No-bake Maple Almond Butter Cookies (vegan, gluten-free, whole grain, dairy-free)

These soft and chewy no-bake maple almond butter cookies only take a few minutes to put together and are full of delicious fall flavors! Naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and 100% whole grain.

I have to admit that I’ve only had two things on my mind the last few weeks: apples and maple syrup. If you dislike both of those things (why?!) then I apologize because it seems as though I’m incapable of posting any recipes without them for the time being.

I’ve got loads of ideas for recipes, but I just can’t bring myself to post any of them until I’ve had my fill of apples and maple!

These soft and chewy no-bake maple almond butter cookies only take a few minutes to put together and are full of delicious fall flavors! {naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and 100% whole grain}

This is the third week in a row I’m posting a recipe that was somehow adapted from these no-bake peanut butter cookies. And there are at least three more coming. What do they all have in common? Nut butter and maple syrup!

So today’s cookies. Almond butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon. It’s the perfect blend of fall flavors. If you want a more dominant maple flavor, use Grade B maple syrup or a little maple extract.

What was surprising for me while making this recipe is just how important salt is. I used homemade unsalted almond butter and after mixing the liquid together, it didn’t taste all that exciting. Just kind of like… eh, whatever. Adding 3/16 teaspoon of salt made a world of difference! If that sounds like a ridiculous measurement, you need this set of measuring cups and spoons.

These soft and chewy no-bake maple almond butter cookies only take a few minutes to put together and are full of delicious fall flavors! {naturally vegan, gluten-free, 100% whole grain and dairy-free}

I added chopped roasted almonds to most of the cookies and because I felt naughty, I rolled a few in cinnamon chips. I stopped using processed stuff like that a while back but I brought these chips all the way from the US with me and I didn’t want to be wasteful, so… :D Be sure to omit them for the vegan / dairy-free version.

If you use chopped almonds, definitely be sure to roast them first! They’re so much crisper and flavorful that way. I just put them on a baking sheet and bake for 5-8 minutes at 350 °F until they smell toasty.

And as a bonus, they’re dietary-friendly! One thing they’re not is cheap. Mr. T tasted one and asked if I could make another batch to bring to a friend. I promptly told him that wasn’t going to happen. I love sharing my sweet treats (I try to give them all away!) but with half a cup of almond butter and maple syrup in just 10 cookies, I’m not sharing. ;)

No-bake Maple Almond Butter Cookies (vegan, gluten-free, whole grain, dairy-free)

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No-bake Maple Almond Butter Cookies (vegan, gluten-free, whole grain, dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 10 cookies


  • 3 1/2 tablespoons (49 grams) coconut oil1
  • 1/2 cup (128 grams) unsalted natural almond butter (the kind with just nuts and salt)
  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (I used 3/16 teaspoon as I like things a little salty) (if your almond butter is salted, add salt to taste)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (138 grams) rolled oats (use gluten-free oats, if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup (55 grams) roasted chopped almonds2 and / or about 1/4 cup (60 grams) cinnamon chips (omit for dairy-free / vegan)


  1. In a medium pot, melt the coconut oil over low heat.
  2. Add the almond butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt and stir until well combined.
  3. Turn the heat up to medium and while stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. The mixture should thicken a little. Don't boil it longer than 2 minutes or it may separate.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and oats until well combined.
  6. If using almonds, stir them in now. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop out balls of the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper. If using cinnamon chips, let the formed cookies cool until almost room temperature. Place the chips in a small bowl and roll the tops of the cookies in the chips. You can also stir the chips into the almost cooled mixture if you don't mind them melting and partially combining with the almond butter mixture.
  7. Refrigerate in an airtight container for about a week.


  1. I used refined coconut oil which doesn't have any coconut taste. If you use unrefined coconut oil, these may have some coconut taste to them.
  2. To roast almonds, place on a baking sheet and bake for 5-8 minutes at 350 °F (175 °C) until they smell toasty.

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46 comments on “No-bake Maple Almond Butter Cookies (vegan, gluten-free, whole grain, dairy-free)” — Add one!

  • Debi
    November 1, 2017 @ 10:50 pm

    Just found this recipe and they are delicious. Thank you for sharing. I followed the recipe but also thought maybe adding almond extract as 1/2 the vanilla measurement and may try that next time. Now in my favorites.

    • Erin replies to Debi
      November 3, 2017 @ 7:12 am

      Almond extract is always a good thing. :) I think I’ll try that, too! Thanks a bunch for your feedback. :)

  • Maite says
    October 14, 2017 @ 5:46 am

    Really I’m addicted! These cookies are amazing! I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand so I mixed up a quick batch before heading to the gym. Took a few in for the staff and coaches and the cookies met gym and coach approval! That just gives this recipe bonus points and me the ok to make them again! (And workout again!) Thanks for the delicious treat

    • Erin replies to Maite
      December 22, 2017 @ 2:05 pm

      I’m sorry for just now seeing your comment! I don’t know how I missed it and for so long (yikes – sorry again!) I’m happy to hear that you and the others enjoyed the cookies. :) Thanks for your comment!

  • Linda
    October 6, 2017 @ 1:19 am

    These taste great! I did tweek the recipe just a little. Instead of vanilla; I added almond extract and added a little more cinnamon. I will definitely make again!

    • Erin replies to Linda
      October 8, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

      So happy you liked them! Your tweaks sound great. Thanks for your comment!

  • Angie says
    September 21, 2015 @ 3:04 pm

    These cookies look perfect! Can’t wait to try them!

    • Erin replies to Angie
      September 22, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

      I hope you’ll enjoy them!

      • cynthia Harter replies to Erin
        April 30, 2017 @ 5:49 pm

        Hello Erin!

        Can you tell me how many calories and carbs etc are in a cookie? I didn’t see a nutritional chart added.

        I can’t wait to make these!

        • Erin replies to cynthia Harter
          May 3, 2017 @ 10:06 am

          Sorry I just now saw your question! I don’t have that info but you can copy and paste the recipe here for the nutritional profile, if you’d like. :) Hope you’ll enjoy the cookies!

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles says
    September 18, 2015 @ 11:12 pm

    OK I loooove no bake cookies so I need to try these! Love the almond butter and maple syrup, but you’re so right, I wouldn’t share either, haha. These look so good :)

    • Erin replies to Heidi @ Food Doodles
      September 21, 2015 @ 2:39 pm

      Thanks! I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we did if you give them a try. And if I make them again, I’d share one with you. You’re special like that. ;)

  • Anita says
    September 18, 2015 @ 8:17 am

    These look like a great snack for kids – or for myself, really!

    • Erin replies to Anita
      September 18, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

      Agreed! They’re perfect for everyone. :)

  • Cathy Trochelman says
    September 18, 2015 @ 6:07 am

    These look completely delicious and so dangerous, especially given the fact that they’re no-bake!!

  • Rick
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:23 pm

    So I made these today following the recipe except I left out the vanilla essence and cinnamon, neither being a flavour I appreciate. I also replaced the cinnamon chips with raw cacao nibs. I used EVCO which gave a mild coconut taste which I like

    chilled them well & managed to restrict myself to one and it was delicious

    will now check out your other vegan no-bake treats

    • Erin replies to Rick
      September 17, 2015 @ 10:26 pm

      Thanks so much for coming back to let me know how it went! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed them and were able to restrict yourself to just one. I’m jealous of your willpower. ;) I hope you’ll enjoy my other vegan treats. I don’t have that many but I’m trying to do more. Thanks again!

  • Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} says
    September 17, 2015 @ 7:26 pm

    Lovely, super simple with just a *hint* of autumn :)

    • Erin replies to Emma {Emma’s Little Kitchen}
      September 18, 2015 @ 8:12 pm

      Thanks, Emma! I’m happy you don’t find them overly autumnal. I can’t get too crazy right at the beginning, right? ;)

  • Justine | Cooking and Beer says
    September 17, 2015 @ 4:54 pm

    I seriously can not make these. I’m afraid that I will just eat them all day! They look so tasty! Pinning (because I’m going to obvs have to make them)!

  • Heather | girlichef says
    September 17, 2015 @ 1:33 pm

    LOL, I don’t blame you – that is one expensive batch of cookies…I’d keep them all at home, too. I love everything in them, so I definitely want to give them a try. Those measuring spoons are great, but I’d probably just grab a pinch and go with it… ;)

    • Erin replies to Heather | girlichef
      September 18, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

      Haha. That’s true. I’m a little uptight when it comes to measurements in baking. ;)

  • Lora @cakeduchess says
    September 17, 2015 @ 12:13 pm

    You know I’ll never tire of your apple recipes! And maple flavor in desserts is also a big favorite. These are so easy to make and so full of flavor…is it easy to find maple syrup in Germany? In Italy, it’s pretty rare…hahaha

    • Erin replies to Lora @cakeduchess
      September 18, 2015 @ 8:09 pm

      It is pretty easy! They even have it at Lidl and Aldi during their dumb “American weeks.” Only 2.79 euros for a 250 ml bottle. Pretty good deal, right?!

  • Meg @ With Salt and Wit
    September 17, 2015 @ 1:05 am

    Oh anything pumpkin is my jam right now! But almond butter and maple will always have a place in my heart!
    And I started to laugh when you went over how they aren’t cheap…I get the same way with treats like this…that stuff is like gold!

    • Erin replies to Meg @ With Salt and Wit
      September 18, 2015 @ 8:09 pm

      Right?! The ingredients are so expensive but totally worth making. But sharing with people I don’t even really know? No, no. I’ll make them some awesome brownies or something! The cookies are staying here. :D

  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
    September 17, 2015 @ 12:04 am

    These sound wonderful and I adore making sweet goods with coconut oil, it has such a great “melt in your mouth” quality!

  • Lana | Never Enough Thyme says
    September 16, 2015 @ 11:29 pm

    What a perfect afternoon treat for my grandkids! That is…if they last long enough for the kids to get here :-)

  • Annie @Maebells says
    September 16, 2015 @ 9:06 pm

    What a fantastic flavor combo!

  • Brenda@SugarfreeMom says
    September 16, 2015 @ 9:03 pm

    I have to admit I skipped right over posting anything about apples and went right into pumpkin! This weekend we’ll be picking apples though and I know I will be in need of creating some awesome apple recipes with the bunches we acquire from 3 kids picking! Love no bake cookies!

    • Erin replies to Brenda@SugarfreeMom
      September 18, 2015 @ 8:16 pm

      Oh, you naughty girl! ;) I wish I could go apple picking with you! It’s always so fun.

  • Rick says
    September 16, 2015 @ 8:28 pm

    Sorry to be a pain, can you answer these?

    Can I you suggest alternates to vanilla and cinnamon?

    can I use cashew butter? or in fact any nut butter?


    • Erin replies to Rick
      September 16, 2015 @ 10:34 pm

      You’re not a pain! You can simply omit the vanilla and cinnamon. You could also use a different type of spice if you like. I haven’t tried it but I’m pretty sure other nut butters would work. I’ve done a peanut butter version which was amazing!

  • Rick says
    September 16, 2015 @ 8:19 pm

    Could you tell us the nutritional info per cookie?

    I’m keen to try as I’m doing vegan at the moment and not getting many treats so these would be perfect

    trouble is I’m likely to finish the lot which will be no good for my weight loss (have 100+ lbs to lose)

    love the site xx

    • Erin replies to Rick
      September 16, 2015 @ 10:33 pm

      I don’t have that info but you can copy and paste the recipe here for it, if you like. :) I have to admit that they’re quite addictive! If you have an issue with eating them all up, like I did, they freeze well. Good luck on the weight loss and thanks for your comment!

      • Rick replies to Erin
        September 16, 2015 @ 11:05 pm

        So kind!

        Am going to make these tomorrow, will report back!

        weight loss coming easily, eating really well, no cravings, never hungry, being really creative

        • Erin replies to Rick
          September 17, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

          I hope they worked out well! I’m so happy that weight loss is coming easily. That’s awesome. :)

  • Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) says
    September 16, 2015 @ 7:43 pm

    These cookies would not be safe around me! They look scrumptious!

  • Cookin Canuck says
    September 16, 2015 @ 5:27 pm

    I will never tire of nut butters and maple syrup, so keep the recipes coming! These cookies look perfectly gooey and tasty – I’m certain that I wouldn’t be able to stop at just one.

    • Erin replies to Cookin Canuck
      September 18, 2015 @ 8:17 pm

      Yay! I’m very happy to hear that because I’m sure almost everyone else is going to get sick of them. ;)


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