This cookie recipe is a healthy twist on the classic “Preacher Cookies” that are typically made around the holidays. Sorry if you have never heard of preacher cookies but they are a common thing here in the south. They are typically made with a lot of butter and a lot of sugar. This healthy no-bake version is full of rolled oats, plant-based protein powder, peanut butter and other real food ingredients. My version of these chocolate oat cookies has only 3g of sugar per cookie compared to 18g in the other version and taste so good! My toddler helped me make these today and we loved them so much I couldn’t wait to share the recipe! If your kiddos like a sweet treat in their lunch box this would be a delicious and healthy option too.

Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Adatped from Eat Bird Food


  • cups old fashioned rolled oatsh
  • scoop vanilla(or chocolate) protein powder (be careful with protein powders, many have additives-mine is linked below)
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter(I use Santa Cruz Organic Dark Roasted PB-best ever!)
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink salt
*If you do not have or want to use protein powder, simply sub for 1/4 cup cacao powder.


  1. Combine oats and protein powder in a medium sized mixing bowl and stir together.
  2. Place milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, cacao powder and pink salt in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often until cocoa powder is completely dissolved and the sauce has thickened. Take the pan off the heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Pour peanut butter chocolate mixture over oats/protein powder and mix until all pieces of the oatmeal are covered.
  4. Place batter in the fridge for 10 minutes to let the batter set up – this step is optional, but the cookies will be cool and much easier to shape if you do it.
  5. Drop chilled dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, I use an ice cream scoop to measure amount and then use my hands to work cookies into desired shape . Enjoy immediately or place them in the fridge to enjoy later. I personally like them a little cold! Store cookies in the fridge.

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