Sugar-Free (Almost) Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

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Do you remember these chocolately no-bake cookies from your childhood?

My Grandma’s friend and neighbor, Audrey, used to make these in the summer, and I loved them.

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I hadn’t thought about them or had them in a long time.  Then I noticed my friend, Janet, posted this healthy, no-sugar version on her Facebook page.

Yesterday was our first day home from vacation, and there were no cookies in the house.  That is something that doesn’t happen often around here! 

Knowing we were heading over to our oldest son’s and daughter-in-law’s house for a visit, I didn’t want to go empty handed, so I thought I would give this recipe a try.

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The original recipe from my childhood calls for 2 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of milk.

This recipe has NO sugar (except for what is in my peanut butter – but if you used natural peanut butter, it would have NONE!).  Honey is used instead, and I use local honey (Molinaro Apiaries here in Mars).  Have you heard that using local honey can help treat those with allergies as you ingest small doses of pollen the bees carry that is local to you and builds antibodies like getting a “vaccine?”

This recipe has no butter.  It uses healthy coconut oil instead.  And it uses no milk.

And best of all…. these “healthy” cookies taste DELISH!

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And… they take only minutes to make.

They are best eaten right out of the freezer on hot summer days.

The recipe Janet shared is from 12 Tomatoes, and they say the recipes makes three dozen cookies.

WHY do I always only get HALF the number of cookies any cookie recipe calls for?  I got exactly 18…. One and one half dozen.  Do I really make my cookies TWICE as big as everyone else!?!!???  🙂

It was good to be back in the kitchen – even if only briefly – and not really baking!

But it was even better to be with our “kids.”  And I played ladder golf for the first time.  Us girls ALMOST won!

Sugar Free (Almost) Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

  • Servings: 1-1/2 - 3 dozen
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  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup natural peanut butter (I didn’t have “natural” so used Jif – thus the “almost” sugar free reference)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine honey, peanut butter and coconut oil, stirring until well blended and smooth.
  3. Stir in oats, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt and mix well.
  4. Drop cookies by tablespoonful onto parchment-lined baking sheets
  5. Place in freezer for at least 15 minutes to set.
  6. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag either in the fridge or freezer.


Cheers & Hugs,

32 thoughts on “Sugar-Free (Almost) Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

  1. Woot! My sister (our family’s equivalent of you lol) used to make these for us kids and we loved them. You can add gluten free also to your list of wonderful things about this recipe, if your vanilla and oats are gluten free (some get cross-contaminated with flour in processing)! Wow, gluten, dairy, egg and processed sugar free. Nailed it, my friend! 💛💜💛💜💛 Happy Monday!

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  2. They look delicious! I haven’t had these cookies in a long long time. I will try them someday. I mean, healthy cookies… you gotta make them and eat them because they are good for you!! LOL!! This is my last day with my kiddos. They sure are precious!

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  3. Thanks for making them and giving a thumbs up!!! I need to get the local honey and try them too!! Hoping Marty and the kids liked them too!!


  4. Jodi – I just wanted to say that I never get as many cookies as the recipes say either. Never. I’ve always wondered about that too. Also, thank you SO much for the Molinaro Apiary plug and the comment about local honey! 🙂 I’ll have to tell Ray that you mentioned his honey in your blog.

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    • Thanks Cyndee! And they taste as good as the ones full of sugar and butter – maybe even better! (Not that I’m not a huge fun of sugar and butter in cookies normally! LOL!)


  6. 👋 Jodi,
    I’ve been craving chocolate oatmeal cookies for over 1 1/2 weeks now that I had as a little girl. But wanted a reduced sugar version & after seeing yours, decided to try it as I had all the ingredients, including local honey. I ate two & they are scrumptious, Jodi. Thanks for posting this & I appreciate that you include the nutrition info as well. I put most of them in the freezer, layered between parchment paper. Thanks again, Anna Marie


  7. 👋 Jodi,

    I looked again & it seems you didn’t include the nutrition? Wondering about how many calories per cookie please? Thanks, Anna Marie


  8. 👋 Jodi,

    I’ve made these & they’re great! Can you tell me the calorie count per cookie please? Have a great week. Thanks, Anna Marie


  9. I made these & absolutely love them. It’s great that you developed this recipe sans butter, sugar & milk. 👍 Could you give the calorie count per cookie please? Thanks, Anna Marie


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