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

These soft and chewy no-bake 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.

Things have been slow around here lately. We just started our first family vacation and there was a ton to prepare beforehand.

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}

If I hadn’t underestimated how long it’d take to get everything together, I would have made a batch of these no-bake almond butter cookies to take along! Instead I just made these paleo pumpkin muffins and these paleo apple muffins. Both of which got smashed into a dense block of delicious goo.

These almond butter cookies scream fall. If you want a more dominant maple flavor, use Grade B maple syrup or a little maple extract.

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, 100% whole grain}

What was surprising for me while making this recipe is just how important salt is. I used homemade unsalted almond butter (here’s how to make homemade 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. Also, if you make almond butter and have some left over, these Almond Butter Monster Cookies look amazing!

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}

You can omit the almonds if you want and use whatever you’d like in their place. Or nothing at all! Cinnamon chips are delicious (but I know… not at all healthy). I think chocolate chips are kind of strange in these cookie but maybe white chocolate would be a better fit?

Definitely be sure to toast the almonds! It makes a world of difference.

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}

And as a bonus, they’re dietary-friendly! One thing these almond butter cookies are 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. ;)

I hope you’ll enjoy these cookies! If you try them out, I’d love to hear how you liked them. Thanks!

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

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No-bake 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 almonds, optional2


  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.
  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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  • Kristina says
    December 13, 2018 @ 1:59 am

    these look perfect for that mid afternoon snacking thing I have going on… ;) saving!

    • Tamme Snyder replies to Kristina
      September 22, 2019 @ 6:04 am

      Has anyone figured out the calories

      • Erin replies to Tamme Snyder
        September 22, 2019 @ 7:05 am

        I don’t know the calories but you could use this recipe analyzer for the nutritional profile. :)

  • Jules Shepard says
    December 4, 2018 @ 4:19 pm

    Beautiful and delicious cookie AND no bake?!!? Can’t go wrong here!

  • Alisa Fleming says
    November 9, 2018 @ 4:49 pm

    I’ve got no bake cookies on my agenda to make this week and these look perfect! I love how you’ve made them so wholesome.

    • Erin replies to Alisa Fleming
      November 14, 2018 @ 9:35 am

      Thanks a bunch! I hope you’ll enjoy them. :)

  • Diane G
    October 22, 2018 @ 6:41 pm

    Hi Erin,

    I am a big fan of the recipes you create.

    I made these cookies exactly as the recipe reads. Perfection.

    I decided to make them again, added the ½ teaspoon of almond extract as one reader suggested. Again perfection.

    I went a little further, made my own almond butter, added the ½ teaspoon of almond extract, used butter instead of coconut oil and added goji berries. Once again, perfection.

    Thank you for sharing your creations.

    • Erin replies to Diane G
      October 27, 2018 @ 8:18 pm

      Hi Diane! Sorry for just now seeing you comment. I’m happy to hear that you’re a big fan of the recipes. :) These cookies must be extra delicious with almond extract! I still have to try that. And goji berries sounds like an interesting addition! I just bought some but have never tried them. Thanks for the tip and for your nice comment!

  • Pat Coleman says
    October 8, 2018 @ 7:53 pm

    What an I use in place of cinnamon ? Have a friend who’s allergic .

  • elizabeth fraccaro says
    October 8, 2018 @ 4:46 am

    I was wondering what I can use in place of coconut oil. I know it’s healthy but not tolerated by my GI system. Would olive oil work??



    • Erin replies to elizabeth fraccaro
      October 9, 2018 @ 9:43 am

      I think the cookies wouldn’t be firm if you used any liquid sweetener. Butter should be fine, though. :) Maybe ghee, too.

    • Creek Forest Jackson replies to elizabeth fraccaro
      November 15, 2018 @ 11:02 am

      Yes. I have used olive, canola, sesame and avocado. You need to use less or add 1/8 cup of ground flax seed (corn or tapioca flour might be okay or a banana?). Would anyone have a good guess as to calories per cookie?

      • Erin replies to Creek Forest Jackson
        November 15, 2018 @ 11:54 am

        Thanks for the tip! I’m really surprised that those oils work in this recipe. And good to know about the added flax! I don’t know the calories but you could use this recipe analyzer for the nutritional profile. :) Thanks again for your comment!

  • mattie says
    October 3, 2018 @ 1:50 am

    can i bake these?

    • Erin replies to mattie
      October 4, 2018 @ 9:02 pm

      Nope. They’d probably just melt and be a mess.

  • 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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