Vegan Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

Embrace the sweet simplicity of homemade treats without the need for an oven. Our vegan no-bake cookie recipe is effortless, transforming pantry staples into tasty treats in minutes!
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Have you ever been invited to a dinner party or pot luck and waited until the very last minute to prepare a dish to bring? This recipe for vegan no-bake cookies is dedicated to you—my fellow procrastinators, workaholics, busy moms, and bachelors who just can’t be bothered to cook.

You can whip up this vegan cookie recipe in 5 minutes flat—no baking necessary—and they are deeelicious. Unless you stumble into a party of chocolate-haters, these will be a hit!

These magical cow-patty cookies may not look like much but the flavor is guaranteed to blow you away! I sincerely hope you love these cookies as much as I do, and that they revolutionize your party-prepping experience for decades to come!

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Why You’ll Love These Vegan No-Bake Cookies

  • Quick and Effortless: These cookies come together in no time, making them a perfect last-minute treat for satisfying your sweet cravings.
  • No Oven Required: Say goodbye to preheating and baking; these cookies set at room temperature, saving you time and keeping your kitchen cool.
  • Pantry Staples: The ingredients are likely already in your kitchen, so you can whip up a batch whenever the cookie urge strikes.
  • Customizable Flavors: Get creative by adding ingredients like shredded coconut, chopped nuts, or dried fruits to tailor these cookies to your taste.
  • Kid-Friendly Fun: This recipe is an excellent opportunity to involve kids in the kitchen; they’ll enjoy making and devouring these simple, tasty cookies.
Vegan no-bake-cookies on wax paper.

Key Ingredients

Soy Milk: Opt for unsweetened soy milk to control the sweetness of the cookies. You can use other non-dairy milk alternatives like almond milk or oat milk if preferred.

Vegan Butter: Choose your preferred brand of vegan butter. This recipe does call for a pinch of salt, so if you prefer less sodium, choose an unsalted vegan butter.

Refined Coconut Oil: Refined coconut oil has a neutral flavor and doesn’t impart a coconut taste to the cookies. It helps bind the ingredients and gives the cookies a desirable texture.

Granulated Sugar: While the recipe calls for granulated sugar, you can explore using alternative sweeteners like maple syrup, agave nectar, or coconut sugar for a different flavor profile.

Cacao or Cocoa Powder: Both cacao and cocoa powder work well, but cacao powder is considered less processed and may offer a richer chocolate flavor. Use your preference or what’s readily available.

Peanut Butter: Opt for natural peanut butter with no added sugars or oils for a purer, nuttier taste. If you have allergies or prefer a different flavor, almond butter or sunflower seed butter can be substituted.

Old-Fashioned Oats: Ensure you use old-fashioned rolled oats, as they provide the best texture. Quick oats or steel-cut oats won’t yield the same results.

Vanilla Extract: Pure vanilla extract adds depth to the flavor. You can also experiment with other extracts like almond or hazelnut for unique variations!

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How To Make These Vegan No-Bake Cookies

Making these vegan no-bake cookies is a breeze! Follow these simple steps and be on your way to vegan cookie heaven!

Blend And Boil Your Ingredients

In a saucepan, blend the plant-based milk, vegan butter, coconut oil, sugar and cacao powder. Allow it to come to a small boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the stovetop and add the peanut butter, oats, vanilla extract, and salt.

Spoon The Mixture And Allow It To Cool

Once your ingredients are all combined, now comes the fun part! Spoon the mixture onto wax paper or greased foil (we like to use a little coconut oil). You can make them any size you like! The cookies will harden after they cool completely. This takes at least 30 minutes.

Vegan no-bake cookies resting on a cookie sheet.

Chocolate and peanut butter are a classic and tasty combination. Creamy peanut butter elevates the sweetness of the chocolate and makes for a heavenly, decadent dessert with very little effort. Add in some oats and you’ve got some awesome cookie texture! What’s more, is that you’re getting a great dose of protein and fiber with these treats:

  • Peanut Butter Protein Power – If you find yourself tiring of tofu, you can eat some cookies instead! Peanut butter contains 8 grams of protein for every 2 tablespoons, making it a prime source of plant-based protein.
  • Awesome Oats – Oats contain a myriad of health benefits! They’re rich in insoluble fiber, loaded with magnesium, thiamine, zinc, and phosphorus, and help fight diabetes and cardiovascular issues when eaten whole due to a component called phenolic compounds.
  • Three Cheers for Chocolate – Let’s be honest, chocolate truly makes the world go round. With its decadent, wholey comforting flavor, cocoa powder also offers some serious health boosts! Rich in polyphenols, cocoa helps to improve blood flow, lower cholesterol, and improve cholesterol.
Vegan no-bake cookies, stacked up.

Storing Your Vegan No-Bake Cookies

Find yourself with more cookies than you can handle? No worries! These cookies will stay fresh for up to three days out on the counter.

We’d recommended keeping them in an airtight container or resealable bag to keep them from getting stale. Keep ’em in the fridge or freezer and they’ll last for up to three weeks!

Optional Add-Ins

Customize your vegan no-bake cookies with these easy add-ins:

  • Shredded Coconut: Toss in some shredded coconut. It adds a pleasant chewiness and a hint of the tropics to your cookies.
  • Chopped Nuts: Enhance the texture and flavor with a handful of chopped nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts. Their crunchiness pairs wonderfully with the cookie’s softness.
  • Dried Fruits: Add a burst of natural sweetness with dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries, or chopped apricots. They bring a delightful contrast to the rich, chocolatey base.
  • Chia Seeds or Flaxseeds: Boost the nutritional profile by incorporating chia seeds or ground flaxseeds for extra fiber and a subtle nutty taste.
  • Mini Vegan Chocolate Chips: If you can’t get enough chocolate, sprinkle some mini vegan chocolate chips on top for extra chocolatey goodness.

Experiment with these optional add-ins to create your unique flavor combinations! These cookies offer endless possibilities to make them truly your own!

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Ultimate Vegan No-Bake Cookies

Author: Michelle Cehn | World of Vegan
5 from 7 votes
These ultimate no-bake vegan cookies are the easiest cookies of all time. They are sweet, chocolatey, chewy, and take just 5 minutes to prepare. Plus, they're packed with fiber from rolled oats!
A stack of vegan no-bake cookies on wax paper.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup soy milk
  • ¼ cup vegan butter
  • ¼ cup refined coconut oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  • Add the soy milk, vegan butter, coconut oil, sugar, and cacao powder to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • After boiling for 1 minute, remove from heat and mix in the peanut butter followed by all remaining ingredients.
  • Spoon onto wax paper or foil that has been greased with coconut oil, and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. You can make the cookies as big or as little as you’d like. 

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Notes

  • Refined coconut oil does not have any coconut flavor or scent, so if you’re not into coconut, don’t worry. If you are a die-hard coconut lover, you can use virgin coconut instead, and that flavor will come through in your cookies!

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
Course — Dessert
Cuisine — American
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Vegan No-Bake Cookies recipe and photos by Michelle Cehn, copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved.

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7 comments
  1. 5 stars
    these look like the best no bake cookies ever!

  2. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    OMG no bake? Wow. These look absolutely amazing!!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve made these cookies a number of times for my husband to bring winter hiking with him. They’re a huge hit with his hiking friends and I have to make double just so he’s able to have a few for himself! lol. They’re so easy to make and just SO good!

  4. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    These cookies are seriously the best thing ever! You need to try them!

  5. 5 stars
    A healthy cookie!! Love it! These are so good, satisfying and sooo easy to make!

  6. 5 stars
    These are some of THE BEST vegan cookies I’ve ever had! And they are so quick to make. Everyone needs to try them!

  7. 5 stars
    This may just be the easiest cookie recipe ever! YUM!

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