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.Β 

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. πŸ˜‰

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

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (125g) creamy or crunchy peanut butter*
  • 1 small very ripe banana, mashed (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/3 cup (113g) honey*
  • 1/4 cup (22g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk*
  • 3 cups (240g) quick oats*
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • optional: 1/3 cup (60g) mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Cookies remain fresh up to 10 days stored (covered) in the refrigerator. Cookies freeze well up to 3 months.

Notes

  1. Peanut Butter: If using natural style peanut butter make sure it is not oily.
  2. Sweetener: You can also use maple syrup or agave.
  3. Milk: Use any kind of milk you enjoy– regular, almond, soy, etc.
  4. Oats: 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).
  5. Gluten Free/Vegan: To make vegan, use maple syrup or agave instead of honey. Ensure oats are certified gluten free if gluten intolerant.

Keywords: chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies, healthy peanut butter chocolate no bake cookies

186 Comments

  1. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Healthy is much needed for me right now! Jason came home for spring break (it’s 1 week only!) and I’ve gained 3 lbs! So yes, indulging on these is a must!

    1. spring break, vacations, etc – anything getting me out of my routine always messes up my schedule. so it’s a skinny week!

  2. Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    I love no-bake cookies! There is literally nothing on your blog that I DON’T want to make! P.S. Check my latest post–I think it’ll put a smile on your face πŸ˜€

    1. Hey Mimi! I can’t wait to check them out tomorrow. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  3. Ari @ Ari's Menu says:

    I want these for breakfast. I mean, it’s 10pm, but I want to go to sleep dreaming about them, then wake up and eat them for breakfast. I love the list of whole natural foods, and I love that you make your own quick oats! I never buy them either, so I always just use the regular rolled oats anyway, because I’m lazy, but I bet that totally helps out in the texture department! So glad you enjoyed your trip, friend!

    1. Hi Ari! I’m just getting to a computer now to respond to you – we had no internet yesterday (we just moved). I thought of you as I made these b/c you and I have the same tastebuds. Seriously.

  4. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health says:

    These look easy and delicious! Are you planning on sharing any pictures from your trip? I’ve never been to Utah and would love to see how pretty it is! Glad to hear you had a good time. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Sarah! I will share some photos at some point of the trip, yes! We just moved apartments so once things are unpacked and I take a look at the camera.

  5. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    These are one of my earliest blog recipes, circa 2009! I’ll spare you the links and photography. I made them in bars like granola bars, but same thing…oats, PB, banana, choc chips. Sometimes I add coconut oil, sometimes maple, sometimes agave, sometimes a few flax seeds. At the time I used to make them more..get this…I had a teething toddler on my hands and she loved gnawing on them. Now I have a girl who knows her way around an ipad better than I do and speaks to me like she’s 15! Needless to say, I love the combo of banana-oats-PB-choc-and nobake!

    1. JUST getting to a computer now (we had no internet yesterday – scary.) I need to go storm through your archives now. And I can’t believe Skylar was a little toddler then! Time flies. As you know, I’m sure! I want to do a coconut no bake cookie sometime!

  6. Natasha @ The Cake Merchant says:

    I never knew you could make your own quick oats. Thanks for the tip and the delicious recipe. I will definitely be trying these!

  7. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Skinny, chocolate, peanut butter, and no bake? Yup, sign me up!

  8. Jen @ Savory Simple says:

    Well these are a must make! We need to exchange leftovers sometime.

    1. I would LOVE that! I saw your message about the happy hour – I can’t make it there this week (we just moved) – but maybe in a few weeks we can do something Jen!

      1. Jen @ Savory Simple says:

        Totally! Moving is crazy, I think I invited you before I realized. Take your time and get settled. No rush πŸ™‚

  9. Master Chefette says:

    Just found your blog and now following! Omg these look so yummy! So different from what I normally bake, I’m going to give them a try!

    1. So glad you found my website – let me know if you try these sometime!

  10. These sounds ah-mazing!!!!:)I can here them screaming”eat me!!”I doubt they taste skinny at all!!

    1. Hey Etta! They taste like regular no bake cookies – it’s crazy. Let me know if you try them sometime.

  11. Sally, these look wonderful! I am having to go on a month long gluten, dairy, and sugar free diet, so I’m looking for tons of recipes I can make in the next weeks that will fit the diet. I’m hoping I can find some gluten free oats in town, and then I’m definitely making these! Keep the healthy recipes coming πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Sophie! Good for you! Let me know how the diet goes and if you can find GF oats! I’m intrigued with GF baking and would love to learn more about it.

      1. Well, I can’t find any GF oats. I’ve been researching it though, and regular oats have a really low amount of gluten. The gluten just comes from contamination {like gluten being in the facilities the oats were produced.} Kinda cool! Since I’m not actually allergic, I think I’ll be fine with it πŸ™‚ I’m loving experimenting with stuff and having my skills put to the test! More fun than I thought! πŸ™‚

      2. Well you have amazing skills my friend Sophie and I’m sure your GF creations will be wonderful! Keep up the great work.

  12. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says:

    Are they still healthy if you eat all 16 cookies? That part is pretty important.

    1. hahahahaha I’m going to go with… yes. πŸ˜‰

  13. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says:

    I have a soft spot for no bakes and I love a healthful alternative. Great list of ingredients– I always have all this stuff on hand! Which actually might get dangerous, because there’s nothing stopping me from always having these cookies available….

    1. Hey Kelly! These are staples in my kitchen too and I make these cookies WAY too often. I’m not complaining though… πŸ˜‰

  14. Katy @ Katyskitchen says:

    I love peanut butter in my healthy snacks! You definitely had me at the title of this post, these look delicious! I love that they’re healthier than the average cookie.

  15. Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    YES! I can detox from all of the Easter candy while still getting my cookie on πŸ™‚ Love it Sally. Glad you had a great trip!

    1. detox cookies, I should call them that. πŸ™‚ Thanks Erin!

  16. Ah I love these!! No bake and healthy and peanut butter! Cookies don’t get much better than that!

  17. Eva @ Eva Bakes says:

    I love the fact that you added some chocolate chips on top. NOW we’re talking! These no-bake cookies look amazing – a definite must try!

  18. Alyssa @ Kitchen Cures says:

    I love no-bake oatmeal cookies, but a skinny version sounds even better-I’m excited to make these!

  19. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    Healthy no-bake cookies? Now this simply have to happen! It will be fun for my girls to whip these up!

  20. For natural PB users – how oily is “too oily” for these? I always stir my PB, but it is definitely thinner than other PBs….any suggestions on how to compensate? More oats?

    1. Chandra, if you find your PB is too liquidy with a ton of oil, add about 1/4 cup more oats.

  21. I was just thinking about these no make cookies a few days ago. I really wanted them, but didn’t want all the sugar that went with them. How awesome that you did a skinny version! Thank you!

    1. Jill, let me know if you make these sometime. I love no bake cookies – they are so easy!

  22. Skinny cookies are much needed in my house, especially after easter! I’ll definitely be giving these a try!

  23. Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    I love everything about these! Especially the “healthy yet addicting” aspect. They have my name all over them! πŸ™‚

  24. Angela @ AnotherBitePlease says:

    great tip that these can freeze…i love that idea to freeze them and grab them on the go..especially for my kiddos when we drive more than 2 miles they need a snack. LOL

  25. Mary Frances says:

    Why oh why did you post another quick and healthy recipe?! My mouth is watering and I want to go make these. Right. Now. To bad I used my last banana this morning already. Bananas are way too versatile for their own good sometimes … Banana bread or these bars? Might as well make both;)

    1. I agree, Mary Frances – bananas are VERY versatile. I seem to buy bunches of them a few times a week. Now you have my craving banana bread!

  26. Marcie @ FlavortheMoments says:

    I need healthier recipes after too much indulging this past week. All week!! Love that these are no-bake, too. The easier the better!

    1. Hey Marcie – you and I alike! It’s been a week long feast and I need to get back on the healthy wagon.

  27. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    I am glad you got a little time to relax and recharge! Another thing making me happy? Cookies without the guilt and no bake to boot. Sign me up!

    1. Nicole, I couldn’t agree more! cookies + no baking involved + no guilt involved. a miracle dessert indeed.

  28. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection says:

    I know you already know that I’m going to love this recipe. A chocolate peanut butter recipe that is skinny!? These sound almost as good as the skinny chocolate peanut butter swirl brownies of yours. Those really don’t taste skinny and I couldn’t stop eating them, so I can only imagine that these no bake cookies are just as big of a success. I actually have one lonely banana that is on the verge of being rotten, so I think I might give these a try! πŸ™‚

    1. Elaine, I think of you every time I post a new skinny recipe (esp those including peanut butter!) – we have identical tastebuds, I swear!

  29. Mr. & Mrs. P says:

    These look so perfect, cant believe they are no bake!

  30. I have everything except the cocoa in my pantry. How I ran out of cocoa I’ll never know πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to try these!

    1. I mysteriously run out of cocoa a lot too recently… πŸ˜€ Thanks Courtney!

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