Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies.

These lightened-up no bake cookies are a favorite! Made with only 7 simple ingredients like banana, chocolate, oats, and peanut butter. 

These lightened-up no bake cookies are a favorite! Made with only 7 simple ingredients like banana, chocolate, oats, and peanut butter.

After one heck of an indulgent vacation at Sundance resort and Salt Lake City this past weekend, it’s time to get back to some healthy eating.  I had never been to Utah before and we had a wonderful time!  We went there for a friend’s wedding.

Now if only I could learn how to bake at high altitude…

And I’m sure there was lots of indulging for all of you lately as well with the Easter holiday and spring break. I make these no-bake cookies often and had a certain craving for them today. I wanted a little something healthy to recover from the wedding cake, cocktails, and airplane food.

No bake cookies are considerably easy to make – they are typically made with sugar and butter.  I wanted to maintain the ease of the standard cookie recipe, but lighten them up with healthier alternatives.  We could NOT stop eating these; in fact, you may ask yourself if “addicting” is an ingredient in the list.

These lightened-up no bake cookies are a favorite! Made with only 7 simple ingredients like banana, chocolate, oats, and peanut butter.

Bananas are my usual go-to if I’m looking to lighten up a recipe.  My Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cupcakes use bananas in lieu of butter or oil and they do a wonderful job keeping the cupcakes moist and soft.  Ripe bananas are also a wonderful natural sweetener.  They act as the sweetener, binder, and moistening agent in today’s cookies.  You’ll need a 1 small ripe banana today.

Banana + peanut butter + chocolate = what a combination! A trio of tastiness.

I use honey to sweeten the cookies instead of white sugar, brown sugar, or artificial sweeteners. You’ll need 1/3 cup of honey, which isn’t much at all for the 16 cookies this recipe makes.

These lightened-up no bake cookies are a favorite! Made with only 7 simple ingredients like banana, chocolate, oats, and peanut butter.

The last of the 7 ingredients (yes, only 7!) are peanut butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, quick cooking oats, milk, and a pinch of salt.  For the peanut butter, you may use crunchy or creamy.  If you use natural style peanut butter, make sure it is not super oily.  For the oats, you’ll need quick oats.  Not whole oats.  I never buy quick oats – I make my own.  Simply process whole rolled oats for a few pulses (or about 5 seconds) in a food processor or blender. This will chop up your oats into a finer texture, which you need for these cookies.

Those extra little chocolate chips on top? Those are not necessary, but I wanted a little something extra on top.

These lightened-up no bake cookies are a favorite! Made with only 7 simple ingredients like banana, chocolate, oats, and peanut butter.

They taste like little fudgy bites of heaven. Sort of like a dense chocolate bar with oats, peanut butter, and hints of banana.  The oats make them chewy and the bananas keep them soft and moist.  There is nothing dry about these chocolate no bake cookies.

Like all of my recipes on my website, there are no strange or questionable ingredients in the recipe list.  Nothing requiring you to visit a specialty health food store and nothing requiring a google search.  Convenience is key when it comes to my baking adventures. (And no-baking adventures!)

The best part? They’re made in the refrigerator, not the oven. How’s that for easy? The cookies freeze well too – perfect to grab & go before work, working out, or heading out the door.

You may add ingredients, too. Try adding dried cranberries, peanut butter chips, or any nuts of your choice.  You may also use maple syrup or agave in place of the honey.  Almond butter or sunflower seed butter in place of the peanut butter. The sky is the limit. We love this easy, go-to recipe for no bake cookies. They don’t even taste healthy. Magic little cookies. ;)

Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies. These lightened-up cookies are only made with 7 wholesome ingredients!

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Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

These lightened-up no bake cookies are a favorite! Made with only 7 simple ingredients like banana, chocolate, oats, and peanut butter.

Yield: 16 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or crunchy; if using natural style peanut butter make sure it is not oily)
  • 1 small very ripe banana, mashed (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/3 cup honey (or maple syrup or agave)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup milk (coy, almond, soy)
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats*
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, optional

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

Melt peanut butter and mashed banana together in a large skillet over low heat until fully melted and combined. Remove from heat and mix in the honey, cocoa powder, milk, oats, and salt. The mixture will be thick and fudgy. Drop cookie dough (about 2 Tablespoons per cookie) on the baking sheet, molding the cookie into desired shape. Press a few mini chocolate chips onto tops, if desired. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before enjoying.

Makes 16 cookies. Cookies remain fresh up to 10 days stored (covered) in the refrigerator. Cookies freeze well up to 3 months.

*Quick oats are required for this no bake cookie recipe, not whole rolled oats. You may make your own quick oats at home by pulsing 3 cups of whole rolled oats in the blender or food processor about 4 times (or for 5 seconds). 

 To make vegan, use maple syrup or agave instead of honey. Ensure oats are certified gluten free if gluten intolerant.

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168 Responses to “Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies.”

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted April 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    These cookies look amazing, Sally! I SO love that they’re skinny, too! You have so many other skinny recipes that I’m dying to try… Where to begin?!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 3rd, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Well, you have like 10000 recipes I want to try Georgia!

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    Jess @ On Sugar Mountainposted April 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Sally these would be perfect for the summer, when it gets hot as hell up here in NJ and I don’t even want to LOOK at my oven. :D Yum!

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    Caitlinposted April 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    How can something so healthy look so good?! Another awesome recipe!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 4th, 2013 at 5:59 am

      Thanks Caitlin!

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    Caroline @ Pass the Cocoaposted April 3, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Yum! Love the idea of using banana, Sally! Should these be stored in the refrigerator, or is it okay to just leave them on the counter?

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    • Sallyreplied on April 4th, 2013 at 5:56 am

      Hey Caroline! Store in the refrigerator.

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    Julie @ Table for Twoposted April 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    indulging on vaca is definitely ok!!! love that these are skinny and that they’re no bake. i love easy recipes – less work for me and less time to wait til i can eat it hahaha :)

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    • Sallyreplied on April 4th, 2013 at 5:55 am

      Easy recipes are perfect for you right now, Julie! It’s crunch time and I’m so excited for you!

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    Ella-Home Cooking Adventureposted April 5, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I love no bake recipes, fast easy and what is more important.. deliciooous.

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    ntidmanposted April 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I looked up the nutrition information and figured I’d share it! Thanks again for posting wonderful recipes, I loved these! I looove macaroons but they have so much sugar in them. This is a great substitution, and I love the hint of banana and pb. Keep posting recipes, and I’ll continue to work my way through them all. Can’t say thank you enough! :)

    Based on a 14 serving batch
    Calories 154 Calories from Fat 55
    (% Daily Value*)
    Total Fat 6.1g (9%)
    Saturated Fat 1.3g (7%)
    Cholesterol 0mg (0%)
    Sodium 65mg (3%)
    Total Carbohydrates 22.2g (7%)
    Dietary Fiber 2.9g (12%)
    Sugars 8.3g
    Protein 5.1g
    Vitamin A 0% • Vitamin C 1%
    Calcium 2% • Iron 7%
    Nutrition Grade B

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    Erin @ Texanerin Bakingposted April 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    What?! I didn’t know I can make my own quick oats! That has prevented me from trying so many recipes. Thank you! We just don’t have them over here.

    And these are just perfect. I clearly need to make them! I see your note about natural peanut butter, but I have a question. Have you tried them with natural peanut butter? Because I find that my no bake goodies often don’t stick together with it (and it doesn’t depend on the oilyness… just that it’s not as “tacky” if that makes sense) Either way, I’ll probably try them with natural! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on April 19th, 2013 at 6:25 am

      I have tried them with natural PB (i’ve been making these for years), an oily kind, and the oats just did NOT stay bound together tightly as well. Let me know if you try it though!

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    Denise @ Pink-Veganposted April 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Sally, these look SOOOOOOO good !!! I need to add them to my list of things to make !! I LOVE ALL the ingredients in these cookies !! THANKS for the recipe, Sally !
    – Denise

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    • Sallyreplied on April 19th, 2013 at 6:24 am

      So glad to hear it Denise! Thank you :)

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    Angelaposted June 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you so much for the peanut butter no-bake cookies recipe! I am in the middle of an Allergy Elimination diet on doctor’s orders. I couldn’t use the cocoa or chocolate chips, but I can have everything else! YEY!!!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 6th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      How perfect, Angela! hope you love them!

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    Juliaposted June 29, 2013 at 12:56 am

    I made these tonight, swapping some of the oats for shredded coconut. They were very good with the chocolate chips, but not sweet enough for my liking without them.

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    • Sallyreplied on June 29th, 2013 at 6:30 am

      I love making them with coconut. Thanks Julia!

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    Ninaposted July 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Sally!
    I just stumbled upon your site and I am addicted LOL! I have already made the Healthy Chocolate Truffles and they are delicious! Today I tried to make these cookies but I had one problem: when I tried to melt the peanut butter and banana my PB kinda seized up and didn’t really melt. I used Skippy Natural Super Chunk and stirred it pretty well so that it wasn’t too oily; in fact the mixture wasn’t runny at all, but on the dry side. I added a little extra almond milk to compensate. Any suggestions? They are chilling in the fridge as we speak…can’t wait to taste them! Thank you!
    Nina

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    • Sallyreplied on July 14th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Hi Nina! Did you stir the peanut butter and banana together to avoid seizing? Sometimes that helps. Hope you enjoy the cookies any way!

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      • Ninareplied on July 14th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

        I did mix them together…but it turns out it doesn’t matter anyway – they are scrumptious just as they are! I’ve been snacking on them all day and will be making another batch very soon! Thanks for a great recipe!

        • Sallyreplied on July 14th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

          That’s great to hear, Nina! So glad you’re enjoying them.

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    kateposted July 31, 2013 at 8:23 am

    this is all soo yummy i could it it all but the things added are soo not cheap i love the bannana cookies

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    Cherylposted August 4, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Hi Sally,
    I just made these this weekend for a gluten free friend and they were a huge hit! Thanks so much for all your great recipes! I have become addicted to your site and told all my friends about it.

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    • Sallyreplied on August 4th, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Hi Cheryl! I’m so glad these were a huge success! I love making them (and eating them!).

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    Gloriaposted August 13, 2013 at 8:53 am

    There should a law forbidding browsing sites with recipes while you are hungry at work:S
    One small question: How can I make these without the banana? My boyfriend is allergic (or so he says because he doesn’t like them) but either way, I don’t want to risk it!
    Any alternative suggestions? Honey or something like that?

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    • Sallyreplied on August 13th, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Hi Gloria – how about applesauce? That would be a great substitute!

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      • Lizreplied on February 1st, 2014 at 6:35 am

        Ooh, thank you both so much – Gloria for asking and Sally for the applesauce suggestion!

        I too am not a fan of banana, and was wondering about substituting pumpkin or something similar, but applesauce is a FABULOUS suggestion! And must better complement to the other flavors, as pumpkin can be overpowering.

        I’ll give it a try – I always have unsweetened applesauce on hand.

        Thank you again Sally – I ADORE your recipes!!! I’ve made both the regular and skinny (your skinny peanut butter pie totally fooled my dad) and have had amazing results with both. Keep up the wonderful recipes – thank you again!

        • Sallyreplied on February 1st, 2014 at 9:00 am

          Love that skinny PB pie! It’s my fiancé’s favorite in the summertime. Enjoy these cookies!

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    Lisaposted August 24, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Oh. My. Word! Can’t wait to try!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 24th, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Enjoy, Lisa!

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    shivani guptaposted September 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    posted my version (not very different but i just started a food blog and wanted to share the recipes i try on there) on my blogspot account! thought i would share my pictures and nutrition info that i calculated for these cookies! [even though i used almond butter for peanut butter and that probably impacted the nutritional info!]

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    • Sallyreplied on September 10th, 2013 at 6:11 am

      I love using almond butter instead of peanut butter for these!

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    Bobbieposted September 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Hi Sally,
    I’ve recently discovered your website and admire how well laid out everything is along with the colorful fun pictures* I am a complete novice in the kitchen so wanted something really simple to make. Once I saw your No Bake Cookie recipe, I knew they were the one :-)
    But excitement fell to frustration when I couldn’t get the peanut butter to melt in the skillet for the life of me :-( I tried twice…..once with natural peanut butter, once with regular peanut butter. The banana had been ripened and mixed in with the peanut butter. On low heat the PB would get piecey….turning the heat up began to dry out the PB and leave it piecey.
    :-((( How are others doing this so flawlessly???

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    • Sallyreplied on September 22nd, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Hi Bobbie! That is strange the peanut butter didn’t melt at all! Maybe try melting it in the microwave and then mixing it in next time.

      I am so happy that you love my website and the photos!

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    BobCposted October 3, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Hi Sally – joined your “addiction” a couple of months ago. Have made these no bake cookies and the young bloke reckons they are beaut & so do I. Will try more of your ideas in the near future. Thanks & cheers from Bob in Aussie land.

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    • Sallyreplied on October 3rd, 2013 at 9:06 am

      I love love love these cookies too Bob. And thank you for saying hi from all the way across the world!

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    Erinposted October 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    These are amazing! And so easy. Added a scoop of protein powder and they are my new go to pre and post workout snack. Yummmm (PS. Completely addicted to your blog. Whenever I need a recipe this is where I come
    First. Keep up the good work! )

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    • Sallyreplied on October 4th, 2013 at 11:39 am

      I’m so happy that my blog is your go-to, Erin! That’s so nice to hear. :) Also… these cookies… love ‘em too.

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    Dewposted January 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I just found your website and i’m so happy. It’s like i found a precious treasure.
    Can’t wait to try everything.

    Thank you very much for every recipe. you are AMAZING!!!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 3rd, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks Dew! Let me know what you try first.

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    Mackenzieposted January 22, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I just made these with my two-year-old, and we had so much fun! And they were delicious :) Thank you for the recipe!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 22nd, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Hey Mackenzie! I love these cookies – happy you and your little one enjoyed them too.

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    Ann Whitmanposted February 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I just made these no bake cookies but I was out of milk and didn’t have any bananas…..so I used Chobani banana Greek yogurt instead…I put two small containers in and it tastes pretty darn good!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 4th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Perfect! Glad you were able to make them Ann. Thanks for reporting back!

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    Frankyposted February 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Just made these last night, and had them dipped in almond milk , oreo style, for breakfast :) Thanks for the great recipe!

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    Granola loverposted February 17, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Hi Sally

    Is it possible to use normal sugar instead of the honey?

    Thanx!
    Xxx

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    • Sallyreplied on February 17th, 2014 at 6:54 am

      I’ve really only ever tried it with liquid sweetener – agave or maple syrup works instead of honey. But regular sugar should be OK. Enjoy!

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    Jenniferposted February 21, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I made this today and at first I was worried they would taste too much like banana, but it was okay (just a hint!) and they were so good! It was like eating fudge with oats ( i recently got into oats and can’t wait to try your granola recipes. I love granola). They are my go-to snack right now, but maybe I “go to” them too often lol. >w< :D

    I had one question though, when we were supposed to mix and melt the peanut butter and the banana together, were they supposed to be a liquid consistency? mine wasn't. Well I still mixed everything together and I'm still eating one right now XD. Thanks for another great recipe! It can get hard to eat healthy in college, but not with your recipes! I had fun making this as well!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 21st, 2014 at 10:13 am

      I’m so glad you love these cookies, Jennifer! Yes, a very faint taste of banana for sure. The banana/pb should be slightly liquidy, but that would depend on the thickness of your peanut butter. Sounds like they turned out just fine regardless.

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    Al Fatehposted April 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Pure genius again, Sally!
    My cookies were soft though (not a bad thing though because they tasted like cookie dough <3). Are they supposed to come out this way or is it the oil in the PB? And do you think I should bake them for a few minutes because they're doughy?

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    • Sallyreplied on April 8th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Yep, the cookies are supposed to be soft. You can certainly bake them for a little to firm them up, yes.

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    Susanposted April 23, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I made these and my kids loved them. I used natural peanut butter and I had to add a little bit extra almond milk, otherwise they were a bit dry. But thanks for a healthier version of one of my favorite childhood treats. I get queasy when I think about all the butter in the original versions! Thanks!

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    Davidposted April 30, 2014 at 5:48 am

    thank you so much for this recipe1! just made them and they are terrific! I added a little extra sea salt so each cookie has a sweet / salty taste, thanks so much.

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    Michelleposted May 15, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    These are too good to be healthy!! Super easy and will keep the chocolate cravings at ease!!! Highly recommended

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    Angel T.posted June 1, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Hi Sally, I already saw that one reader said that these had a hint of banana flavor but I wanted to ask your opinion- does the banana overpower the chocolate-y-ness or is it more subtle? Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 1st, 2014 at 8:27 am

      I find it extremely subtle, actually.

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    Susanposted June 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I just made these. I really just want to hug you!! Thank you for such a great recipe :) Easy, yummy and healthy for the win!! (I did add some chopped almonds… I have a thing for almonds) I’m looking forward to sharing your recipe with my co-workers and then finding MORE recipes on here :)

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    Amelieposted July 2, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Thank you Sally for this delicious recipe! Easy to make and great for summer…all the family loved them! :)

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    Radhika @sugar n spice by radhikaposted July 13, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Hi Sally,

    These cookies are just what I was looking for. Just wondering if they’ll go bad after a few days because of the banana. Won’t the banana go black even if I store them in the refrigerator? If yes.. How do I prevent that or substitute the banana with something ? Thanks :)

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    • Sallyreplied on July 13th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      No, they are fine in the refrigerator.

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    Patriciaposted August 22, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Can I use steel cut oats?

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    Erinposted October 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

    When I make normal no bake cookies I add my peanut butter with everything else and boil for 1min 30sec (rather then after boiling) to make them extra gooey. What can you do here to make them more gooey?

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    • Sallyreplied on October 15th, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Hi Erin, without any butter and granulated sugar, these lightened-up no bake cookies won’t really ever have that same gooey texture.

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    Robposted October 15, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Hey these are pretty tasty! I used a double boiler for the PB + banana, then after I took it off the heat I mixed in the honey. Used a separate bowl for the other ingredients, and then stirred in the PB/banana/honey – and it mixed pretty well. Added some chopped pecans. I had some leftover choc-chips so I used those. Bringing them to a potluck on Friday! We’ll see!

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    Grayseeposted November 7, 2014 at 3:35 am

    I just tried this now, and to be honest I wasn’t expecting much because I’m one of them rare people who aren’t too fond of bananas… BUT OMG THESE ARE SO GOOD!!! I don’t even have the chocolate chips on top, I just sprinkled some cinnamon sugar. WOW. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! <3

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