Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, No Bake Cookies

Rebellious Daughter |

When I was a teenager, I had a step-mother. (Technically, she is my ex-step-mother, now, but we don’t need to get into that.)

Anyway, we had the typical teenager/step-mother relationship. In other words, not the best. There were many reasons for this that I also won’t get into here. But, the cool thing is she had my sister when I was 15. Something happened once that little kid came into the picture. Things relaxed a bit on both sides. And, we had a connection that was never going to go away. I think I started to see her as a human being, and she started to see me through the eyes of a woman who was now a mother, instead of just a girlfriend/wife to my dad. We weren’t just fighting for my father’s attention, anymore.

So, the reason I go into this story is this. Around that time, my step-mother and I had another thing we bonded through. Cookies! We both loved cookies. Loved making cookies. Eating cookies. Making more cookies. Eating more cookies.

We made a lot of the typical cookies together. Chocolate chip, snicker doodle, etc. But, she introduced me to No Bake Cookies. I do not recall having had these before. And, once I had them, I was in heaven.

Have you ever had these things? They are great!

Well, when I was trying to come up with a cookie recipe for the April in the Raw event, I thought about these cookie. I couldn’t remember how they were made, but since they were no-bake, I figured they should work. Then I found a recipe on line and realized that no way in h-e-double-hockey-sticks could these qualify as raw. Not even close.

But, I was still obsessed with the idea of making these again. But, since I am now gluten-free and dairy-free, I was going to need to do some tweaking. (You can also make this without peanut butter. I substituted sun butter in one batch that I made at my FIL’s. He tried them. Then his eyes got all wide. He’s allergic to peanut butter. I made them with sunbutter for him, but I forgot to tell him before he ate any. Oops. He’s ok. Just scared him a bit.)

So, anyway, I was very excited when I made these because they taste pretty close to the “real” version. At least from what I remember.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, No Bake Cookies |
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, No-Bake Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 20
  • 4 tablespoons Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  • ½ cup Hazelnut Milk (You could use any nut milk.)
  • ½ cup Maple Syrup
  • ½oz Unsweetened Chocolate Bar (I used Scharffen Berger. Regular dark chocolate bar should work fine.)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 tablespoons Peanut Butter (You could use sun butter.)
  • 3 cups Gluten-Free Oats
  1. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  2. Place oats in a large bowl.
  3. In a pan, melt Earth Balance, Hazelnut Milk, Maple Syrup, Chocolate, Vanilla Extract and Vanilla Stevia together. Boil for one minute.
  4. Take off the burner and add the peanut butter and mix.
  5. Add the mixture to the oats and stir until it's all mixed together.
  6. Form balls/globs ( I remember them being in globs.) about one inch in diameter and place onto the parchment covered cookie sheet.
  7. Place in the fridge to set for a couple of hours, if you can wait that long.
  8. Should make about 20 or so cookies. Depends on how big you make them. You don't have to spread them out on the cookie sheet, so you should be able to fit them all on one.


Do you like to bake cookies to bond? What cookies do you bake?

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!™

PS – I am linking this post to Gluten-Free Wednesdays hosted by gfe-gluten-free easily, The Gluten-Free Homemaker and Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures. Lots of good gluten-free stuff there.

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18 Responses to “Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, No Bake Cookies”

  1. Oh, yum, Tia! Love this post from you, dear! So honest, but yet so sweet. I think sharing cookie love can make homes and the world a much better place. 🙂

    Off to share! xoxo,

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      I agree. I think we would be all better off if we just made cookies together. You can’t be angry while making cookies. 😉


  2. Tia, THANK YOU! I have been looking for a recipe such as this to satisfy my sweet tooth. Since I can no longer have sugar, gluten or dairy, this definitely fits the bill! Also…your blog always strikes a chord with me…a really good chord. Thank you for being so diligent to post as often as you do. I know how hard that is to do sometimes. You are my hero. 🙂

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Hi KathieLea,

      And here I thought I didn’t post very often at all. I’m glad it strikes a good chord with you. It’s always nice to hear that people like what I write. And, you are just too sweet o cal lie your hero. Thank you! This comment just made my year.

      Oh, and I hope you like the cookies. They were great. Very hard to not eat them all.


  3. Oh my yumness (just made that up, and I like it)! I am so trying this recipe. Thanks Tia (I liked your step-mother story, the baby part totally warmed my heart!). xo

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Hi Maggie,

      The cookies are so easy. I forgot how much I loved these until I made them. I think I need to make some more. Yeah, my sister is pretty neat. Of course, she is now 26. Wow, I’m getting older. 😉


  4. I remember cookies like this growing up! They were tasty! These look good too. Wonder if I could make them with quinoa flakes (my tummy doesn’t like GF oats). Or flaked almonds even. Not quite the same, but maybe they’d still be yummy…?

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Well, I discovered when trying them with crispy rice that it doesn’t work with everything. The oats are “cooked” when the hot mixture is poured over them. They expand and soak up the mixture. So, you need something that is going to do that and well. The crispy rice got gummy. I’m think quinoa flakes might be best to start. But, I just don’t know how well they will work. Might need to just try it. 😉


  5. I love this recipe. What a great one for the kiddos to do. You should feature this one on Max and Mum too! I know my boys would have a ball with these. And I love your story about how you bonded with your (ex) step-mom. Very sweet! I love baking with my mom. We have a ball doing it and then she ALWAYS cleans up! 😉 LOL

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      It’s nice and easy for the kids. One of the reasons why I like it so much. I think your boys will have a ball. If you can keep them from eating it up before it’s ready. 😉


  6. Loved this story… against all odds, I find myself in the role of “step mother” – so this really spoke to me! Food is a great way for people to bond, and cooking has certainly been a form of communication in our house!

    This cookie recipe is right up my alley (long ingredients list and too many steps scare me off!). I saw someone inquiring about using something to replace the oats – and I wondered if coconut wouldn’t work nicely (haystacks?) or gluten-free cereal.

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      I think food is a great way to bond, especially making it.

      I’m not sure the coconut will work. As I explained to Alta, I tried it with crispy rice, and it just got gummy. The oats are “cooked” when the hot mixture is poured over them. They expand and soak up the mixture. So, you need something that is going to do that and well. I’m just not sure if coconut will do that. Alta might try quinoa flakes. I’ve never used them, but a cereal that you can easily cook with hot water would probably work best.


  7. GF & CF Living

    These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them out. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      They are so good. I hope you enjoy them.


  8. Would you have to use a nut milk if not allergic to dairy? And same with the butter…So just regular milk and butter. These sound great and so easy!

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Hi Laurie,

      The original recipe had milk and butter, so you should be fine. I substituted because dairy is starting to cause a problem for me. These cookies are so good and super easy. Be careful. You can easily eat way too many. 😉


  9. Sorry for another post…I came back to it to make them, and you don’t mention when you add the peanut butter. Do you add it with the boiling mixture or just at the end when stirring with the oats?

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Whoops! Thanks for letting me know. I changed it. Just add the peanut butter after you take the mixture off the burner. Then add it to the oats. Hope that helps. Sorry about that.