No-Bake, Nut Butter, Oatmeal Cookie

January 19, 2010   20 Comments

Let's be honest. Nobody has time to bake. Okay, if you have time to bake, you are in the minority. My favorite snacks are one that are just assembled from readily available ingredients and served with no mess.

No Bake Nut Butter Oatmeal Cookie

The no bake cookie is a great way to get a healthy snack in a VERY short amount of time. The only catch is that you have to wait it to chill for 2 hours - but that isn't so bad is it?

The concept, introduced to me by Fitnessista is simple. Use rolled oats (not instant), nut butter, and assorted yummy foods to add in, a little milk and mush it together on a plate. The liquid will be absorbed by the oats while the cookie sits in the fridge.

This cookie makes a great breakfast. Make it the night before and grab it with your coffee. Also, kids totally love the idea of a breakfast cookie - and you can get them to mix in healthy things (and they get to use their hands!).

You can add slivered almonds, chocolate chips, dried fruit, honey, mushed banana, or whatever suits you.

The calorie content is going to depend on how much nut butter you use to hold it together. Nut butter is super healthy, but it is calorific, so if you are watching your weight you can use less.

Make a few cookies, toss them in the fridge, and you have a delicious and whole grain snack for any time of day.

No-Bake, Nut Butter, Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

(Serves 1)
1 small plate
1/3 cup oats
1 1/2 teaspoons nut butter
1/8 cup milk (soy milk, almond milk, etc.)
1 teaspoon raisins
1 teaspoon maple syrup

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl with your hands (kids will love this!). Mush onto plate, wrap with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.

Please share your favorite cookie type and/or recipe.

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Looks yummy, just like overnight oats!

yummy! I just made this with my 13 year old picky eater daughter. was delish! added brown sugar/cinnamon and dried cranberries. will definitely make it again

I'm going to try this recipe tonight. It looks yummy and so easy to do. :) I have a question for you though: my little guy is 21 months old and never had any types of nuts. I'd like to keep him nut-free for awhile longer because my husband has severe nut allergies. But I'm always looking for good snack ideas for my son because he loves to eat. What would you recommend for the nut butter substitute in this recipe?

Bubblybunny -Have you tried sunflower seed butter? or sunbutter? It is not made with nuts - but seeds. I think it is a GREAT alternative. Lisa

Oh this sounds fantastic! Can't wait to offer it to my 4-year-old -- he'll love making it with me too. And THANKS for the nut-butter substitute ideas! -- My 20-month-old isn't ready for nut butters either.

just want to mention that this recipe is AMAZING. i think i put a little too much soy milk in mine (and i got vanilla soymilk (with cane juice unfortunately) and i was using housemate's, er, expired peanut butter (don't ask me, she didn't even realize it expired 3 months ago...and it wasn't just peanut unfortunately) BUT BUT BUT! it was a bit gooey but i ate it this morning, and i'm not hungry at all and it's already 11:15! i ate it with an egg, and more regular morning green tea and a cup of cherry black tea. either the black tea is suppressing my appetite (which i doubt, and i know the green tea doesn't really work super well because i drink at least 3 cups of green tea every morning and that never stopped me from feeling starving by 10...) or your recipe is really helping me feel full until lunch. I'm so happy! :D now i just need to buy some pure peanut peanutbutter and i'm good to go! Sweet!

I recently discovered these "cookies" and the best one I made so far had oats, peanut butter, milk, 1/2 a smooshed banana, a heaping tablespoon of canned pumpkin, cinnamon, raisins, and just a couple of chocolate chips on top. It keeps me full til almost lunchtime, which is a miracle. I am usually snacking by 10a.

this sounds great for me because i don't really like eating cereal. can you tell me the points plus value in this by chance? Also, where do you get nut butter.. sorry never heard of it. Oh yea, can you use 2 per cent milk?


this is awesome.

i love everything about this snack, i would eat all the things separate that go into this cookie but now i can have it all together.

Who said you can have it all just not at the same time? They didn't know that they can :))

@cathy: An example of a nut butter is peanut butter. There's also almond butter, and apple butter (but that's not a nut), it's basically a nut turned into a paste so I'm pretty sure you could get it anywhere. And you could use 2% milk, the calories would be higher though, not by much since it's only an 1/8 of a cup.

Just made it, it's in the fridge right now. I used one of those maple brown sugar oatmeal packets, and used a tsp of honey instead of maple syrup. It smelled so good!!

Only 1 day has passed, and I've made it three times already (I premade one for tomorrow). I think I have problem now.

Thanks for the recipe Kathy. Oatmeal + dried fruits + peanut butter is a winner. I could make this in just a few minutes and it could be completely healthy -especially since I work out and in need of high protein, low fat, low sugar snacks.

Love this's kind of like overnight oats recipe from KERF but in cookie form! I can't wait to try it tonight. Thank you.

anyone know what the calorie count for this is?

Looking forward to making this oatmeal cookie with my granddaughter Faith next Fri. when she spends the nite, so we can have it for breakfast Sat. morn. :) Thanks Snack Girl

Cookies are one of my biggest weaknesses so I can't wait to try this!

Lisa, I made a mass batch the night before using trail mix as a fixin', and shaped them into bars. Working at a fast-casual burger place as a manager has me constantly on my feet with very little time to eat a whole meal. One bar gets me through breakfast and lunch shifts, while another keeps me going until the end of my day--and helps curb the temptation of grabbing a burger and fries each day I work.

I froze some of what I made to see if it keeps well enough after thaw; I try to make a bunch of healthy frozen meals en-mass since the last thing I want to do after working with food is to make food.

Hi Snack Girl,

I did make these some time ago, and they were gooey and so soft you had to eat it with a spoon...I would like one made like a bar that you could cut and keep and eat on the go.... do you have anything else that would work ?

How many days can they last in the fridge? And how long can I freeze them for?

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