Skinny No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Skinny No Bake Cookies are packed with flavor and protein, and not the extra sugar!

Skinny No Bake Cookies: made with banana, oatmeal, chocolate, peanut butter and they taste absolutely amazing!!! #nobake #skinny

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I’m obsessed with No Bake Cookies. But with as addictive as those cookies are to eat, I wanted something a little lighter for the New Year!

However, to do that you need to cut out some of the sugar. A regular No Bake cookie typically calls for 2 cups of sugar. This one is only 1/3 cup. And I promise you it still tastes delicious.

Skinny No Bake Cookies: made with banana, oatmeal, chocolate, peanut butter and they taste absolutely amazing!!! #nobake #skinny

With a household full of athletes (you can decide if you want to put me and the hubs in that category, haha), it’s necessary to keep them well fueled. I mean, keep US well fueled.

I added in a whole banana to help bind these cookies together (since you don’t have all that caramelized sugar like a traditional recipe) and of course peanut butter. Adding in protein powder is a great way to get a little extra protein in our diets too. But this is totally optional. 

How to make Skinny No Bake Cookies

In a medium size saucepan, over medium heat, add sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and protein powder. If you choose to NOT use protein powder, add extra cocoa powder instead.

My favorite protein powder is THIS ONE. You can use vanilla or chocolate, as both turn out great in this recipe!

Stir constantly over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble slightly. Remove from heat and immediately stir in the creamy peanut butter, the mashed banana, and espresso powder.

Fold in quick oats.

Using a cookie scoop, drop onto parchment paper. With the bottom of the scoop (or spoon) make a small indentation and sprinkle a few mini morsels on top. Press lightly with fingertips. Allow cookies to set, about 30 minutes.

Skinny No Bake Cookies: made with banana, oatmeal, chocolate, peanut butter and they taste absolutely amazing!!! #nobake #skinny

This recipe doesn’t make a million cookies either, like most of my cookie recipes (good or bad thing???).

You get 24 cookies, which when stored in the refrigerator in a airtight container, will last about a week. I’m not much of a breakfast eater (unless coffee with cream counts as breakfast), but I found myself nibbling on one or two of these every morning.

And with the added 1/2 tsp of espresso powder, they were a perfect pick-me-up!

Skinny No Bake Cookies: made with banana, oatmeal, chocolate, peanut butter and they taste absolutely amazing!!! #nobake #skinny

More No Bake Cookie recipes

You don’t want to miss out on this Peanut Butter Lover’s version!


No Bake Cookies with Double Espresso.

Vanilla Iced Coffee Pudding is a great Skinny dessert recipe. Lots of flavor, in a lower calorie cup!


Looking for a Skinny Dinner Recipe too? I’ve got you covered with these Skinny Beef Enchiladas. Would be delicious with Chicken too!


Skinny No Bake Cookies: made with banana, oatmeal, chocolate, peanut butter and they taste absolutely amazing!!! #nobake #skinny

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Yield: 24

Skinny No Bake Cookies

Skinny No Bake Cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Set Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Easy Skinny No Bake Cookies! Your favorite cookie just got lightened up!


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup skim (fat free) milk
  • 1/4 cup protein powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  • 2 1/2 cup quick cook oats
  • 3 Tbsp mini semi-sweet morsels, optional, for garnish


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add sugar, cocoa, milk and protein powder. Stirring constantly heat until mixture starts to bubble slightly. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter, banana and espresso powder. Fold in oats until fully combined.
  2. Spoon onto parchment paper using a 2 Tbsp scoop. Using bottom of scoop (or spoon) make a small indentation and sprinkle a few mini morsels on top, pressing lightly with fingertips. Allow cookies to set, about 30 minutes.
  3. Store cookies in airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week.


If you want to skip the protein powder, add in an extra 1/4 cup cocoa powder during step 1.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 35mg Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Protein: 4g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published June 23, 2013

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72 comments on “Skinny No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe”

  1. These look great, Aimee! I could eat several after I get home from the (ice) skating rink!

  2. These sound amazing! Love the idea of using protein shake mix.

  3. Love these cookies. I’m always trying to make cookies that are healthy so I feel like I’m getting my sweet tooth satisfied while I’m still eating decently. Fools the kids, too! Pinning these for sure.

  4. Wow! This is exactly like my recipe for Skinny No-Bake Cookies! I love eating them before I go running. I have to try adding protein powder next time.

  5. These are great after workout snacks!! Love that they are so easy to whip up.

  6. Absolutely love the fact that this has banana in it! Great addition!

  7. LOVE how it’s packed with so many healthy ingredients! Yum!

  8. Wow! The protein in these means I could have them for breakfast… πŸ™‚

  9. They look great! I have a recipe for what I called Miracle Cookies from a couple months ago which use banana, PB, no egg, vegan, quick oats, choc chips, raisins, etc. And then back in 2009 I used to make granola bars with similar ingredients but added choc protein powder to those. These cookies combine all my fave elements! I know Sally has something very similar on her site, too. Great minds all think alike πŸ™‚ It’s nice as a mom knowing we are making some healthier treats, isn’t it!

  10. I love anything chocolate that has “skinny” in the title! πŸ™‚ These look great, Aimee!

  11. I’ve actually never tried a no-bake cookie before. Going to have to make one of yours asap!

  12. So game for a no-bake cookie with the heat that is about to hit us!

  13. Denise

    Hi, I was wondering…..could I swap the sugar for Splenda and the milk for Almond milk?
    Anyone tried that to see if it works? If not, I will and let you know! These look so yummy!

  14. Love this lightened up version of no-bake cookies!

  15. i need skinny everything lately, too much junk!

  16. I need to start skinnifying all my recipes because it’s actually kind of fun making yummy snacks that are healthy! These are so pretty looking with the chips on top…and I love the banana in them!!!

  17. You had me at skinny and no bake! πŸ˜€ Looks amazing as always!!

  18. Skinny and No bake, perfect. I would enjoy this anytime without feeling too guilty.

  19. Wow! This recipe rocks πŸ™‚ they look delicious too!

  20. Nicole

    Just wondering if I could remove the sugar completly? I make a baked cookies, that uses visalus protein, pb, oats and sugar and they are delicious. Not sure if these would work removing the sugar?

  21. Dani


    Would applesauce be an ok sub for banana? I’m not the biggest fan, but feel like applesauce wouldn’t be binding enough. I love my ViSalus, so I can’t WAIT to try these out!! Thanks!

  22. Barb

    Do you know the nutrition information on these?

  23. Steve

    Can these be done without peanut butter?

  24. Kristy

    Made them with coconut sugar and almond milk…. In the fridge… Fingers crossed

  25. Amy

    I was wondering if anyone has tried this recipe..but used the Weightwatchers shake mixes?

  26. sarah

    I made these with almond milk and peanut butter and whey protein powder. They were great, but only lasted 3 days before they got moldy!! perhaps it’s the protein powder?

  27. Anonymous

    Can you substitute Stevia for the sugar in these?

  28. Isabel

    As a broke college student with an apartment full of roommates, we try to eat healthy while on a budget. This recipe fit that description perfectly! We are physically active and LOVE food. I made these cookies for my roommates and they absolutely loved them! So good! Thank you! Will definitely make again.

  29. Lori

    Could you leave out the protein power and the expresso powder? And does anyone now the WW Plus Points for this?

    Thanks Lori

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  31. What could be used in place of the protein powder? That is not something we use.

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  34. Renee Goerger

    I’ve made these several times and they’re always a hit! Thanks for the great recipe!

  35. Amanda Finks

    I love how simple and satisfying these no bake cookies are!

  36. Heather

    These look like the perfect thing to satisfy my sweet tooth. I love anything chocolate and peanut butter!!

  37. Becky Hardin

    Love that these are so simple to make and fun!!! I have to try these.Β 

  38. Sarah Skaggs

    This is a wonderful skinny version of my fave no bakes! Thank you!

  39. Jennifer

    I love these cookies because I can eat a ton of them and not feel guilty!!

  40. Amanda

    Aimee, do you still have Ascent Native Protein powder as your #1, or do you have any other brands that have a good flavor and yield a thick consistency that you have found in the past 5 years?

  41. Jocelyn

    Perfect little cookie for my sweet tooth!! Β Love that these have so much less sugar!!

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  44. Paige

    I am totally making these this weekend! They look great for when you want a small sweet bite without ruining my calories for the day. Thanks for posting this, I think you saved me!!!

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