No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best easy snack or dessert! Made with pantry staples like oats, peanut butter, and maple syrup--no eggs, milk, or butter. Whip up a batch in under 10 minutes for a healthy treat kids and adults will love! Vegan and gluten free, plus over 4g protein each.
I cannot stop shoveling these splendid cookies in my face! They're seriously so satisfying with a sip or five of chilly milk.
I can already tell these are going to be a postpartum snack staple for me. Hello, yummiest cookie dough ever!
No bake recipes are my jam. Like my Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites and No Bake Pumpkin Cookies, they pack such a nutrient punch while also squashing sweet cravings. All that without turning on the oven, might I add. Let's roll.
- Oat flour: You can buy oat flour at the store or make your own by blitzing 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats in the blender until it resembles a fine flour. Oat flour gives these a "cookie-like" flavor.
- Peanut butter: Natural, drippy peanut butter with peanuts and salt as the ingredients. Add a pinch of salt if using unsalted peanut butter. If your peanut butter is hard versus pourable, the texture will be dry.
- Maple syrup: My favorite natural liquid sweetener! I imagine these would also work with honey.
- Ground flax: Flax helps create the perfect texture with the oat flour. Make sure it's ground, not whole! Did you know you don't absorb the nutrients in whole flax seed?
- Almond milk: Some moisture to bring the dough together. Any milk works here.
- Vanilla extract: Pure vanilla extract adds amazing cookie flavor.
- Salt: A pinch to round out all the flavors.
- Chocolate chips: For chocolate chip cookie goodness!
See recipe card for exact ingredients and quantities.
Substitutions and additions
- Peanut free: Almond or cashew butter are great here!
- Nut free: Try sunflower seed butter or tahini in place of peanut butter and use oat or soy milk.
- Flax: I have not tested these without flax, but you could try swapping it with 1 tbsp coconut flour. You may need to add more milk to adjust for how absorbent it is.
- Add ins: These would be amazing with dried cherries, coconut flakes, pecans, or walnuts!
How to make (step-by-step instructions)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add oat flour, flax, and salt.
Whisk until well-combined.
Add peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and almond milk.
Use a wooden spoon to mix until smooth.
Stir in chocolate chips. The batter will thicken and become the perfect texture as it sits.
Using your hands, form the dough into 12 balls and place them on the lined tray. Sprinkle with flaky salt.
How to store
Store cookies in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. They taste great cold!
Freeze for up to 3 months.
My #1 tip
The texture of these improves as they sit since the oats absorb the liquid. Resist the urge to taste when you combine wet with dry!
I hope you're as obsessed with this fun recipe as I am!
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No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best easy snack or dessert! Made with pantry staples like oats, peanut butter, and maple syrup--no eggs, milk, or butter. Whip up a batch in under 10 minutes for a healthy treat kids and adults alike will love! Vegan and gluten free, plus over 4g protein each.
- Line a baking sheet or Tupperware with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oat flour (I blend 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats in the Nutribullet until it resembles a fine flour), flax, and salt.
- Add peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and almond milk. Use a wooden spoon to mix until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. The batter will thicken and become the perfect texture as it sits.
- Using your hands, roll the dough into 12 balls and place them on the lined tray. You can flatten into a cookie shape or leave them round! Sprinkle with flaky salt.
- Refrigerate them for 15 minutes to firm up if desired, or enjoy at room temp. Store in the refrigerator.
GLUTEN FREE: Use certified gluten free oats.
*Peanut butter needs to be a drippy consistency (you should be able to pour it into the measuring cup). If it's hard or refrigerated, you'll need to increase the almond milk to get the consistency right.
Photos by Hummusapien and The Nutritious Kitchen.