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Truly bliss in a bite, these healthy no bake cookies are made with chocolate and peanut butter. Easy and delicious, they are an all-time fan favorite!

Healthy no bake cookies

This post developed in partnership with Roxbury Mountain Maple. All opinions expressed are our own. 

You know that feeling when you’re in a season of waiting and you’re literally squirming in the uncertainty? Maybe you’re waiting for news of a promotion, a new job, entry into university, or how you did on a big test. Alex and I are in that season, waiting to be matched with a baby who will be our forever child. And we could get the call at literally any time. It’s the weirdest thing, waiting for a baby to fall out of the sky. We wait with a boxed crib in an empty room, trying to keep ourselves from wondering, who will this little one be? Is it really true that he or she will have a name, a spirit, a humanity that will be etched indelibly on our hearts?

So we distract ourselves with work and margarita nights and weekend trips to Santa Fe, and making chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies. Because well, what else do you do when you’re waiting for a baby to fall out of the sky? Keep reading for our healthy no bake cookies recipe.

Update: We had a baby! His name is Larson and his story is pretty amazing. We are beyond grateful.

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healthy no bake cookies

How to make no bake cookies

Here’s our take on chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies, inspired by a sweet visit from our dear friend Ashlae of Oh Ladycakes. Our version features a soft peanut buttery drizzle topping, so they’re almost an inside-out peanut butter cup. Made with maple syrup, coconut oil, and oats, they’re all natural and a play on a healthy no bake cookie. Even better, make the mini version for a smaller serving size.

They’re also naturally sweet, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, and while all those adjectives might sound alarming, the taste is just plain bliss. We just served them as a sweet treat at the end of a meal, and when asked how they tasted, our guest pronounced “heaven”. True story, and even without coercion!

Since we first posted this recipe, these healthy no bake cookies have since become our most popular recipe! There’s a version in our cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking. We’ve even served them on TV!

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grades of maple syrup

Maple syrup grades

We created this chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies recipe for our favorite family-owned maple syrup company, Roxbury Mountain Maple. Maple syrup is our current natural sweetener of choice, so to work with a family business who’ve devoted their lives to high quality maple products is a dream. Roxbury has just received their organic certification (hooray!), which is a big deal for a small business.

Roxbury also let us know about a recent change in the terminology for maple syrup grades! Here goes: what used to be called Grade B syrup is now called Grade A Dark, and the term Grade B is no longer used. Now, there are three types of Grade A: Golden (the lightest, most delicate flavor), Amber (richer taste), and Dark (full-bodied flavor, which used to be Grade B). We taste tested them back to back, and appreciated them each for their distinct flavors. This recipe calls for Grade A Dark, but you could easily substitute Golden or Amber as a variation.

We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Related: Easy Vegetarian Recipes for Beginners | 12 Gluten Free Desserts Everyone Will Love

holding a bottle of maple syrup

The maple syrup we used in this recipe is made by Roxbury Mountain Maple, a family business run by the Holscher family out of the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. We cook with a lot of maple syrup and this is one of our favorites.

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Bliss Bites (Healthy No Bake Cookies)

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 9 (18 mini bites) 1x


Truly bliss in a bite, these healthy no bake cookies are made with coconut oil and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. A fan favorite!


  • 6 tablespoons refined coconut oil, divided
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons peanut butter, divided
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon Grade A dark maple syrup, divided
  • ¼ cup dutch process (or dark) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats


  1. Place 9 cupcake liners into a muffin tin (or 18 liners in a mini-muffin tin).
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt 5 tablespoons coconut oil and stir together 2 tablespoons peanut butter, ¼ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 pinch kosher salt. When fully combined, remove from heat and stir in 1 cup rolled oats. Spoon into cupcake liners. Refrigerate while making the peanut butter topping.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, stir together ¼ cup peanut butter, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Spoon the warm peanut butter mixture over the chocolate oat mixture. Freeze for 15 to 20 minutes until set, or refrigerate until serving. Store refrigerated.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Lucy says:

    Can you make these ahead of time? I have to make them for a wedding next weekend. Should I keep them in the freezer?

    1. Yes, you can wrap and freeze, and then thaw in refrigerator.

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