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No Bake Cookies Dairy-Free (VIDEO)

No-bake cookies are oat based and wheat-free.
Plus, they are egg-free and can easily be made dairy-free.
So easy, fast, and my son’s favorite cookie. Here’s the cookie recipe!
plate of no bake cookies

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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.


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!

pot of no bake cookie batter


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. 

tray of no bake cookies setting


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:

chocolate chip cookies

cereal pan smores

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 in hand



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

colorful plate of 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.


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Monday 20th of April 2020

Will Coconut Oil work instead of the butter spread?


Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Are quick cook oats required? We have “normal” oats...

Jamie Kaufmann

Thursday 16th of April 2020

It can be regular oats, Stephanie. :)


Wednesday 15th of March 2017

Hi can I replace the sugar with any other sweetners ??

Jamie Kaufmann

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

That I'm not sure. I was thinking about trying half poweder stevia and half sugar. I've experimented a lot with honey and maple syrup but not in this recipe. It's unique how they set up without baking so I'm not sure. Let us know if you try!


Friday 25th of March 2016

Hi Kelly. We have used Quaker, Mom's Best, and Aldi brand. :) Hope that help!

kelly taveira

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

These look yummy. What brand oats do you use? I dont have much experience cooking with them so not sure what to buy.

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