No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies


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.


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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~ Marla Meridith

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35 thoughts on “No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. 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. 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..

  3. 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!!!!!

    1. 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.

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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! 🙂

  7. 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.

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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.

  10. 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 😀

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  12. 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!

  13. 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? 🙂

  14. 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

  15. 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)