These super easy Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies take about 5 minute 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 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 dessert anymore.
All I did to clean this traditional, classic recipe up is substitute the butter with coconut oil, cocoa with raw cacao powder, the sugar with maple syrup (a natural, real food sweetener) and vanilla extract with 100% vanilla bean powder. That’s it!
I also omitted the milk and salt because I didn’t feel like it needed it, and if I would have used it, I would have used homemade almond milk and Himalayan pink salt instead of regular dairy and white refined salt.
Here’s the ingredient list from my mother, which she got many, many, many years ago (like way over 30+!) from a neighbor (I love the 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 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”, but full of refined sugar (2 cups!), margarine?! and milk.
This healthier version is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, contains no refined sugar and…tastes just as good!
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Crunchy Raw Protein Balls, Healthy Peanut Butter Cups, Clean Eating Peanut Butter Fudge or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
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.
Tip #1: 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.
Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies
Yield 18 - 20 cookies
Vegan / Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free / No Refined Sugar
- Add all ingredients (except the oats) to a small saucepan and gently melt on low heat, stirring until it is smooth and well combined.
- Add the oats to a medium sized bowl and pour the chocolate mixture in.
- Gently stir everything together until it is evenly distributed.
- Drop a spoonful at a time onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper then place the pan in the freezer for approximately 15-30 minutes, or until they become hardened and firm.
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve because they will get soft and lose their shape if left out at room temperature.
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