No-bake Oatmeal Cookies (vegan, gluten-free)

These easy no-bake oatmeal cookies are naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and 100% whole grain. Can be made as oatmeal raisin cookies or with chocolate chips. Thank you to Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring today’s post! Check out more delicious healthy recipes, snag coupons and find stores near you at

This recipe is adapted from my peanut no-bake butter cookies. I’ve gotten a few requests for no-bake cookies without peanut butter so here we go. I think these oatmeal cookies are even better! But I know it’s a personal preference. I just love oatmeal cookies so much.

I first posted these whole wheat oatmeal cookies, then came up with a gluten-free oatmeal cookie recipe based on the whole wheat one, and finally – my paleo “oatmeal” cookies (with a vegan option)! They’ve all gotten rave reviews so if you prefer baked cookies over no-bake cookies, go check them out.

These easy no-bake oatmeal cookies are naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and 100% whole grain. Can be made as oatmeal raisin cookies or with chocolate chips.

Summer isn’t the easiest time of the year to keep your nutrition game strong. People are busy, it’s hot and I don’t know about you… but I really don’t feel like standing in front of a hot oven. I’ve actually been ovenless for the last month and these oatmeal no-bake cookies have been such a great treat to have on-hand!

These no-bake oatmeal cookies are loaded with oats and almond butter, which add a nice nutritional boost. Compared to regular cookies, I think these are relatively healthy. And they’re great to pack in your bag for those busy summer days!

If no-bake cookies aren’t your thing, here are some other great gluten-free cookies recipes you could try out!

I use raisins, cinnamon and sometimes a little nutmeg in them for a no-bake oatmeal raisin cookie version, but if that’s not your thing, chocolate chips work, too! If you want to use those, let the mixture cool almost to room temperature so that the heat doesn’t melt all the chocolate chips. You could also scoop into cookies and then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top once the cookies have mostly cooled.

Super quick and easy No-bake Oatmeal Cookies (gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and whole grain)

These gluten-free no-bake cookies are maple sweetened but I’m sure some of you are wondering if you can use honey. Unfortunately, it’s a most definite no.

I even put a warning in the video saying not to use it. :) First of all, it takes a lot longer to boil and the result is some not very tasty cookies with a totally different texture.

Even after boiling for 10 (instead of 2 minutes), I didn’t get the slightly caramel-like mixture that you see in the picture. And then the cookies tasted overwhelmingly of honey! We didn’t enjoy those at all.

I get so many comments on my Pinterest pins that say, “Oats aren’t gluten-free!!!” But they are. They’re naturally gluten-free but the problem is that they can get contaminated in the field or during production.

Super quick and easy No-bake Oatmeal Cookies (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, whole grain)

So if you’re making these vegan no-bake cookies for someone who needs to eat gluten-free, make sure to buy gluten-free oats! I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Organic Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats.

If you only have quick oats, they work here, but the result is pretty different. They had more of a protein ball or no-bake soft granola bar texture. I actually made a batch with quick oats to take pictures to show you how different they look… but I ate them all before it was light enough to take pictures. Whoops. They were still delicious! Just different.

Do note, though, that a small percentage of people who can’t eat gluten also can’t eat non-contaminated oats due to a protein in oats called avenin, which is similar to gluten. If making something with oats for a gluten-free friend, it’s probably a good idea to ask if they’re okay with oats (and actually, I’d probably run the entire ingredient list by them! Gluten is lurking in all kinds of things you wouldn’t suspect).

Thanks again to Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring today’s recipe! Be sure to check out their recipe section for more goodies made with their gluten-free oats, like this gluten-free cherry crumb pie. It sounds SO good!

No-bake Oatmeal Cookies (gluten-free, vegan, whole wheat, dairy-free)

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No-bake Oatmeal Cookies (vegan, gluten-free)
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See the notes below for the chocolate chip version!


  • 3 1/2 tablespoons (49 grams) coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup (128 grams) natural almond butter (the kind with just almonds and no added fat or sugar)
  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) maple syrup1
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (if your almond butter is salted, you may want to reduce or omit the salt)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups (138 grams) Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Organic Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats (regular rolled oats also work)
  • 3/4 cup (113 grams) raisins or (128 grams) mini chocolate chips (make sure to use vegan chocolate, if necessary)


  1. In a medium pot, stir together the coconut oil, almond butter, maple syrup and salt. Turn the heat to low and stir occasionally until the coconut oil is melted. If your coconut oil has been chilled or is very hard, melt the coconut oil in the pot before adding the other ingredients.
  2. Turn the heat up to medium, and while stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a full boil.
  3. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly and adjusting the heat as necessary (you might want to turn it down a little). The mixture should become glossy. Don't boil it longer or it may separate.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir.
  5. Stir in the oats and raisins until well combined.
  6. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop out balls of the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper. They'll firm up after a few hours at room temperature (provided your home isn't super warm) or you can chill them to firm them up quicker.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They can also be refrigerated for up to about a week. For firmer cookies, refrigerate them. If you want to take these out as an on-the-go snack and it's especially warm, you'll probably want to refrigerate them first.


  1. I've tried these several times with honey and the texture comes out totally different and not in a good way. The cookies also taste overwhelmingly of honey. Whether brown rice syrup, agave or other liquid sweeteners works, I don't know as I haven't tried them. Granulated sweeteners will not work.
  • For a chocolate chip version, omit the cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins. Once everything is mixed together, let it cool almost to room temperature so that the heat won't melt the chocolate chips. Stir in the chocolate chips. You could also form them into cookie shape and then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top once the cookies have mostly cooled.

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  • Chantal says
    September 4, 2020 @ 5:51 pm

    Hi! I have made this recipe several times and it’s always a hit. For me, agave has always worked very well as I usually don’t have maple syrup on hand. And Nestle now makes dairy-free chocolate chips so that’s awesome. Sometimes I throw some shredded coconut in these too.

    • Erin replies to Chantal
      September 7, 2020 @ 7:28 pm

      Ooh, it’s great to know that adding shredded coconut works well! Thanks for the tip. I’m glad that you’ve been enjoying the recipe! I also still make this recipe quite often when I get an oatmeal raisin cookie craving. Thanks for your feedback! :)

  • Aika says
    February 7, 2019 @ 3:21 am

    The photos look appetizing. Thanks for sharing your recipe for the easy no-bake oatmeal cookies. I like that it’s naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and 100% whole grain. But I’m quite worried whether this is something I can actually eat. I feel like it is too sweet and will cause my blood glucose to rise. But if not, I would definitely give this a try.

    • Erin replies to Aika
      February 17, 2019 @ 7:13 pm

      I’m sorry for just now seeing your comment! If you’re worried about your blood glucose, I’d recommend a low-carb recipe. This recipe is unfortunately far from low-carb. :(

  • Sam
    July 9, 2018 @ 4:46 am

    Do you have the nutrition value figured out for these cookies as you made them, with the almond butter, etc?

    • Erin replies to Sam
      July 10, 2018 @ 2:34 pm

      Hi! I don’t have that info but you can copy and paste the recipe here for the nutritional profile, if you’d like. :)

  • Sarah says
    March 28, 2018 @ 6:52 am

    Would these be okay to freeze?

    • Erin replies to Sarah
      March 28, 2018 @ 8:37 pm

      Definitely! I’d love to hear how they come out. :)

  • Terrie says
    October 3, 2017 @ 8:17 pm

    Do you think the recipe would still work if I omit any sweetener?

    • Erin replies to Terrie
      October 3, 2017 @ 8:24 pm

      It would unfortunately most definitely not work. Sorry about that!

  • Jennifer says
    September 10, 2017 @ 8:35 am

    I just made these tonight and they are very reminiscent of the oatmeal, chocolate and peanut butter no-bake cookies I grew up with! After combining some of the wet ingredients, I realized I didn’t have enough maple syrup, so I had to use honey (I know, there are disclaimers all over: DO NOT USE HONEY! lol But for me, they turned out amazing! Here’s what I did so the honey wasn’t overwhelming and th consistency was perfect as a no-bake cookie should be:

    In lieu of regular nut or seed butter, I used 1/2 cup of powdered peanut butter (PB2), which removes 85% of the fat. The instructions use 1 part water to 2 parts powdered pb, so I added 1/4 a cup of water. I used 1/2 cup of honey and boiled all for 2 minutes. I added the chocolate chips the same time I added the oats because traditional no-bake cookies are essentially melted pb and chocolate heaven! So my chocolate chips melted right into all the mixture. I then scooped them out onto a tray with a silicone mat and froze them for 30 minutes.

    After 30 minutes, they were firm and quite chilled, but not frozen through. I think, perhaps, the removal of oil from the powdered pb and the melted chocolate chips allowed the honey to work well in this slightly altered version. Thank you for bringing back a favorite childhood memory in a healthier recipe! ❤️

    • Erin replies to Jennifer
      September 11, 2017 @ 10:36 pm

      Haha. Well I’m happy you at least saw the disclaimers! I tried to put in enough so people wouldn’t attempt it (but it seems okay that it didn’t work on you ;)) That’s awesome that your PB2 and honey version worked out well! Did the honey mixture become caramel-y like you can see in the video? That was my issue with it. It boiled and boiled and boiled and it finally thickened, but all we could taste was honey. Thanks for your comment and the tips for anyone else wanting to use PB2!

  • Gina @Running to the Kitchen says
    August 4, 2017 @ 7:04 pm

    These are my kind of cookies! YUM!

  • aimee @shugarysweets says
    August 3, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

    These would be perfect when I’m running out to the gym and need a quick bite of energy :)

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling says
    August 2, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

    I want to pop one in my mouth right now! They look YUMMY!

  • Amanda | The Chunky Chef says
    August 1, 2017 @ 3:20 pm

    These look beautiful and congratulations!!!

  • Alida says
    August 1, 2017 @ 1:21 pm

    What a fantastic recipe! My kids and I are going make these today (with sunbutter instead of almond butter due to allergies). I will report back!! YUM!

    • Erin replies to Alida
      August 1, 2017 @ 10:15 pm

      Oh, yay! I hope you’ll enjoy them. Can’t wait to hear how they work out with Sunbutter!

  • Kim Beaulieu says
    August 1, 2017 @ 5:16 am

    Oh my gosh, I had no idea. Congratulations, Erin. I’m so happy for you.

    I love this recipe. I adore oatmeal cookies and just don’t make them enough. These look incredible.

  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
    August 1, 2017 @ 5:03 am

    These look really great! I’m eager to make these this week. What a great treat when my sweet tooth calls!

  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
    August 1, 2017 @ 12:43 am

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! <3 I love the news and these cookies!

  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
    August 1, 2017 @ 12:43 am

    These sound delicious and with the heatwave hitting us this week, the more I can avoid the oven the better!

  • Krista says
    July 31, 2017 @ 6:59 pm

    I love when I can keep my oven off to make cookies!

    • Erin replies to Krista
      August 1, 2017 @ 10:16 pm

      It’s definitely the best way! :D

  • Jen says
    July 31, 2017 @ 6:17 pm

    Congrats! Being pregnant AND moving are two major things so kudos to you for being able to post anything but I’m so glad you did because they look so yummy!

    • Erin replies to Jen
      August 1, 2017 @ 10:17 pm

      Haha. Well my posting of new recipes has been really infrequent for the last 6 months but at least I have these cookies. :D Thanks so much!

  • Lisa Mair says
    July 31, 2017 @ 2:18 pm

    The AHA report that was so negative about coconut oil was written by people with lucrative ties to canola oil, big pharma, and the beef industry. Medical research shows that the saturated fat in coconut oil may raise LDL, but it’s the unharmful (fluffy) form. Also epidemiological evidence shows that people who consume coconut oil as their main fat have very low risk of heart disease compared to other populations that consume other forms of fat. Here is an article that explains it more fully…

    • Erin replies to Lisa Mair
      August 1, 2017 @ 10:12 pm

      Exactly! Thanks for sharing. All these articles citing the AHA article are so frustrating. :/

  • Jeannie says
    July 31, 2017 @ 2:10 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It’s extremely hot here in northern Italy and I hate using the oven during the summer!!! These will be perfect. <3 Congratulations on moving to Munchen, we have some pastor friends that live there as well. We used to live in Stuttgart…..ex-pats, we're everywhere LOL! Congratulations on your pregnancy too. <3

    • Erin replies to Jeannie
      August 1, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

      Thanks so much! One of the big advantages of living in Munich is that it’s so close to Italy. :D I’m very excited about that! I hope that you’ll get to try the cookies! I’d love to hear how they come out. Thanks for your nice comment and enjoy the Italian summer. :)

  • Charlotte Moore
    July 31, 2017 @ 9:44 am

    WOW!!! A big CONGRATULATIONS to both of you. You are good at keeping secrets. HA!! 2 secrets actually. HA!

    These cookies look pretty tasty.

    • Erin replies to Charlotte Moore
      July 31, 2017 @ 10:32 am

      Thanks so much, Charlotte! I guess I am a pretty good secret keeper. ;) Hope you get to try the cookies out!

  • Lee Bunyard says
    July 31, 2017 @ 3:47 am

    Hi, sounds like a great recipe but one question: I’ve read several articles about coconut oil and my doctor expressed the same opinion that is largely saturated fat and not at all healthy despite all the recent hoopla about it.
    Would some other kind of healthier oil work on this?? Thanks

    • Erin replies to Lee Bunyard
      July 31, 2017 @ 10:36 am

      Thanks! Butter might work but I haven’t tried it. Olive oil and other oils liquid at room temp won’t work. Concerning the recent article that came out about coconut oil, I recommend reading this article. And this one, too. :)


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