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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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Satisfy your sweet cravings in a flash with these speedy no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies! They taste just like a peanut butter cup but are gluten-free, vegan, made with whole food ingredients, and naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup. Made with just 4 simple ingredients in 15 minutes, these cookies will be your new go-to weeknight dessert.

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4-ingredient no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies

When the warmer months hit, all I want to make are no-bake treats. Some of my favourites to date have been fluffy chocolate mousse, this insane frozen margarita tart, and the always classy white chocolate blackberry swirl cheesecake.

But there’s also a special place in my heart for no-bake cookies. They’re so effortless and minimal that I can whip them up in 10 minutes when I need a hit of something sweet. My newest addiction? These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.

If you’re a fan of my no-bake peanut butter cookies, you’ll LOVE this chocolate version! They’re basically a copycat of a Reese’s peanut butter cup – only much healthier and way less effort than making an actual PB cup. They’re also gluten-free and vegan, so they’re perfect for everyone!

ingredients needed to make no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies

Ingredients in no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies

4 ingredients! That’s all you need to make these super easy no-bake cookies. If that doesn’t convince you to try them, I’m not sure what will. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Natural peanut butter: The star! Drippy natural peanut butter works best for this recipe. I recommend using smooth, but if all you have is crunchy, that works too!
  • Pure maple syrup: I love the pairing of maple syrup and peanut butter, but you could also use agave nectar or honey.
  • Cacao powder: Punchy cacao powder is best for optimum chocolate flavour in these cookies, but cocoa powder will also work.
  • Almond flour: To bind together the dough for these no-bake cookies, we’re using almond flour. Not only does it help us avoid E. coli and other health risks associated with raw wheat flour, it also keeps these cookies gluten free.
  • Flaky sea salt (optional): Not required but will definitely turn these cookies from YUM to OMGICAN’TSTOPEATINGTHEM status.

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How to make chocolate peanut butter cookies

This recipe is so simple, it’s almost a crime calling it a “recipe”! Here’s how to make it:

  1. Mix together the peanut butter, maple syrup, and cacao powder.
  2. Add the almond flour and mix until a dough forms.
  3. Roll the dough into 10 equal-sized balls. Place the dough balls on a baking tray and press them down using a fork.
  4. Top with flaky sea salt and refrigerate to set.

Full details are in the recipe card at the end of this post.

a stack of no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies on a wire rack topped with sea salt

FAQ’s

How long do no-bake cookies take to set?

No-bake cookies take a minimum of 20 minutes to set in the fridge.

How long do these cookies keep?

These chocolate peanut butter cookies will keep for up to 6 days in the fridge.

Can these cookies be frozen?

Of course! You can freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Though, they’re so addictive, I’m not sure you’ll want to!

Satisfy your sweet cravings in a flash with these speedy no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies! They taste just like a peanut butter cup but are gluten-free, vegan, made with whole food ingredients, and naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup. Made with just 4 simple ingredients in 15 minutes, these cookies will be your new go-to weeknight dessert.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream
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Frozen Margarita Tart
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Parfaits
No-Bake Espresso Cheesecake

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A single no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookie topped with sea salt on a wooden cutting board next to a spoonful of cacao powder
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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (Refined Sugar Free, Vegan)

Satisfy your sweet cravings in a flash with these speedy no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies! They taste just like a peanut butter cup but are gluten-free, vegan, made with whole food ingredients, and naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup. Made with just 4 simple ingredients in 15 minutes, these cookies will be your new go-to weeknight dessert.

Category Cookies
Cuisine American, Canadian
Keyword chocolate peanut butter cookies, no bake cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serves 10 cookies
Author Amanda | Naturally Sweet Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 125 g smooth natural peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tbsp cacao powder
  • 40 g almond flour (blanched ground almonds)
  • Flaky sea salt, for topping (optional)

Method

  1. In a bowl, beat together the peanut butter, maple syrup, and cacao powder with a wooden spoon until emulsified.
  2. Add the almond flour and stir until a rough ball of dough forms.
  3. Divide the dough evenly into 10 portions. Roll each portion into a ball and place it on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Using a fork, press the dough gently down to form a cookie shape. Top each cookie with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.
  4. Refrigerate the cookies for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • These cookies will keep refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 6 days. If you prefer a softer cookie, remove the cookies from the fridge 15 minutes before serving.
  • If you don’t have flaky sea salt, add ¼ tsp fine sea salt into the batter with the almond flour.

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2 Comments

  1. This is another amazing cookie. The no bake peanut butter have been a staple in my house ever since you posted the recipe. Now this chocolate version is just taking it to another level. Sooooo good. Fast easy and a hit with everyone who is lucky enough to get one. You have to grab fast cause they are not going to last long in this house.

    1. Haha, I love that! They don’t last long in my house either, to be fair. I’m so glad you love these cookies, Diane! Thanks for coming back and leaving such a great review.

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