Make the BEST Gluten-Free No-Bake cookies using this simple pantry style recipe, using peanut butter and certified gluten-free oats!
One of the best easy gluten-free desserts to make is these No Bake Cookies. These cookies are no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies, using each of these ingredients to make a creamy, chocolate cookie.
What kind of oatmeal should you use?
To make these gluten-free, instead of using Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oatmeal, be sure to use Certified Gluten-Free Oats, such as Bob’s Red Mill.
This recipe does use rolled oats or old-fashioned oats, quick-cooking oats will change the amounts needed in the recipe, so I do not advise using those.
This is the only swap needed to make these easy cookies, but as always be sure to check all ingredients before proceeding.
What type of peanut butter should you use?
Chunky Peanut Butter or Crunchy Peanut Butter can be used for these cookies if you prefer to have some nuts in the cookies. If you want them to be smooth cookies, use creamy peanut butter.
Sunflower Seed Butter or SunButter can also be used if needed to make them peanut-free.
What do you need for Gluten-Free No-Bake Cookies?
The following simple ingredients are likely to be found in your pantry, which is what makes these the easiest cookies to make.
- Granulated Sugar
- Cocoa Powder
- Unsalted Butter
- Vanilla Extract
- Peanut Butter
- Certified Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Oats
These are the only ingredients needed to make this simple recipe, plus you will end up with classic no bake cookies, without the gluten!
How do you make Gluten-Free No-Bake Cookies?
The first thing to do before making these gluten free cookies is to prepare your baking sheets.
They can be lined with parchment paper or coated with nonstick cooking spray. We typically always use parchment paper. This makes them very easy to release from the baking sheets.
In a heavy medium-sized saucepan, add 1/2 cup of sugar, cocoa powder, 4 tablespoons of butter, and 1/2 cup of milk.
This needs to be cooked until it reaches a full rolling boil. As soon as you see the boiling begin, immediately set a timer for 1 minute. The timing is extremely important when it comes to the setup of the cookies.
As soon as the minute is up, immediately remove the pan from the heat and add in the salt, vanilla, and peanut butter into the chocolate mixture. Stir peanut butter until it is entirely melted.
After the peanut butter is melted, quickly stir or fold in the old-fashioned oats.
Next, take spoonfuls of the cookie mixture and place it on the parchment-lined cookie sheets, leaving a little bit of room on each side.
Let the cookies harden for about 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.
How long can you store No-Bake Cookies?
Leftover cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. They will likely not last that long, they are just too good!
This is a great recipe to make with the kids or just to have as an easy treat on a busy day. With the perfect timing, they will come out with a great texture with rave reviews!
If it’s your first time making them it may take a bit to get the right timing, but they will be good no matter what and may end up being your favorite gluten free cookies!
Peanut Butter Oatmeal No Bake Cookies
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter Crunchy or Creamy
- 2 Cup Old Fashioned Oats or Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Oats
- Prepare cookie sheets with greased wax paper or parchment paper then set aside.
- In a heavy saucepan, stir in the sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk.
- Let the mixture cook on medium-high heat until it begins to boil. Let it boil for 1 minute then remove from heat. Do not go over a minute.
- Whisk or stir in the salt, vanilla, and peanut butter. Stir the mixture well until the peanut butter is melted.
- Fold in the oatmeal and mix thoroughly.
- Drop in spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets and let harden or 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.
- Makes approximately 2 dozen.