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Best Healthy No Bake Cookies

Healthy no bake cookies made with cacao powder and peanut butter. You will love this dairy free no bake cookie recipe made with easy 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, naturally sweetened, 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.

These aren’t just for the holidays!

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!

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How to make healthy no bake cookies

First, you will add honey and cacao powder to a medium sized sauce pan.

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!

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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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Making these no bake cookies vegan

If you want to make these cookies vegan, substitute pure maple syrup for the honey.

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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.

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Yield: around 30 cookies

Healthy No Bake Cookies

Healthy No Bake Cookies

Healthy no bake cookies made with good for you ingredients!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 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


  1. Add honey and cacao powder to a medium sauce pan
  2. 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
  3. Add coconut oil and almond milk
  4. Stir with a whisk until coconut oil melts and combines (less than a minute)
  5. Stir in peanut butter, sea salt, and vanilla extract, whisking until the sauce is smooth
  6. Add in oats and stir to combine
  7. Drop by large spoonfuls onto baking sheets covered in wax paper (ease of cleanup)
  8. Allow to harden for at least an hour in the fridge, or until set
  9. Store in fridge or freezer (I love mine in the freezer for a fudgy texture!)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g

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Monday 9th of August 2021

Is the cacao powder just for flavor or is it necessary for binding the cookie together? I’m wondering if I can leave out the cacao and put raisin or cacao nibs in instead.

Joy Shull

Thursday 12th of August 2021

It is what will give it the chocolate shape and color.


Sunday 15th of November 2020

I’ve made these twice now and love them! I used ghee the first time and butter the second, it’s what I had, and they were great! I highly recommend using maple syrup as it compliments the chocolate flavor!

Rachel Wieringa

Thursday 5th of November 2020

There's are the best!!! Thank you!!!

Heather Taylor

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

These are delicious. I was skeptical, but one taste and I was hooked. Has a little coconut flavor, which I think is great. Will make these again! Great find! Normally the original no bake cookies has like 4 cups of sugar. You will not miss any of that sugar in these!

Joy Shull

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

So glad you enjoyed the recipe Heather!

Anji-Sweet Family Life

Monday 3rd of June 2019

Looks yummy! Pinned for later

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