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. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says:

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE no-bake cookies! What a great idea to use banana!

  2. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says:

    Yeah these definitely DO look addicting. At least they are healthy, though!

  3. Angela @ Canned Time says:

    I love peanut butter, chocolate and bananas in my healthy snacks please! Yes to making your own oats πŸ™‚
    The fridge makes such a good oven, especially in the summer, and I leave for work just before 5 so definitely can make some of these up to grab and go. They look and sound like a perfect breakfast and/or afternoon snack, or dessert, or………

    1. Hey Angela – yes, I completely agree about the summertime refrigerator “oven” – it’s the only way to go! And leaving work before 5am? You are a rock star. I wake up early, but could never do that! Amazing.

  4. Love that you made a healthy version of no-bake cookies! Definitely will be giving these a try!

  5. You had me at skinny – this look great!

  6. Allison @ Life's a Bowl says:

    Chocolate + peanut butter anything is hard to resist – these look great!

  7. Totally making these as an after school snack today! Thank you!

    1. Hope you like them, Mary Ellen!

  8. Sally these look great!!! Can’t wait to try them! πŸ™‚

    1. Let me know if you do try them, Shelby! Thank you

      1. Oh my gosh. These are so good I think they are truly better then unhealthy no bake cookies and they keep me full forever! Thanks for the recipe Sally!

      2. Hey Shelby! I’m so glad you made them and enjoyed them. Thanks for reporting back!

      3. My pleasure Sally! I enjoy your blog so much I’m on here all the time! πŸ™‚

  9. Meg @ Sweet Twist says:

    What a good tip about rolled oats, I never though of that.

    I love skinny cookies, especially easy no bakes, like this. Awesome.

  10. Kristen @ notsodomesticated says:

    Another winner! I like the fact that they don’t have to be baked, too. They sound pretty fool-proof, which always means a winner in my book! πŸ˜‰

    1. No-baking is saving my life right now – we just moved and I haven’t gotten used to the oven yet! Thanks Kristen.

  11. Gemma @andgeesaid says:

    Chocolate + peanut butter + no bake PLUS skinny? can’t think of anything i’d like better!
    xxx
    http://andgeesaid.blogspot.com.au/

    1. Thanks Gemma! You should may them sometime. πŸ˜€

  12. Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry says:

    These look scrumptious! I love the use of bananas and honey to make these healthy. Photos are gorgeous as well. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for the photo compliment Kristin! It was horrible lighting that day, but I’m glad they turned up nicely on the computer.

  13. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork says:

    I’ve been eating everything in sight! I’m doing a 3 day cleanse to help me get back on track. I’m almost done with day 2, one more day to go! And I’m sure by Thursday, I’ll be making these cookies. πŸ™‚

    1. a three day cleanse? you go girl! Let me know if you make these.

  14. Glad to hear you had a fun trip! High-altitude baking can be complicated…but I haven’t ever had too many problems (Denver). πŸ™‚ I’m thinking of some alterations to this recipe…like Biscoff instead of peanut butter, and then for sure the maple syrup in place of honey. Yum, these sound like the best breakfast ever! πŸ˜‰

    1. I would love to go to Denver one day! And I love your adaption ideas, Caley – I’ve made these with maple syrup before, but never biscoff and maple. Let me know how you like it if you try them. πŸ™‚

  15. ashley - baker by nature says:

    I’m attempting a “skinny” week right now (so freaking hard!), so these cookies are right up my alley! And no bake?! All the better!

  16. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    I totally want to make these Sally! Your photos of Utah looked so fun. I’m glad you had a good time!

  17. Heather @ French Presss says:

    LOVE no-bake, and I have everything in the pantry already…now i just need my bananas to ripen quickly!!

    1. Isn’t it the worst waiting for bananas to ripen? I feel as though I always have too many ripe bananas when I don’t need them and never have any when I do need them!

  18. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl says:

    These look awesome, Sally! I always, always, always have bananas and oats on hand, so I’m making these for sure. I loved seeing your Utah photos on Instagram…it looked like you had a great time!

    1. We had so much fun Ashley! And yes – bananas and oats are staples here too. I do so much baking with both!

  19. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    oh my! these sound so heavenly! I love healthy cookies! Im definitely going to give these a whirl! thanks for another fabulous one!

    1. Hey Alaina! Let me know how you like them. Thank you!

  20. This is just what I need this week. Seems like it would best to ease my way down from the sugar-induced high of Easter! πŸ˜‰ Oats with a bit of chocolate and peanut butter sounds like the perfect solution!

    1. Tell me about it! I had a few too many peanut butter chocolate eggs over the weekend. πŸ™‚ Thanks Jess!

  21. Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    Skinny? Chocolate? No bake? You’re speaking my love language here doll!! I’m totally digging these!

    1. haha love language – too funny Megan!

  22. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    AHHH I loooove no bake cookies and I adore how you’ve made them so much healthier! Must make!

  23. Hey Kinsley! I’d love to link up to them. I’ll be able to do that later today. Thank you!

  24. Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

    Absolutely love that they are no-bake…haha! My breakfast usually consists of oatmeal and banana with honey. With these I can have the same flavors (with added chocolate) any time of day as a cookie.

  25. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    I am totally adoring these cookies, Sally! No-bake, banana, chocolate and peanut butter–hello, perfection! I agree with Megan, you’re totally speaking my love language πŸ˜‰

  26. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This recipe contains too many things that I love πŸ™‚ first of all no-bake cookies are awesome and the fact that these are skinny, perfect, they look divine.

  27. Made these last night and they are AMAZING! Basic ingredients, quick to make and no baking required! The hardest part was resisting eating the dough before actually making the cookies πŸ™‚ Thanks, Sally!

    1. that was QUICK! So happy you made them already. And yes, I ate a lot of the dough beforehand too…

  28. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    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?!

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

  29. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says:

    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. πŸ˜€ Yum!

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

    1. Thanks Caitlin!

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