No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Like a cross between an energy bar and (really healthy) cookie dough, these make a delicious lunchbox treat. Sometimes we add a dash of cinnamon or vanilla extract to the dough when we’re making these. What else might be good? Write to us about your favorite add-ins! [email protected] 

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Hands-on time: 15   |    Total time: 75   |    Makes: 10 Cookies


Measuring spoons
Medium-sized microwave-safe bowl
Measuring cup
Spoon, for stirring
Baking sheet
Spatula or drinking glass 


3 tablespoon peanut or almond butter
3 tablespoon honey
3⁄4 cup “quick” or “1-minute” oats (the smallest kind)
1⁄4 cup shredded dried coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
pinch of salt (if your nut butter is unsalted)


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Put the nut butter and honey in the bowl and put it in the microwave. Cook until the nut butter is melted and the honey is liquid-y, 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on your microwave.
  2. Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave. Add the oats and coconut and stir well. Add the salt, if using.
  3. Use a tablespoon to form the mixture into balls, and put them on the baking sheet. Use the spatula or the bottom of the glass to press down gently until they form “cookies.” (If some of the dough sticks to the spatula or glass while you’re doing this, just peel it off and use your fingers to reform the cookie.)
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Store in an airtight container up to 2 days. 


No quick-cooking oats? No problem! You can put regular oats in the blender and blend them just slightly to break them up. 

*If you’re allergic to nuts, skip this recipe.