No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

by Marla on February 13, 2010 · 35 comments

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These were truly the most simple little treats to make. Usually I make them in bar form and munch them as a pre or post workout snack. Here I made cute little hearts for Valentine’s Day. Not sure I know anyone who does not love the chocolate peanut combo. It is a natural flavor pairing like maple and cinnamon. The other bonus is you don’t need to bake them or add any sugar. The medjool dates add all the sweetness you could ever need.

My two kids loved them at their little homemade tea party. The combo is a party in your mouth. With no refined sugar and all good for you ingredients this indulgence is well worth the tiny little effort it takes to make them.

Homemade no bake cookies for Valentine's Day parties

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

makes about 20 2″ cookies


  • I say go Big Batch here, the more cookies you have the better! This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
  • As always, use your own taste buds to determine how you want to season your cookies. Cardamom, ginger, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice would all be good too.


  • 12 oz chopped, pitted dried Medjool Dates
  • 2 oz all natural Peanut Butter (or any other nut butter you love: Almond, Cashew or even Sunflower Seed Butter)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 oz Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • pinch of Salt
  • pinch of Cinnamon
  • ground Almond Meal (Use this instead of wheat flour to help roll out your dough and prevent sticking to the rolling pin and work surface.)


Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process thoroughly until you have a firm ball of dough.  Pinch with fingers to see that everything is well combined. Press dough into a ball and chill in fridge for about 1/2 hour. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick, sprinkle almond meal on dough to prevent sticking.  Cut out hearts or whatever shapes you desire. You can also roll them into “balls” or truffles. Lay parchment or wax paper in between layers of cookies and store sealed in an airtight container in the fridge. You can store them long term in the freezer as well.

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Fresh Variations

  • You want to send your kids to school with some of these cookies but school is a “no peanut butter zone.”  No problem, use Almond Butter or Sunflower Seed Butter instead.
  • Gently roll or press toasted unsweetened coconut, nuts or cocoa powder on your cookies.
  • As with a sugar cookie you can make themed no-bake cookies. Just choose the appropriate cookie cutter for whatever holiday or celebration you have lined up.  You can press in sprinkles for some color too.

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1 sophia February 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I’m glad you’ve brought them back! your kids must have freaked out again to see these lovely treats.
I adore Averie, and I LOVE it when she says, “Have you tried my balls?” Hee hee, I’m still a teenager.


2 Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

What a cute idea to cut them out in heart shapes! I’m lovin’ this. :) These are great alternatives to all the ultra-sweet (fake) Valentines goodies, but just as cute!


3 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 13, 2010 at 9:55 pm

These are soooo cute!! Almost as cute as your children :) I love the heart shape and medjool date balls are ze bestest.


4 cookeaze February 13, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I’ve been really into trying all different methods for making cookies lately, this will have to be next on my list!Happy valentines day..


5 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 14, 2010 at 12:06 am

Marla, you rock!!!!!!!! Or in the raw circles, they would say, You Rawk LOL Which is a little cheesy. Cheezy i mean. Sorry it’s wayyy tooo late.

You did a phenomenal job w/ these. I love that there’s no nuts/cashews and that it’s just dates, PB, and a scant bit of oatmeal. Wait, i just re-read and notice almond flour. How much, you dont specifiy. Not that I can actually follow a recipe without tweaking it though :) LOL

Thanks for the lovely compliment & linkage you gave to me. You’re amazing.

Tomorrow, I have Alcoholic Balls. Seriously. Freakin awesome. A taste of the Caymans in your house :)
Love the kiddo pics, too.
Happy Vday my friend!!!!!


6 marla February 14, 2010 at 6:31 am

Averie: So glad you are liking my “Raw” take on the cookie! The Almond meal is used as flour would be. To help roll out your dough and prevent sticking to the rolling pin and work surface.


7 sweetlife February 14, 2010 at 10:33 am

These look so awesome, I have been wanting to make a different snack for the kids. Thanks

Love the pics!!



8 Sonia February 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Wow…your version is so good and tempted me now. Looks so beautiful and goes perfect on V day! Lovely pics too. :)


9 FoodFitnessFreshair February 15, 2010 at 6:44 am

Yes, chocolate and peanut butter, two of my favorite ingredients! These sound delish. Cute kids. And it’s really cool you make your own Greek yogurt. The recipe sounds super simple.


10 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather February 15, 2010 at 6:56 am

No bake chocolate peanut butter cookies are my favorite! I’m so excited to have a healthy variety to try out now… thanks Marla! I love using dates as a sweetener in my bars. They’re one of natures great sugars.

The hearts are just so cute too. Glad your kiddies got to enjoy them :)

Snowshoeing was awesome and an amazing workout too!!


11 Nicole, RD February 15, 2010 at 8:21 am

Yumm! Those look beautiful and delicious! Anything no-bake gets a thumbs up from me. And dates, too…I’m on a HUGE date kick right now! Happy belated Valentine’s Day!


12 sophia February 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Hey, Marla!
Just to answer your question about how to join the BSI (Blogger Secret Ingredient)…ANYONE can join! You just have to keep track of who’s the host of the week, and know what the challenge ingredient is…I’ll let you know this week’s BSI as soon as I find out! :-)


13 Noelle @Opera Singer in Kitchen February 16, 2010 at 6:06 am

Congrats on TOP 9. This is a great recipe. I am going to have to try it soon!


14 Cara February 16, 2010 at 7:14 am

I made something really similar recently with just dates, peanuts, and cocoa powder. Even my husband called them “indulgent”. I love the addition of oats and cinnamon used here, and I can’t wait to try cutting the dough into fun shapes instead of just balls.


15 CookiePie February 16, 2010 at 7:21 am

LOVE these – I must try them! They sound so yummy, and I love that they’re raw and vegan but still seem like a treat. Delish!!


16 Lauren February 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

Wow, these look great. Believe it or not I’ve never made no-bake cookies – but these sounds so wonderful, maybe I’ll give them a try :)


17 Ann February 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Thanks for your comment- I am so glad we both are going to Phoneix as I just checked out your blog and LOVE it!!! These are a cute idea – maybe I’ll make some similar bunnies for Easter coming up… And your creativity with photos and the web design is fantastic.


18 Karen February 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I do believe my kids would fight me over these bars. That’s ok though. They’re still shorter than me and I can take ’em.

I used to have a particular friend who had an amazing skill. He could swoon so dramatically and so convincingly over whatever it was he was eating that my children would go instantly green with envy and demand that they get some of whatever it was that he had. This was my go-to technique for getting them to eat foods they would have run screaming from on their own. Sadly I have moved a country away from him and haven’t found anyone that can match his finesse. Now I’m just left with Mommy authority, which isn’t nearly as powerful 😀


19 Megan February 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm

These look so sweet and fun to make! I bet the flavors are just delish :)


20 Rosa February 22, 2010 at 6:23 am

Those look so pretty and delicious!

You have a nice blog. I’m going to add it to my RSS feed too!




21 Melanie February 22, 2010 at 6:57 am

Good morning Marla! I have finally printed this out and am ready to go to Whole Foods to find my pitted dry Medjool Dates and ground almond meal!! I have the perfect Shamrock cookie cutter for these yummy treats!!! Thank you for sharing!


22 Nora@LiveLifeEatRight February 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm

These look SO good!! They remind me of larabars, healthy meets sweet…that’s hard to beat!! And apparently I’m a poet!


23 S March 14, 2010 at 11:16 am

These look really good (and I confess, I’m not even a huge fan of chocolate unless I get a weird, once-in-a-while craving—and yes, I am a woman)! I’ve seen no-bake recipes before using raw oats, so I take it it’s perfectly okay to eat it like that? :)


24 Dee March 16, 2010 at 6:01 am

Great recipe. If you add Quinoa flakes instead of Oats they are Gluten free.


25 Sophie June 5, 2010 at 9:16 am

WOW,…these hearts look really tasty & well flavoured too!

Another must make recipe of yours!!


26 marla June 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Sophie, thanks so much for all your sweet comments today. You would love these raw cookies!


27 Amanda December 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Gorgeous!! Love these… perfect for kids!


28 megan @ whatmegansmaking February 11, 2011 at 5:42 am

These are so cute! I love heart-shaped treats. Random
question – where do I find dates at the grocery store…would they
be with the produce?


29 Cookin' Canuck February 11, 2011 at 10:39 am

I need to make these to munch on after my workouts. Great
way to replace calories – but healthfully. Your kids are so darn
cute. In those outfits, I almost expect them to start


30 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. February 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

These looks fabulous! Have a happy valentines day!


31 Shaina February 12, 2011 at 6:45 am

Fun! Love the no-bake aspect of these, and peanut butter and chocolate is such a classic combination.


32 Emily March 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Look delicious!


33 Sophie May 1, 2012 at 11:30 am

I think this is my favorite recipe on your blog! NEED TO TRY THESE!
I’ve made similar ones, but yours look so good! And love the heart-shapes of course! :)
Thanks Marla!
(for the giveaway)


34 Megan McD June 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm

These sound delicious!


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