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Healthy No-Bake Cookies {Vegan & Gluten-Free}

Healthy No-Bake Cookies are the perfect summer treat! You don’t even have to turn on your oven to enjoy these delicious cookies! 

Healthy No-Bake Cookie Recipe on These cookies are gluten-free, vegan, and SO good!

It’s too hot to turn on the oven to bake cookies, but it’s not too hot to eat cookies. My cookie cravings don’t go away just because it is hot outside. So what to do, what to do? Such a dilemma! Instead of turning on the oven, I made Healthy No-Bake Cookies.

You don’t have to heat up the house to make these chocolate coconut almond no-bake cookies! And good news, they are healthier than the traditional no-bake cookies. They are vegan, gluten-free, and oh so delicious! And since they are healthier that means you can eat one or two and still put that bikini on and look smokin’ :) These Healthy No-Bake Cookies are the perfect summer cookie!

Healthy No-Bake Cookie Recipe on These easy no-bake cookies are gluten-free, vegan, and SO good!

I love the traditional no-bake cookies with butter, loads of sugar, cocoa, oats, and peanut butter. They are one of my childhood favorites. I remember eating them straight out of the pan by the spoonful. I never had the patience to let them set up before digging in. I decided to play around with my favorite no-bake cookie recipe to create a healthier cookie.

To make the cookies vegan and gluten-free, I used agave nectar, Dutch processed cocoa, coconut oil, almond milk, gluten-free oats, and almond butter. I also stirred in shredded coconut to bring out the coconut flavor. Coconut, chocolate, and almond-these cookies are triple delicious!

Healthy No-Bake Cookie Recipe on You don't have to turn on your oven to make these healthy and delicious cookies!

And the best part, they are beyond easy to make. You stir everything together in a saucepan and BOOM! Just like that you have a healthy sweet treat! Technically you need to let the cookies chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes so they can set up, but I promise I won’t tell if you eat a few big spoonfuls from the pan. I did it as a kid and I did it when I made these cookies. I couldn’t resist! I guess I am a kid at heart:)

Healthy No-Bake Cookies are the perfect cookie for summer! Get baking…oh, wait you don’t bake these! So get UN-baking? Is that a word? It is now:)

I LOVE that you are all loving my healthier cookie creations. They are fun to make and eat! In case you’ve missed them, here are a few of my favorite healthier cookie recipes! Enjoy!

Healthy No-Bake Cookie Recipe on

Healthy No-Bake Cookies {Vegan & Gluten-Free}

Yield: 14-16 cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 26 minutes-includes chilling time

Are you looking for an easy and healthy cookie recipe? You have to try these Healthy No-Bake Cookies. They are vegan, gluten-free, and SO delicious! And you don't even have to turn on your oven!


1/2 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond butter
2 cups gluten-free oats
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt


1. In a medium saucepan, mix together agave and cocoa powder. Heat over medium heat until combined. Stir in almond milk and coconut oil and bring to a boil. Continue stirring and boil for one minute.

2. Remove pan from heat and stir in almond butter, oats, coconut, vanilla extract, and salt.

3. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, drop cookies onto wax paper. Let the cookies set up for about 20 minutes in the refrigerator before serving. Store the cookies in an air-tight container in refrigerator for up to one week.

Note-You can use honey instead of the agave if you don't need to make vegan cookies. You can also use regular rolled oats if you don't need the cookies to be gluten-free. You can also replace the almond milk with your favorite milk. And you can also swap peanut butter for the almond butter. These cookies are very adaptable! Enjoy!

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130 Responses to “Healthy No-Bake Cookies {Vegan & Gluten-Free}”

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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 22, 2013 @ 3:27 am

    They look so good! I love that they’re no bake and you used agave and coconut oil. I have a similar recipe but I made it a few years ago and need to re-vamp my ingredients and lighten it up a little. These look perfect, Maria!

  2. I love no bake cookies, especially in the summer! These look so delicious!!

  3. Tracey — July 22, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    I love this healthier spin on the traditional no-bake cookie – they sound amazing!

  4. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 22, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    Love no-bake cookies! These look delicious!

  5. Marie @ Little Kitchie — July 22, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    Healthy and no bake – love it! Perfect summertime cookie!

  6. carrian — July 22, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    I am loving all of these no make cookie variations! So funny that we grew up with the same recipes and now there are sooooo many options out there. Plus yours look extra chocolatey and delicious!

  7. Robyn @thereallife_RD — July 22, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    basically all my favorite foods rolled into one- perfect! I bet the coconut oil is amazing in these! Should they be kept in the freezer?

  8. Tieghan — July 22, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Chocolate and coconut? Oh yes, my kind of cookie! These look incredible and I love how easy peasy they are. I swear easy cookies make them taste a million times better!

  9. A cookie to make on short notice and one that I can have for breakfast Brilliant!
    I love the addition of almond butter, so much more flavourful

  10. najwa kronfel — July 22, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    No-bake and healthy? This is a winner!

  11. These look so perfect for a mid-day pick me up snack! Love ’em!

  12. marcie@flavorthemoments — July 22, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    I love no-bake cookies — in fact, I just posted my own yesterday afternoon! I love that yours are not only gluten-free, but vegan. They sound great!

  13. Jenny Flake — July 22, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    Love these fun cookies!!

  14. HeatherChristo — July 22, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    love that these are no bake!

  15. Julie @ Table for Two — July 22, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    no bakes are so perfect for summer!! love not having to turn on that hot oven!

  16. I love the flavor combo. Chocolate and coconut are total besties!

  17. Erica — July 22, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    My sister and I used to make a version of these when we were little! They’re so so good! mmmmm. I cant get enough

  18. I made these today using silan for the sweetener, and although I enjoyed the taste, they just didn’t hold their shape. I don’t think it could have been the silan because it has the same consistency as honey, etc. The mixture was so wet that I couldn’t have packed it together…any tips?

    • Two Peas replied: — July 22nd, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

      I haven’t tried them with silan. Did you boil them long enough? Did you let them set up in the fridge? Mine stuck together nicely.

  19. I’m always up for a no bake cookie challenge, these look great! I have got to try them.

  20. I’m loving anything no bake right now!! Too hot to bake!

  21. Ash- foodfashionparty — July 22, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    Sounds so good. No bake cookies are perfect for summer.

  22. Maria, I love these cookies! I make them with banana inside, too. I have to try yours with almond butter!

  23. marla — July 22, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    Love these healthy cookies!

  24. No bake cookies have always been one of my favorites, ever since a young child! I am totally loving this ‘healthier’ version!

  25. DessertForTwo — July 22, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    I love those chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies, and so I know I’m going to love your healthy spin!

  26. Kim @ — July 22, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

    These cookies look delish and so easy! Lovin’ the no oven :)

  27. Joanne — July 22, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    The heat definitely does NOT quench my dessert cravings though it DOES make me not want to turn on the oven. These are the perfect solution to my sweet tooth problems!

  28. Marian (Sweetopia) — July 22, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

    They look amazing, Maria!

  29. Sara — July 22, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

    YUM… pregnant in this heat and desperately wanting cookies. Perfect solution!

  30. Gaby — July 22, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

    love these!!!

  31. Kristi — July 23, 2013 @ 1:56 am

    I love no bake cookies. We used to make a kind similar to these growing up. It was one of those cookies we knew how to make.

  32. Brian @ A Thought For Food — July 23, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    I tried out a no-bake cookie recipe last year and they didn’t look nearly as good as these!

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  34. I always loved no-bake cookies too, straight from the pan! I’d ask my mom to make them just so I could gobble them up as quickly as she was plopping them onto the wax paper to set. She never made them with peanut butter, just chocolate and coconut. I love them!

  35. clothespin — July 23, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    I love this! However, I would love to know the conversion for agave nectar back to sugar? I prefer the organic turbinado sugar from Costco – I find it less processed than the nectar and it’s easier for me to keep in the house. Love all of the other changes though – and we love coconut oil! Costco has that now, too!

  36. Emily @ Life on Food — July 23, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    No Bake cookies are super special for me since I could never have them as a child. My mom is allergic to peanuts. Your version sounds marvelous with the extra coconut.

  37. Michelle — July 23, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    Just made these as written except subbed quinoa flakes for the oats. They are really tasty. Very rich and satisfying, but not really sweet like the original no-bake cookie recipe that uses 3 c. of sugar.

  38. Nessa — July 23, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    These look perfect!

  39. Paleo Girl — July 25, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

    These look great. Im Paleo, but I cheat.

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