Some days – okay, maybe every day around 3:00 p.m. – you just want a cookie. Not just any cookie, mind you: you want a rich, soft, decadent, flavorful, gooey cookie that reminds you of childhood and everything that’s right in the world. On the other hand, you’ve cleaned up your diet and started living a healthier lifestyle. You’ve eliminated a lot of processed ingredients and don’t want a silly little cookie to counteract all your hard work. Welcome to the best of both worlds: a place where we can offer 10 cookie recipes that marry delicious flavors with healthy, wholesome ingredients so you can have the snack break you’re craving without crashing and burning afterward. Enjoy!
1. Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
(Recipe from TheSkinnyFork.com)
Yes, it’s possible to make a cookie that tastes good without using oil, flour eggs, or added sugar. This recipe is proof! What’s the secret? A combo of mashed bananas, reduced fat peanut butter and unsweetened applesauce. If you’re feeling skeptical, the proof is in the finished product. Whip up a batch and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
2. Clean Chocolate Cookies
(Recipe from CleanCheatingOnline.com)
This recipe uses just enough oil to grease the pan, dark bittersweet chocolate, and egg whites for a healthier twist on a typical chocolate cookie. All the flavor’s still there, but the fat and calories have been stripped down. When you get a chocolate craving that just won’t quit, these cookies can save the day.
3. Trail Mix Quinoa Cookies
(Recipe from CookingQuinoa.net)
This recipe is more involved and requires more ingredients that many of the others on this list, but it’s a great one to try on those days when you want a cookie that will actually fill you up. This really is the cookie version of trail mix, filled with quinoa flakes, chocolate, cranberries, nuts and seeds. The recipe also includes ingredient substitutions if you want to make it gluten-free.
4. Two-Ingredient Cookies
(Recipe from TheBurlapBag.com)
It doesn’t get any simpler than this. If you have bananas and oats, you can make yourself a cookie. Mix in whatever else you’d like (think cinnamon, chocolate, walnuts or raisins) to customize it to your taste. I know, I know – it sounds too easy to be true. It’s true, though – this cookie is the answer to a dream.
5. 20-Minute Applesauce Cookies
(Recipe from Food.com)
You can want a sugar-free treat and still want something that tastes sweet and delicious. There’s no need to have one and not the other. This six-ingredient quickie recipe gives you all the flavor without any of the extra processed stuff. Make them for yourself and see how good pure, simple, natural ingredients can taste.
6. Vegan Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies
(Recipe from Shape.com)
Hold up a second. Let’s break this down. They’re vegan? They contain sweet potatoes? You can eat them for breakfast? But they’re cookies? It may sound crazy and impossible until you try it. Give it a chance, though, and you’ll be hooked. This is comfort food at its finest and healthiest, and it’s packed with beta carotene to boot.
7. Almond and Coconut Macaroons
(Recipe from PopSugar.com)
This is one of the few recipes on this list that contains actual sugar, but it’s still a healthier alternative to a traditional macaroon. Egg whites, coconut and almonds come together to make an irresistible sweet treat. This recipe also contains tips for making these cookies kosher.
8. Double Chocolate Avocado Cookies
(Recipe from YummyHealthyEasy.com)
What’s a tasty, easy way to exchange bad fat for good fat? Swap oil for avocado. Avocado has a creamy texture that makes it great for baking and it pairs particularly well with chocolate. Let’s get real: when you’re craving a rich chocolate cookie, you won't settle for some wimpy dry cookie with a hint of flavor. This cookie is the real oohey gooey deal that just happens to be healthy as well.
9. Healthy Cookie Dough Balls
(Recipe from LoveAndBellinis.com)
Just because you’re trying to be healthy doesn’t mean there aren’t days when all you really want is a big spoonful of uncooked cookie dough. That’s why recipes like this one were created: to feed your inner cookie dough lover but keep it healthy in the process. This isn’t a snack to make every day, but it’s wise for those days when you simply can’t get cookie dough out of your mind. Forget butter, sugar, eggs, and all those not-so-healthy ingredients you find in typical cookie recipes. This one instead calls for coconut oil, almond butter, and mint dark chocolate chips. One word: Yum.
10. Dark Chocolate and Oat Clusters
(Recipe from Health.com)
Only four ingredients? Yep. Delicious? Check. Healthy? You got it. When you want something sweet and delicious that won’t wreck your diet – and you want it fast – turn to this recipe. In 15 minutes, you’ll have a sweet snack that also offers a healthy dose of antioxidants, fiber and protein.