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3 Ingredient No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (No Flour, Butter, or Oil)

These easy no bake cookies are just three ingredients and healthier than traditional no bake cookies. Everything is mixed in one bowl for easy clean-up. The cookies make a delicious snack that will also satisfy your craving for something sweet.
photo of a stack of five cookies

Traditional no bake cookies require butter, milk and sugar. But these ingredients are not needed for this simplified recipe.


  • Rolled Oats
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Chips

Rolled Oats

Make sure to use rolled oats and not quick oats. Rolled oats will hold together better and provide texture for these cookies.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter can be substituted with other nut butters like almond butter. However, peanut butter is thicker and I think the cookies hold together best with peanut butter.

Chocolate Chips

All the sweetness for these cookies comes from the chocolate chips which are melted and mixed with the peanut butter. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips because I prefer dark chocolate flavor. But if you want something sweeter, I would recommend using milk chocolate chips.
photo of no bake cookies lined up on parchment

Making No Bake Cookies

  • The only cooking involved for these cookies is melting the chocolate. This can be done on the stove or in the microwave. I used the microwave.
  • Once the chocolate is fully melted, it’s mixed with the peanut butter.
  • The oats are added in last, mixing them until they are all moistened with the chocolate peanut butter mixture.
  • The cookie dough is rolled up into a tight ball and pressed down to form a thick disk. Then you freeze the cookies until set.

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More No Bake Cookie Recipes

3 Ingredient No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Servings: 11 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
These chocolate oatmeal cookies are super easy and just 3 ingredients. They make a great snack!
4.88 from 8 votes


  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips semisweet or milk chocolate
  • 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add chocolate chips to a large microwave-safe mixing bowl.
  • Melt chocolate in microwave or on stovetop using double boiler method. If melting in the microwave, heat chocolate at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is completely melted.
  • Add the peanut butter to the melted chocolate and stir until evenly mixed.
  • Stir in oats until all oats are moistened and evenly combined.
  • Scoop out 2 tbsp dough and form a compact ball. Some of the chocolate peanut butter mixture will stick to your hand. That is normal. Place ball onto prepared baking sheet and press down to flatten into a thick round disk. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • 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 or in the fridge or freezer if you want to store them longer.


  • I used unsweetened peanut butter but you can use sweetened.
  • If you prefer a sweeter cookie, use milk chocolate chips as they are sweeter than semisweet chocolate chips. You can also add more than 1/2 cup chocolate.
  • Be careful not to overpack your oats when measuring them. You don't want any more than 1 1/2 cups. If you are a little under, that is fine.
  • Nutrition estimate is calculated with unsweetened peanut butter and semisweet chocolate chips.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 156kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 116mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, NET CARBS: 14g

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.

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62 comments on “3 Ingredient No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (No Flour, Butter, or Oil)”

  1. Can you make without peanut butter? I am using a nut allergy free chocolate chips for a cookie exchange. I was thinking of just oats, chocolate chips and maybe cranberries….

    • The peanut butter holds the cookies together so if you want to avoid nuts, we recommend trying sunbutter. It will change the flavor, but should work fine.

  2. I made these with the “help” of my 2 year old. (Thankfully he was cooking play food by the time I was forming the cookies – I used my hands and it was messy!)

    I only used 1/2c of chocolate chips and found the cookies didn’t come together well. A splash of water made them nice and sticky in a pinch. I will try using more chocolate next time, for the stickiness and more chocolate taste.

  3. Can you use cocoa powder? How much?

  4. These were absolutely DELICIOUS!! The only thing I did different was I used your suggested 1 cup of chocolate chips instead of 1/2. I also flattened them with damp spoon. I would definitely make these over and over again. Eating one satisfied my sweet tooth!

  5. Thank you so much for this. I’m a cardiac patient and so with diet changes I’m trying to find snacks. I am now a huge oatmeal eater (very heart healthy) so I have a ton of rolled oats in the pantry. I eat the natural peanut butter now to avoid the fats and oils so I had this in the house too. I mentioned the recipe and the dark chocolate comments and the wife buys some dark chocolate chips (not too healthy but better than milk chocolate). So easy to make and fills the need for a treat but still be somewhat healthy! Score!

  6. I only have the quick oats …….. have you tried it with those? I was just wondering how they would turn out.

  7. A bit messy during the forming part, but are a lower sugar alternative to the originals with the same tastes!

    • I’m glad you think they taste the same as the original. Yes it is a little bit messy to form because of the melted chocolate

  8. Can u make it with just peanut butter instead of chocolte and how much peanut butter

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