These oatmeal cookies are easy to make and don’t require any baking. They also don’t contain any flour, eggs or refined sugar. With just 3 ingredients, these cookies make a healthy and easy treat.
Last month I shared these 3 ingredient no bake oatmeal bars which inspired me to make a cookie version. I really love how these turned out. The cookies are thick, peanut buttery and chewy. They are like energy balls but in a cookie form.
- Peanut Butter
- Rolled Oats
- Maple Syrup
You only need three ingredients for these cookies and you may already have them in your pantry.
Make sure to use natural peanut butter. I used creamy but you can use chunky to add some more texture to your cookies. I recommend choosing a peanut butter that contains very little salt (or no salt). You can also make these cookies using almond butter.
The cookies are sweetened with maple syrup. You can adjust the syrup amount to make these cookies less or more sweet. If you don’t have maple syrup, you can also use honey.
These cookies taste delicious without any additional mix-ins and I have made them several times without adding anything.
However, if you want them to be more cookie-like or have more texture, you can add in dried fruit or chocolate chips.
Dried fruit is the easiest to add in because they can be mixed directly into the batter. I like adding dried blueberries or cranberries.
Chocolate chips are a little trickier. Because the cookie dough is still hot, adding the chocolate chips directly into the dough will cause the chips to melt. You need to add them in at the very end but do so carefully so that you don’t break the cookies.
The cookies can be stored at room temperature or the fridge. I recommend the fridge as the cookies can be stored longer and the fridge does help keep the cookies a bit firmer.
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3 Ingredient Healthy No Bake Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 cup natural peanut butter unsweetened
- 6 tbsp maple syrup or more as needed
- 1 3/4 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup dried fruit or chocolate chips optional
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, add peanut butter and syrup. Place into microwave and heat for about 20 seconds. Remove and stir with a spatula until evenly combined. Continue to microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring in between, until the peanut butter thickens and becomes like a paste. This should take between 1 min 20 seconds to 2 minutes. You can also heat the mixture on the stove.
- Add in oats and stir until all oats are moistened and evenly mixed. If using dried fruit, stir in the dried fruit. If using chocolate chips, do not add them yet because they will melt.
- Scoop out 2 tbsp dough and roll it between your palms to form a compact ball. Place ball onto prepared baking sheet and press down to flatten into a thick round disk. Repeat with remaining dough.
- If you plan on adding chocolate chips, press a few into the surface of each disk. You may need to reshape the cookies again if any of the oats become loose from the chips being pressed in.
- Place cookie sheet into freezer and freeze until cookies are firm (30 to 60 minutes). You can leave the cookies in there longer as well and just bring them to room temperature for a few minutes before eating. Store uneaten cookies at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the fridge or freezer if you want to store them longer.
- Slightly adapted from Beaming Baker
- The key to your cookies staying together is your peanut butter paste. Make sure to dry out the peanut butter enough so that it becomes a thick paste.
- I tried to make these cookies not too sweet to keep them as healthy as possible. If you prefer something sweeter you can add 2 more tbsp of syrup (so 1/2 cup total).
- Make sure to use a low sodium or unsalted peanut butter to keep the cookies from being too salty. You can use creamy or chunky peanut butter. I used creamy. Chunky will add some more texture to your cookies.
- Nutrition estimate does not include chocolate chips or any mix-ins.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.