These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are a healthier twist on classic no bake cookies! They’re packed with hearty oats, big chocolate peanut butter flavor, and they’re dairy, gluten and refined sugar free. They’re the easiest cookies you’ll ever make!

Stack of no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies.

As you probably know by now, one of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolate and peanut butter. My flourless peanut butter cookies satisfy my dessert cravings in a healthier way, and my no bake peanut butter bars are my favorite snack ever.

I find myself craving these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies often as well. They have big chocolate peanut butter flavor, the chewiness of quick oats, and there’s no baking required.

These cookies take me back to my childhood because my mom made them every Christmas.  I’ve given them a healthier twist by making them dairy, gluten and refined sugar free, and they’re just as delicious.

They’re lower in sugar and packed with wholesome ingredients, so I feel better about indulging in them. They satisfy my dessert cravings in a big way and they come together in mere minutes!

The hardest part is waiting for them to set. 🙂

Chocolate peanut butter oatmeal no bake cookies on a plate.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • These cookies are packed with the irresistible flavors of chocolate and peanut butter, with hearty oats for a nice chewy texture.
  • They come together in mere minutes in just one pot.
  • No bake peanut butter chocolate cookies contain just a few simple ingredients and they can be easily customized.
  • They’re gluten-free, and you can easily make them dairy-free or vegan as well.  See the substitutions below for the details.

Recipe ingredients

These no bake chocolate peanut butter oat cookies includes just (6) ingredients, minimal sweetener and no dairy.

No bake chocolate peanut butter oat cookies ingredients.
  • Quick oats. This recipe includes quick oats because they’re not as chewy as rolled oats. They can certainly be substituted with rolled oats for added texture.
  • Peanut butter. For best results, use natural unsweetened peanut butter as the cookies are sweet enough already.
  • Maple syrup. Sub the maple syrup with honey if desired. You can also use granulated sugar if you prefer.
  • Cocoa powder. Adds rich, chocolatey flavor. Be sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Oil. Coconut oil is the best option for these cookies, or you can substitute the oil with butter.
  • Vanilla. A bit of vanilla extract adds a nice depth of flavor.
  • Salt. A pinch of salt helps offset the sweetness and accentuate the chocolate flavor.

How to make chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies

These chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies are beyond easy to make following the simple instructions below. 

Pro tip: Rolled oats may be used instead of quick oats, but the cookies will have a chewier texture. If you don’t have quick oats on hand, simply pulse old fashioned rolled oats in your food processor a few times until coarsely chopped.

See the recipe below for full instructions.

How to make chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies.
  1. Place the peanut butter, coconut oil and maple syrup to a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium low heat until warm, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder, salt and vanilla until smooth and well incorporated.
  3. Add the oats, and stir until they’re completely coated with the chocolate mixture.
  4. Using a 1 1/2″ cookie scoop (about 1 heaping tablespoon of dough), scoop the batter onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten the top slightly as desired. The cookies will be about 1/2″ thick. Chill for 1 hour or more.
No bake chocolate oatmeal cookies with peanut butter on a baking sheet.

Recipe FAQs

How long do no bake cookies to sit?

Chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies take a minimum of 30 minutes to set at room temperature, or they can be placed in the refrigerator or even the freezer to speed up the process. 

Can I use old fashioned rolled oats in no bake cookies?

Rolled oats may be used instead of quick oats in these chocolate peanut butter oatmeal no bake cookies, but the cookies will have a chewier texture.

If you don’t have quick oats on hand, simply pulse old fashioned rolled oats in your food processor a few times until coarsely chopped.

Should these cookies be refrigerated?

I prefer to store these no bake chocolate peanut butter oat cookies in the refrigerator as they become quite soft at room temperature. It’s not necessary to refrigerate them, however — it’s really a personal preference.

How long do no bake cookies keep?

Store no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies with peanut butter in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

No bake chocolate peanut butter oat cookies on parchment paper.

Recipe notes

  • Pro tip: Rolled oats may be used instead of quick oats, but the cookies will have a chewier texture. If you don’t have quick oats on hand, simply pulse old fashioned rolled oats in your food processor a few times until coarsely chopped.
  • For best results, store chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies in an air tight container at the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • This recipe is easily doubled!
Stack of No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal cookies with peanut butter with bite out of top cookie.
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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are a healthier twist on the classic! They're packed with hearty oats they're dairy, gluten and refined sugar free, and they come together in minutes!
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil sub with butter if desired
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup quick oats

Instructions 

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with waxed paper. Add the peanut butter, coconut oil and maple syrup to a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium low heat until warm, about 2-3 minutes.
    1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup quick oats
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder, salt and vanilla until smooth and well incorporated. Add the oats, and stir until they're completely coated with the chocolate mixture.
  • Using a 1 1/2" cookie scoop (about 1 heaping tablespoon of dough), scoop the batter onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten the top slightly as desired. The cookies will be about 1/2" thick.
  • Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until set. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Pro tip: Rolled oats may be used instead of quick oats, but the cookies will have a chewier texture. If you don’t have quick oats on hand, simply pulse old fashioned rolled oats in your food processor a few times until coarsely chopped.
  • Store chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies in an air tight container at room temperature for 5-7 days, or in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 117kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 72mg, Potassium: 93mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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**This post was originally published in December 2012.  The recipe has been updated to be dairy and refined sugar free. The photos have also been updated and the text has been modified to include more recipe information.

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