No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Without Peanut Butter

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Woah, these No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Without Peanut Butter are off the chain! Chilly November weather has been treating us like a cold shoulder for awhile now. So I was definitely in the mood for something warm but still chocolatey and satisfying . . . and what better than cookies?

NO BAKE CHOCOLATE OATMEAL COOKIES WITHOUT PEANUT BUTTER

Whip up these No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies without Peanut Butter for a delicious and nut-free treat. They taste delicious any time of day!

you’re going to love these no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies without peanut butter

No bake cookies deserve an award because who doesn’t love cookies that can be whipped up and chilled until you’re ready to eat? It’s brilliant! However, most no bake cookies are made with nut butter, which are no good for my nut free people. So, I decided to make no bake cookies with no nut butter!

Instead, these No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies without Peanut Butter feature Oat Haus cookie dough granola butter which is made from gluten-free oats. I could eat this granola butter by the spoonful. It’s SO GOOD and brings so much sweetness and flavor to these treats. I also add some milk chocolate for some more sweetness.

To make these cookies, all you need to do is melt down some ingredients on the stovetop, add oats, shape, and chill. Enjoy your cookies with a cold glass of milk or scoop of ice cream!

ingredients for no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies without peanut butter

Butter: We’ll use 6 tablespoons of butter for this recipe.

Sugar: I used 2 cups of cane sugar.

Chocolate Milk: I used Fairlife Chocolate Nutrition Plan to sneak in some extra protein!

Cocoa Powder: As much chocolate as possible, please!

Cookie Dough Granola Butter: I love this granola butter from Oat Haus. I could eat it with a spoon right from the jar!

Vanilla Extract: Brings all of our sweet flavors together.

Oats: I used cooking oats.

kitchen equipment & tools needed

To make these No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies without Peanut Butter, you will need a sauce pot, rubber scraper, measuring cups and spoons, baking pan, cookie scoop, and parchment paper.

how to make no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies without peanut butter

  1. Heat a sauce pan to medium heat and add butter, cane sugar, chocolate milk, and cocoa powder. Allow the butter to melt completely and sugar to fully dissolve. Whisk together until you achieve a chocolate syrup.
  2. Next, add cookie dough granola butter and vanilla extract and continue whisking. Let it come to a boil before removing from heat.
  3. Pour cooking oats into the sauce pot. Stir until oats are thoroughly covered. 
  4. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a cookie scooper, scoop no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies and place onto a baking sheet. If you kitchen is warm or particularly humid, allow the cookies to set in the refrigerator.
  5. Chill for 1-2 hours. Enjoy!
Ingredients

no bake cookie faq

How do I store these cookies?
Once the cookies have solidified, you can store them in an airtight container on the counter for 5-7 days or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. They can also be frozen in a sealed baggie for up to 3 months.

Any tips for success?
Using a cookie scooper is KEY for equal sized cookies! Also, keep the heat on the saucepan relatively low to avoid burning.

My cookies aren’t setting. What happened?
If your cookies aren’t setting, it’s because the butter hasn’t melted completely and the sugar hasn’t dissolved. Follow the recipe instructions exactly to avoid this!

What temperature do the no bake cookies need to reach on the stove?
For them to properly set, the cookie mixture needs to reach 230 degrees F before being removed from the heat.

Are there alternatives to cooking oats I can use?
Try a crispy puff riced cereal or muesli.

Why are my no bake cookies chewy?
They should not be a chewy. Make sure the chocolate sauce comes to boil before adding the oats.

What else can I add to these cookies?
I recommend adding chopped nuts, marshmallows, dried fruit, seeds, or shredded coconut. To intensify the chocolate flavor, you can add a ¼ teaspoon of espresso powder.

Can I make these dairy-free?
You can substitute refined coconut oil for butter and/or nut milk for chocolate milk to make them dairy-free.

CHOCOLATE OATMEAL NO BAKE COOKIES (WITHOUT PEANUT BUTTER)

Who can resist the classic flavors of Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies without peanut butter? Not me. The perfectly cooked syrup will set up with the oats for a texture that is a pure chocolate fudgy delight!

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies without peanut butter are a fudgy crisp cookie that are super easy and made in 5 minutes

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies without peanut butter are a fudgy crisp yet chewy cookie that is super easy and made in just 5 minutes!

CHOCOLATE OATMEAL NO BAKE COOKIES (WITHOUT PEANUT BUTTER) RECIPE

I love that these easy 5 minute cookies bring back childhood memories of sneaking the still-setting-up Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies (without peanut butter) from the kitchen counter.

It also makes me think my daughter is well trained not to touch anything in the kitchen that isn’t clearly fair game to eat (as in, it’s already photographed and ready to be shared here!). Or she just has more self-control than I did as a kid 🙂

Either way, I cannot have my chocolate and peanut butter combined in these tasty cookies!

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies without peanut butter are a fudgy crisp cookie that are super easy and made in 5 minutes

CHOCOLATE OATMEAL NO BAKE COOKIES (WITHOUT PEANUT BUTTER) INGREDIENTS

These simple no-bake cookies are made using 6 ingredients including butter, sugar, milk, vanilla, cocoa, and quick oats. For best results, we suggest using quick oats in your no-bake cookies only.

Firmer oats like old fashioned oatmeal and steel-cut oats won’t absorb the syrup as well and will yield a set cookie texture with much more ‘chew’ than when using quick oats.

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE OATMEAL NO BAKE COOKIES

Combine the butter, sugar, and milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high to high heat (enough to bring the syrup to a rapid boil).

Stir frequently to prevent burning or boiling over!

Once the syrup is at a full rolling boil, stir and cook for 1 minute then remove from heat.

Add the vanilla and cocoa, stir until the syrup is smooth.

Add the quick oats and stir until evenly coated with the syrup.

Drop tablespoon-sized portions onto waxed paper, use the back of a spoon to make cookie-shaped (rather than a no-bake cookie mound) if desired.

Allow to set up for at least one hour.

CHOCOLATE NO BAKE COOKIES WITHOUT PEANUT BUTTER

The best No Bake Cookies without Peanut Butter are all done with just 15 minutes of actual baking. Made with staple ingredients, these cookies are loaded with chocolate flavor, coconut, and a hint of salt. A perfect treat for any party, but beware – no one will be able to have just one!

no bake cookies next to a glass of milk

These cookies have been the go-to cookie in my family since I was a kid. I finally got mom to share her secret recipe, and after a few of my own tweaks (as always) I’m so excited to share it with you. It’s still one of my absolute favorite cookie recipes!

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • So easy to make – just a few simple steps
  • It’s quick – 15 minutes of active work and all done in 45 minutes
  • They’re delicious loaded with chocolate flavors, deepened by a pinch of salt
  • Simple ingredients that you probably already have at home
  • Highly addictive – no one has ever been able to have just one
  • No oven needed so it’s perfect for when you don’t want to turn on a hot oven!
  • No peanut butter means less allergens and perfect for parties

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE IT

ingredients for no bake cookies without peanut butter

INGREDIENT NOTES & SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Milk – I always use medium or full fat milk
  • Oatmeal – I find this recipe works best with quick oats or instant oats, but you can also use old fashioned / rolled oats. The latter option makes the cookies chewier, and a bit wetter which means they will be a little bit flatter.
  • Butter – I use salted butter, but you can use unsalted as well, just add an extra pinch of salt
  • Vanilla sugar can be swapped for vanilla extract in the same amount
  • Make it gluten free by making sure to use gluten-free oats
  • Add nuts for an extra crunch – ½ cup of chopped nuts (I prefer hazelnuts) is a great addition

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Place cocoa powdervanilla sugar and salt in a large bowl
  2. Mix well
  3. Add shredded coconut
  4. Add oatmeal, then mix until everything is well combined
  1. Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat
  2. Add sugar and milk
  3. Mix well
  4. Bring to a simmer, then stir once, and boil for 3 minutes without stirring
  1. Pour the sugar mixture in the bowl with the chocolate mixture
  2. Mix until well combined
  3. Place a parchment paper on a heat resistant surface (for example, a baking sheet), and use 1-2 spoons or an ice cream scoop to drop the mixture onto the parchment paper. You want to create about 30 cookies.
  4. Allow to rest and set for at least 30 minutes befor serving
close up of a no bake cookie on parchment paper

TIPS & TRICKS

  • Quick oats will make the cookies higher and they will set a bit faster
  • Old fashioned oats or rolled oats will give the cookies a bit chewier texture. They will also be a bit flatter and might take a bit longer to set.
  • Do not mix the butter, sugar and milk mixture while it’s boiling or you might get sugar crystals
  • Do not boil less than 3 minutes or the cookies might not set – when in doubt, it’s better to add an extra minute
  • Do not boil too long or your cookies can become crumbly. 1-2 minutes extra is usually fine though.
  • Change the size as you like – you can make the cookies bigger or smaller. Just keep in mind that larger cookies will take longer to set.
  • If your cookies haven’t set after 30 minutes, cover them and leave for longer – usually they’ve set by the next morning
  • Store leftovers in room temperature in an airtight container, with wax paper or parchment paper in between layers. They are best eaten within a few days.

RECIPE FAQ

Can you make no bake cookies with old fashioned oats?

Yes, you can make them with old fashioned oats. I find that they don’t absorb liquid as well as quick oats or instant oats, which means the cookies come out a little bit flatter and can take a bit longer to set.

Old fashioned oats also make the cookies a bit chewier, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on your preferences.

Do no bake cookies need to be refrigerated?

No, they do generally not need to be refrigerated – but you can store them in the fridge if you want.

How long are no bake cookies good for?

They will be OK in room temperature (stored in an air tight container) for about a week. However, the main issue with no bake cookies is that they go dry after a few days. So I recommend eating them within 2-3 days.

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