Healthy Cookies (that my kids love!)

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These Healthy Cookies are unbelievably good. They are made with 100% whole food ingredients— no flour, no added oil, and no added sugar. And oddly enough, they remind me of the popular “soft batch” cookies I used to eat when I was growing up!

healthy cookies stacked with chocolate chips

The Healthiest Cookies You Can Eat

This recipe is what I consider the healthiest cookies ever. They are made with ingredients that you may already have in your pantry, and because they’re flourless, they’re naturally gluten-free, too!

Here’s what I love about these ingredients:

  • Walnuts: Walnuts are a plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, specifically the essential fat alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Research shows that eating ALA may help to lower your risk of heart disease. The polyphenols found in walnuts may also help to fight inflammation. (source)
  • Dates: Dates are loaded with fiber and may be beneficial for controlling your blood sugar. (source) Dates are considered a low-glycemic food, and have a high antioxidant content that may help lower inflammation and reduce the risk of diabetes. (source)
  • Flax Seeds: Ground flax seeds have been shown to lower cholesterol (source) and they may help to lower blood pressure, too. (source)  Eating ground flax seeds regularly may help to expedite weight loss, as well! (source)

I use the flax seeds as an egg substitute in this recipe, and I think it keeps them a nice and soft in the center– which I love. If you would rather use a real egg, you can replace the flax seeds and water with one for a little more protein in this recipe.

healthy cookies in a food processor

I’ll often use pecans when I don’t have walnuts on hand, too, and the results are just as delicious! I think that buttery nuts work best in this recipe, so macadamia nuts would probably work well, too.

Why are Homemade Cookies Healthier?

I think homemade cookies are almost always healthier than store-bought versions, because you know exactly what’s going into the recipe, and you don’t have to rely on extra preservatives to make them shelf-stable. In the case of these healthy cookies, you know you’re getting a dose of fiber and healthy fats in every bite!

unbaked vs baked cookies

These healthy cookies have a soft and tender texture that reminds me of my childhood favorite “soft batch” cookies. If you prefer a firmer cookie, simply store them in the fridge or freezer, and serve them cold!

More Healthy Cookies:

If you have other ingredients on hand and are craving a cookie, you might also enjoy these healthy recipes:

I hope you’ll enjoy these cookies whenever your sweet tooth strikes! Because they are made with nutrient-rich ingredients, I find that they leave me feeling satisfied much longer than a traditional cookie recipe.

How to Make Healthy Cookies (1-Minute Video):

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Healthy Cookies (that my kids love!)

These healthy cookies are made with 100% whole food ingredients, but they taste like a soft batch cookie. So easy!
Course Dessert
Cuisine gluten-free, paleo, vegan
Keyword healthy cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 175kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • In the bowl of a food processor fitted with an "S" blade, process the dates and walnuts together until a crumbly texture is formed. Add in the salt, baking soda, vanilla, ground flax, water, and vinegar, and process again until the batter is relatively smooth. Add in the chocolate chips and briefly pulse, just to combine.
  • Spoon the batter onto a lined baking sheet, and use your hands to gently flatten the cookie dough. (Tip: Wet your hands with water to prevent sticking!) Bake at 350ºF for 12 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden. Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Serve immediately, and store the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer for best shelf life. These cookies should last a week in the fridge, and a month or more in the freezer.

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Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Healthy Cookie Nutrition per cookie (1 of 12): Calories: 175, Fat: 12g, Carbohydrates: 15g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 3g

This post was updated on 07/25/19 with new photos, so don’t be alarmed if the photos are different! Here’s the original one I took:

the healthiest cookie ever broken in half

Recipe Notes:

  • I love the buttery flavor of these cookies when made with walnuts, but I have a feeling that pecans or almonds would work well, too.
  • If you don’t have access to dates, raisins can be substituted in most cases, but the flavor will be slightly different.
  • If you don’t want to use a flax egg, one chicken egg can be used instead.
  • Optional add-ins that are free of added sugar include: cacao nibs, raisins, shredded coconut, chopped nuts

Enjoy!

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Judith

Hi I just discovered your amazing site and these yummy cookies were the first thing thing I tried and wowwww!! Looking forward to making more of your recipe ideas!

Vicki

These are amazing! I don’t eat wheat or processed sugar, and I’ve been craving cookies. I didn’t use chocolate chips and added cinnamon instead – they taste like decadent, nutty oatmeal cookies. Thank you!

Jen

I’ve made these twice now and they are delicious! Even my 3-yo likes them! Thank you!

Stacey

Hi. I just wanted to say thank you for posting this recipe. I adapted it for my blog (crediting you, of course). Love what you’re doing…

Kaleigh

I stumbled upon this recipe and your blog through a google search for a healthy cookie recipe that used medjool dates. I LURVE this recipe!

I’m a new mom and this recipe checked off so many of my new “must have” boxes for making a recipe:
– minimal number of ingredients
– all can be done in one dish
– letting a machine do all the work
– full of good fats and nuts
– CHOCOLATE!

I prepped it all while my oven preheated, nursed my darling, screaming child while they cooked, and ate one while she slept.

Thank you! I look forward to checking out more of your recipes!

Cindy

These are amazing!! Since I’m trying to stay away from all processed sugar, I didn’t use chocolate chips. I put raisins in them. Next time I’ll add a little cinnamon too. Super delicious!! So excited to have this healthy cookie recipe in my arsenal of baking recipes.

Todd

Can I use any kind on nut?

    Michael

    I just tried using pecans instead of walnuts and they turned out pretty great.

Katie

These were fantastic. I used dates that weren’t medjool so the texture looked different than yours but this was the first time i didn’t use honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar. I was apprehensive but HOLY COW!!! They are delicious!! And I didn’t have to sit around and make nut butter. 🙂 This is going to be a go to recipe for me from now on. Thank you!!

Noelle Perry-Earle

I’ve just brought these out of the oven and oh my word, don’t they smell gorgeous! I used a mixture of pecans and walnuts with the majority being pecans simply because it was what I had on hand. I also used a cup of well packed sayer dates opposed to Mejool and they’re still perfect. I’m new to the whole food lifestyle and have spent most of my life baking with refined sugar and lots of butter but with recipes like these I’m a convert. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

susan

Could almond meal be used in place of walnuts. I already have it here. Looking forward to try using the dates.
Thank you

Huvs

I don’t know why but my mixture was too dry and I had to add more flax egg to it to become a paste. They did not come out crispy but they were of course still delicious. Second time around I added lots of orange zest, soaked the flax in Orange juice and put in some cocoa nibs to give it a bit of a crunch. To make up for the lack of crispiness and I baked them at 100 c for 3 hrs. Super delicious. Much better than those nakd bars I was buying for a snack.

Mikaela

These look delicious! I’m always looking for a healthy cookie recipe, but most have coconut oil in them (which I’m allergic to), and I have yet to find a healthy alternative to. Can’t wait to try these!

Maryalyce

these have to be the best cookies EVER. I’cant make them fast enough. Everyone that has tried just wants more.
We can’t stop eating them. BEST EVER is right

Emily

If I did want to make these into lactation cookies, how would you modify the recipe to add brewer’s yeast and/or oats? Thanks!

Jayā @ The Naked Coconut

These look fabulous! Cant wait to try them!

Cindy

These cookies are great! They have a great cookie taste, you can’t tell how good they are for you! They are also GAPS diet compliant if you use honey sweetened chocolate. I bought Camino 100% baking chocolate, melted it down and added honey to make GAPS chocolate chips. http://www.lasiembra.com/camino/en/cuisine-camino/unsweetened-baking-chocolate

Kristin

These are now my go-to cookie for my cookie loving husband! He absolutely loves these cookies, and tonight his dad – who also loves cookies but does NOT like healthy food – tried one and he loved them. I couldn’t believe it! I don’t think he believed me when I told him what was in them 🙂 Thank you for so many absolutely delicious recipes!

Johanna

Just tried making these and to be honest, I thought they tasted quite awful.

Margaret V

This looks very similar to a recipe from “Stir it Up.” This one may be a good alternative for folks who use eggs: https://cheffingit.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/date-sweetened-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Tas

Love these!! Usually I’m disappointed by ‘clean’ baking, but these are amazing and so easy! Thank you 🙂

Emma

I made these for the second time this morning and while delicious, both batches came out way too moist and sticky– almost like Larabars or something. I used pecans instead of walnuts, a small egg instead of flax, and added a tablespoon of maple syrup to offset my dry, less-sweet non-Medjool dates, but I wouldn’t think that any of these changes would have affected the outcome too much. They stayed in the oven for almost 25 minutes before I finally pulled them out, and they’re still wet. Suggestions? They ARE tasty though!

    Jack Parker

    It was definitely because you use 1 Tbsp of maple syrup. I’ve never had a dry medjool date, personally. But, if you try these cookies again, and you feel the need to add maple syrup for moisture, try 1/2 to 1 tsp only.

Dan

Hi I have made these and they were a hit with my family. Just wondering, how would it taste with a packet of stevia thrown in for just a bit of extra sweetness?

Gina

I’ve made a handful of paleo and grain free chocolate chip cookies and this is my favorite recipe! I’ve tinkered with the recipe a bit and thought I’d share: I’ve substituted peanuts for the walnuts for a peanut butter cookie, and tonight I added three tablespoons of cocoa powder and used peanut butter chips instead of chocolate chips. Yummy!

Jayden

These are my families favorite cookies 🙂 But, it keeps burning out my appliances. First, it burnt out my vitamix and then my brand new hamilton food processor. I love these cookies but I don’t know if I can keep making them. Please help!

Melissa

You should win a noble peace prize for this recipe. Amazing! Thank you for being brillant and creating a clean cookie.

Kristen

Megan – What would you substitute in for walnuts/nuts if you have a nut allergy? I’d love to try to make these but can’t do nuts! Thanks 🙂

    Julia

    How about seeds?

Julia Sathya

Hi everyone! Yesterday I was looking for a healthy alternative to cookies. I didn’t have any eggs so I was searching online for a yummy dessert. I found this site and zoomed in on this recipe. Omg! It turned out so good!!! Everyone loved it! I’ll definitely be making MORE this week! Thank you!!!

Deanna C

So yummy! I just went paleo/vegan for severe health reasons and these cookies saved me when my sweet tooth got the best of me. Does anyone know how many calories one cookie would be if you follow the recipe and leave out the chocolate?

Jack

These were AWESOME!! My only regret is that I’m making these for people at work..

Couple of modifications in my recipe – I used 1/2 cashews and 1/2 almonds. I also used 1/4 cup chunky natural peanut butter in the mix to give the cookies a nutty taste. Couldn’t be happier!

I’ll be making these again tomorrow for me… 🙂

Sarah

I just made these with pecans. I didn’t have walnuts but wanted to make some healthy treats for the holidays. All I can say is WOW! They are amazing! Thank you! I’m not sure I want to share! ?

Andrea

Love these cookies!!! I added a little cinnamon and kept out the chocolate chips – they are delicious – the entire family likes them – that’s a hit!!! Thank you!

Judy

Are these cookies meant to be crisp or soft? Mine were on the soft side. My texture also appeared to be coarser and dryer that shown in the photo, but followed the recipe, using a chicken egg. Any suggestions?

Jose

These cookies are amazing. I added in cacao baking powder instead of using chocolate chips. They came out tasting like incredible chocolate brownies. Next time I think i’ll use a type of blend instead of just walnuts since they require a lot of walnuts.

Kristin

I used 1 cup macadamia nuts + 1/2 cup pecans which made the cookies nice and buttery. I also used a chicken egg because I did not have flax or chia seeds. And I threw in some chopped dark chocolate. The mixture wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped, so I think I’ll finely grind the nuts first then add the dates to the food processor. Overall, they came out amazing and smell/taste great!

Rebecca

These cookies are incredible. So easy to make and so healthy. My kids can’t get enough of them. I used applesauce when I didn’t have any eggs and they were even more incredible! Thank you!

Michelle

Love these cookies paleo and vegan right up my alley! Honestly I like the cookie dough better than the cookies and the good thing about this so you can actually eat it without any problems.

Kathy

These cookies are sooo tasty! I didn’t have walnuts so I used almond flour they are very tasty without the guilt!

Nicole

Anyone know the nutritional information on these cookies? Calories, fats, carbs, protein?

Make It Vegan

I am definitely going to try these!

Joyce

So good! I try a lot of healthy cookie recipes and this one is my favorite and it satisfies my craving for a good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie!

Amy

Love these!!! Making them for my fitness class participants tomorrow 😀

Carly

I absolutely love this recipe! Thank you so much for it! Not only do these cookies taste great but they feel great going down!

Myra

If i were to use date puree instead, how much in grams shud i use?

Nel

Awesome recipe. Used different type of dates but still came out delicious. Will definitely make again. My 2 yo also liked them.

Onaella

For someone who does not cook not bake (still living with mom) your site has been a great help for me through my weightloss efforts. Your not to naughty snacks and very simple recipes are just what I needed. I did a little too much pulsing with the chocolate chips so this turned out as a chocolate cookie (no complaints). I love these the only challenge I had was I did not realize how spongy they would feel so I kept thinking they weren’t done (did I say I can’t cook or bake?) Anyways I love these even though they were a little hard for me to manage….can’t believe something so healthy tastes so good!

C

Walnuts are pretty high in omega 6 fatty acids. Hazelnuts or almond would be even healthier. Or coconut. 🙂 Still, sounds delish. Putting on my to-try list!

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