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chocolate peanut butter no-bake macaroons

Chris is not a huge dessert person, but there are a few things I knows he likes. 

Are you seeing a theme here?  Basically, any chocolate peanut butter combo works for him.  Hopefully this latest recipe will be added to his list.  I’m about to leave to pick him up from the airport and in lieu of gifts for our anniversary I made him no-bake macaroons.

I could not think of anything at all to get him, so why not bake!?  And by baking I mean stir things in a bowl, form them into balls, and then refrigerate.

Super intense.


First, I made a batch of drippy peanut butter.  You can use store bought or make your own.  I like to buy roasted + unsalted Valencia peanuts, put them straight into the food processor, and let them whirl around for about 5-7 minutes.  I never even have to scrape the bowl!  Then I add a few pinches of salt + a drizzle of honey. 

Drippy, delicious, peanut butter results.


And about 5 minutes later these were complete!


Print this!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Macaroons [yields ~20]

  • 1 1/4 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp almond meal
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey/maple syrup
  • 4 Tbsp chopped roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Mix together the honey, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the coconut, almond meal, cocoa powder, and chopped peanuts.
  3. Add the honey mixture to the dry ingredients and stir [or use your hands] until a dough forms.
  4. Using a Tablespoon, press the dough firmly into the spoon and lightly push the dough with your finger along the edge help it come out.  OR, roll tightly into small balls.
  5. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt if desired.
  6. Refrigerate and keep stored in the fridge.

notes:  Make sure your peanut butter isn’t the “oil on top” kind.  If it is, make sure it’s very well incorporated or drained off.  If your peanut butter is thick that should be fine.  Use maple syrup to make vegan.  To make almond meal at home, grind raw/unsalted almonds in your blender, food processor, coffee grinder, etc. until a fine meal forms.  Be careful not to over-process.  If they’re not sweet enough add pure cane sugar, not extra honey [or they may get too soft].


On my way out the door!  Happy weekend!


Reader Comments (26)

Love this! Is your anniversary today? Ours was today!
Have a great wedding weekend!

Ashley--> How crazy is that!? Happy Anniversary to you!
June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Healthy Hostess
A favorite combo of mine. I need to make these!
June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey
Happy Anniversary! Love that I have everything to make these right now!'s 11:26pm here. Decisions, decisions.

Ashley--> Oooh, midnight snack!
June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKrissy @ Make it Naked
These look so good and I love how fast and easy they are to put together. I am going to give these a try tomorrow!
looks amazing!! any sub ideas for almond meal?

Ashley--> You could grind peanuts into peanut meal!
June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Oooo I like these!!! These would total settle for dessert for me. I have such a sweet tooth after dinner.
June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFallon
Hmmmm....... I don't suppose there'd be a substitute for the coconut? So hard being on the blood type diet & not having coconut :(

Ashley--> No sub for coconut in these, but check out my coco peanut butter bars. Hopefully these work for you!
June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathie
Hi Ashley, I'm a new reader to your blog (and loving it!). Quick question: do you think another "butter" would work (like sunflower seed butter or almond butter)? Don't get me wrong, I lurve peanut butter, but I tend to not eat it as often as other said butters. Anyhoo, looking forward to attempting these treats - they look yummy!

Ashley--> Hi Amanda! Yes, any nut butter could work, but I would recommend sunflower butter. Almond butter might be a bit too mild in taste but sun butter would give a little more flavor. Thanks for saying hi!
June 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramanda
yum, and so easy for summer. Can't fathom turning the oven on these days!
June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
These are my kinda cookies! :)
June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee
"Chocolate" "Peanut butter" and "No bake" are pretty much my 3 favorite words - so I'm thinking I'm gonna like these! :)
June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
Happy Anniversary! These macaroons look delicious. Chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite flavor combinations. I made your other macaroon recipe, and it was amazing. It will be great to have a quick, no-bake version too.
June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
My husband is a HUUUUGE fan of chocolate and peanut butter too... I most definitely need to make these for him, stat! I think I may put them in the dehydrator for a bit and see how they come out. Fabulous recipe!
June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrista
I love chocolate and peanut butter together. And I also love macaroons! These look sensational.
June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam @ Fit for my Fork
Must make these for the husband! He is a chocolate-PB fiend :)
These look so yummy! Even though I have a huge sweet tooth, I agree with Chris - anything peanut butter and chocolate wins my vote :D
June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi @ Food Doodles
These look great! Peanut butter is my favorite treat as well so these will hit the spot!

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June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Blissful Baker
These are SO great! I just made them this morning... and just maybe ate a few for breakfast :P Happy Anniversary! Have a wonderful weekend!
June 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
yum, these are so fast and easy to make. I love anything coconut and chocolate!
June 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJojo
Ohhh these are soo so cute and yummy lookin'! They look just like the ones at places like WF and health food stores--but betta! Have a great blessed weekend.
June 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllie@Fit for the Soul
Those sound great! Can't wait to try. Thank you for sharing!
June 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessie
No bake and lightning fast, love these kinds of cookies!!
These look fantastic, Ash!
June 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjanetha [m&m]
These look so good! I'm a huge Chocolate Peanut Butter freak too. We just found the choocolate peanut butter ice cream by Hagen Dazz - yeaaah I don't think there has been a time when we don't have a carton of it in our fridge. I crave it all the time and will just grab a teaspoon of it and be totally satisfied by it. It's AMAZING - sweet & salty and smooth.
June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
I made these last weekend and they were amazing! My only issue was with the wet ingredients, I think I had to triple the quantities for it to bind with the dry. I really enjoyed the flavor and finished product once I figured it all out.

Ashley--> That's so odd! I think it can depend a lot on the type of peanut butter and how runny/solid your peanut butter is. That's the only thing I can think of! Glad you got it to work, though!
July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

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