Chocolate No Bake Cookies (3 Ingredients!)


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Chocolate No Bake Cookies made with just 3 simple and healthy ingredients! Soft, chewy, and ready in under 5 minutes, these no bakes are a delicious healthy dessert or snack! 

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No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

After making my peanut butter no bake cookies and classic no bake oatmeal cookies, I knew I had to share a delicious chocolate version too. It is about time I shared a chocolate no bake cookie recipe!

I grew up eating the traditional chocolate no bake cookies, so I wanted to give my own healthy spin on them.

No Butter.

Made without Milk.

No refined sugar.

These quick and simple chocolate no bakes require just 3 basic ingredients, all basic pantry staples. They also happen to be gluten-free, dairy-free, AND vegan. 

Ready in under 5 minutes and perfect to snack on, they are fantastic, healthy chocolate or cookie fix! 

Also try: Keto and Grain-Free No Bake Cookies

How to make Chocolate No Bake Cookies

  • Step 1: Line a large plate or tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients and mix well, until fully combined.
  • Step 3: Lightly wet your hands and form 24 small balls using the dough. Place the oatmeal cookie dough on the lined tray and press each ball into a cookie shape.
  • Step 4: Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until cookies have firmed up. 

Ingredients for no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

  • Quick Oats– I used gluten-free quick oats, to keep it gluten-free. You are welcome to use old fashioned oats instead if you prefer a softer cookie. 
  • Maple Syrup– Holds the cookies together, and provides sweetness. You can substitute this for agave nectar. 
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter– I used a homemade chocolate peanut butter (see below), but you can use store-bought chocolate peanut butter too. Opt for ones with reduced or no added sugar. The chocolate already mixed in the nut butter means that you don’t need to add any extra chocolate, but still have all the flavor. You can substitute this for any chocolate spread of choice, or homemade Healthy Nutella

How to make homemade chocolate peanut butter

As mentioned above, easily make your own homemade chocolate peanut butter. You will save you money AND use healthier ingredients. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ingredients


  1. In a high-speed blender or food processor, add your peanuts and cocoa powder and blend/pulse until smooth and creamy (approximately 10 minutes). Ensure you regularly scrape down the sides using a rubber spatula.
  2. Add some liquid stevia and sea salt and continue blending.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container or jar

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Frequently Asked Questions about No Bake Cookies

Can I make these without peanut butter? 

Making these no bake cookies without peanut butter is easy, using one of the substitutions below. Also included are several nut-free options. 

Can you use old fashioned oats instead of quick oats in no bake cookies recipe? 

Rolled oats (old-fashioned style oats) or quick oats can be used for this recipe!

The only difference you’ll notice is the old-fashioned rolled oats will be thicker and chewier in texture. Using quick oats will be a little softer. 

Do No Bake Chocolate Cookies need to be refrigerated?

No bake cookies will keep at room temperature, for up to 5 days. However, they are best stored in the fridge and will keep fresh for up to 2 weeks, in a sealed container.

Can you freeze no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies? 

No bake cookies can be frozen to consume later. Freeze cookies individually in parchment paper, for quick grab-and-go snacks. They will keep frozen for up to 2 months. 

Thaw frozen cookies in the fridge overnight before consuming. 

How many calories in chocolate no bakes?

These no bake chocolate no bake cookies are a healthy and wholesome snack recipe and are packed with nutrients.

One cookie yields 123 calories, 8 grams of protein, 19 grams of carbohydrates, and 7 grams of fat. They also boast 7 grams of fiber and no added sugar

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Healthy Chocolate No Bake Cookies

4.91 from 32 votes
Easy and healthy chocolate no bake cookies made with 3 ingredients! This 5 minute chocolate no bake cookie recipe involves oats, chocolate peanut butter and maple syrup combined to make a healthy dessert!
Servings: 24 cookies
Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 5 mins



  • Line a large plate with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine your oats, chocolate peanut butter, and maple syrup and mix well, until fully combined.
  • Lightly wet your hands. Form 24 small balls using the no bake cookie dough. Place the balls on the lined plate and press each one into a cookie shape.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until it has firmed up. 


* You can use store-bought chocolate peanut butter, or another chocolate nut or seed spread. Also try homemade healthy Nutella
Leftover chocolate no bakes can be kept at room temperature in a sealed container for up to 5 days. They are best kept refrigerated for up to 2 weeks, and freezer friendly for up to 2 months.
if you love these but want a low carb no bake cookie, you'll enjoy these 3 ingredient keto chocolate no bake cookies.


Serving: 1CookieCalories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 8gFat: 7gSodium: 154mgPotassium: 322mgFiber: 5gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 14g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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    1. I haven’t tried that- I made my own! You can experiment and see with 1-2 tablespoons 🙂

  1. Hi Arman, can I use Xylitol in this recipe or another diabetic friendly sweetener? I do understand it’ll have to be made into a liquid to replace the 1 cup of Maple syrup.Can you help me on how to sub the maple syrup? The chocolate nut butter i will use the chocolate hazelnut spread Nuttvia made by Natvia.I think the nuttvia will work. My cousin is a diabetic and I like to share some treats with her.
    Love your recipes.

  2. Hey Arman. I’ve quietly been following you for a couple of months now. Even attempted one or two of your awesome vegan recipes…BUT…none photogenic enough to share with the Big Man himself!
    These look incredibly yummy and so simple…not even I can’t screw them up surely hmm. I don’t have chocolate peanut butter though – can I combine smooth peanut butter with a chocolate syrup?

  3. I love making no bake cookies – it’s always a fun way to spend an afternoon with my nephew 🙂 These cookies look delicious!

  4. No shame, I’m a cookie dough fan. You know, just make the dough/batter and eat it from the bowl. But in all seriousness, I totally get you on baking! The waiting process is PAINFUL, and my patience wears thin! I absolutely love the look of these cookies–they probably taste even better!

  5. BRAVO!!! You have done it again. No bake cookies are one of my favorites and now thanks to you I can eat them again. Thank You!

  6. Everything I read says you need to soak your oats. I’ve read ot is unhealthy to eat unsoaled or in cooked oats. Is this true?

  7. 5 stars
    I was feeling a bit lazy hence the no bake recipe, so I went ahead and put the mix in a glass rectangular baking pan and cut them into granola bars. Oh my goodness my kids love them! And the homemade chocolate peanut butter is good for pretty much anything. Thanks!