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. Caroline @ Pass the Cocoa says:

    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?

    1. Hey Caroline! Store in the refrigerator.

  2. Julie @ Table for Two says:

    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 πŸ™‚

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

  3. Ella-Home Cooking Adventure says:

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

  4. Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    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! πŸ™‚

    1. 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!

  5. Denise @ Pink-Vegan says:

    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

    1. So glad to hear it Denise! Thank you πŸ™‚

  6. 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!!!

    1. How perfect, Angela! hope you love them!

  7. 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.

    1. I love making them with coconut. Thanks Julia!

  8. 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

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

      1. 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!

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

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

  10. 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.

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

  11. 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?

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

      1. 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!

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

  12. Oh. My. Word! Can’t wait to try!

    1. Enjoy, Lisa!

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

  14. 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 πŸ™‚
    But excitement fell to frustration when I couldn’t get the peanut butter to melt in the skillet for the life of me πŸ™ 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???

    1. 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!

  15. 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.

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

  16. 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! )

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

  17. 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!!!

    1. Thanks Dew! Let me know what you try first.

  18. I just made these with my two-year-old, and we had so much fun! And they were delicious πŸ™‚ Thank you for the recipe!

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

  19. 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!

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

  20. Just made these last night, and had them dipped in almond milk , oreo style, for breakfast πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great recipe!

  21. Granola lover says:

    Hi Sally

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

    Thanx!
    Xxx

    1. 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!

  22. 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< πŸ˜€

    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!

    1. 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.

  23. 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?

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

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

  27. I find it extremely subtle, actually.

  28. I just made these. I really just want to hug you!! Thank you for such a great recipe πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

  29. Thank you Sally for this delicious recipe! Easy to make and great for summer…all the family loved them! πŸ™‚

  30. Radhika @sugar n spice by radhika says:

    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 πŸ™‚

    1. No, they are fine in the refrigerator.

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