My daughter, Celia, loves to bake cookies, and we all love to eat them.  But if I’m being perfectly honest, I have to admit that my favorite part of making cookies is eating the sweet and creamy dough.  I find it irresistible.

If you love peanut butter cookie dough as much as I do, you’re going to go nuts for this healthier no-bake version, inspired by a recipe from I love that it takes just a few minutes to make them and that the ingredients are wholesome and natural, but it tastes so rich and decadent.

We had a good time turning the peanut butter bites into snow people after rolling them in powdered sugar, with mini chocolate chips for eyes and a dried cranberry for a mouth. For a more elegant touch, roll them in cocoa powder instead.

What do you like more, the cookie or the dough?

Recipe: No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites

  • Prep Time: 10 min(s)
  • Total Time: 10 min(s)
  • Servings: 10-12

A quick and easy delicious dessert!


    • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter or other nut butter
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder or powdered sugar (optional)


    • Put the oats in a food processor and pulse until they are a coarse texture, but not quite powdery. Put the cocoa powder on a small shallow dish.
    • In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, peanut butter and honey and mix until it forms a dough. (Add a little water if it is too dry). With wet hands, roll the dough into a long cylinder, then cut it into 10 – 12 equal pieces, and then roll each of those pieces into balls. Roll the balls in the cocoa powder or powdered sugar and serve or refrigerate until you are ready to serve them.

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5 Responses to “No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites”

  1. Micaela Torregrosa-Mahoney

    I’m a cookie fiend, so while there are some doughs that are quite tasty, I’ll take the cookies any day!!!

  2. Cary Hanna

    I thought I just heard on the news that a health concern with raw cookie dough is actually the uncooked flour, not the raw eggs, like most people think.

    • Aviva Goldfarb Aviva Goldfarb

      Cary, thanks for bringing that raw flour concern to our attention. I found this article in the New York Times that raises that concern, which I had never heard about before. I’ve never heard of anyone getting sick from raw flour but we should all be conscious of that, especially those with weakened immune systems.

  3. Denise

    I am a cookie dough fiend too. Love this recipe! I made it with whole wheat flour, and agave nectar instead of the honey. Yum! And (almost) no guilt!