Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Cookies

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Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Cookies. Twist on a classic chocolate no-bake cookie with 1/4 of the sugar!

Classic no bake cookies just got a healthy makeover!  These Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way.  

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Cookies. Twist on a classic chocolate no-bake cookie with 1/4 of the sugar!

I’ve spent my entire mom life revamping recipes.  I can’t justify making my kids cookies with 2 cups of sugar when I know I can do better.  When I recently got a craving for a chocolate no bake cookie, I knew it was time to create a  recipe for healthy no-bake chocolate cookies.Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Cookies. Twist on a classic chocolate no-bake cookie with 1/4 of the sugar!

I kept the essence of classic no bake cookies the same, but drastically reduced the sugar. Instead of a full 2 cups of refined sugar, I used 1/3 cup maple syrup to sweeten these, along with just 1/4 cup chocolate chips. The result is a cookie that is certainly less sweet than the original, but still sweet enough to satisfy your chocolate cravings in a healthy way.

I also made these dairy-free by using coconut oil instead of butter and reduced the oil by replacing half of it with apple sauce.  The apple sauce cuts the fat and calories and adds more sweetness without more sugar. Classic no bakes are made with peanut butter. I’ve tried these with almond butter, peanut butter, and sunflower seed butter, and they all work great. If you use certified gluten-free oats, these are vegan and gluten-free cookies.  A very allergy-friendly treat!

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Cookies. Twist on a classic chocolate no-bake cookie with 1/4 of the sugar!

I’ve been known to make cookies healthy enough to eat for breakfast, and these are right in line with that thinking.  I love making treats that I feel good about serving my kids anytime.  These are made with whole grains, are low sugar, and not void of nutrients like so many cookies/desserts out there.  I hope you love this updated classic!Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Cookies. Twist on a classic chocolate no-bake cookie with 1/4 of the sugar!

Maryea is the mama behind the healthy lifestyle blog Happy Healthy Mama, where she shares simple, real food recipes and inspiration for raising healthy kids in a natural home.

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Cookies

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 367kcal


  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 3 tablespoon cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup, pure
  • 2/3 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, dark
  • 3 cup oats, dry


  • In a medium sauce pan, mix together the first six ingredients (through almond milk).
  • Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, stirring frequently.
  • Continue the low boil for two minutes, stirring almost constantly.
  • Reduce the heat and add the chocolate chips, stirring until they are melted.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the oats.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a tray lined with wax or parchment paper. (You may choose to form them into a cookie shape or leave them as-is.)
  • Place the tray in the freezer to allow the cookies to firm, at least 15 minutes.
  • These are best kept stored in the refrigerator.
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Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 14mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g


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Love the traditional cookie, and would love to try these, but one concern – the coconut was a huge part of what I loved in the traditional cookie. Do you think it could be added here? What alterations might be required? Thanks!

made these today and O.M.G. so delicious!! there MIGHT actually be some leftover for my daughter to eat after her nap lol i gave her one before nap time and after a tiny bite, she shoved the rest in her mouth without realizing it was too big to chew. like mother like daughter! the only things i did different were i used coconut milk because had have a carton we need to use up and i added the chocolate chips too early (thank you, pregnancy brain) but they still turned out fan-tab-u-lous! thank you for this recipe!

I probably should have read up on using steel cut oats versus rolled because my cookies came out lousy with steel cut oats as a substitute. Word of caution to anyone who thinks subbing out the oats — be aware that the consistency and texture drastically changes the cookie. They were “crunchy” as the steel cut oats were not cooked. I realize now that its too late I should have pre-cooked the oats or just go to the market and buy the other kind. They do not work the same way as rolled oats in baking. My kids wouldn’t eat them at all. A big lesson learned for me as I dumped the whole batch in the garbage.

All you have to do is pulse the regular oats in the blender for a moment and then they are quick cooking oats!

Any input as to if these taste like maple syrup at all? I hate maple syrup, and use organic 100% maple syrup- not the fake syrupy stuff- but- if these taste like it at all- I’m done!

Just a heads up, I found this recipe while searching for nut free recipes – it isn’t. Also – 933 calories? For how many cookies?

Thanks for the heads up! We’ll fix it. That’s if you divided the entire recipe into 4, which obviously, it can make more. So, we’ll take the nut-free off and increase the serving size!