Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Eliza starts fifth grade in a little over a week! We are spending our spare time picking up school supplies, cleaning out closets and planning her lunches. She isn’t happy with the standard PB & J or turkey and cheddar sandwich every day. She loves to see a little diversity in her lunchbox from day to day and I have a really great time creating that with her. This week we decided to turn one of our old recipes for no bake cookies into a gluten and dairy free version that she could take with her to school. We knew that a trial run was needed just to make sure that they were perfect and after all that shopping and clearing out we needed an indulgent treat.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies (gluten & dairy free)

3 cups gluten-free quick cooking oats, we used these.

2 cups sugar

4 Tbsp. cocoa powder

8 Tbsp. Earth Balance

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 cup peanut butter

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

Line baking sheets with waxed paper and set aside. In a heavy saucepan bring the sugar, cocoa, earth balance, and coconut milk to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil for 1 minute add the peanut butter, vanilla extract and oatmeal stirring well to combine. Remove from the heat and drop the mixture by tablespoonful’s onto the wax paper. Allow to cool and harden then store in an airtight container.

We are happy to have shared this recipe at the Gluten-Free Friday’s link up party hosted by Vegetarian Mama, Eat.Live.Make, and Gluten Freed R.D.!  Hop on over to find more great gf recipes!


  1. Helen LeBrett August 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Just 4 days ago we received the results that my daughter is dairy, egg, gluten and corn sensitive. I spent 2 1/2 hours at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods looking for things for her to eat and arrived home exhausted!! So this morning I started on the internet looking for recipes for her, and yours was the second blog I looked at, and there in your posts was our absolute favorite cookie!! Bless you!!! I was thinking of how to experiment with my recipe so I could make it for her, but you have done all the work: Thank you, thank you!!! i’ll be visiting you more often!! Helen from Healdsburg, Ca

    1. Beard + Bonnet August 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Hi Helen,
      What an awesome mom you are! I promise that grocery shopping will get easier as you learn what products work best for your daughter’s new diet. I was so overwhelmed at first and our only restrictions were gluten, dairy and had to be vegetarian. I am glad that you have a TJ’s and a Whole Foods close to you, I know they were a lifesaver for us. I hope that you keep in touch because we would love to hear how you and your daughter are doing. I hope you enjoy the cookies!

  2. Eric Shupps August 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Good post. Very helpful. Thanks for the info.

  3. amanda August 15, 2012 at 4:47 am

    I made the original version of this with my mom all the time as a kid. Now I’m vegan and will probably make these all the time for myself. no sharing!

    1. Beard + Bonnet August 15, 2012 at 4:50 am

      I hope that you enjoy them!! I have a hard time sharing them when I make them.:)

  4. Heather August 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for a great recipe! Have you ever frozen these? I’ve never made “no-bake” cookies but I’d love to make them for the kid’s school lunch and I’m wondering if I could make a up a big batch and freeze some. Thanks!

    1. admin August 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Heather,
      I have never frozen them so I am not sure how they will turn out. I would love to know how they work out for you if you freeze them. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Dana September 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Meg, these look amazing! I’m just curious if you think a kid who is not a fan of peanut butter (sigh, it’s sad but true) would still like these (and not notice a strong PB taste). Either way, I could always make them for myself!

    1. admin September 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks Dana! These are pretty peanut buttery. I would try almond butter or sunflower butter and see what happens. Let me know how they turn out

    1. admin September 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      I LOVE sunbutter! I might have to make that version too:)

  6. brittany March 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    literally just made these cookies and i have to say i feel like your recipes just about saved my life …i feel like im allergic to the world almonds, bannanas, milk, soy everythinggggg ..just the simple fact that you use coconut milk is amazing bc thats the only kind i can have ..i cant wait to try all of the other things that i pinned on my board from your page your great ! keep the recipes coming please and thank you 😀

    1. Meg March 13, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Brittany, thank you so much for your kind comment! I am so glad that you have found things here that you can enjoy, I am working on new recipes using coconut milk/oil to include on the site soon and I hope you love them too. 🙂


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