Healthy Cookie Recipes You'll Actually Want to Make on Repeat
Everyone deserves to enjoy a delicious homemade cookie every once in a while. But if you've got dietary restrictions or are cutting back on sugar, you're probably looking for some healthy cookies that actually taste good. Whether it's a chewy chocolate chip cookie or a crunchy ginger cookie, here are some of our best healthy cookie recipes (or healthier versions) to whip up next time your sweet tooth strikes.
Easy Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
These healthy peanut butter cookies are some of the best you'll ever taste. There are only 3 ingredients (peanut butter, sugar, and egg) involved in this delicious cookie recipe that just so happens to be gluten-free if anyone in the family has allergies.
Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies
The main benefit of baking with whole grains is the fact there's less processing involved, leaving more nutrients in the seeds. Here we've created delicious healthy chocolate chip cookies by utilizing whole grains such as oat bran, wheat bran, and barley flour. If you're concerned about the sugar content, try using no-sugar-added chocolate chips.
Carrot Raisin Cookies
Fans of carrot cake will swoon over these healthy cookies. There may not be any cream cheese frosting here, but it's packed with carrots, raisins, and the same cinnamon-sugar notes as your favorite cake. This healthy cookie recipe uses whole wheat flour and includes applesauce to add natural sweetness and moisture.
Banana-Oat Breakfast Cookies
That's right, these healthy banana cookies are so good for you, you can enjoy them for breakfast or dessert! The good news about these healthy cookies is they're naturally sweetened with honey and there's no oil or butter involved either.
Cranberry Drop Cookies
Add some antioxidants to your healthy cookies with the help of cranberries and walnuts. You can opt for using a partial or full amount of whole wheat flour here instead of all-purpose flour to boost the nutritional value. Don't skip the step on toasting the walnuts. It deepens the flavor and gives them a crisper texture.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites
Your search for healthy no-bake cookies is over. These bite-size treats require pulsing just seven ingredients in the food processor. Opt for dairy-free chocolate pieces and swap agave syrup for the honey to make these healthy cookies vegan.
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Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies
If ginger cookies are on top of your holiday baking list every year, this is the healthy cookie recipe for you. There's less than half the amount of sugar (about 1 cup versus 2 cups) in a typical ginger cookie recipe. Bonus: molasses is linked to promoting bone health and heart health.
Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
With only ¼ cup sugar in the whole batch, these delicious cookies come in at just 3 grams of sugar per cookie. Shredded lemon and orange peel add a nice bright flavor to these healthy cookies. Cornmeal adds an irresistible texture as well as a bit of fiber and protein.
Star Mint Meringues
Oat, Fruit, and Nut Cookies
Oatmeal is well-known as a heart-healthy and antioxidant-rich food. It's also known to help keep blood glucose levels down and even promote weight loss. These healthy oatmeal cookies get chunks of delicious flavor with your choice of dried mixed fruits and nuts.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sour Cream Pumpkin Bars
Puffed Grain and Miso Cookies
Wait, doesn't miso belong in soup and not cookies?! Not this time. That gut-healthy fermented soy bean paste is a surprisingly delicious addition to these healthy cookies. There's only a bit of brown rice syrup and dried fruit for the sweet factor, so this is a perfect treat for anyone that enjoys salty-sweet treats.
Apple-Walnut Crunch Cookies
Mocha Meringue Kisses
Coffee lovers, this one's for you. It's a good thing these healthy cookies only set you back 32 calories per cookie. You'll definitely have a hard time stopping at just one of the delightfully crisp meringues.