Check out these amazing No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with chocolate! They are gluten-free and naturally sweetened with honey! These babies are perfect to satisfy cookie cravings in the heat of summer without turning on the oven.
We only spent a few days looking for an apartment here in Chiang Mai, but I was stressing about it way more than I should have.
In the end we decided on a great place in a fantastic location with lots of amenities. The kitchen is western-facing, with lots of cabinets and counter space, but no oven. I really didn't want to go through the pain of no oven again (like during our last SE Asia trip). That's why I have a whole category for no-bake desserts.
And we looked at places with ovens, but they all came with downsides that outweighed the benefit of an oven. One was huge but just too run down and depressing, another was decent sized and modern but came with fewer amenities, and therefore seemed over-priced.
Making Do and Preparing Dessert with No Oven!
Our current place comes with pool, sauna and gym access, security and is a good size for Olivia to have plenty of space to roam and practice walking.
All this comes at the cost of having to buy our own oven. They have these big toaster ovens here, that do all the things a built-in oven does, only they are portable. Since we have all that counter space, we'll pick one of those up sooner or later.
We just haven't gotten around to it yet. But my sweets cravings couldn't wait. So I made no-bake cookies. Which are perfect for hot weather here or anywhere there is summer right now.
Make Them With Whichever Darkness of Chocolate You Prefer
No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies aren't a new idea. But for my version I didn't want to use butter and sugar (+ cocoa powder) as the binder. So I came up with my own 5-ingredient (yup that's all) version that uses good chocolate, honey and peanut butter as the binder for rolled oats and roasted peanuts.
I love these with very dark chocolate (like 75% or more) but Konrad likes his sweets actually sweet. For him I made the cookies with a mix of milk and dark chocolate (like semi-sweet) and that was also the batch I ended up taking pictures of.
If you like dark chocolate like me, your cookies will turn out a little darker-looking than the pictures.
A Funny Sidenote About Our Fridge
Just like with regular-baked cookies, I started craving a cold glass of milk to have with these no-bake cookies. Well, the glass I poured myself turned out to be barely cool. That's when I realized our fridge isn't working properly.
We haven't quite resolved the fridge situation, so that will have to be the story of another post.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Cookies
- 100 g (3.5 oz) quality chocolate I prefer dark
- ¼ cup peanut butter natural & smooth
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup roasted peanuts coarsely chopped
- Line a baking sheet with parchment In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate, peanut butter and honey on very low heat. Stir until smooth and combined.
- Add oats and chopped peanuts and mix together.
- Spoon out some of the mixture and shape it into a disk/cookie shape and place on prepared lined sheet. Add a few peanuts right in the center, if desired.
- Makes about 14 largish cookies. Place baking sheet in the freezer for about 20 minutes for cookies to set. Then store in the fridge in a covered container.
Similar No-Bake Recipes
Well, we'll be on the no-bake train again! So, let's keep it rolling with these similar recipes!
I made these today and had a horrible time keeping them together. Took me 30 minutes to get a half dozen of them to look like cookies. I tried remelting the chocolate which helped a little, but not much. The binding ingredients just aren't as good as butter and sugar, I'll have to switch back to that.
jacquee | I Sugar Coat It!
Chocolate and PB...mmmmmmm! I have not baked in months, so these would be the perfect little treat for us right now.
I hear ya. There totally is a reason ovens part of a standard Thai kitchen. But sooner or later I'll miss my baked treats. You can be certain the AC will be running full force 🙂
These cookies look so good! I love no bake cookies. And they have only a few ingredients which makes them perfect for a quick treat 🙂
Thanks so much Melissa! Quick with few ingredients are the best kind of recipes, no?
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
O wow, these are just soooo good! Always chocolate and PB!
Right?? Can never go wrong with a PB & chocolate combo 🙂