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This no bake cookies recipe is a wonderful snack for kids and adults alike, and you don’t even have to turn on the oven!

So the other day, Mini Chef was being rather insistent about baking some cookies. He might eat clean, but he’s got his Mama’s sweet tooth. And while I try to temper that with plenty of veggies, whole grains and lean meats, there’s just no denying he’s my kid when he gets his mind-set on a treat. So I finally relented.

Strangely enough, a Facebook fan had just asked me about making no-bake cookies. So I figured it was a perfect opportunity to give it a shot.

This No Bake Cookies Recipe is perfect for a quick holiday cookie!

I would have to say that of all the desserts I’ve posted on this blog and in my dessert cookbook, these cookies would have to fall somewhere in the top 3.

Seriously, don’t make these if you don’t have people around to help you eat them.

I repeat, do NOT make these cookies without having extra mouths to put some in. I promise you WILL eat the entire batch if you don’t. It’s a good thing Mini Chef and my in-laws were around because I could have done some serious damage to that batch all by myself. Seriously people, proceed with caution!

We got our inspiration from this recipe at Food.com, but ended up with two recipes that are very different and very healthy! Yes, I’m actually going to give you TWO no-bake cookie recipes today!

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NO BAKE COOKIES RECIPE:

Mini Chef's No-Bake Cookies Recipe

No-Bake Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

A delicious, no-bake cookie you can enjoy straight from the freezer!
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Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24 Cookies
Calories: 73kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

NO-BAKE CRANBERRY OATMEAL COOKIES:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/4 cup psyllium husks (you can sub wheat germ or oat bran too)
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 cup quick cook oats
  • 1/2 cup juice-sweetened cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces (chopped)

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, using a wooden spoon.
  • Spoon 20-24 small balls of dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and place the cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 45 minutes.
  • Remove sheet from freezer and transfer the cookies from the parchment to a Tupperware dish with a good fitting lid. The best way to remove them from the parchment is to get a good grip and twist slightly.
  • Store in the freezer (if you have any left over to store – don’t say I didn’t warn you!).

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
Mini Chef's No-Bake Cookies Recipe

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

A delicious, peanut buttery cookie in minutes! Psst… try the dough!!!
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Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 65kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • 1/4 cup psyllium husks (you can sub wheat germ or oat bran too)
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 cup quick cook oats
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients with a large spoon.
  • Spoon out 24 cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and set in the freezer for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from freezer and transfer to a food-safe, freezer-safe container. If you stack these in layers, make sure you place parchment in between your layers so they don't stick together. To remove them, simply get a good grip and twist slightly off of the parchment.
  • Store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

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72 Comments

  1. The chocolate peanut butter ones sound great! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Abby – They are!

  2. Heidi @ Food Doodles says:

    Yummy! These both look great. I’m going to save these recipes for later. I’m betting my son would love to help 😀

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heidi – I bet he would! They are fun to make for the wee ones!

  3. Sounds good for the kiddies. Will have to try. The pop tarts were awsome. By the way congrats on the weight loss! The numbers keep going up…Great website.!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lori – Thanks! I’m trying….

  4. Is psyllium husk like psyllium fiber? They sound delious. I enjoy your ideas.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Melinda – I believe they are, yes.

  5. These sound great! I have to tell you MiniChef is cute as he can be. He just looks…so darned healthy! Pink, clear cheeks, shiny hair and bright eyes…what a knockout he will be!

    Thank you so much for all the work you spend on your site. I stop by frequently just to “surf around”.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Becca – Awwwe, thank you! Funny how healthy food tends to do that to you! lol. He’s definitely the light of my life. Glad you’re enjoying my site!

  6. Mariah Milan says:

    Made these today – used peanut butter and oat bran. Also added a touch of molasses. These were AMAZING. You’re right…. I want to eat the entire batch!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mariah – LOL! Yep, they really are that good! Enjoy! 🙂

  7. Lisa Mosier says:

    I just made these and they are yummy. I think the next time I make them I will use a tad bit of agave. I started eating clean this past Monday and have had minimal refined sugar, if any at all, so they seem really sweet! (This is the first time that I have ever tasted agave.)

    I appreciate all of your hard work on your website. I’ve picked up many recipes from here and can’t wait to try them!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lisa – I’m so happy you enjoyed them! Welcome to clean eating!

  8. Lisa Mosier says:

    Just re-read my post…. I meant to say:

    “I think next time I make them I will use a tad less of the agave.”

    Oops!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lisa – No worries.

  9. These look so delicious! I live in Germany and not sure what chia seeds are here – is there somethings

    1. Anonymous says:

      Tana – You could use almost any small seed. Flax would work well too. Enjoy!

  10. Lauriejan17 says:

    would there be any difference if I used reg oats rather than quick cooking oats?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Laurie – Yes, there would be a difference. The oats/cookies would be much harder to chew.

  11. Slsexton101 says:

    I made the Cranberry Oatmeal today. I used walnuts instead of pecans and dried cherries instead of cranberries because that is what I had. I also added 2 tablespoons of flax seed. These are really good. Quite sweet. What do you think of upping the almond butter and decreasing the agave?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Sisexton – Sure! I’m sure that would work fine! These are very sweet and it’s fine to make those types of adjustments. Enjoy!

  12. thank you for sharing! I love the no bake cookie!!! I made these tonight to see what the family thought and we ate the whole batch!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Gretchen – Haha! Ya, they are kind of addictive…

  13. Charity Lui says:

    Made these this weekend and my hubby likes them a lot, doesn’t happen too often that he goes for “healthy” choices. Thanks.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Charity – That’s awesome!

  14. looovecourt says:

    I have every ingredient except for the chai seed. Is it okay to completely go without it?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Yes, it’s fine. You can sub with flaxseed if you have that, but it’s not necessary.

  15. When I was in college, my Nana used to send me peanut butter balls on I regular basis. I would gobble them all up (didn’t worry about what I ate much then). As I tried these today, I was reminded of those. These are a much healthier version, and tasted just as good!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Missie – I love that! So happy you enjoyed them!

  16. graciouspantry says:

    Suz – My pleasure! Just know that the nutrition data here is not necessarily exactly accurate. They are close, but not exact in many cased.

  17. These were so delicious. Definitely added them to my recipe box! So easy to grab and go!

  18. graciouspantry says:

    No, that would make them harder. Could be the oats you used. Mine were totally soft.

  19. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome! 🙂

  20. graciouspantry says:

    You could try it, but the quick kind will absorb moisture faster and better than whole oats. That’s why I use them here. You would probably end up with a much harder cookie using whole oats.

  21. graciouspantry says:

    You can try just leaving them out. A few extra oats would be okay.

  22. Do the oats need to be toasted prior to mixing everything up?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      No, they don’t.

  23. OMG! We made the peanut butter ones for Super Bowl last night……they were AMAZING! They taste so much better than the sugar filled ones I think, everyone there loved them and could not believe they were healthy and everyone’s asking for the recipe!! Thank you!h

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Haha! My pleasure!

  24. Is there a difference in psyllium husk & psyllium husk powder? I’m new to the clean eating/healthier living arena. I actually have psyllium husk powder & was wondering if I could use that to make the peanut butter cookie recipe. Thanks! (BTW, thanks for such a great site!)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      To be honest, I have no idea. I would imaging you could use them the same, but that’s just a guess. Wish I could be more help.

  25. The peanut butter ones rock! I love your use of Chia seeds! They totally take this no bake recipe to the next level of healthy cookies. Great job! Oh and they taste delicious, too! My almost 5 year old loves them as well!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Awesome! 🙂

  26. Could I use flax seed meal instead of the psylium?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sure! It’ll be a little more “slick” in texture, but it should work.

  27. I used the flax seed meal and it worked great. These are seriously dangerous!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Becky – Haha! Glad they worked out! 🙂

  28. Suggestion on how to make them g-free?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      K Sue – I assume you mean gluten free? You can replace the wheat bran with flax meal if you like. Or just leave it out all together.

  29. We love these cookies. Make them often. We are having family coming to visit tomorrow and they do not eat healthy at all. Everything is processed and full of lots of sugar. They also think that I am crazy for the way I feed my family. So I made these cookies (and added some chocolate chips) to see if they will like a healthy alternative cookie. I’m not telling them that they are clean. Can’t wait to see how they go over! I know it sounds silly but I’m tired of the eye rolling and everyone saying the way I cook doesn’t taste good or is too much. Wish me luck!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dana – Let me know how it goes!!

  30. Tina@GottaRunNow says:

    I like all of the healthy ingredients. I made the chocolate peanut butter version with wheat germ and only a 1/4 the amount of honey. Tasted great!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tina – So glad you enjoyed them! 🙂

  31. So the cookies were a hit and then I also made your mac and cheese. They gobbled it up. No one knew any difference as to everything being clean. I loved it!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dana – Fantastic! Funny how people actually like real food, isn’t it? LOL

  32. I don’t think they sell psyllium husk in my area. Can I just leave it out?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Natalie – Sure. Or you can sub with wheat or oat bran.

  33. Charmaine says:

    I haven’t seen any almond butter around my area. Is it ok to use normal butter instead? or almond powder?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Charmaine – No, those subs won’t work. But you can always order almond butter from amazon.

  34. Would the peanut butter be natural or not.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – I’m not sure what you mean. It should be clean peanut butter. So basically, just peanut and maybe salt listed in the ingredient list.

  35. Just wanted to say that I’ve made these several times now and they are a big hit! Usually I make the chocolate ones but today we tried the other ones and even the kids loved them. The flavor is wonderful, and I love the chewy texture after 45 minutes in the freezer. Thanks!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lisa – So glad you liked them! 😀

  36. Oh, I also meant to say that I’ve been using ground flax seeds instead of psyllium husks (because it’s what I have around) and it works great.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lisa – Thanks for letting me know!

  37. These are great I always have a batch in the freezer for a sweet attack , I alsohave used crunchy peanut butter too comes out great!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Diane – Oh! That would be yummy! So happy you enjoyed them! 😀

  38. Question on the cookie made with almond butter. Could you substitute peanut butter or sunflower seed butter instead? What other adjustments would I need to make if I did? I can’t have almonds.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leigh – Sure! Just about any nut or seed butter will work. The main thing is to keep the amount of oil in the nut butter about the same. Seed butter, in my experience, tend to be a little drier. So you may need to add some oil if you go that route. But play it by ear and add only as needed.

  39. I tried the peanut butter ones 🙂 They are great!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Khloe – Fantastic! So happy you enjoyed them! 😀

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