A healthier way to enjoy one of America's favorite cookies! To make this vegetarian, use a milk substitute (i.e. almond milk or coconut milk).

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
40
Yield:
40 cookies
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Ingredients

40
Original recipe yields 40 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix sugar, milk, and cocoa powder together in a saucepan; bring to a boil and cook at a boil for 1 minute. Remove saucepan from heat and stir peanut butter, applesauce, and vanilla extract into the hot mixture until smooth. Add oats and stir until evenly mixed.

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  • Drop oats mixture by spoonful onto waxed paper. Cool completely before removing from paper, at least 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

79 calories; protein 1.9g 4% DV; carbohydrates 14g 5% DV; fat 2.2g 3% DV; cholesterol 0.2mg; sodium 24mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2014
Scrumptious! I'm trying to wean my husband off white sugar and butter as much as possible, and this healthy version of his favorite cookie helps tremendously! For the reviewers who tried this recipe and didn't have firm, chewy cookies: you have to bring the chocolate mixture to a ROLLING boil. When it still breaks bubbles on the surface even during stirring, then start the 1-minute countdown. I did that, and left the pot on the back burner (set to Warm) for a half hour while my hubby was grabbing oats from the store. The cookies came out perfectly. Also, if you want your nice no-bakes a little on the naughty side, add a tablespoon of Nutella. ;) For those of you not used to the applesauce flavor, the Nutella helps mask the taste and add a touch of richness without a ton of calories. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/27/2014
I was excited to find these without butter! BUT they never set up and I did wait until they were at a rolling boil and even cooked 2 minutes. They do taste good but now I'm trying to figure out what to do with the gooey piles now.... Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2014
Scrumptious! I'm trying to wean my husband off white sugar and butter as much as possible, and this healthy version of his favorite cookie helps tremendously! For the reviewers who tried this recipe and didn't have firm, chewy cookies: you have to bring the chocolate mixture to a ROLLING boil. When it still breaks bubbles on the surface even during stirring, then start the 1-minute countdown. I did that, and left the pot on the back burner (set to Warm) for a half hour while my hubby was grabbing oats from the store. The cookies came out perfectly. Also, if you want your nice no-bakes a little on the naughty side, add a tablespoon of Nutella. ;) For those of you not used to the applesauce flavor, the Nutella helps mask the taste and add a touch of richness without a ton of calories. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2013
Very impressive! I wasn't sure how these would turn out. Very chocolate-y and the peanut butter is a great component. I used some crunchy peanut butter than I accidently purchased. I sifted some cinnamon on top. Would absolutely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2013
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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2016
Great recipe! I used soy milk as we are eating Whole Food Plant Based. I cooked it a full two minutes at a rolling boil on med-high heat (we're at at 5000 ft and need a little more boil time usually). They set up just fine. I might try 3 minutes next time as they were more gooey than the traditional cookie they're modified from. But it's a welcome compromise given the total absence of butter and dairy. Can't taste the applesauce at all works well. They're pretty chocolatey if that's not your jam maybe reduce the coco. This will be a staple in our home now thank you for the delicious healthier recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/10/2013
Maybe I did something wrong but it never got hard enough to take off the waxed paper. It was gummy. I even put it in the refridgerater hoping it would harden up but it didn't. I did it exact to the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2015
I adjusted the recipe to make it heart and diabetic healthy. Used Truvia instead of sugar Vanilla Almond Milk & no salt also I used 4 cups of Quick Oats instead of 3 cups. Turned out great!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/27/2014
I was excited to find these without butter! BUT they never set up and I did wait until they were at a rolling boil and even cooked 2 minutes. They do taste good but now I'm trying to figure out what to do with the gooey piles now.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2015
Thank you xgainor for a healthier version of a favorite dessert. Like others mine did not firm up but that happens with the original version from time to time. I like that you don't use butter which cuts out a lot of saturated fat. Hubby said to keep this recipe so I will be making again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2014
I think it's so delicious!! It was a bit too soft but I kept it in the refrigerator overnight and it hardened a bit more. Taste- wise it was great (even though I didn't put in vanilla). Read More
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