Slightly Better-for-you Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

I am famous for my attempts to “healthify” recipes. I’m always cutting the sugar and butter amounts in half, substituting whole grain flour for white, and tossing in handfuls of wheat germ or flax seeds. The end results are often dry, flavorless hockey-puck-type concoctions that no one wants to eat. I then have to force-feed them to myself so I don’t waste all that good wheat germ.

I don’t know when I’ll learn that sometimes treats should stay treats. No one wants a sugar-free, chocolate-free chocolate chip cookie. Okay. I get it.

Having said all that, I will cop to cutting the sugar in these no-bake cookies in half—and the results are still teeth-achingly sweet! They probably set up a little better with more sugar, but the taste is just fine.

Less successful was my decision to use regular rolled oats instead of quick oats in this recipe. They are still edible; they’re just a bit more . . . chewy. Next time I should try subbing wheat germ and flax seeds for the oats. Yeah!


Peanut Butter Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

I first found a recipe for these in a magazine I subscribed to as a kid. I made them myself all the time, often eating up half the batch in one sitting.


1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups quick oats, uncooked
Waxed paper


Bring the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk to boil in a saucepan. Let boil for one minute. Add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Drop the mixture by the teaspoon on a sheet of waxed paper and let cool until hardened. Keep refrigerated.



  1. I remember making these as a kid. I think summer is a great time to make this recipe because you don’t have to turn the oven on.

  2. This sounds delicious! I accidently bought quick oats and need to use them for something. Also I want cookies and don’t wanna bake in the july heat. sign me up! 🙂 Do you think coconut oil would work?

  3. Hmmm… Too much white sugar and butter.

    Try this and let me know what you think.

    I usually do no coconut flakes, 1/4 cup flax seed, 1/2 cup wheat germ and honey always works well.

    Good luck!

  4. Those look good, Corey. I will have to try those! Michele’s chia seed cookies from a couple weeks ago are something I’m going to try as well.

    I definitely didn’t mean to imply that these cookies are healthy in any way, even if I did cut the sugar in half (the original recipe called for TWO CUPS!). No, they are total junk, but quite tasty in a kind of trashy way.

  5. Olivia, I think coconut oil would definitely work. If you’re worried about them not setting up the same, since coconut has such a low melting point, you could just scale back the amount a bit.

    Corey, those energy bites look pretty good! I’m not big on coconut flakes, so I’d try your alterations instead.

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