Eat This, Not That: 5 Healthy Cookie Recipes Even Your Kids Will Love

Most American children consume about 32 teaspoons of sugar a day. That’s over 3 times the recommended limit! Many of us adults aren’t faring much better.

Trouble is, it’s hard to cut down your children’s sugar intake without seeming like a party pooper. The good news is, you can still spoil them with healthy cookie recipes that leave out the bad stuff while maxing out on the good.

So, ditch the expensive and over-processed food. Rather try your hand at these easy-to-make-delicious-to-eat treats. It’s the right thing to do.

1. Super Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

These healthy oatmeal cookies are heavenly in every way. They’re divine to snack on and packed full of pure goodness.

Ingredients

  • 2 very ripe, large bananas or ¾ cup of mashed banana
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3 T sugar-free almond or peanut butter
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/8 t salt

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Break up the bananas and oats in a food processor and then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. Scoop spoonfuls of batter onto a baking tray lined with parchment. Add some toppings if you like. Small berries, nuts or coconut work well.
  4. Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes. You can break one open to check if they’re done.

You may have noticed that this recipe has no sugar, no dairy, no flour, and no eggs. Plus, oat and banana calories are minimal when compared to the health benefits of these ingredients.

2. Simple Pumpkin Spice Cookies

This quick and easy mini recipe makes just 6 cookies, but when something’s this good you don’t need more of them. If you want extra, double the quantities – no harm done.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 ½ cups oats
  • 4 T cooked pumpkin
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ginger
  • 1/4 t 5 spice
  • 1/4 t turmeric
  • Pinch of black pepper

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 350F.
  2. Grind the oats in a small bullet blender or coffee grinder and mash the pumpkin and bananas together.
  3. Combine all the ingredients and blend.
  4. Scoop spoonfuls of the dough onto a non-stick baking tray and bake the cookies for 20 minutes.

These cookies keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator but it’s unlikely they’ll be around for that long.

You can never have too many spiced cookie recipes. There’s more information here on another gluten-free version of spiced keto cookies.

3. Oreos Without the No-No’s

This is one of the best cookie recipes for teaching your children that it’s possible to enjoy their favorite snacks in a healthier way.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, plus 2 tbsp extra
  • 1/4 cup xylitol or unrefined sugar, plus 2 tbsp extra
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil
  • 3 T milk (any kind)
  • 2 T pure honey, agave, or maple syrup

Filling

  • 1/2 cup sugar-free powdered sugar
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut butter

Method

  1. Mix the first five ingredients together in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mix and combine well.
  3. Put the dough in a plastic bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 300 F.
  5. Roll out the dough.
  6. Cut it into circles using a cookie cutter.
  7. Place the cookies onto a non-stick baking tray and bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes while you mix the filling ingredients together.
  9. Sandwich the cookie disc together with the filling and refrigerate.

These cookies are best kept in the refrigerator between feasting sessions so that the filling stays firm.

4. Chocolate Chip of Champions

No list of cookie recipes is complete without chocolate chip cookies. Here’s how to make a guilt-free batch of these popular treats.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 t chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 1 T peanut butter
  • 1 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 2 T mini dairy-free chocolate chips

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mash the banana until creamy using a mixer then blend in the chia and flax seeds.
  3. Add the protein powder and peanut flour and mix until just combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips with a spoon.
  5. Scoop the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and press them down with the palm of your hand. Note – these cookies do not spread in the oven.
  6. Bake the cookies for 8 to 9 minutes until firm.
  7. Remove the cookies from the oven, place them on a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

These protein-packed bites are perfect lunch box eats for busy kids or as a post-workout snack for you.

5. Healthy Cookie Recipes and Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is the hero of many healthy-eating snacks. In this recipe, it’s the star of the show.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 3 T sorghum, oat, or rice flour
  • 1/3 cup unrefined sugar, or sugar substitute
  • 2 T apple sauce
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/8 t salt

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix into a firm dough. For softer-textured cookies, you can refrigerate the dough for an hour at this point.
  4. Roll the dough into evenly sized balls and place them on a non-stick baking tray.
  5. Flatten them with a fork.
  6. Bake the cookies for 8 minutes and leave to cool on the tray for ten minutes.

You may have noticed that this is a vegan recipe but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. The apple sauce ensures that you don’t mourn the absence of butter or eggs in the mix.

These bites taste just as great as the old-fashioned peanut butter cookies we know and love.

Moreish Healthy Eating

Healthy cookie recipes are just the start of living a healthier, better life. You can adjust almost all your favorite recipes to include healthy ingredients.

Keep experimenting with better eating options when preparing your daily meals. Let us know how it goes in the comments box below.

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