Skinny No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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These addicting and filling gluten free chocolate peanut butter cookies, made with milk and oats, are perfect for the holidays and no baking is required!

These addicting and filling gluten free chocolate peanut butter cookies, made with milk and oats, are perfect for the holidays and no baking is required!Skinny No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Some delightful holiday desserts to go along side these treats are Peppermint or Chocolate Meringue Cookies, Gingerbread Man Cookies (or even Christmas Trees), Vanilla Snowman Cupcakes and Rudolph the Red Velvet Cupcake.

Christmas is right around the corner and I know a lot of you will be busy baking sweet Holiday treats in the weeks to come. My mom is one of them; she bakes enough cookies for a small army and gives them all away as gifts. My older daughter loves to bake, a tradition she shared with grandma since she was very little.

Me, I always preferred cooking to baking. Baking is so precise where cooking is easier to improvise. Which is why I love these cookies… no baking required!

They are pretty addicting and quite filling too. Oh, did I mention they are gluten-free (if you use gluten free oats) and egg-less? I even had a few of these for breakfast! Milk, oatmeal, peanut butter… why not?

These addicting and filling gluten free chocolate peanut butter cookies, made with milk and oats, are perfect for the holidays and no baking is required!

Last year was the first time I heard of no-bake cookies. Someone had sent me their recipe and asked me to lighten them up. This year, once again someone asked me to lighten these up, so after a few attempts to get them just right, we finally had success!

To lighten these up I used Better’n Peanut Butter which you can find at Target, health food stores, Amazon, or even Trader Joe’s. Some supermarket’s even carry them.  Yes, you could use light peanut butter instead, but the fat content is higher and honestly, I liked them better with the Better ‘n Peanut Butter!

You can roll them in powdered sugar or cocoa just before serving, or leave them as is. Keep them refrigerated if you don’t plan on eating them right away.

These addicting and filling gluten free chocolate peanut butter cookies, made with milk and oats, are perfect for the holidays and no baking is required!

These addicting and filling gluten free chocolate peanut butter cookies, made with milk and oats, are perfect for the holidays and no baking is required!
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Skinny No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

105.9 Cals 3.1 Protein 18.8 Carbs 2.3 Fats
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 20 servings
COURSE: Dessert, Snack
CUISINE: American
These addicting and filling gluten free chocolate peanut butter cookies, made with milk and oats, are perfect for the holidays and no baking is required!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp Smart Balance Light butter
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk
  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats, for gluten free, use gluten free oats
  • 3/4 cup Better'n Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • powdered sugar, cocoa powder (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine the first 4 ingredients (sugar through milk) and boil in a small sauce pan for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and mix in oatmeal, Better n' Peanut Butter and vanilla.
  • Drop by tablespoons onto a wax paper or roll into balls with slightly moist hands and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day you can roll them in powdered sugar or cocoa powder if desired.
  • Keep refrigerated if storing for several days.

Notes

Makes 40 cookies.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cookies, 1 tbsp each, Calories: 105.9kcal, Carbohydrates: 18.8g, Protein: 3.1g, Fat: 2.3g, Saturated Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 0.1mg, Sodium: 12.2mg, Fiber: 2.3g, Sugar: 7.9g
WW Points Plus: 3
Keywords: chocolate peanut butter cookies, chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies, Christmas Cookies, no bake cookies, Skinny No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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  1. Save your calories and make the pumpkin pie or the chocolate chip cookies. The skinny taste recipe for both are amazing and so good. I had really high hopes for this recipe and it just feel short. I used real pean butter because that’s what I have on hand and is what I prefer. These just came out bitter tasting. Not worth the calories. 

  2. Thank you for this great recipe! I followed the recipe as is except I used chunky peanut butter and halved the sugar and it tastes amazing! I’ve been looking for healthy treats during this pandemic season as my whole family has been eating healthier and working out and losing weight and this one didnt disappoint!

  3. I was really excited when I saw these were marked for Whole30, but really none of the ingredients are Whole30 compliant except for the vanilla and maybe the unsweetened cocoa powder. Maybe they have been mislabeled? Just letting you know!

  4. why is this marked whole 30?

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  7. not sure if anyone has asked this yet but can you use sunflower butter instead of peanut butter? I work in a nut free school but would love to make these to share with the kids if I could make the substitution.

  8. Every bit as delicious as the high fat version. My husband and 2 year old son are none the wiser. Loved them!!

  9. OMG I am in love.
    I have made 2 batches of these. The first batch I made with kraft smooth peanut butter (not sure if you have that in the USA) and they were gooey but yummy.

    second batch i made with natural peanut butter (not sugar added), I reduced the sugar (used coconut sugar) and I used coconut oil instead of butter and they are so rich and so amazing. I cannot stop eating them though.
    I also added some dried currants to them!
    Ahhhhhhhh so yummy

  10. LOVE these- they'll be around at my house way past the holidays! In my opinion rolling them in the powdered sugar and cocoa adds a lot.

  11. I look forward to trying this recipe! I love the regular no bake cookies bunches! Now to try the healthier version!

  12. These sounds a lot like the no baked or boiled cookies we made as kids except we just dropped them by teaspoons on wax paper instead of rolling them in a ball.

  13. ooh these sound delicious!!

  14. Anybody ever make these with just regular peanut butter?

    • Yes. All of the time!  I also use non refined sugar & rolled oats instead of quick oats because I like them to be more hearty. 

      For nursing mammas- add brewers yeast (3 tb spoons) and ground flax seed (1/2 cup) for supplement! 

  15. Any idea if I could make these with steel cut oats? I have a ton I need to use up!

  16. I made these without cocoa and they were delicious! They taste like peanut butt cookies!

  17. I have made these twice and we love them. I used skippy PB

  18. Gina I love your recipe. A friend of mine taught me how to fix a recipe like this… Not healthy of course. But I love this version. I will definitely be making this recipe. I am on weight watchers now and your recipes help me stay on my diet. A friend of mine turned me on to this website and I'm glad because I have fixed so many of your wonderful recipes from your website. Thanks Gina for what you do.

  19. What about stevia for this recipe? Also, is butter a must?

  20. Thank you Gina for this recipe! I was actually just going to make the "unskinny" version of this recipe for my family and try not to touch them. Now I can make this recipe and indulge a little. This was always one of my favorite recipes, thank you for lightening it up.