These Healthy No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies are so easy to make, full of hearty ingredients, and taste absolutely delicious! The combination of oatmeal, coconut oil, almond milk, natural peanut butter, and coconut sugar creates a healthier version of no-bakes! They are a classic, and you don’t have to miss out when you’re trying to eat healthily!
No-Bake Oatmeal Cookie Inspiration
No-Bake cookies are one the easiest cookies to make because obviously there is no actual baking! I have always loved them because they combine chocolate and peanut butter, which are some of the best flavors! But they also can be way too sweet and loaded with sugar and fat.
That’s why I decided to make a healthy version that really shows off the flavors of the cookie and adds more nutrients to the diet. Oatmeal, cocoa powder, natural peanut butter, and coconut oil all share health benefits and are excellent to add to our diets.
Healthy No-Bake Ingredients
- Coconut oil
- Natural creamy peanut butter or almond butter
- Coconut sugar or turbinado sugar
- Natural cocoa powder
- Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Vanilla extract
- Fine sea salt
No-Bake Cookies Ingredient Substitutions
These cookies have gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients, so they are very friendly for most diets. Of course, these are not nut-free, but you could replace the peanut butter with almond butter for those with peanut allergies.
For these cookies to be dairy-free, I used coconut oil instead of butter, almond milk instead of dairy milk, and Enjoy Life chocolate chips. You could also use oat milk and coconut milk in place of almond milk if you prefer!
Oatmeal should be gluten-free in general, but to be safe, if you do have a gluten allergy, my go-to brand is Bob’s Red Mill Oats.
If you aren’t familiar with coconut sugar, you can replace it with turbinado sugar because they are both great substitutes for plain white sugar. I like to use coconut sugar because it is lower on the glycemic scale and maybe a better choice for those with diabetes.
Make sure to use natural cocoa powder, and not a brand that is already sweetened and has unwanted ingredients.
Ingredient Health Benefits
These cookies are not just delicious, but the ingredients also have certain health benefits!
For example, Oatmeal is full of antioxidants, fiber, and has been proven to lower cholesterol. They are also very filling, so they can help in weight loss because they keep you satiated!
Peanut Butter is notorious for being high in protein, but it’s also high in magnesium, zinc, and Vitamin B-6! Which are essential vitamins and minerals for our bodies.
Natural Cocoa Powder is one of the richest sources of polyphenols. It’s especially abundant in flavanols, which have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It can also lower blood pressure, improves brain function, and can aid in depression symptoms!
Coconut oil is a controversial topic, and no, I don’t believe it’s the best thing ever. But I do believe it’s a better choice over other fats. It contains healthy fatty acids that can encourage your body to burn fat. Coconut oil contains natural saturated fats that increase good cholesterol levels in your body. They may also help turn bad cholesterol into a less harmful form.
Cookie Making Equipment
When you’re heating the chocolate, peanut butter, and oil mixture, make sure to not overheat it. Heat and whisk it until the ingredients are combined and bubbly, and then quickly remove from the heat.
Also, make sure to keep them in the fridge or freezer. The coconut oil will melt if it’s too warm and at room temperature. They should last up to 7 days in the fridge. If you freeze the cookies, wrap them in wax paper and place them in a zip-top freezer bag. They should last up to 3 months, and you can take them out whenever you want to eat them.
I hope you love these Healthy No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies! If you love peanut butter and healthy treats, you should try my Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies too!
Healthy No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies
- Parchment paper
- Large cookie sheet
- Medium saucepan
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Medium cookie scoop
- 1/4 Cup Coconut oil
- 1/4 Cup Natural creamy peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/4 Cup Coconut sugar or turbinado sugar
- 2 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 Tbsp Semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp Fine sea salt
- 1 1/2 Cups Oatmeal quick oats
- Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the coconut oil, peanut butter, and coconut sugar in a medium saucepan.
- Heat over low heat until oil is melted and heat for an additional 2 minutes or until the mixture starts to bubble.
- Add in the cocoa powder, vanilla, chocolate chips, almond milk, and sea salt. Stir to combine.
- Add oatmeal and mix in well.
- Drop the batter equally apart with a medium cookie scoop onto a prepared cookie sheet. The recipe should make 12 large cookies. Let them cool in the freezer or the fridge until they firm up.
- Store them in a container in the fridge.
- When you’re heating the chocolate, peanut butter, and oil mixture, make sure to not overheat it. Heat and whisk it until the ingredients are combined and bubbly, and then quickly remove from the heat.
- Make sure to keep them in the fridge or freezer. The coconut oil will melt if it’s too warm and at room temperature.
- They should last up to 7 days in the fridge. If you freeze the cookies, wrap them in wax paper and place them in a zip-top freezer bag.