Healthy no bake cookies made with cacao and peanut butter. You will love this dairy free no bake cookie recipe made with easy, good for you ingredients!
If there is one thing that I could always eat for dessert and never get sick of, it would be these healthy no bake cookies.
They are the perfect dessert: easy to prepare, healthy, low in sugar, chewy, and full of rich fudgy, chocolatey flavor.
I have been making these healthy no bake cookies for years and they do not disappoint.
I make them every Christmas, and all throughout the year.
They aren’t just for the holidays!
I love this recipe and my ultimate healthy peanut butter fudge anytime of year.
They were a lifesaver when I had my son, and I had my husband make me some for an easy snack that was also a great lactation cookie!
How to make the best healthy no bake cookies
First, you will add honey and cacao powder to a medium sized sauce pan.
Note – If you want to make this recipe without honey, you can substitute maple syrup in equal amounts.
Use a whisk to combine the cacao powder and honey over medium heat until it resembles chocolate sauce.
Next, add in the coconut oil and almond milk, whisking to combine.
This won’t take long, as the mixture is already hot.
Add you peanut butter, salt, and vanilla and stir until it is all mixed up.
This is the point that I usually switch from a whisk to a stirring spoon.
Once you add in the oats, a whisk would just get all clogged up with oats and not mix well.
Any spoon you would cook with will work here!
Remove your pan from the heat, and stir in the rolled oats until everything is combined.
Tip for easy cleanup
Line baking sheets with wax paper and drop cookies by spoonfuls onto the wax paper.
This helps a lot when cleaning up!
Transfer the cookies to the fridge until set (at least an hour).
Once my cookies are set, I will remove them from the wax paper and place them in a ziploc bag in the freezer.
The wax paper really helps cut down on the mess, and can just be thrown out once the cookies are set.
I love how easy it makes getting the cookies off of the sheet!
For a softer cookie, you can store these no bakes in the fridge.
But my favorite way to keep these no bake cookies is in the freezer.
They taste like a fudgy cookie heaven.
I love the texture this way!
You could try it both ways and see which way you prefer.
These cookies are so healthy but taste like a rich treat.
I have definitely maybe eaten these for breakfast before! No regrets!
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I recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a healthier dessert – you won’t believe how addictive these are and they won’t leave you feeling tired and in a sugar coma.
I cannot recommend them enough!
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*note – this is a double batch recipe – I’ve found I love these too much to only make single batches.
I think you will feel the same way!
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Healthy No Bake Cookies Recipe:
- 2/3 cup honey (or maple syrup)
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder (can substitute unsweetened cocoa powder)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 cups rolled oats
- Add honey and cacao powder to a medium sauce pan
- Heat pan on medium low heat (do not boil), stirring with a whisk, until honey and powders mix to form a sauce that resembles chocolate syrup
- Add coconut oil and almond milk
- Stir with a whisk until coconut oil melts and combines (less than a minute)
- Stir in peanut butter, sea salt, and vanilla extract, whisking until the sauce is smooth
- Add in oats and stir to combine
- Drop by large spoonfuls onto baking sheets covered in wax paper (ease of cleanup)
- Allow to harden for at least an hour in the fridge, or until set
- Store in fridge or freezer (I love mine in the freezer for a fudgy texture!)
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 144 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 67mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 7g Protein: 3g