27 Recipes for Healthy Cookies That Won’t Give You a Sugar Crash
By: Amanda Suazo
Bake your cookies and eat them, too — with these recipes for healthy cookies, you can still get mouthwatering flavors without sugar, gluten, and grains that can make you crash.
Most recipes for healthy cookies use dried fruit, oats, or enough maple syrup and honey to send you into a sugar crash. These keto and paleo-friendly healthy cookies use anti-inflammatory ingredients and sweeteners that won’t send you into a sugar coma — plus healthy fats and pastured proteins to keep you satisfied.
Enjoy updated classics, ultra-chocolatey varieties, and no-bake recipes with these downright delicious healthy cookies:
Healthy cookies: Basic recipes
Don’t let the name fool you: Instead of sugar, these healthy cookies swap in low-glycemic sweeteners like erythritol and stevia. Plus, the batter includes grain-free almond and coconut flours, warm vanilla, and grass-fed ghee. Dip in a coconut cream icing for a totally sweet (and secretly healthy) treat.
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These simple, healthy cookies capture the perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors. This recipe creates a simple shortbread base and adds rosemary for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Stay more Bulletproof with this recipe and use grass-fed butter and raw honey.
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These healthy cookies bake up a sweet, spiced cookie using grain-free flour, grass-fed gelatin, and ground ginger, which may help combat pain and fatigue. To make these cookies more Bulletproof, use Ceylon cinnamon, raw almond butter, and grass-fed butter — plus, skip the syrup.
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No sugary white chocolate here: Instead, these healthy butter cookies get coated in a drizzle made out of cacao butter and peppermint oil. For a more Bulletproof take on these cookies, use grass-fed butter, plus non-GMO erythritol or birch xylitol to sweeten.
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Got a sensitivity to eggs, grains, nuts, or dairy? Make these healthy cookies your go-to recipe. This recipe keeps the batter egg-free with a gelatin egg substitute, then incorporates coconut oil and fragrant herbs and spices to keep your taste buds happy. Stay more Bulletproof with this recipe and swap the garlic with additional herbs, plus swap the olive oil with grass-fed ghee or avocado oil.
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Lavender is a natural anti-microbial herb, and adds a calming fragrance to these healthy cookies. Mix a batter using tigernut and arrowroot flours, butter, and dried flowers for a dessert that supports natural calm. Make these cookies more Bulletproof and swap the maple syrup with a low-glycemic sweetener like birch xylitol.
Chocolate healthy cookies
Make a classic cookie with sneaky benefits. These healthy cookies contain the same chewiness and chocolate chunks of the original recipe, plus incorporate grass-fed collagen peptides to support smoother skin and healthier joints. Pair them with a warm cup of coffee.
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These healthy cookies deliver all the chocolate flavor you could want, plus added protein from flavorless gelatin — no dairy, sugar, or grains needed. Stay more Bulletproof and use grass-fed butter and gelatin, pick up a high-quality and mold-free chocolate, and swap mint extract with a few drops of food-grade peppermint oil.
Avocado… in a cookie? These healthy cookies incorporate nourishing fats from avocado with no offputting taste — just creamy, chocolatey flavor instead. Make this recipe with any spare avocados you need to use in a flash.
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Sneak more veggies into your diet with these healthy cookies. In addition to a chocolatey base with cacao powder and chocolate chips, the batter also mixes in a whole cup of shredded zucchini for a perfectly moist and tender cookie. To keep it all more Bulletproof, use Ceylon cinnamon, grass-fed ghee instead of flavored coconut oil, and a mold-free chocolate with at least 85% cacao.
These rich and healthy cookies get their mouthwatering chewy texture from a secret ingredient: Gelatin! Mix it with ingredients like almond flour, grass-fed butter, sweetener, and cocoa powder for a cookie experience that even non-keto friends will love.
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Unlike the original sugary recipe, these healthy cookies keep every bite both gluten- and sugar-free. Mix up a crisp cocoa cookie base, then dip in a chocolate mixture infused with coconut oil and peppermint — totally refreshing and guilt-free! Stay more Bulletproof and use grass-fed butter, a high-quality mold-free chocolate, and a bit of food-grade peppermint oil instead of peppermint extract.
Healthy cookies with fruit
With plenty of fat and fiber, coconut makes the perfect addition to healthy cookies. This recipe incorporates shredded coconut with vanilla collagen protein and egg whites to create a quick-cooking treat with just the right amount of chew.
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Cranberries naturally contain little sugar, making them the perfect star in these healthy cookies. A shortbread base gets topped with a lemony glaze and unsweetened dried cranberries for a holiday-friendly treat you can enjoy year-round. Stay more Bulletproof and use grass-fed butter and gelatin, plus swap the lemon extract with food grade lemon oil or lemon zest.
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With a soft texture and slightly sweet flavor, you can enjoy these healthy cookies anytime! These fruity cookies get their sweetness from honey, shredded coconut, and chunks of fresh diced strawberries. Keep them more Bulletproof and use grass-fed butter and raw honey.
Healthy cookies with resistant starch
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Pumpkin creates a moist texture with the added benefits of resistant starch in this healthy cookie recipe. Add in extras like pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips, and you can create a totally festive treat that you’ll want to make all year long. To make these cookies more Bulletproof, use grass-fed butter, pumpkin pie spice with no nutmeg, and chocolate with at least 85% cacao — plus, avoid using xanthan gum too often, since it can irritate your gut.
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These ultra-easy healthy cookies contain no nuts and use ingredients you probably have on-hand. In about 20 minutes, you can make a batter with cooked sweet potato, coconut, and chocolate chips, then bake away to make a naturally sweet and addictive cookie. To stay more Bulletproof, use Ceylon cinnamon, grass-fed butter, and chocolate chips with at least 85% cacao.
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With ripe plantain, ghee, and rich chocolate chips, these healthy cookies get a soft and chewy texture that mimics store-bought cookies — all with no grains or eggs! Keep these cookies more Bulletproof and use Ceylon cinnamon, grass-fed ghee, and chocolate with at least 85% cacao. Plus, swap the sugar with non-GMO erythritol or birch xylitol.
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Using a clean-burning starch source from delicata squash, these healthy cookies also get a starchy boost from a pumpkin puree frosting. To keep it all more Bulletproof, use Ceylon cinnamon, use raw nuts and nut butters, get raw honey, and skip the nutmeg.
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Get the same cinnamon sugar flavor of snickerdoodles, all with a grain-free and sugar-free spin. With these healthy cookies, you’ll mix up a batter with pumpkin puree, spices, and coconut oil before rolling in cinnamon and baking. Stay more Bulletproof and use birch xylitol and Ceylon cinnamon, plus skip the nutmeg.
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Although these healthy cookies incorporate starches from cassava flour and shredded carrots, they taste sweet enough to enjoy anytime. Plus, they incorporate bonus healthy add-ins like grated zucchini and grass-fed collagen. To stay more Bulletproof, use raw honey and a chocolate with at least 85% cacao — plus, skip the dried fruit.
No-bake healthy cookies
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Use this recipe to make guilt-free healthy cookies packed with coconut flavor! Simple ingredients like almond flour, grated coconut, and coconut milk roll together into a sweet and soft cookie that takes just minutes to prepare. For a more Bulletproof cookie, swap the coconut sugar with non-GMO erythritol or birch xylitol (or omit altogether).
These healthy cookies pack every bite with filling protein and fats, thanks to a combination of collagen protein bars and energizing Brain Octane Oil. Top with a luscious sugar-free icing for a totally sweet treat with no baking required.
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A crisp chocolate coating surrounds a cool, minty center with this no-bake healthy cookie recipe. Bonus: With wholesome ingredients like coconut cream, shredded coconut, and cacao nibs, these little bites are also vegan, paleo, and low-carb! Stay more Bulletproof and use the suggested sugar-free substitutions, use food-grade peppermint oil instead of mint extract, and get chocolate chips with at least 85% cacao.
This sweet and satisfying recipe creates a scoopable, nutty, and chocolatey dough infused with collagen protein and Brain Octane Oil. Best of all, you can have these healthy “cookies” ready in under 10 minutes!
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These healthy cookies keep it simple: Combine high-fat shredded coconut and coconut milk together with a sweetener, then dip in silky chocolate. Stay more Bulletproof and use a sweetener like non-GMO erythritol or birch xylitol, get full-fat canned coconut milk, and use a high-quality chocolate with at least 85% cacao.
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Create a sweet, golden-tinted healthy cookie with no bake time using this quick and simple paleo recipe. In addition to nourishing fats from coconut flakes and coconut oil, these little bites get anti-inflammatory benefits from turmeric. Make these cookies more Bulletproof with raw honey and raw almond butter, plus use a high-quality chocolate with at least 85% cacao.
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