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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}”

  1. Sadie — July 26, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    I used to LOVE no bake cookies before I became a vegan! I have been looking for a healthier but still “traditional” vegan version of these cookies for a long time. To make them even more like the original do you think I could sub out the shredded coconut with more oats or chopped nuts?

  2. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 27, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    I think this is my favorite post of yours. Ever! I’m so sharing this one everywhere. I get all excited when I see other bloggers post healthy stuff like this. :)

    And I’m definitely going to try them soon! I’ve seen similar healthy no bake cookies before but they never looked this appealing!

  3. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 27, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

    Oh and I just realized these are dairy-free too. Just throwing that in there for search engine reasons. 😉

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  5. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 28, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    I just made these with peanut butter (which I doubled :)) and honey. I think honey is sweeter than agave so it helped cut the sweetness a little. They are awesome! Thank you so much for the recipe. It’s been to hot to bake (or really do anything) and I’ve been craving something like this. Yay! Thanks again. :)

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  7. Tim — August 2, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    These little cookies look great. Thanks for the links to your other healthier cookies. Will definitely give them all a try.

  8. Lisa — August 4, 2013 @ 12:09 am

    I just made these and they are delicious! I used regular quick oats and half almond butter/half peanut butter. I also boiled it for 3 minutes just in case ( I know that boiling them for long enough is key to regular no-bake cookies). They were so easy to make! Love the coconut flavor.

  9. Tal Moore — August 6, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    great recepie , like this one must be maintained so I’ll put this one on my bookmark list of popcorn. Thanks for this wonderful post and hoping to post more of this. Have Great Day.

  10. Tina — August 20, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    I used coconut milk…gave them a great taste!!!

  11. Derek — August 21, 2013 @ 12:37 am

    Great recipe. I modified it a little, using what I had but basically sticking to the core of this and they turned out wonderfully! Also used peanut butter chocolate chips and melted them in place of the cocoa powder for another batch (wife cannot eat chocolate right now) and that worked great.

    My only changes were going with 1/6c agave and 1/6c honey plus 1T sugar (shaving a little cost from the expensive sweeteners). Also I didn’t have vanilla on hand so just went without. Lastly, we only had the original sweetened almond milk and peanut butter as we ran out of almond butter.

    For the peanut butter recipe I did everything the same, just used the Reese’s peanut butter chocolate chips instead of cocoa powder.

    Thanks so much for posting.

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  13. Audra — August 26, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    I made these last night with raw honey rather than agave, peanut butter rather than almond butter, subtracted the coconut oil because I was out, added a little more almond milk and also added pea protein powder. They turned out fabulously! Thanks so much

  14. Joanie — August 30, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

    I substituted mashed banana for the coconut oil to cut down on the fat and these are awesome! Thanks for such a great recipe.

  15. Nicole — August 31, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    I am allergic to almonds. Any substitutions for the almond butter? I can use coconut milk instead of almond milk?

    • Two Peas replied: — August 31st, 2013 @ 9:46 am

      Can you use peanut butter or sunflower butter?

  16. Karyn — September 13, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    I doubled the recipe and spread out in a 9 x 13 pan lined with parchment, will cut into squares later.
    It is easier for me to place in the fridge this way and also I eat too much batter when I have to drop by the spoonful, one for the sheet, one for me. This reduces my hands on time scooping.
    Can’t wait to share with my kids when they get off the bus!

  17. Christina — September 17, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

    Yummy!! First time making (& having) no bakes…super chocolatey (mixed cacoa powder w/chocolate protein powder), which really hit the spot. Just one problem…I seem to have lost my willpower, I’m can’t quit eating them, LOL!

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  19. Sasha — October 8, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    Just made these…I used maple syrup instead of agave and they turned out amazing…..

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  21. Amanda — October 20, 2013 @ 1:33 am

    Just made these. Awesome variation!! I subbed peanut butter for almond butter and will add a little extra next time to get more of the flavor but these r perfect as is!

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  27. Sarah — January 1, 2014 @ 5:35 pm

    These are the best “healthy” no bake cookies I’ve tried yet! I used peanut butter and they taste exactly like regular no bake cookies. There is only a texture difference between butter and coconut oil, but I don’t mind it. I may or may not have licked out the pan 😉

  28. Max — January 5, 2014 @ 6:28 pm

    Thinking on how to convert these to long term storage cookies. Powdered milk and then add water, but can’t get around the coconut oil and almond oil. Why not also add chopped almonds or walnuts? Anyone got any ideas? If, as some believe, someday we will be without electricity, cannot depend of freezer.

  29. Kristen — January 5, 2014 @ 9:51 pm

    Can a different oil be used? Would it be the same amount, if so? Thanks

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  31. Heather — January 8, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

    These are great!! What are the calories though?

  32. Seagal — January 9, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    Amazing!!! I added raisins and excluded coconut. Also used sunflower butter instead of peanut butter. Thank you for a super fun, toddler activity!

  33. annie — January 28, 2014 @ 7:19 pm


  34. shalyse lottermoser — February 5, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

    Made these with my 4 year old and they were delicious! thank you!! mind if i share on my blog?

  35. scatterchatter — February 10, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

    Just made these. YUM! I added some chia seeds to mine to make them extra healthy :)

  36. Brittany — February 21, 2014 @ 12:50 am

    Oh my oh my! These are so delicious! I went right by your recipe and they were amazing, hence the word “were”, I have seriously lost my will power and almost have devoured the whole batch in three days on my own. Making me wonder if you know the nutritional value? I could just add up all the calories and such from all the ingredients and divide, though. Thanks so much for posting! Definitely going
    to have to make another batch and have a little self
    control, I don’t think eating three of them in one sitting
    is all to healthy, lol. Keep posting great recipes! Thanks again!

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  38. Yuna — February 23, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

    Love no- bake dessert! Can’t wait to try it!

  39. Jen — March 2, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

    So delicious! I could eat them straight out of the pan.

  40. Marie — March 2, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

    I just tried these because I had no sugar in my house and wanted to make no bakes and I googled agave no bakes and these came up! I didn’t have shredded coconut and I used whole milk instead of almond milk, but these were amazing! I think they might even be better than my regular no bake recipe that I have used for years

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