You will absolutely LOVE these soft no-bake oatmeal peanut butter cookies! They just melt in your mouth, are full of peanut butter flavor and have the most amazing texture ever. Made with oats and sweetened with maple syrup, this no-bake peanut butter cookie recipe is healthy, super easy to make, gluten-free, vegan and kinda addictive!
Make a batch and store it in the fridge for an easy snack with peanut butter whenever you crave one.
You’ll Love These No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
In my attempt to snack healthier, I’ve made many, many, many batches of cookies because I naturally always crave something sweet in the afternoon. Sometimes they’re great, sometimes they’re good and sometimes not that good. All eaten. These peanut butter oat cookies are among the best I have made and tasted. Actually, they’re probably the best I’ve had, period. They are now my favorite, go-to cookies.
I was really going for soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture, just like the no-bake cookies I used to enjoy when I was a kid. We made those out of graham crackers and lots of butter and we used to shape them like cherries, dip them in red dye (who knows whether it was safe to eat, my mom probably didn’t) and stick a pine needle into each one. They looked like cherries and tasted SO good.
These oatmeal cookies remind me of those, because of the buttery texture. And you will love them too, because they’re:
- soft and super peanut-buttery
- melt in your mouth
- much healthier than most granola bars or cookies
- a great sweet snack
- quick and easy to prep
- incredibly tasty
You don’t need a lot to make the best oatmeal peanut butter cookies, just a few ingredients and these come together in minutes. Here’s what you need to have:
- Peanut butter. To keep these cookies healthier, make sure to use peanut butter with few ingredients. Best case you want peanut butter that only has peanuts in it.
- Oats. You can use old-fashioned or quick oats, since we will be grinding them in your blender, food processor or nut grinder anyway.
- Coconut oil. I know, it seems like a lot of fat, but coconut oil will help to firm up the cookies, especially if you’re using natural peanut butter.
- Almond flour. We need some to help thicken the cookies.
- Maple syrup. Or any other liquid sweetener like honey (not vegan), coconut blossom nectar or agave.
- Water. Yup, the secret ingredient. Water really helps to create that amazing, addictive texture I was talking about before.
- Salt. To help the sweet and peanut butter flavor really pop.
- Dark chocolate. This IS optional, but I highly recommend if you love your dark chocolate as much as I do!
How To Make No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
Grind the oats into flour. You can use a nut grinder, food processor or blender for this step.
Add peanut butter, maple syrup and melted coconut oil into a bowl and start mixing together using a fork.
Add in the almond flour, ground oats and salt. The dough will become a bit thicker than you’d expect, but that’s the right texture.
Mix in the water and you will get the most amazing cookie dough. Have a taste and if needed adjust the flavor to your liking by adding more maple syrup or salt.
Let the dough chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Take out and scoop onto a plate or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. At first shape like balls, then press the balls with a fork first in one direction, then vertically to make the pattern.
Allow the cookies firm up in the fridge for at least an hour and enjoy!
Option: Add Chocolate
Optionally, you can skip the entire pattern thing and cover the cookies with chocolate. I did this for half of the cookies.
Once the dough is ready and you’ve made the balls, flatten them with your hands to create the cookie shape.
Melt dark chocolate with peanut butter in the microwave in 30s intervals (it took 2 in my case), mix the chocolate until smooth and no chunks left. Then drizzle or dip the top of the cookies in chocolate.
Put in the fridge and wait for about an hour for them to firm up. (okay, it will probably take less than an hour if you’re in a hurry).
Can You Meal Prep These Peanut Butter Cookies?
Yes! These are actually a great meal prep snack, just make sure to keep them cold, as they won’t be enjoyable if kept at room temperature.
How To Store
These cookies don’t ever last a long time in my home, but they will be good in the fridge for at least 3-4 days. Keep them in an airtight container and enjoy one or two when it’s time for a snack!
More Healthy Cookie Recipes:
I really hope you enjoy the no-bake oatmeal peanut butter cookies as much as we do, let me know if you have any questions or feedback! You can also check out some of my other favorite healthy cookies:
- 2 heaping tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup ground oats
- 2/3 cup almond flour
- 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tsp peanut butter
- 2 heaping tbsp chopped dark chocolate
- Add peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil to a bowl and mix. Add in the almond flour, salt, oats and water and mix again. Taste and adjust sweetness and flavor to your liking.
- Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
- Scoop with a tablespoon to make equally sized balls onto a baking sheet or a plate lined with parchment paper. Press balls with the back of a fork in both directions to shape cookies and create the pattern.
- If desired, melt dark chocolate with peanut butter in the microwave in 30s intervals (took 2 for me), mix until smooth. Drizzle or spread chocolate over the cookies.
- Let firm up in the fridge for about 1 hour, then enjoy.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g