No bake cookies are the perfect treat to make when you’re short on time. Without having to preheat the oven and mix up ingredients in multiple bowls you save time making these cookies and cleaning up too.
These no bake cookies without milk are a perfect go-to for when you suddenly have a craving for cookies, even when you can’t get to the store.
While these cookies are good for any time of year, they’re also ideal for the summer when it’s too hot to turn the oven on and heat up the kitchen even more.
The other wonderful thing about no-bake cookies is that the ingredients can often be found in any kitchen. However, there is one kitchen staple that can be troublesome, milk.
Sometimes you open your refrigerator only to find that your milk has spoiled or that you only have a small amount left for your coffee.
No-bake cookies also make a great breakfast cookie! They use oats instead of flour and their chewy and hearty texture are perfect for breakfast.
No Bake Cookies Without Milk (and Other Substitutes)
Luckily, milk is not necessary to make no-bake cookies.
And, if you are avoiding dairy, then you can also use a replacement for the butter. Coconut oil or vegetable oil could work in this recipe if you do need a butter replacement.
In many recipes that call for milk, plant-based milk is an acceptable substitute.
However, for this no bake cookie without milk recipe, I decided to omit milk altogether because these ingredients are all true pantry staples.
Butter is the only ingredient that needs to be refrigerated, but it keeps well for several months, unlike milk which often lasts a week or less.
Other No Bake Cookie Substitutes
In case you don’t have some of the other ingredients in this recipe, here are some substitution ideas for you!
No Bake Cookies Without Honey
If you don’t have honey available then you can use maple syrup or agave.
The honey is used for flavor and sweetening but the texture also helps to keep the cookies together without having to bake them.
Any type of sweetener with a similar texture should work well as a substitute for honey in this recipe.
By the way, I also have a maple syrup chocolate chip cookie recipe if you want to check that one out later!
No Bake Cookies Without Vanilla
Vanilla can be left out or you can substitute another extract like almond or maple. You may want to use less almond extract however because the flavor is more concentrated than the vanilla.
Vanilla is only used to slightly enhance the flavor and imitation vanilla is perfectly fine to use as well.
If you want to change up the recipe a little more, you can use some mint extract to create mint chocolate no-bake cookies.
I also have a list of the best vanilla extract substitutes for cookies that you can check out if you want more tips for substituting vanilla in baking recipes.
Tips for Making No Bake Cookies Without Milk
- Use Quick Oats – For the best possible outcome, use quick oats for no bake cookies. These will give the cookies the perfect chewy texture. Neither old fashioned nor steel-cut oats are a good choice for this recipe.
- Heat The Wet Ingredients in a Saucepan – Make sure that the wet mixture comes to a full boil before adding the oats. You will need to use a saucepan to heat the ingredients.
- Use a Non-Stick Surface – You will need wax paper, parchment paper, or some other type of nonstick surface to place these cookies on.
- Wait Until The Cookies Cool Before Eating – The only time you have to wait to eat these cookies is the short time it takes for them to cool.
How To Make No Bake Cookies Without Milk
Step 1: Gather your ingredients. Line a cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper, set aside.
Step 2: Combine peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and butter in a saucepan and heat, stirring continuously, until melted and well-combined.
Step 3: Stir in cocoa powder.
Step 4: Add oats and mix well.
Step 5: Drop 1 tablespoon portions of mixture onto your prepared baking sheet.
Step 6: Place in the refrigerator or freezer until firm.
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
Line a cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper, set aside.
Combine peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and butter in a saucepan and heat, stirring continuously, until melted and well-combined.
Stir in cocoa powder.
Add oats and mix well.
Drop 1 tablespoon portions of mixture onto your prepared baking sheet.
Place in the refrigerator or freezer until firm (about 30 minutes).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g