No Bake Cookies Recipe

These healthy no-bake cookies are 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 mindset on a treat. So I finally relented.

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

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.

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, 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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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: Tiffany McCauley



  • cup honey
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • cup creamy almond butter
  • ¼ cup psyllium husks (you can sub wheat germ or oat bran too)
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 cup quick cook oats
  • ½ cup juice-sweetened cranberries
  • ¼ cup pecan pieces (chopped)


  • 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!).


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


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


  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • cup creamy peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • ¼ 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


  • 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.


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


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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  1. The chocolate peanut butter ones sound great! ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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.”


    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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.