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Old Fashioned Chocolate No Bakes

These old fashioned no bakes are made with an easy to find mystery ingredient that makes them nut-free. Their chewy texture and chocolate flavor are everything you want in a No-Bake!
Chocolate no bake cookie.

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Who needs a nut free no bake cookie recipe??? If you do then THIS is the Old Fashioned Chocolate No Bakes Recipe you need!! No one ever guesses what the secret ingredient in these tempting chocolatey cookies is, but they sure do love them!

Fresh made No-Bake Chocolate cookies.

And you’ll love that you can make them from simple pantry ingredients most people have on hand, now that’s convenient!

These chocolate no bakes were the first recipe I was allowed to make on my own when I was a little girl AND I LOVED THEM SO MUCH. Not only could I make an easy after-school snack or girl scout treat on my own but these easy treats were always met with happy faces and requests for “one more cookie please!” They’re an old family favorite, and I’m so happy to be sharing the recipe with you.

An entire tray of Chocolate No Bakes.

These are NOT chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies, they are:

  • No bake cookies without peanut butter or almond butter or ANY nut butter
  • no chopped nuts either!
  • they’re ALSO egg free cookies
  • And they’re gluten-free cookies too!

They are gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free oats. Now oats are typically gluten-free but sometimes they’re processed on machines that ALSO process glutinous products so you want to be sure to use GF oats if you need a gluten-free cookie.

Be aware that making a gluten-free cookie also means having a gluten-free kitchen or at a bare minimum gluten-free tools you can use. These are tools that have never been used with a gluten product. All of this really depends on if their intended recipient has an intolerance, an allergy, or if they’re a true celiac. Find out before baking for them!

A little oval dish with two chocolate no bakes.

What holds them together?

So if these chocolate no bakes DON’T have creamy peanut butter what holds them all together?? GREAT QUESTION! The secret (or not so secret) ingredient in the easiest cookies is MARSHMALLOWS.

Now I know that you’re thinking marshmallows have EGGS in them how can these be egg free?? I was surprised to learn that most commercial marshmallows do not in fact have any eggs in them. They use some sort of commercial replacement.

Ingredients for Chocolate no bakes.

What you Need, guaranteed NO FANCY INGREDIENTS :

  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • butter -room temperature works quicker
  • large marshmallows (can sub minis if you need to, see recipe card for subbing instructions)
  • rolled oats AKA oatmeal
  • sweetened moistened coconut
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • medium saucepan OR dutch oven
  • baking sheets
  • spoons OR two forks or a medium cookie scoop
  • parchment paper OR wax paper
  • wooden spoon or silicone spatula
Chocolate no bake cookie.

About the Oats

For these no-bake oatmeal cookies you can use Old-Fashioned Oats, Thick Rolled Oats, or even Quick cooking Oats/ quick oats. Each kind of rolled oat will work a little differently in the cookies. The oats and coconut make up the bulk of the chewy texture of the cookie, and the different kinds of oats just change that a little bit.

What kind of oats not to use

Do NOT Use Steel Cut Oats, they are not rolled oats. And instant oatmeal packs with flavor are not your best. But if you have plain flavored packets and that’s ALL you have, you could try it. I mean now you’re a recipe tester!


Can I use all oats?

Yes, you can SWAP OUT the coconut for rolled oats. The cookies will taste and feel differently but if you can’t have coconut then this is a great swap for you!

Can I use less oats than coconut?

Reverse the amounts of ingredients and make it 1 cup oats and 2 cups coconut.

Can I use white chocolate chips instead?

You can make them white chocolate no-bake cookies, they’re some of our favorite cookies!

Can I use unsweetened cocoa powder?

I don’t know, I haven’t tried but you could try following the replacement suggestions on the back of a can of cocoa.

Can I use milk chocolate chips?

Try it! I bet it’s amazing, I like milk instead of semi-sweet in most recipes! I might just try that the next time I make these. It’s a personal preference for sure!

One single perfect no bake cookie.

To store

These cookies should be stored in the refriegerator in an airtight container. They get soft if your store them at room temperature so keep them in the fridge until ready to use.

Chocolate no bake cookie.

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

5 from 42 votes
These old fashioned no bakes are made with an easy to find mystery ingredient that makes them nut-free. Their chewy texture and chocolate flavor are everything you want in a No-Bake!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Cooling Time: 3 hours
Servings: 36 Cookies
Calories: 67kcal
Author: Laura
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  • 1/3 cup butter softened butter melts quickly
  • 16 marshmallows or 160 mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt maybe two if your butter is unsalted
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup sweetened and moistened coconut flakes


  • line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  • in a heavy bottom sauce pan or dutch over melt the butter, marshmallows, and chocolate chips together, if your stove runs hot turn down the heat you don't need a rolling boil
  • keep stirring with a wooden spoon until melted and smooth
    Melt the butter, chocolate chips, and marshmallows.
  • remove from the heat and add the vanilla and salt
  • mix in the oats and coconut
    Coconut and rolled oats mixing in the no bake cookies.
  • drop by spoonfuls on the prepared baking sheets, making 36 cookies, you can ALSO make them bigger, just know the calorie count will be different per cookie
    Drop by spoonfuls on the prepared sheet.
  • chill 2-3 hours until set, then store in an airtight container in the fridge


Serving: 36g | Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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About Laura

Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

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