No-Bake Vegan Bean and Peanut Butter Treats

I don’t know about you, but for me, Valentine’s Day is all about the candy. As a dietitian, and lover of sweets, these no-bake vegan bean and peanut butter treats check all the boxes for me. And, there is no cooking required!

No-bake vegan Valentine’s day treats

The best thing about vegan recipes is that your family and all of your friends can enjoy them!

No-Bake Bean and Peanut Butter Treats are perfect for everyone because they’re delicious, energizing, and heart-healthy.  And, if made with certified gluten-free oats, these treats are gluten-free, too.

Get kids involved in the kitchen. Children can help form the dough into hearts. Or, if it’s easier, form dough into balls.

Check out this flourless recipe for Easy Black Bean Brownies! 


No-Bake Vegan Bean and Peanut Butter Treats

Peanut butter, white beans, and oatmeal combine to make a delicious sweet vegan treat that can be gluten-free, too. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword beans, glutenfree, peanutbutter, ValentinesDay, vegan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 124kcal


  • 1 cup oatmeal, uncooked
  • 1 15-oz. can white beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (vegan and gluten-free, if desired)
  • 3 Tbsp. finely chopped peanuts


  • Place all the ingredients except the chocolate chips and peanuts in a food processor.  Blend until the mixture is well-combined, about 3 minutes, pausing to scrape down the sides of the processor.  Leave the dough in the food processor and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
    Place the dough on a large cutting board and press into a 9-inch square that’s about 1/2-inch thick. Use a medium heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the dough into hearts.*  
    Combine the remaining dough and press into a 1/2-inch thick piece. Cut dough into hearts until you have 18, and place hearts on a wire cooling rack on top of a cutting board.
    To decorate, melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler and  drizzle on the hearts. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and allow the chocolate to harden before eating. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Information: Per serving: 124 calories; 5 grams fat (1 gram saturated fat); 0 cholesterol; 82 milligrams sodium; 16 grams carbohydrate; 3 grams fiber; 4 grams protein.


    *Note: You can also shape the dough into 18 balls. Dip half of each ball into the melted chocolate and coat with peanuts. Place on wax paper to harden.
    Melted dark chocolate provides just enough to satisfy a chocolate craving without excessive sugar.


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