Healthier No-Bake Cookies

A few months ago, I went to my monthly book club get together and a friend had brought some no-bake cookies. As a general rule, I am not a huge fan of no-bake cookies. If I am going to consume a cookie with chocolate and oatmeal, I want a traditional oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips. BUT…these cookies my friend made changed my mind. Then when she informed me that they were a healthier version I was blown away. Of course, I asked for the recipe…and then I promptly changed it.

This recipe is not only healthier, but it is high in protein and good fats. It is keto friendly, heart healthy, and if you substitute the honey for agave nectar, great for individuals who have to monitor their glucose levels. Dairy free and gluten free as well. I also decided to add in a tablespoon of chia seeds at the last minute to give more texture and add in a few more antioxidants.

Healthier No-Bake Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Refrigeration Time: 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 11 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 18 Cookies
Calories 244 kcal


  • cookie scoop


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter all natural
  • ½ cup honey substitute agave nectar for lower glycemic index
  • ½ cup coconut oil cold pressed is preferred
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder I prefer the Orgains brand
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • cups quick oats
  • cup shredded coconut flakes unsweetened


  • In a microwaveable bowl, add in the peanut butter, coconut oil, and honey. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Take out and stir, then microwave on high for another 30 seconds. Take out and stir to completely combine.
  • Add in the vanilla extract, unsweetened cocoa powder, and the 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder. Stir to combine.
  • Add in the quick oats and the unsweetened coconut flakes, stir to combine.
  • Add in the chia seeds and again, stir to combine.
  • Once batter is thoroughly mixed, scoop the dough onto a silicone lined cookie sheet. A ¼ cup cookie scoop is my favorite size. Press down the ball of dough until it is flat on top and an even circle size. Once all of the dough has been scoop onto the cookie sheet, place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow the dough to set.
  • Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 7gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 85mgPotassium: 180mgFiber: 3gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chocolate, dairy-free, gluten–free, keto, no bake
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Honestly, with the ingredients in these cookies, you can eat them for breakfast or as a treat. Now remember, the nutritional value can change depending on the type of protein powder you use. Like I said, I like the Orgains powder, but it is on the lower end when it comes to the amount of protein in a supplement. This is due to Orgains being an all natural vegan protein. Animal proteins with whey and casein do elicit higher amounts of protein and are what is called a complete protein. Additionally, you can totally substitute the coconut oil for butter or ghee. I just like the flavor that coconut oil adds when combined with coconut flakes.

Have you tried no-bake cookies before? What about a healthier alternative to the traditional no-bake cookies? Hope y’all have an amazing week. Stay safe, be kind, and hug your loved ones.

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