Recipe: Healthy(ish) No-Bake Cookies

Growing up, my mom made the best no-bake cookies in the world. We all loved them! They were my dad’s favorite. When I grew older and moved into my first apartment, this was one of the first recipes I requested.

It quickly became clear that this was a temperamental recipe. Sometimes, they’d turn out dry and crumbly, while other times they’d never harden at all and have to be eaten with a spoon! My mother always struggled with this as well. Even just the kind of stove you’re cooking with changes how they cook!

This being said, we both began to push for healthier diets in recent years, but I couldn’t bring myself to give up no-bake cookies entirely. What’s life without no-bakes? However, because the recipe is temperamental to begin with, subbing in healthy alternatives has never turned out well.

After playing around with it over the years, I’ve landed on some healthy options that haven’t affected how the cookies turn out. Be aware though, I’m cooking on a gas stove. AND, I always double the recipe. Believe it or not, I’ve found both of these facts matter in how the no-bakes turn out.

Enjoy! Let us know how yours turn out!

No-Bake Cookies

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 5


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unflavored, unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 heaping cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • Combine sugar, cacao powder, and almond milk.
  • Bring to a boil (just barely!) and lightly boil 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat immediately. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Drop by teaspoonful on aluminum foil.

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