Healthy cookies are an oxymoron, right? Well, not really. At least not today.
With many more vegan and gluten-free alternatives available in grocery stores, the inclusion of flour substitutes and more suitable ingredients makes dessert time easier for everyone. Pair them with naturally delicious and healthy ingredients like dark chocolate, dried fruit, cocoa, fibrous cereals and oats to satisfy your sweet tooth.
While it’s always a good idea to indulge in multiple iterations of recipes for buttery, greasy, hard-to-eat, more than one type of cookie from time to time (we only live once, right?), having enough simple, ready-made healthy cookie recipes is great for so that our appetites and dietary needs are satisfied with pleasure.
Most of these quick recipes cook up fairly quickly. This means that they save not only calories, but also time, which, we recall, is precious. Some of them can be baked in advance and frozen, so when dessert cravings kick in, the freezer is the only place you need to look. And all of them, created by food connoisseurs like Martha Stewart and nutrition experts like Joy Bauer, are absolutely delicious.
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Are you on a gluten-free diet and craving something sweet? These are the treats you’ve been waiting for! Fruity banana, creamy peanut butter and rich dark chocolate will satisfy your sweet tooth without the flour.
Sure, oatmeal raisin cookies are more famous, but we’d be eating chocolate instead of dried fruit any day! This recipe is great because it can be easily made vegan and is a great way to use any oats you have in your pantry.
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Heart-healthy almond butter and coconut sugar, which has a lower glycemic index and more natural fiber than refined white sugar, make these cookies a satisfying treat. With their very pleasant crunch, chewy core, hint of vanilla and cinnamon, they fit the bill.
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“I served (these cookies) to a friend and was amazed when she asked about the ingredients and then informed me that not only were they amazingly delicious, but they were also gluten free,” says Jessica B. Harris. “I was delighted to learn that adapting a cookie recipe from my true northern cuisine combined my tastes from the past with the current dietary needs of some of my friends.”
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There’s nothing better than making a batch of cookies that uses only real, whole ingredients! Sweetened with unrefined coconut sugar, these vegan, gluten-free, grain-free chocolate chip cookies are made with coconut and almond flour, giving them an almost brownie-like texture.
Even if you’re a pumpkin skeptic, you can’t deny the magic that happens when these brownies are mixed with melted chocolate chips. Pumpkin adds a subtle flavor that isn’t too overpowering, giving it an extremely soft and fluffy texture.
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The sweetness of coconut sugar, the maple earthiness of tahini, and the crunchy, salty pretzels make for the most addictive combination that will keep you coming back for more.
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These delicious homemade oatmeal raisin cookies are only 50 calories each! You can use any flour you prefer, but whole wheat flour for baking and whole wheat white flour are varieties of whole wheat flour that are softer and work well for baking.
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Whole grain chocolate chip cookies from the book “Good to the Grain by Pastry Chef Kim Boyce inspired this farro-based recipe. With fruit, nuts, and chocolate chips in every bite, these cookies are perfect for a tabletop jar.
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They have become so popular in the De Laurentiis household that Giada makes them every week. Toasted quinoa is irresistibly crunchy and, well, chocolatey! Do I need to say more?
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You won’t want to eat just one of these cookies because they are so delicious, but one of them will fill you up with fiber filling your stomach.
In addition to the warm, delicious ingredients that make it great-tasting, like a bit of butter, brown sugar, and whole grain flour, these cookies get their nutritional value from protein-packed nuts, dried berries, and oatmeal, which are a great slow-burning staple. carbohydrates that help reduce stress and keep you feeling full longer.
These decadent delicacies are light, fluffy and melt in your mouth. Each cookie is the perfect combination of buttery snowball and coconut macaroons. They are soft, chewy and perfect for coconut lovers.
If you don’t tell people these cookies are gluten free and vegan, they will never know. They are decadent, luxurious and delicious. And did we mention that they only take five minutes to make and nine minutes to bake?
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These sweet treats are soft but also have a firmness that makes them very tasty. Raspberry acid perfectly complements the sweetness of melted chocolate.
Don’t have a lot of baking items on hand? No problem! These sweet and nutty cookies require just three ingredients. They are easy to make with the kids and will easily satisfy your sweet cravings.
These healthy chocolate chip cookies contain less sugar, fat and salt than regular store-bought chocolate chip cookies. Replacing part of the wheat flour with ground oats improves the taste and fiber content. The biscuits also contain fewer ingredients than packaged biscuits and are free of preservatives.
“I grew up making snickerdoodle cookies. After I went gluten and dairy free, I couldn’t enjoy it anymore and was so frustrated that I couldn’t bake it in the kitchen like I grew up with my mom and sister,” says Danielle Walker. “Now with this recipe, the boys and I can roll the dough in cinnamon and sugar, I remember, and enjoy it with a glass of cashew cream milk!”
Chipotle Chocolate Cherry Cookies are easy to make, but it’s hard to say five times faster. The recipe is full of fun flavor combinations, as they add a bit of spice to the sweetness. Cookie dough works best with little kneading, so don’t be afraid to use your hands. And if you have friends who are allergic to eggs, don’t worry – they are not in this recipe.
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Filled with oats, nuts and dried fruit, these dairy-free cookies from Hilaria Baldwin are sweet enough for dessert yet healthy enough for breakfast.
This no-bake dessert is an oatmeal cookie and a Nutella lover’s dream. These cookies require few ingredients and a little work. The best part? They will be ready in just 20 minutes! How’s the coconut? Feel free to add a cup of shredded coconut while stirring Nutella for an extra chewy treat.