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The last step in making these cookies is having them portioned out on parchment paper to cool.

Healthy No Bake Cookies

  • Author: Kari
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 15 cookies 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


My family’s recipe for the classic childhood cookie made healthier with no refined sugar, and a dairy free and paleo option too.



1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 1/2 cups coconut sugar, see notes

2 Teaspoons vanilla extract

Paleo version:

2 cups finely shredded coconut, unsweetened

1 cup big flake coconut, unsweetened

Classic version:

Omit the coconut and sub in 3 cups rolled oats


1/2 cup chopped walnuts, almonds, or pecans, or 1/2 cup almond butter/peanut butter/cashew butter


Combine the coconut milk, cocoa powder, coconut oil, and coconut sugar in a larger saucepan. Cook the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil, then boil this mixture for 2 minutes.

Remove the mixture from the heat, whisk in the vanilla. Then add either the coconut flakes or the rolled oats depending on which kind of cookie you’re making.

From here, you can spoon the cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet to cool, or you can pick an addition to add before portioning this mixture into the cookies.

These keep at room temperature in a sealed container for 4-5 days. They also freeze perfectly in a well sealed container for at least 1 month.


I have reduced the coconut sugar down to 1 cup before, but be aware this can cause the oil to separate sometimes from the cookies while they’re cooling. It’s barely noticeable when it’s happened to me, but it’s never happened with the full amount of sugar listed.

If you’re using the rolled oats, be sure to check the label to make sure they’re truly gluten free.

Also the amount of coconut or oats can vary a bit from batch to batch due to evaporation during the cooking process. If it looks too loose, or not as thick as the pictures, add a touch more coconut or oats.

The nutrition facts are counted using the coconut. It varies just slightly from the coconut in a couple measurements using the oats to 224 calories per cookie, 9.2 grams of fat, and 32 grams of carbohydrates.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Paleo No Bake Cookies, Healthy No Bake Cookies, Dairy free No Bake Cookies, Gluten free No Bake Cookies