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 darn amazing.

Related: 10 Vegan Desserts Everyone Will Love

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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!

Related: 10 Easy Recipes for Kids

grades of maple syrup
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)


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

Description

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


Ingredients

Scale
  • 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

Instructions

  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

Keywords: no bake cookies, healthy no bake cookies

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. I have all the ingredients to make this recipe, yay! Happy to have found your blog. I hope and pray your dreams to adopt come true, soon! That’s so exciting.

    1. I’m sure they would be fantastic with almond butter as well! Just make sure it has a very creamy texture (some are very chunky and might have a different result here).

  2. These look delicious! I’m always searching for healthier desserts, will definitely have to try these. Reese’s peanut butter cups are my weakness so I’m sure I’ll love these!

  3. Congratulations on adopting! I love all the healthy and yet delicious recipes you provide! You’re one of my favorite blogs. And I love pure maple products.

  4. I know it sounds odd to have anything other than southwestern cuisine in Santa Fe, but it you have a free evening, I highly recommend Jambo Cafe. It’s a smallish restaurant with to-die-for North African cuisine, and the place is always packed, always delicious.

    Also, on adoption: I’m SO excited for you! My parents adopted a sweet baby girl before I was born, and I love their “news” story. A call one day, a road trip to pick her up the next day. So sweet, so rewarding.

  5. Recently discovering that my favorite blog is created by two Christians, who are adopting, has been truly inspiring! I knew there was something beautifully different about you. I am praying that your hope would not be swayed and that you would trust that God’s heart is for the orphans, too. His timing is absolutely perfect.

    PS- Thank you for this recipe. I have been scouring the internet for a healthy version of a no bake cookie (my husband’s favorite). This is just what the doctor ordered!

    1. What a kind comment — thank you so much, Erika! You are so sweet and encouraging. Thank you for the kind sentiment — and I hope your husband likes the cookies!

  6. The waiting period does take time, but all that is forgotten when your mom, dad, and baby makes three family happens. Go ahead and set up the baby room! Don’t be superstitious! Do what will bring you joy, and if that means unpacking that crib, then by all means do it. Paint, decorate, nest!! We did all that through our adoption process and it made the journey fun for us. All expectant parents, no matter the route, need the time to prepare. So, if you really want to leave that crib in the box, do that, but if you decide to unpack it and have some fun setting it up, then do that. All my best to you both!

    1. Good point, Chris! I do kind of feel like it would be more fun for us to just do it, instead of waiting with an empty room. So, maybe we’ll go for it! Thanks for that encouragement :)

  7. Healthy and sweet recipe !! This is very easy and less time consuming recipe. Specially, it eliminates to bake the cookies. Thanks Sonja for sharing this recipe :)

  8. Can’t wait to try these. Thank you for the maple syrup explanation- I always wondered about the different types. I enjoyed them all but didn’t know what the labels actually meant!

  9. Will be making these today. Delicious, healthy and easy to make. A perfect dessert!

  10. Sounds incredible! I think these will be the perfect treat to make on this spring snow day. Just have to try not to eat them all myself!

  11. My sister and her husband are also waiting on adoption news; it’s been 16 months since they submitted their paperwork. They hope to adopt two children from Ethiopia; the country requires that you have a nursery completely set up, so they have this empty nursery reminding them everyday that they don’t have children yet. So we understand the struggle!

    Anyway, this recipe looks fantastic, can’t wait to try it!

    1. Oh wow! Please tell your sister that our thoughts are with her in this time! What a long journey for them. Sending thoughts and prayers!

  12. Don’t miss the Roundhouse in Santa Fe–the New Mexico Statehouse. With over 600 pieces of art it is a treasure. If the legislature is in session take a tour of the Roundhouse and sit in on a chamber session. Who knew there was a New Mexico State pledge– and an official State question– Red or Green??? (chiles, of course!). Enjoy your trip!!

    1. Roundhouse is noted! Thank you so much for this recommendation — and I can’t wait to try the chiles :)

  13. I can’t wait to try these!! Sounds like the perfect treat to make a bunch of and store in the fridge :)

  14. I grew up in Vermont and only had real maple syrup, definitely the best stuff. Also, hope all goes well with adopting, children are a blessing and each one so unique. I love that each family is different and specially put together by God.

  15. Best wishes while you are waiting! It must be hard to wait for your little baby. I love sweetening things with maple syrup…it has such great flavor.

  16. Thanks for another heartfelt post. Distraction is key! I have a lot of admiration for your bravery and faith. And good to know about the syrup grades. I’m loving that peanut butter maple glaze.

    The BEST turquoise and bronze jewelry can be bought at the outside market in Santa Fe. It’s my favorite place to shop for jewelry. Sorry Alex, I don’t have any recommendations for you. ;-)

  17. Love this recipe! I’ve been out of maple syrup for what feels like forever – I usually buy a large amount when I visit my parents in Michigan. I could consume gallons a year.
    Best wishes for expanding your family!

  18. Best wishes with the adoption! These cookies look amazing, and luckily I have all the ingredients on hand. I can’t wait to make a batch sometime this week!

  19. Maple syrup has been favorite addition to chia seed pudding and looks great in these cookies! Plus, peanut butter cookies are my favorite :D

  20. Thank you! I’ve been recently trying to find grade b syrup for some recipes that use it and couldn’t see it anywhere. I also didn’t know what the different grades in maple syrup meant, so I’m so glad I happened upon your blog post–you answered all my questions!

  21. Exciting! We have been foster parents and waiting for the “call” was always nerve-racking but exciting. We prayed a lot as we waited, trying to be patient and not dwell on it too much. We did have a room set up and some things prepared in order to have our home certified. Our first foster child was a very sweet three week old baby girl. We got a call at 3pm and she arrived at our home around 8pm! Our family was changed forever that day :)

    1. Wow, this is amazing! I have so much respect and admiration for foster parents. How many children have you fostered?

      1. It was such a blessing. We have fostered three times. We now have 4 biological children and hope to foster again. The foster parenting community is amazing. The resources are wonderful too!

  22. These little bites looke amazing! Literally stopped me in my tracks when the picture popped up on my IG feed. I WILL be making these in the next day or so!!

    1. Wow, what a compliment! Let us know what you think of them! They are one of my personal favorites so far :)

  23. I wish you both all the best in your baby dreams!! I also did not know that maple syrup had changed the grades in the syrup. Can’t wait to try this recipe, thank you!!

  24. I completely understand what you mean when you say you are trying to keep yourselves busy, and try not to focus on the “phone call”. When my husband and I got the call that our grandson was about to be born, but to wait a while before heading to the hospital, neither one of us could sit still. I made the non-healthy version of these cookies at 5:00 in the morning just to have something to do. It turned out to be a good thing, because he took his time arriving (3:00 a.m. the following morning). Those cookies were the only food three sets of grandparents had in the waiting room! Thanks for this healthy version. I can’t wait to try them!

    1. How funny that your grandson’s birth story also involves no-bake cookies! Love this. Hope you enjoy this recipe and thanks so much for sharing!

  25. These look like my kind of treats! Maple syrup is also the sweetener of choice at my house – even better when it’s made by a family business!
    All the best to you both as you await news of your sweet babe.

  26. Once my chickpea peanut butter bites are gone I’m going to try these. I love the flavor of real maple syrup in desserts.

  27. These look divine! Just in time too, I’ve been eager to make some chocolate macaroons so these might just have to take their place. Or I’ll work some coconut in there too :P

    Best of luck keeping busy, I can’t imagine the nerves of it all.

    1. Thank you so much, Steph! Yes, staying distracted is key :) Hope you enjoy the recipe — and coconut would be perfect!

  28. I didn’t know there were different types/colors of Grade A maple syrup! Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  29. Eeeee I’m so excited for you guys! I can’t imagine what it must be like to wait for a baby like that. I’m sure once the time arrives, you guys will be amaaaaaazing parents. A friend’s mom used to make cookies very similar to this in high school for our field hockey team and we call them …. “poop.” Yep. But it was sooooooo good!!! I’ll have to try your version.

    1. You are too sweet – thank you, Sara! And hilarious about the poop cookies — hopefully it looks less so with a peanut butter drizzle? Haha

  30. I felt the same way while we waited for Rocco (even with sort of a more specific timeline in site), and after he was here, I constantly felt and still feel shock that there was an actual baby in our home. I’m glad for this update; have been thinking about you guys and your coming little one! That baby has such good things in store.

    ps loving your podcast!

    1. Aww thank you for sharing that! Rocco is the sweetest. And thank you so much about our podcast — that means so much!

  31. These look delicious! Maple syrup is my favorite, and I like to try to substitute sugar for maple syrup in every recipe. And thanks for the update about no more grade B.

  32. I’ve been wondering where all the Grade B syrup went! My heart goes out to the two of you during this time of waiting. I hope the baby comes into your life soon.

  33. Sending you guys the warmest and happiest of feelings. You two are so inspiring and that kid is going to have such sweet (and cool!) parents <3 <3

  34. My coworker & I were discussing healthy no bake cookies just last week. I think I will make some of these to surprise her with. They sound delish!

  35. Love, love all your recipes & will be trying this one as well. Congrats on adopting. I have several friends who have gone through adoption. I am aware of the “waiting period” through them but they are so joyful & joy filled with their babies.

    1. Thank you, Cindi! Let us know what you think of this one. And so wonderful to hear of your friends and their waiting — it’s such an encouragement to see people on the other side!

  36. Lovely. How easy it is for life itself to turn into a big waiting game if we aren’t diligent. This post reminds me of one of my favorite quotes. “Today me will live in moment. Unless moment is unpleasant in which case me will eat a cookie.” -Cookie Monster. :D :D

  37. Love maple! I’ve never used maple cream, so that would be a lot of fun to win.

    Thoughts & prayers while you wait for your child. One of my friends who adopted a couple of years ago mentioned the Bible verse “God puts the lonely in families,” and it’s what I think about whenever I think of adoption.

    1. Thank you, Katie! Did not know that was a Bible verse but now I see — Psalm 68:6. Thank you for mentioning!

  38. These look super delicious! I am a syrup nerd and always preferred grade b so this is very helpful.

  39. Waiting is so hard! It helped me to believe that you get the baby you’re supposed to have, even if you have to wait a while for them to come. (It took two years and a lot of heartbreak for us.)

    1. Oh wow, so glad to hear from another adoptive mother! Two years is quite a while to wait, but I pray that those years are now forgotten with the joy of a little one!

  40. These look amazing! Can’t wait to make them soon! Love this time of year when the maple syrup is flowing!

  41. These look unbelievably tasty. I’ve been having a major sweet tooth this year and baking endless cookies. I love this no bake option!

  42. I can’t even imagine waiting for that call. So many emotions involved I am sure. Sending prayers your way!! Ps. We are maple syrup addicts over here!

  43. I am with you on the season of waiting. We went from being thrilled of expecting our first baby, to grief after having a miscarriage, and the uncertainties of not knowing what happened, is okay to try again soon. Etc. We purchased a crib, a stroller and it’s all just waiting patiently for a baby to fill it.
    I wish you the best in your wait and I hope it’s a tiny wait :)
    Ps. Im all about trying to make this recipe! No bakes and maple syrup – can it really go wrong?! Mm!!

    1. Oh Kristin, I am so, so sorry to hear about your miscarriage. We also went through that and it was devastating. Praying for you in this season of waiting! Feel free to shoot me an email if you’d like to talk more in private — acouplecooks@gmail.com. And, did you like the recipe?

  44. I made these cookies tonight and they absolutely fabulous and I love they don’t have processed sugar and that they are gluten free! I love all your recipes. Good luck on waiting for a little one!

    1. Oh I’m SO glad you enjoyed these! I’m kind of obsessed with them lately — glad to hear they were a hit :)

  45. I’ve never had Grade B Maple Syrup but it’s interesting that the name is changed. I’ve always wanted to try that type because of its dark robust flavor though!

  46. These look tasty! As someone who grew up on the East Coast where the woods around our house were full of buckets collecting maple sap, I sure do love me some maple syrup.

  47. This recipe looks wonderful, and a great way to distract anyone temporarily from their own “waiting period”. I’ve always loved maple syrup and have recently starting using it as my preferred natural sweetener too! Thank you both for always posting wonderful recipes, but also for sharing your lives with your readers. It’s easy to only share the wonderful, “photo-worthy” moments, but much harder to share the frustrating, patience-testing moments too.

    1. Oh, thank you for saying so — we appreciate that greatly. Yes, it’s easier to want to focus on just the good and the happy moments or leave out our lives entirely (we’ve been guilty of that in the past) — I’m so glad to hear you enjoy hearing about life, no matter what the circumstance. Thank you for writing!

  48. Oh wow. Pregnancy comes with it’s own form of waiting and surprise but adoption… wow. This is so big and scary and exciting and wow! I wish for you peace that surpasses all understanding and that your hearts will be filled with a little one soon. Bless you both!

    It feels so silly to talk about how much I want to make these cookies, now. :) :)

    1. Thank you so much, Libby, you are so kind to send this blessing. And no, not silly at all to talk about cookies in the same breath — we hope you like them! :)

  49. I’ve been looking for a healthy dessert to bring to Easter this Sunday; looks like this will be perfect! Maple syrup is my choice of natural sweetener these days, too. :)

    1. Perfect! Let us know if they turn out! If you’re serving for a crowd, you may want to do a double batch or do the mini-bites!

  50. I can’t wait to try these! I have a day off on Friday, and I will get to ‘bake’ a little more than I normally have time too! ooo and I would love some Maple Syrup. We generally use agave and honey. Thanks!

  51. I’ve been gluten free for a while and cannot wait to try these out! I don’t have enough gluten free snack options.

  52. Thinking of you both in the next few weeks — I can only imagine (or really, can’t even imagine) all the emotions you must be experiencing right now. In the meantime, these bliss bites sound like a dream! So, so good!

  53. The Bliss Bites look amazing! I’ve been a long-time follower and am really loving your podcast- especially the great ramen adventure!

  54. Thank you SO much Ann — it is such a new project for us, so that means a lot. And the ramen episode took a lot to put together, so thank you for mentioning that specifically :)

    1. Love your blog and recipes. I have tried so many and will try this one also…yum! Best of luck waiting for your call, it will be one lucky baby.

  55. Made these today and OMG! so good. I made 12 small cupcake servings, 183 calories in one.

  56. I love how simple this recipe is! It sounds delicious though. And while I can’t imagine exactly what you and Alex are going through, I know how difficult waiting can be. I’m keeping you both in my thoughts xx
    -Claire
    tallgirlbigworld.com

  57. These are incredible! Just made some as a gluten/refined sugar free treat for Mother’s Day on Sunday… I hope they last that long!! ?

  58. These are delicious! Substituted sun butter for the peanut butter due to nut allergy. Thx for the recipe!

  59. I’m obsessed with these and always have some in the freezer. As soon as I eat the last one, I whip up another batch! They’re especially delicious with homemade peanut butter, but almond butter is also delightful :)

  60. Thank you for sharing your journey! Hoping you are graced with a little one soon :) I have made this recipe twice now and just love it. Best wishes! xo

    1. Hi! We’re not sure about other oils — we’ve only tested coconut oil. You could try it but we’re not sure how it would turn out!

  61. Thank you so much for this recipe – it’s hard to find gluten/lactose/refined sugar free treats that are actually delicious! Congratulations on your precious baby boy and all the best to your family!

  62. Just made these with honey as I had no maple syrup on hand – they are INCREDIBLE. Absolutely genius. Especially for a chocoholic who likes to try to eat healthy. Will definitely make them again (and try them with maple syrup soon)!

  63. I just rediscovered this recipe and need to make them again. These are one of my favorite things on the site. Cannot wait for the cookbook!

    1. These are some of our favorites too! Thank you for these kind words and for your support of the cookbook: it means the world! :)

  64. these are so good, the only problem i had was that the rolled oats are hard to chew on, so some were put off by that :(

    1. Oh that’s interesting! We’ve never heard that feedback before…perhaps the particular oat brand used was tougher than most? I’m not quite sure, but thank you for letting us know and I’m sorry to hear that! I’ll let you know if we hear of other similar feedback.

  65. Hi! Am trying this recipe today – test run since we are having a dinner party next month and two of our guests are vegan. So far, I have loved the tastes I’ve had of both layers as I was making them. The topping layer is cooling in the fridge right now, but I am sure they will be a hit! I’ve been following a keto plan so made the mini bites so I can, without guilt, try one later for only 8 -9 carbs! Do these freeze well? If so, do you recommend a food sealer bag or what method to freeze to get the best result?

    1. OH we hope you love them! These freeze perfectly! You can do any way you’d like: we typically just use a sealable glass container and they turn out great. Good luck!!

  66. Thanks! They are SO good, and even my super picky hubby approved of them and said if I hadn’t told him they were vegan and with healthy ingredients, he never would have known. Thanks for a terrific recipe – I will feel very happy to set these out for our vegan guests’ dessert!

    1. So, so glad that these were a hit! Thanks for making them — and glad they were an easy vegan dessert for guests! :)

  67. The good news:
    These are so simple and delicious!

    The bad news:
    These are so simple and delicious…and I CANNOT STOP EATING THEM :)

    So glad I discovered your blog – was linked over here by my fav, Cookie & Kate. Your recipes do not disappoint!

  68. These are soooo addicting! BUT I don’t feel guilty at all after eating them. Lol. I made them with almond/cashew butter that I made on a whim and old fashioned oats because it’s what I had at home. Oh boy….what a great way to start the New Year. Thank you!

  69. these sound so good! since I’m out of a bunch of the ingredients, it will have to wait. /=

    if you adjust the PRINT THIS RECIPE to have a non-solid black banner, you’ll save people ink!

  70. I’m curious why Dutch process cocoa powder is specified. I’d never heard if it before and had to do a google search to figure it out. Is it a taste preference or does it need it for the recipe to work? Can I use natural cocoa powder? Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait to try it. I’ve been looking for a gluten-free, dairy-free dessert to share with a group with allergies and this is the best recipe I’ve seen! (Looks tasty and I have most of the ingredients ;)

    1. The dark cocoa powder provides an amazing flavor that standard cocoa powder doesn’t have. Most groceries have an option for either “dark cocoa powder” or “dutch processed cocoa powder”. You could use natural cocoa powder, but the final product will taste a little less rich. Hope you enjoy!

  71. Saw you making these on TikTok and recognized you from your website so I knew they’d be good.
    Just made them. Easy Peezy. I microwaved the coconut oil instead of messing with stove and pots. Made 24 mini muffins and four shallow larger muffin cups for me. Hard to eat just one!

  72. Hi, I found your recipe looking for a vegan sweet treat for a Thank You.
    I wanted to let you know I adapted as best I could for my Thermomix and noted at the bottom your website.

    Please let me know if this is ok with you.

    PS, my husband’s eyes rolled backwards with delight when he tried it. *smile*. I’m not a sweet tooth so these types of recipes I struggle to know if tastes are acceptable.

    Kind regards,

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