Easy No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten Free!)

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

These easy no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies are so soft, chewy, chocolaty, and all together delicious that you will be surprised you can make them in under 20 minutes! These classic no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies are gluten free, can totally be made sugar free and dairy free. If you want, you can even make no bake vegan oatmeal cookies with this recipe!

Why You Will Love This Recipe

– These no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies take less than 20 minutes to make;

– This no bake cookies recipe is a great idea to do with kids;

– You can customize your gluten free cookies with various add ins;

– This no bake recipe can be easily made vegan;

Ingredients for No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

ingredients for no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies
Classic No Bake Cookies Ingredients

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup packed brown sugar – adds deeper flavor to the cookies!

75 grams (about 5 ½ tbsp) butter – you can use coconut oil or vegan butter to make these cookies dairy free.

½ cup milk – I like to use 2.8% milk as it gives more milky flavor to the cookies. Keep in mind, that the less fat your milk has, the more sugar will be added to it to make it taste good. So, I’d say rather go for a fatter milk for healthier no bake oatmeal cookies!

– 2 cups of oats (if making gluten free cookies use certified gluten free oats). I like using quick cooking oats, but you are free to use rolled oats, too. Using rolled oats will make the cookies harder!

– ¼ cup peanut butter (make your own peanut butter in 5 minutes!) – you can omit peanut butter to make no bake chocolate cookies without peanut butter.

60 grams of peanuts (or more, to taste!) – you can be creative and add different kinds of nuts, too!

– 100 grams dark chocolate (you can mix your cookies up a bit and add some semi sweet or white chocolate!).

– 1 tsp vanilla

– ¼ tsp salt – omit salt if you are using salted butter.

Watch How to Make No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 – prepare for quick action

You need to line a sheet pan with baking paper, or just spread baking paper on a straight surface. You will not have time to do it later as the cookies need to be scooped out as soon as possible.

Prepare your kitchen towels and mittens to handle the hot pot with the hot milk and sugar mixture. You also need to have something to place the hot pot on so that you don’t damage the working surface.

Step 2 – mix dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl combine oats, peanut butter, peanuts, and chocolate chunks (or chips). Mix to incorporate.

Step 3 – boil milk and sugars

In a small / medium size saucepan combine butter, milk, sugars, salt, and vanilla and let all ingredients melt into a consistent mixture, don’t hurry with bringing up the heat!

As you see that your sugars dissolved and butter melted, slowly bring the mixture up to a rolling boil and continue boiling for exactly 2 minutes. After the 2 minutes are up, take the saucepan off the fire.

boiling milk for no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies
Classic No-Bake Cookies Prep

Step 4 – mix and shape

Pour the liquid into the oatmeal mix and stir until all chocolate has melted. When the dough is well combined and the chocolate is melted, grab a spoon (you can use an ice cream scooper for prettier shapes) and scoop the cookies out onto the parchment paper. Don’t lose time on this stage as it is best to scoop the cookies out before they harden!

no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Step 5 – cool and enjoy!

Let your cookies cool for at least 30 minutes. You can place the cookies to the refrigerator to speed up the process! If your no bake chocolate cookies are still warm and soft after 30 minutes, leave them to cool for longer!

Interestingly, if it is raining outside, there are chances your cookies won’t harden as fast, because the water vapor in the air will moisturize the no bake cookies.

no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies
No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies: Tips and Tricks

– Make sure the entire liquid mix is boiling hard before starting the 2 minute count down. Slight simmer won’t do!

Quick cooking oats are your best bet for no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies, because old fashioned rolled oats are too hard and behave differently in the settling stage.

– If you think your cookies are too weak and wet – boil the milk, butter, and sugars for 30 seconds longer to reduce the water content and allow for firmer no bake cookies. If you think your cookies are a bit harder than you would like them to be, then only simmer for 1 ½ minutes instead of 2 and see whether you like the results then!

– Create a perfect peanut butter consistency for your no bake cookies by making your own homemade peanut butter with my easy recipe! You can make crunchy or smooth peanut butter, just don’t overdo the amount as it will affect the texture of the cookies. ¼ cup is good enough for these no bake chocolate cookies, but feel free to experiment!

– You can substitute butter for vegan butter, but don’t substitute for margarine. As these cookies don’t have that many ingredients, butter really matters. Margarine will change the taste and the setting stage of your no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies.

– Prepare all ingredients, kitchen towels and mittens beforehand to ensure a smooth and quick process! Remember, you have to work quick after the liquid mix is done boiling.

– Line up 1-2 sheet pans with parchment paper before you start the cooking process.

– You can give your cookies a boost by stirring in some coconut shreds, almond extract instead of vanilla, and any nuts for an extra crunch!

You can easily double this recipe if you need to make a bigger batch! These no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies can easily be frozen and enjoyed at a later time.

no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

FAQ for No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Why Do My No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies Turn Out Gooey?

Gooey texture signals that you did not boil the milk, butter, and sugar mix long enough. You might have started your count down as you saw some simmering going on in the pot, but simmer is not a rolling boil. Next time give the mixture a bit more time and see how it turns out!

Why are My No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are Not Getting Hard?

Same reasons as above! Try boiling the mixture a bit more next time and make sure it comes up to a rolling boil before you start the count down.

Why are My Cookies Dry and Crumbly?

This can happen if you let the milk mixture boil for too long. If too much water evaporates, then you will not have enough moisture to soak your cookies!

What is a Rolling Boil?

Rolling boil is when the entire surface of the liquid is bubbling up, not just the middle!

Are Oats Gluten Free?

Yes, naturally oats are gluten free. However, oats are processed in the same places where wheat products are produced unless the packaging says “gluten free”.

If you are very sensitive to gluten, then you need to make sure you buy certified gluten free oats for this no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies recipe!

How Long Do Chocolate No Bake Oatmeal Cookies Last?

These cookies will last for a week in the fridge and for months in the freezer!

Can I Freeze No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies?

Absolutely! Freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months!

Can I Make These Cookies Sugar Free?

You can make gluten free sugar free no bake cookies by using coconut sugar in place of the regular one!

Are These Cookies Healthy?

It depends on how much sugar you will add to them. If you make sugar free no bake cookies, then they will be way healthier than these ones. Otherwise you will benefit from the oats and the protein that peanut butter naturally contains!

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What’s Next?

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No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Easy No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Learn how to make these delicious gluten free no bake cookies with this easy recipe!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 150 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 small size sauce pan
  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 rubber spatula
  • 1 sheet pan
  • 1 sheet of parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • cup white sugar
  • cup packed brown sugar
  • 75 grams (5½ tbsp) butter (coconut oil for vegan version)
  • ½ cup milk (plant based milk for vegan version)
  • 2 cups oats (gluten free oats for GF version)
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 60 grams peanuts (or more, to taste)
  • 100 grams dark chocolate (or chocolate chips)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)

Instructions
 

  • You need to line a sheet pan with baking paper, or just spread baking paper on a straight surface. You will not have time to do it later as the cookies need to be scooped out as soon as possible.
  • Prepare your kitchen towels and mittens to handle the hot pot with the hot milk and sugar mixture. You also need to have something to place the hot pot on so that you don’t damage the working surface.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine oats, peanut butter, peanuts, and chocolate chunks (or chips). Mix to incorporate.
    ingredients for no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies
  • In a small / medium size saucepan combine butter, milk, sugars, salt, and vanilla and let all ingredients melt into a consistent mixture, don’t hurry with bringing up the heat!
  • As you see that your sugars dissolved and butter melted, slowly bring the mixture up to a rolling boil and continue boiling for exactly 2 minutes. After the 2 minutes are up, take the saucepan off the fire.
    boiling milk for no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies
  • Pour the liquid into the oatmeal mix and stir until all chocolate has melted. When the dough is well combined and the chocolate is melted, grab a spoon (you can use an ice cream scooper for prettier shapes) and scoop the cookies out onto the parchment paper. Don’t lose time on this stage as it is best to scoop the cookies out before they harden!
    no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies
  • Let your cookies cool for at least 30 minutes. You can place the cookies to the refrigerator to speed up the process! If your no bake chocolate cookies are still warm and soft after 30 minutes, leave them to cool for longer!
  • Interestingly, if it is raining outside, there are chances your cookies won’t harden as fast, because the water vapor in the air will moisturize the no bake cookies.
    no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

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