Dairy-free No Bake Cookies

It is very common in our society to take healthy food mix it together until it is no longer healthy or nutritious. Before I was health conscious, one of my all time favorite cookies was No Bake cookies. They have the perfect blend of chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal. YUM! But after my hubby and I started getting serious about what type of sugar we were eating and how much…the no bake cookies had to go. :(I remember visiting a friend who had proudly made me some as a gluten-free option (this was before I was dairy-free) and so I politely enjoyed a cookie.

My taste buds immediately went on over drive as I couldn’t even enjoy the chocolate peanut butter oatmeal goodness because of the over whelming taste of sugar. All I could taste was sugar and I got a head ache shortly after to prove it. The brain fog and migraine I received reminded me of the power sugar has on our bodies.

Did I ever notice the high sugar content before? No, my body was in a sense “used” to it. This is why it is very common for people who are doing a detox to experience head aches, mood changes, or just have a general feeling of un-wellness. It’s largely impart to a sugar withdrawal. My case was a reaction to a sugar spike.

My headache was so miserable that I stayed away from no bake cookies for two years. I had made up my mind that it was just one more thing that I could DO without………..until a few months ago. 🙂

I needed a dessert for a family function that was gluten-free and vegan. But I wanted it to be appealing for the other families as well. I have come to realize that some people won’t EVEN try food if they have never seen it before. So instead of frightening people off, I wanted to revamp something that I knew people would enjoy without them even knowing I gave it a HEALTH BOOST.


That’s when it hit me…No Bake Cookies. Easy, Simple and Enjoyable to eat! 🙂

A stack of no bake cookies on top of a polka dot cloth
Enjoy creamy chocolatey no bake cookies again with this allergy friendly re-hack. (GF, DF & Vegan)

I swapped out the dairy ingredients for organic non-dairy ingredients and then I cut the sugar amount in half. Really 2 cups of sugar for these cookies is not needed! It wasn’t just that I cut the sugar in half it was also the sugar that I used. I used Coconut Palm Sugar. Sugar is sugar, right? Wrong. Coconut sugar has the glycemic index of 35. That’s right, only 35 which is 4 points lower than our friendly green pea at 39.  Does anyone ever think of green peas has desert? Regular processed white sugar is 68 almost double the index. You can learn more about the glycemic index and other sugary facts here.

One large up close shot of a no bake cookie on a polka dot fabric.
Enjoy creamy chocolatey no bake cookies again with this allergy friendly re-hack. (GF, DF & Vegan)

Since sugar is already EVERYWHERE in our food…I’m always trying to lower it where I can. These cookies taste great because of their chocolate peanut butter blend so offer that to your children and leave the sugar buzz and head ache out!!

Dairy-free No Bake Cookies
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Dairy-free No Bake Cookies
Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
40 minutes
Total Time:
50 minutes

Author: Allison Kuslikis
Yield: 15
  • 3 cups of gluten-free oats
  • 3/4 cup of organic peanut butter
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 stick or 8 tbsp of earth balance butter (non-dairy)
  • 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk (almond, flax or soy work great)
  • 4 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  1. Measure out your oats & peanut butter and set aside in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Take a large sauce pan and melt 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup coconut sugar, 4 tbsp. cocoa and 1/2 cup of non dairy milk.
  3. Bring to a boil for 1 minute and stir to avoid chocolate burning. Remove from heat.
  4. Pour oats and peanut butter into the sauce pan and mix well. Once mixture is blended add in vanilla.
  5. Scoop out cookie mixture onto wax paper and let cookies sit until firm.
  6. Place cookies in an air tight container to store.
Nutrition information
Calories per serving: 310.58 kcal
Fat per serving: 15.35 g
Saturated fat per serving: 5.85 g
Carbs per serving: 37.51 g
Protein per serving: 8.74 g
Fiber per serving: 4.49 g
Sugar per serving: 14.52 g
13.83 mg
0.26 g
Cholesterol per serving: 17.01 mg
Nutrition label for Dairy-free No Bake Cookies

I would love to hear from you. If you give this recipe a try, please let me know by giving the recipe a rating and leaving a comment.

–  Allison

Creamy chocolatey no bake cookies with this allergy friendly re-hack. (GF, DF & Vegan)

DSC_0569GF oatmeal cookies piled high on a blue cloth.

2 thoughts on “Dairy-free No Bake Cookies”

  1. So I made these today but used honey instead of sugar and used coconut oil instead of the butter. I’m not sure I like the taste of honey but everyone else loved it.

    1. Hey Margaret, thanks for trying out this recipe and sharing your changes. I’m glad to hear that honey works. Have you tried coconut sugar? It’s definitely not as sweet as regular sugar but it might be good to try next time you make these. 🙂

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