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These no-bake cookies are one of the first things I made when my youngest outgrew his oat allergy.
I was thrilled to finally share this favorite childhood sweet treat with my kiddos!
Now these are my favorite cookie to make, here’s why.
WHY NO-BAKE COOKIES ARE THE BEST
1. No-bake cookies don’t require expensive dairy-free chocolate, just cocoa powder.
2. No-bake cookies take just basic ingredients you already have in your kitchen.
3. No-bake cookies are quick to make.
4. No bake cookies don’t require baking or turning on your oven.
5. Kids love to help make no-bake cookies and to watch them magically harden on the counter.
6. Guests who aren’t even allergy-free like no-bake cookies, great for parties and potlucks.
As you can see, these cookies are the perfect treat to make for a crowd, when the kids need a quick treat, when you’re too tired to bake and labor in the kitchen, when the budget is tight.
For potlucks, these cookies are almost as easy to bring as a package of Oreos.
And people always rave about this homemade treat more!
HOW TO MAKE NO-BAKE COOKIES WITHOUT PEANUT BUTTER
Allergic to peanuts?
If you have a favorite peanut butter alternative, safe for your allergies, perhaps use that in this recipe instead of peanut butter.
Some families like sunflower butter, if not allergic to seeds.
Some families love almond butter, if not allergic to tree nuts.
Just make sure whatever ingredient you use is safe for your food allergies.
HOW TO MAKE NO-BAKE COOKIES WITH NO DAIRY
I do love these cookies for the taste.
But for me, the biggest draw is that they don’t use my precious allergy-friendly chocolate chips.
Save your chocolate chips for:
Yet, these are a delicious, rich, chocolate cookie!
The chocolate flavor is just derived from cocoa powder. So cheap and easy.
However, this recipe does call for butter.
To make no-bake cookies, we simply use our favorite dairy-free butter.
There are so many to choose from these days.
I’m sure you have a favorite dairy-free butter, too.
Now here’s the easy recipe for you below.
Also, see our quick cookie video in this post.
NO BAKE COOKIES RECIPE DAIRY-FREE
1/2 cup dairy-free butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup dairy-free milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup creamy peanut, nut, or seed butter
1 teaspoon vanilla (affiliate)
3 cups uncooked quick oats (gluten-free is an option)
pinch of salt
HOW TO MAKE NO-BAKE COOKIES
Be sure to follow these instructions closely so your cookies set.
Place into a large pot: 1/2 c. dairy-free butter, 2 c. sugar, 1/2 c. dairy-free milk, 4 tbs. cocoa powder.
Bring to a rolling boil and hold for one full minute. Set a timer.
Remove from the heat.
Stir 1 c. peanut, nut, or seed butter (whatever is allergy safe for you) into the hot mixture until melted.
Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla (optional).
Mix in 3 c. uncooked quick oats evenly.
Drop by tablespoons onto wax paper or a non-stick cookie sheet (affiliate link).
You may want to flatten the cookies with a non-stick spatula. They won’t spread as they set.
Let cool about 30 minutes on the counter, until hardened.
Store cooled, set cookies in an airtight container.
Hope you enjoy these dairy-free no-bake cookies as much as we do!
This was originally posted in June 2011.