enjoy.
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!
Are these Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies Healthy?
In my opinion, yes! They are much healthier than the traditional S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) version.
Here’s the 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: 2 cups white sugar, 1 stick margarine, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ½ cup milk, ¼ cup powdered cocoa, ½ cup peanut butter, 3 cups oats
They were indeed “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 real, whole 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 instead of regular dairy and Himalayan pink salt instead of white table salt.
This healthier version is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, no-cook, no-bake, egg-free, contains no refined sugar and…tastes just as good!
Why You’ll Love My Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies:
- they’re fudgy + chewy
- they’re filling + satisfying
- they’re perfectly sweet
- they’re rich + “buttery“
- they’re chocolately
- they’re nutritious
- they’re a source of protein + fiber
- they’re easy to make
- they’re refined sugar-free
- they’re made in one bowl
- they take just 5 minutes to prepare
- they’re made with just 6 clean ingredients
- there’s no cooking required
Are Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies Vegan and Gluten-Free?
Yes…they can be!
All you need to do is substitute butter or margarine with coconut oil.
And if you need the recipe to be gluten-free, just make sure you use gluten-free oats.
Ingredients Needed To Make Healthy Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies:
5 Fast Facts About Oats:*
- provides significant fiber
- helps control blood sugar levels
- can reduce hypertension and high blood pressure
- increases appetite control hormones
- lowers bad cholesterol
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Powder:*
- super high in anti-oxidants
- promotes cardiovascular health
- contains essential fats
- can help to decrease blood pressure
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, copper, zinc, and iron
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:*
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
5 Fast Facts About Peanuts (Peanut Butter):*
- excellent source of vitamin E
- high in folate
- contains tryptophan which helps fight depression
- good source of fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
How To Make Healthy Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies:
This just might be the easiest recipe you’ll ever make…seriously!
- Mix all the ingredients together: This is basically the main part of the recipe. 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!
- Storage: 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 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.
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Substitutions You Can Make To This Recipe:
- Peanut Butter – substitute with your favorite nut butter like almond butter or cashew butter.
- Cacao Powder – substitute with regular cocoa powder.
- 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 pure vanilla extract, in the same amount
How Long Will These Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies Keep For?
This is a very freezer-friendly recipe!
Refrigerator: Air-tight BPA-free container for at least 1 week
Freezer: Air-tight BPA-free container for at least 1 month
Want More Healthy Chocolate + Peanut Butter Dessert Recipes?
Check out these:
- Gluten-Free Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
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- Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies
- My Clean Eating Cookbook with healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
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