Growing up, you may remember making cookies from scratch. You added the flour, the butter, the sugar, and any morsels or nuts, then popped them in the oven, and they were ready in 10 minutes.
Sugar was okay back then, but these days, white processed sugar doesn’t seem so harmless. This trend has hit the cookie world, but strangely, the cookies still taste pretty delicious when you cook without sugar. In fact, they are downright delicious!
We’re bringing you eight awesome cookie recipes that will make you a believer in this sugarless revolution. These delicious recipes will prove to you just how easy it is to make cookies and leave the sugar entirely out.
Whether you’re using agave, maple syrup, honey, stevia, or other sweeteners, you’ll see how easy it is to make these cookies, especially when you use nonstick cookware so that they lift right off.
These 6 Sugarless Cookies Are Game Changers
1. Coconut Cookies
Let’s get tropical! These succulent coconut cookies harness the power of banana and cashews to become well-rounded and completely delicious. A hint of vanilla rounds out this delicious cookie.
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 cup cashews
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Make sure you use the finely shredded coconut. If the consistency is not that fine, blitz in a food processor (or blender if you don’t have one).
3. In another, mix the banana, vanilla, nuts, and coconut.
4. Roll balls and place on a cookie sheet.
5. Bake for roughly 11 minutes and press a fork down on the top of the cookie gently. Cookies should be browning around edges.
6. Broil for up to four minutes and let cool before eating!
2. Scottish Shortbread Cookies
You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy these cookies! Cut them up and enjoy. Just let them cool completely or they will crumble in your hands quicker than you can say “shortbread”.
1 3/4 cups of gluten free flour mix
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cups of grass-fed salted butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 F and butter a pie pan (10 inches).
2. Cut butter into squares and keep chilled until use.
3. Mix your flour and honey and work in the cold butter, blending in a food processor or blender.
4. Press into a pie pan and then score into eight wedges with a knife, pricking each with a fork.
5. You can sprinkle or arrange lavender on top.
6. Leave for ten minutes to promote moisture and then bake up to 25 minutes or until the top is golden, then remove from the oven.
7. Let cool and then cut along lines and eat!
This cookie is amazing with virtually any type of tea.
3. Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
If you love any type of ginger cookie, from the snap to the soft, this is the recipe for you. You’re spared all that gluten because this recipe involves an almond meal base accented with stevia as the natural sweetener and flavorful spices to provide that familiar ginger cookie taste.
2 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 stick of butter softened
1/3 cup stevia
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon orange zest
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Blend baking soda, almond meal, and salt in processor.
3. Add the rest and pulse until combined.
4. Put spoonfuls on a baking tray and flatten, cooking 8 minutes or until golden.
5. Let cool and eat!
You’ll be surprised at how chewy and flavorful these easy ginger cookies are.
4. Double Chocolate Avocado Cookies
Avocado and chocolate, sweetened up by a touch of honey – these cookies are the answer to all your questions. Even the ones you never asked.
1 ripe avocado
1/8 cup honey
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup dark chocolate chunks
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix avocado and honey together then add in the egg, cocoa powder, and baking soda.
Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten slightly.
Bake for eight to ten minutes and let cool.
These cookies will be soft and they’re even gluten free! You can add in tons of variations like peanut butter cups, fruit, nuts, or whatever you think would taste good!
5. Almond Coconut Cookies with Orange Zest
These cookies are the perfect pairing for orange pekoe or any other type of tea. Orange zest adds in a bit of citrusy flavor and the almond and coconut ingredients provide a ton of natural flavor. Agave syrup provides a bit of sweetness – just be sure not to use it if anyone with diabetes is going to be consuming it as it does have a high glycemic index.
1/2 cup salted butter
1/4 cup Agave Syrup
1 tsp Almond Extract
1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons orange zest
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
2. Mix all ingredients with a whisk except for butter, agave, egg, and almond extract.
3. Mix butter and agave, add egg and extract and mix.
4. Add flour and coconut, then shape dough into balls and flatten with a fork once mixed.
5. Place on a tray and bake up to 12 minutes.
6. Let cool and then serve!
6. Sugarless Sugar Cookies
These sugar cookies have no sugar, believe it or not. They can be eaten anytime, and once you taste them, you might find yourself eating them anytime! These simple cookies are actually great. Kids love them but they won’t get hyper off of them, and they actually make a good tea time cookie, pairing with rich teas quite well. Sure, they don’t actually have sugar in them, but you’ll be so busy sampling the finished product that you won’t even remember the sugar isn’t there.
2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cup stevia
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup water
3/4 teaspoon vinegar
3 cups gluten-free flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
2. Mix together: butter, sweetener, and vanilla with a mixer, then add egg, water, and vinegar.
3. Mix in flour, salt, and baking powder and mix until blended.
4. Cut dough in half, making each into a circle and covering with plastic wrap before chilling in the fridge for one hour.
5. Roll out to 1/4 inch onto a liberally floured work surface and cut with cutters, placing on the sheet and baking up to 12 minutes.
6. Let cool and serve!
By Paula Hughes for the Healthy Moms Magazine
Paula Hughes is the founder of Chew The World, a handy blog concentrated on food delights, tips, and tricks on preparing the best meals, getting the best kitchen gadgets, and being a better chef. You can also find many interesting recipes, top lists of kitchen stuff, and in-depth guides on everything related to the kitchen.