I honestly love peanut butter and chocolate recipes, and even better when you can call the recipe HEALTHY! This will become another favorite in your house as it is in mine.
These healthier no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies are also super simple to make. Which is good since they will disappear quickly since they are extremely delicious, so there’s no doubt you will have to make more. But, just in case they aren’t eaten right away, they can be stored up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
INGREDIENTS needed for healthier no-bake cookies
- Coconut oil
- Natural creamy peanut butter
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Old-fashioned oats
how to make healthy no-bake cookies
To begin, use a large saucepan (I like the nonstick pans because they are easier to use with these sometimes sticky recipes). Turn the burner to medium-low heat and then add the coconut oil, peanut butter, honey, and salt to the pan.
Consistently stir slowly all of the ingredients while they begin to melt to avoid burning the mixture. Continue to stir until they mix together completely bringing them to a boil.
Next, add in the cocoa powered and vanilla to the warm mixture. Make sure to keep stirring the ingredients until completely combined and to avoid overheating the chocolate and peanut butter goodness. If they are boiled for too long you will end up with dry cookies.
Once everything has melted evenly together, remove the saucepan from the heat. After removing the pan from the burner add the oats to the mixture. Mix everything together until all of the oats are covered evenly with the chocolate peanut butter mixture.
TIP: You could use quick oats instead of old-fashioned oats, but I prefer the texture that old-fashioned oats give to these cookies. Either will work great.
Now that everything has been combined its time to finish up the cookies! Yes, we’re already to that part. I told you they are simple!
Use either wax paper or a silicone liner over a large cookie sheet and drop the healthy no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookie mixture on the silicone liner. Each cookie should be a spoonful, roughly about 1 ½ Tablespoons of the chocolate peanut butter goodness.
After finishing all of the cookies onto the cookie sheet, move it to the fridge or freezer to allow the healthy chocolate peanut butter cookies to set up completely. This recipe makes about 14 cookies, more or less depending on how big they are made.
It shouldn’t take longer than an hour or two after they are put in the fridge, then just pull them out and enjoy!!
TIPS and TRICKs:
- If you don’t have coconut oil, you can use butter instead.
- Almond butter is a great substitute for the peanut butter. Chunky peanut butter adds a different (but still delicious) texture).
- Coconut oil is soft at room temperature, so if you keep these cookies out, they will be very soft. I prefer to keep these cookies in the fridge or even the freezer.
- This recipe is made healthier with a couple of key ingredients swaps like coconut oil and honey instead of butter and sugar. Most people didn’t notice a difference and loved them just as much! Looking for the not so healthy version of these (our Mom’s famous “gorilla poop” recipe), check them out HERE!
Looking for more healthy recipes?
Check out this Instant Pot Oatmeal recipe on our YouTube Channel! Sometimes making oatmeal can be daunting and time-consuming. With this Instant Pot recipe, we have taken the complexity out of the mix and walk you step by step through the recipe.
MORE NO-BAKE RECIPES to try:
- Nutella No-Bake Cookies
- Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies Recipe
- Chocolate Mint No Bake Cookies
- No Bake Cookie Butter Cookies
- No Bake Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Recipe adapted from JoyFoodSunshine
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