Whether it’s a crunchy oat cookie or a gooey peanut butter flavor you’re after, we have a recipe listed here to suit every hankering. From rich dark chocolate to tangy ginger, these delicious but healthy recipes will curb your cookie cravings…
Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies – This easy oatmeal cookie recipe makes delicious chewy cookies that are healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast. They have no butter, refined flour or sugar, and are only 82 calories. The recipe calls for oats, whole wheat flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Add to that coconut oil, egg, vanilla extract, maple syrup, milk and raisins. But make sure you buy 100% maple syrup, not the maple-flavored stuff, which is packed full of added sugar!
Honey & Oat Cookies – If you’re a fan of crispy, sweet cookies, then these honey and oat delights are sure to please! The ingredients work perfectly together, with a little tang from the ginger and earthiness from the cinnamon. The recipe calls for rolled oats, spelt flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, vanilla powder, coconut oil, honey, non-dairy milk and ginger. You can also add in raisins, chocolate chips and sliced almonds if you want to change it up a bit.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – These are gluten-free, vegan and nut-free (for those with a nut allergy). Ingredients include flax eggs, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and maple syrup. You will also need vegan butter, unsweetened applesauce, vanilla extract and raisins. Again, make sure you get 100% maple syrup!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Orange Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies – It’s hard to find a better flavor pairing than orange and chocolate. These soft gluten-free, butter-free cookies are bursting with those flavors and are made with healthy, natural ingredients! They include protein powder, oats, flaxseed, baking soda, coconut sugar, coconut oil, egg, orange zest and chocolate chips.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites – Possibly the simplest, quickest chocolate chip cookie recipe you will find. And it’s paleo and gluten-free, made with totally natural ingredients! The recipe calls for almond flour, maple syrup or honey, chocolate chips (good quality dark ones), coconut oil or butter, salt, baking soda and vanilla.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – These are healthy and delicious! The recipe calls for unsalted Finlandia butter, dark brown sugar, salt, egg, vanilla extract, flour and baking soda. Add to that rolled oats, bittersweet chocolate chips, granulated sugar and cinnamon.
Frosted Vegan Pumpkin Cookies – Pumpkin is one of the tastiest and healthiest dessert ingredients around! They are embedded in American tradition, from pumpkin pies to Halloween decorations. So, when you get a tasty but healthy cookie option, you can’t go wrong! This recipe calls for flax egg, coconut oil, sugar (you can substitute for coconut sugar). You will also need pumpkin puree, vanilla, flour (go for whole wheat), baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt. The frosting is made with powdered sugar, non-dairy milk (try almond or coconut), coconut oil and vanilla extract.
Nut & Seed-Based Cookies
Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies – It’s always a win when you find a cookie recipe that is not only super easy to whip up, but also healthy enough to eat for breakfast! These cookies are made with oats, bananas, peanut butter, chocolate chips, dried fruit, cinnamon and salt. It’s always better to find 100% peanut butter instead of the regular breakfast spread brands. And good quality dark chocolate chips are better than milk or poor quality. You can even substitute for cacao nibs if you want some extra health benefits.
Sesame Energy Bites – These are made with oats, honey, sesame spread, coconut shavings, dried blueberries, chocolate chips and vanilla. Make sure to choose good quality dark chocolate chips. Apart from having to sit in the refrigerator for one hour, they are extremely quick and handy to whip up! Plus, as the name suggests, they are packed full of anything. A great option for a healthy snack on busy days.
Peanut Butter Protein Snickerdoodles – Fudgy and thick, these beautiful round cookies are to die for if you’re a peanut butter fan! They are made with ground almonds, tapioca flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon whey protein powder, peanut butter powder, cinnamon and baking soda. You will also need peanut butter (they mention a brand, but any 100% stuff is good), unsweetened applesauce, egg, honey and vanilla extract.
Gluten-Free Texas Sheet Cake Cookies – These cookies are tender, sweet, fluffy, soft, rich and chocolatey… what more could you want!? Oh yeah, easy to make as well! The cookies are made with peanut butter (make sure it’s 100%). Add to that butter and brown sugar (you can always halve sugar quantities when home baking). Then add egg, vanilla extract, baking powder, gluten-free powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips. The icing is made with peanut butter, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla extract.
Double Chocolate Banana Cookies – Bananas are a really handy ingredient for healthy cookie recipes because they add a soft, moist texture. At the same time, they reduce the need for certain unhealthy baking ingredients. This recipe calls for almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, chocolate baking powder, banana, coconut oil, egg and chocolate chips.
Double Chocolate Fudge Sea Salt Cookies – Chocolate and salt – it’s one of those unlikely matches that was discovered a few years ago by confectioners. But there’s no reason that decadent flavor can’t be converted into a healthy option! These cookies are made with coconut oil, Greek yogurt, coconut sugar, vanilla extract and eggs. Add to that coffee, cocoa powder, baking soda, course sea salt, whole wheat flour and chocolate chips.
Fudgy Peppermint Mocha Cookies – Love coffee? Love chocolate? Love peppermint? Love them even more when they are all together? This is for you then! It is a healthy option, but is rich in those heavenly flavors, and only 89 calories! Dry ingredients include whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Wet ingredients include butter, milk, coffee, egg whites, peppermint extract, coconut sugar and dark chocolate chips.
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies – These could also be called ‘little balls of heaven’. They look and taste incredibly beautiful and festive, with a deep red interior and white powdered exterior. The recipe calls for flour, butter and sugar (you can use coconut sugar or stevia, or simply halve the sugar quantity). Add to that cocoa powder, eggs, baking powder, salt, natural red food coloring, vanilla extract and powdered sugar for coating.
Triple Chocolate Flourless Crinkle Cookies – If you’re looking for a delicious, decadent dessert with no flour or refined sugar, then these are for you! The recipe calls for medjool dates, cacao powder, baking powder, chocolate chips, vanilla extract and non-dairy milk (try almond or hazelnut). They are sure to curb your chocolate craving while packing you full of nutrients.
Secretly Healthy Low-Carb Gingerbread Cookies – These are so tasty, you won’t even know they are healthy. They are the ultimate bring-to-work snack for morning or afternoon tea. The recipe calls for dairy-free butter, coconut sugar, honey, egg and ground almonds. You will also need coconut flour, baking soda and powder, cornflour, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and salt.
Vegan Gingerbread Cookies – Ginger is one of those delicious healthy ingredients that work perfectly in sweet recipes! This vegan cookie option is naturally sweet, packed full of flavor and the ideal cozy snack. It is made with whole wheat flour, coconut sugar, cane sugar, molasses, flax egg, coconut oil, ginger, ground cloves, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract and baking powder.
Vegan Gingerbread Biscotti – This vegan, lentil and walnut gingerbread biscotti is packing a serious nutritional punch! It is just as crunchy and flavorful as traditional biscotti. But it is made healthier with the lentil puree. The recipe calls for lentils, coconut oil, vegan mayo, cane sugar and molasses. Add to that vanilla, unbleached spelt flour, baking powder, salt, ground ginger, cloves, allspice and walnuts.
Gingerbread Men – More gingerbread cookies because we know there are plenty of gingerbread fans out there! This time, they come in the festive shape of gingerbread men, but are much healthier than traditional recipes. They are made with applesauce, maple syrup, molasses and vanilla extract. Add to that whole wheat flour, unbleached flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt.
Last-Minute Christmas Sandwich Cookies – Okay, so it’s not Christmas all-year-round, but who says you can’t enjoy these festive treats any time of the year? They are no-bake and look similar to Oreos, with a creamy center between two chocolate biscuits. The cookies are made with hazelnuts, medjool dates, raw cacao and coconut flour. The filling is made with coconut milk, agave nectar, cranberries, Indian wheat flour and nutmeg.
Healthy Matcha Green Tea Almond Shortbread Cookies – Matcha is the highest quality green tea around, and comes in the form of a powder. That means you are consuming the whole leaf, rather than the steeped liquid in green tea. So, if you really can’t stand the taste, then putting it in food is a clever and effective way of sneaking it into your body! Matcha boosts metabolism, is full of antioxidants and is great for detoxing. This recipe also calls for oat flour, sweetener, baking powder, coconut oil, unsweetened almond milk, vanilla extract, natural butter flavor, stevia extract and almond extract.
Low-Carb Pecan Shortbread Cookies – This melt-in-your-mouth shortbread takes less than 20 minutes to mix together and bake. It is low-carb, rich and buttery, but suitable for people on a diabetic, ketogenic, Atkins or low-carb diet. The recipe includes butter, almond flour, stevia, vanilla extract, baking soda, salt and pecans.
Cherry & Almond Breakfast Cookies – Cherry and almond is one of those classic flavor pairings that create delicate, instagram-worthy desserts. This recipe comes with a number of healthy ingredients, full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. They include flaxseed, ground almonds, oats, sliced almonds, walnut pieces, pumpkin seeds and baking soda. Add to that chia seeds, salt, coconut oil, maple syrup (100%), almond extract and dried cherries.
Orange Cranberry Cookie Sandwiches – These cute little ‘stars’ are vegan and gluten-free, and made with all natural ingredients. For the orange cookies, you’ll need gluten-free flour, coconut sugar, maple syrup, salt, baking powder, orange juice, orange zest and coconut oil. For the cranberry cashew cream, you’ll need cashews, coconut oil, maple syrup, nut milk and cranberry powder.
And Some More, Just In Case That Wasn’t Enough!
Healthy Vegan Snickerdoodles – This recipe calls for oat flour, baking soda and powder, salt, coconut sugar, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, unsweetened almond milk and coconut oil. Just like traditional snickerdoodles, but made with healthier, natural ingredients!
Raw Vegan Marzipan Cookies – These raw cookies are incredibly quick and easy to whip up if you feel like a sweet snack. They are made with almonds, rolled oats, dates, coconut oil, coconut nectar or maple syrup and almond extract. Again, always make sure to choose 100% pure maple syrup.
Gluten-Free Soft Molasses Cookies – These are crunchy and delicious, with that irresistible rich sweet flavor of molasses and spices. Ingredients include sprouted pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca starch, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, coconut oil, molasses and water.