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Healthy No Bake Cookies (that are better than the regular version!)

I am a major cookie fan.

(There’s a reason my #1 favorite recipe on this blog is for chocolate chip cookies).

But I don’t necessarily want to eat a full-on cookie for a snack.

Okay, I WANT to, but it’s probably better not to.

At least, not on a daily basis.

Enter these healthy no bake cookies (or, you know, at least healthier than a normal no bake cookie).

healthy no bake cookies

They’ve got the oats and the melted chocolate of a standard no bake cookie, but instead of the two cups of sugar that most recipes call for, these have some honey (and certainly not two cups worth) and then they’re loaded with dried fruit, coconut, flaxseed, and peanut butter.

They are SO delicious.

In fact, I personally think these healthy no bake cookies are significantly better than traditional no bake cookies, which I find to usually be achingly sweet. Given a choice between the two, I’d pick the healthy no bake cookies recipe every single time.

They have a better flavor, a much better texture, and you don’t need to feel as badly about eating more than one which is win win in my book!

no bake cookies

Plus, they have all the ease of a traditional no bake cookie. Melt the first few ingredients in a large saucepan, then pour in the other ingredients, stir and scoop out with a cookie scoop (or not) on to a cookie sheet and let them chill in the fridge.

Couldn’t be easier and the dishes will consist of a spoon, a saucepan, and a few measuring cups. I love a one-bowl recipe – especially one that is incredibly fast.

Basically, it’s hard to beat this recipe.

no bake cookies

We’ve been making them on repeat the last few weeks and I can’t get enough of them!

Give them a try this summer and see what you think. Or better yet, have your children make them for you.

That’s a snack time win for SURE. See the recipe below.

healthy no bake cookies 

healthy no bake cookies

5 from 20 votes

Healthy (or at least healthier) No-Bake Cookies

Looking for a no-bake cookie recipe that doesn't include two cups of refined sugar? Try these healthy no bake cookies that are packed with flavor and texture!

Course Cookies, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 10 minutes
Servings 14 to 16
Author Janssen Bradshaw


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter I used natural
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips I used milk chocolate because that's the bag that was open
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries


  1. Melt the butter, peanut butter and honey in a pot over medium heat, until smooth.
  2. Remove from heat and add all remaining ingredients, stirring to combine.
  3. Lay a piece of wax or parchment paper on the counter or on a cookie sheet and scoop golf ball sized rounds of mixture on to the paper.
  4. Spray the bottom of a drinking glass or measuring cup with cooking spray and press each ball flat until it's about 1/4-1/2 an inch thick.
  5. Let cool on the counter or, my preferred method, stick them in the fridge. Once they are set, eat them all in one sitting.
  6. Or don't. They'll be good the next day too. And probably the day after that, but I can't vouch for that particular detail because I've never had them last that long.

Recipe Notes

(adapted from The Marathon Mom)

If you want to be extra fancy, sprinkle a few flakes of sea salt on the top of each of these!

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  1. 5 stars
    Look yummy. – You could get pretty creative with these, too. They kind of look like a cliff bar.

  2. 5 stars
    Mmmm, they look and sound delicious. I hate to admit it, but I've never bought flaxseed (just stuff with flax in it). Whereabouts do you find it in the grocery store? Or do you need to go to a health foods store?

  3. 5 stars
    I am reading this shamefacedly since my version of no-bakes is so UN-healthy… So I will have to try them this way (especially since I, too, am usually guilty of eating large quantities/the entire batch in one sitting.)

  4. 5 stars
    Just made these. I made them in bar form, like Marathon Mom, and oh my goodness they were tasty! I love putting craisins in just about anything and we're big fans of coconut over here too–totally a winning combo. I have a feeling these will be in our regular dessert rotation from here on out!

  5. 5 stars
    I saw you mention them on Twitter and thought ooh! I can't wait to try them!

    Also-a really good, healthy dessert is Healthy Cookie Dough. Can be made in one blender or food processor. I got the recipe off of Pinterest so just search for it there but I promise you, AMAZING. You'll love it.

  6. 5 stars
    I'm ready to throw darts at your picture – Dave is out of town for 4 days so I decided I'd make these (he's the one with the health issues that has resulted in us going super healthy on our eating…when he's gone I admit to cheating!) I couldn't stay out of them yesterday, and I'm sure it'll be the same today. At least the last one will be eaten by around noon I'm guessing and then the temptation will be gone. Hate to think of the lbs. I've put on – but way yummy!

  7. 5 stars
    I am trying to wrap my head around the concept of raw oats, but the picture looks inviting, and the ingredients sound so healthful, and some dried cherries in the pantry need to be used . . . so will do.

  8. 5 stars
    These look absolutely fab. And how easy and fast. Yum. They would not last more than a day or two around here either.

  9. 5 stars
    I'm not usually a no-bake cookie fan, but these look like they might change my mind. So many delicious ingredients! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  10. 5 stars
    These look great! I will make them with dairy free chocolate chips for my toddler who can’t eat dairy. He does really love peanut butter though so these are sure to be a hit!

  11. 5 stars
    Literally just saw these on your IG story and made them myself. I didn’t have any cranberries, so I used raisins instead. So good!!

  12. They are SO delicious.

    In fact, I personally think these healthy no bake cookies are significantly better than traditional no bake cookies, which I find to usually be achingly sweet. Given a choice between the two, I’d pick the healthy no bake cookies recipe every single time.

  13. 5 stars
    I just made these and they taste better than the “2 cups of sugar” recipe I grew up with. I think I’ll add some peanuts next time or use crunchy peanut butter. I would like to experiment with a substitute for the butter to make them dairy free. I might also add some vanilla. Thanks for this healthier version of no bake cookies. I love them!!

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