We gave no-bake cookies a healthy makeover, bumping up the peanut butter and cutting back on added sugar and butter. The result is a chewy, peanut buttery, oat-packed delicious cookie. It's easy to whip up a batch of these--only a few simple ingredients are needed to make these chewy peanut butter cookies and there's no baking required.

Carolyn Casner
Source: EatingWell.com, November 2017


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat peanut butter, brown sugar, butter and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until the butter and sugar have melted. Stir in oats and vanilla. If using chocolate chips, let the mixture cool to room temperature before stirring them in.

  • Drop the dough by the tablespoon onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press into 2-inch circles. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Keep refrigerated.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Tip: People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts

104.6 calories; protein 2.6g 5% DV; carbohydrates 8.6g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 1.1g 4% DV; sugars 3.5g; fat 6.4g 10% DV; saturated fat 1.9g 10% DV; cholesterol 5.2mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 64.1IU 1% DV; folate 3.1mcg 1% DV; calcium 9.2mg 1% DV; iron 0.3mg 2% DV; magnesium 6.5mg 2% DV; potassium 30.6mg 1% DV; sodium 28.5mg 1% DV; thiaminmg 2% DV; added sugar 3g.

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Rating: 5 stars
I taught my young daughters to make these in the microwave. Just 30 seconds at a time and stir until it's all melted. I melted the chocolate chips as well. I love that they are whole grain. They still have the same yummy taste as the traditional recipe but better for you. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love these make them all the time. I tweek the recipe by adding raisins with the oats melting the chocolate chips in with the peanut butter mixture and using whole grain oats and dark chocolate chips to make them healthier! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I added a tsp of cinnamon and a tbsp of Cocoa no chocolate chips yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made as written minus the chocolate chips plus a pinch of salt. Very good! Not too sweet but sweet enough. Next time I will try a tad less butter only to try to make it less fat. I used a natural peanut butter (the kind you have to stir the oil into) unsalted butter and quick cooking oats. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Hi Razzle Dee Thanks for that catch! We've added the milk ingredient and can't wait to hear what you think of this recipe. I'm totally in love with how easy and addictively delicious they are! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
I haven't made these yet but I'd like to! I'm confused though because the directions say to add milk but it's not listed under ingredients. Read More