Chocolate No-Bake Cookies with Honey

These chocolate no-bake cookies with honey are delicious and healthy! They’re a huge hit at our house. My kids love to mix up a batch of these healthy cookies.

Chocolate no-bake cookies are a traditional, classic treat in my family. My mom usually makes them for get-togethers, and everyone loves them.

Even though I love the traditional cookie just the way it is, I wanted a healthier version. I was looking for a cookie I would feel good about my children eating on a regular basis.

Enter this chocolate no-bake cookie with honey recipe. This recipe is one we’ve been making for over 15 years now!

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies with Honey

I discovered this recipe when my children were little, and they loved helping me mix up a batch. Now that they’re older, they make them for me!

This cookie is sweet enough for a simple dessert, but they’re also great for a snack. They’re made with real food ingredients like milk, butter, oats, and honey, which are ingredients I feel good about feeding my family.

Chocolate No-Bake Cookie Notes

  • The recipe calls for butter, but you can substitute coconut oil for the butter.
  • Instead of cocoa powder, you can substitute carob powder.
  • Either old fashioned oats or quick oats will work in this recipe.
  • For a gluten-free option, use gluten-free oats.
  • Use any milk for this recipe. We usually use whole milk, but you can also try nut milk or coconut milk (I haven’t tried the coconut milk yet).

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Supplies Needed for This Recipe

Here are some basic supplies needed to make chocolate no-bake cookies with honey:

How to Make Chocolate No-Bake Cookies with Honey

One of the great things about this recipe is how simple it is.

First, line a cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper.

Mix the first four ingredients (milk, butter, cocoa powder, water) together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.

Remove from heat and add honey, vanilla, and oats, mixing well.

honey-sweetened chocolate no-bake cookies

Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the lined cookie sheet.

chocolate no-bake cookies with honey

Chill until firm in refrigerator or freezer (usually takes a couple of hours for them to firm up).

That’s it!

completed chocolate no-bake cookies

More Naturally-Sweetened Recipes to Try:

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies with Honey Recipe

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies with Honey

These chocolate no-bake cookies with honey are healthy and easy to make! Naturally sweetened with honey, they make a great healthy snack or dessert!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Chilling Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Cookie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Honey Sweetened
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Joy @ Artful Homemaking


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter (or coconut oil)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups oats


  • Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Set aside
  • In a large saucepan, whisk together the milk, butter, cocoa powder, and water. Heat until butter melts, then bring to a boil and boil for one minute.
  • Remove from heat and add the honey, vanilla, and oats. Mix well.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Chill until firm in the freezer or refrigerator.
  • Store cookies in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


  1. My cookies did not set up and I followed the recipe exactly. Any way of saving the soft globs (they taste awesome) just won’t hold together.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that, Margaret! Did you chill them until firm in the refrigerator or freezer? If they are chilled they should set up and get firm. Unlike traditional no-bake cookies, these require being chilled and stored in the refrigerator or freezer. My kids prefer when I keep them in the freezer as they are at their firmest then.

  2. Can you substitute maple syrup for honey in this recipe? Real maple syrup isn’t as thick as honey so perhaps it might not work…

    1. So sorry I’m just now seeing this, Kaitlin! Yes, I think that should work, although I haven’t tried it myself. I’d love to know how they turn out if you try it!

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