Peanut Butter Chocolate No-Bake Cookies {gluten free, soy free, and vegan}

When I was little, my grandma liked to make no-bake cookies. I often helped by choosing some sort of cereal to add to the mixture--usually Cheerios. This recipe is a bit different, but really reminds me of grandma's cookies.

If it's too hot to use the oven where you're at, give these a try. If it's not too hot for the oven, try them anyway!

You'll Need:
1/2 Cup Earth Balance Spread
1/2 Cup Almond Milk
2 Cups Sugar
4 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
3-4 Cups Gluten Free, Quick-Cooking Oats*
1 Cup Puffed Rice Cereal
2 tsp. Vanilla

To Make:
Combine Earth Balance, almond milk, sugar, and cocoa powder in a sauce pan.
Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, stirring frequently. Allow the mixture to boil for one full minute.
Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat, and stir in the peanut butter, oats, rice cereal, and vanilla.
Spoon the mixture onto parchment paper to cool and set.
Store 'hardened' cookies in an airtight container. I placed ours in the fridge, as we're in the midst of a heat wave and I didn't want to return to find the cookies all melted together. I'm not sure that was a necessary measure, but the cold cookies sure do taste good!

*I started off thinking three cups of oats would be enough, but added more when I wasn't satisfied with the consistency of the cookie mixture. Before you form your cookies, the mixture should be relatively thick so that it doesn't spread too flat on the parchment paper. Play with the consistency a bit if three cups of oats doesn't seem to be enough.


  1. I love these little treats! Nice photography of course as usual ;)

  2. Do you think you could sub rice milk for the almond milk?

  3. I think so! It's worth a try, anyway. The sugar-cooking process is really what holds these together, much like making candy. I've also heard great things about hemp milk for baking/cooking, though I know many don't like the flavor as a drink.

  4. wow! sooo yummy, want to reach out and grab a cookie!

  5. Did you use a Earth Balance spread or shortening?

    1. Great question! I'll clarify this in the recipe itself too, but I used Soy-Free Earth Balance Spread. The variety in the red container.

    2. Awesome! Thanks! I will be trying these tomorrow :-)

  6. Thanks for the recipe! With one child lactose and gluten intolerant and second vegan, this was a great recipe for their valentine boxes. I had some slivered almonds and added those. Couldn't find plain puffed rice cereal so used crispy rice cereal. They were great : ] For us, though, I think I'll add just a half teaspoon of salt to intensify sugar and chocolate flavors. Blessings to you and yours, Kathy Snell


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