Healthy Cookies That’ll Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Eating better doesn’t have to mean cutting out all the foods you love. These cookies feature smart swaps and are chock-full of good-for-you ingredients, making it easy to treat yourself while sticking to your goals.

November 16, 2021
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Triple Chocolate Cookies

Nothing beats a batch of freshly baked cookies — so why give that up just because you’re trying to eat healthy? Now, don’t get us wrong, we know that sticking to your wellness goals means listening to your body and eating intuitively, getting enough exercise throughout the week, and being mindful of portions or relying on healthy hacks (especially when it comes to treats) — but there are plenty of sweet and wholesome recipes that can help you stay on track. Whether you’re craving chocolate chip or oatmeal (or any of the deliciously decadent options in between) these better-for-you cookies are sure to satisfy. Our personal favorite? These rich, triple chocolate treats. They’re made with cocoa powder and studded with chunks of dark and milk chocolate, making them the ultimate healthy indulgence.

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Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Peanut-Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies

What makes the perfect breakfast cookie? We like to think it’s one that’s not too sugary, sweetened with ingredients like honey and banana — and full of hearty, satisfying oats to keep you full all morning long.

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole-wheat pastry flour and dried fruit make these irresistible chocolate chip cookies less indulgent, but you won't be able to tell the difference!

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Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

These super chocolatey treats are loaded with better-for-you ingredients like coconut oil, applesauce and flax meal. You can store them airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days, but we're pretty sure they'll be eaten up before that!

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Soft Maple Cookies

Liquid sweeteners like maple syrup help create soft-baked cookies. Jazz up this simple, satisfying treat with a handful of dried fruit, chopped toasted pecans or bittersweet chocolate chips.

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Muscovado Cocoa Chip Cookies

Molasses-heavy muscovado sugar and intense bittersweet chocolate create an insanely fudgy texture in these crave-worthy cookies. The secrets to perfecting them? Avoid over-mixing the dough, bake the cookies straight from frozen and take them out of the oven as soon as they're done to avoid over-baking.

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Fruitcake Cookies

As much as we love the holiday inspiration behind these cookies, we’ll gladly bake a batch of these fruit- and pecan-packed beauties any day of the year. The fact that they're healthy? That's just a bonus.

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Oatmeal Pistachio Cookies

There's something extra comforting about a warm oatmeal cookie. Luckily, this dough can be saved in the refrigerator, so you can bake a batch whenever you need a little pick-me-up.

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Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? It’s possible with Ellie’s better-for-you take. She loads these soft-baked treats with wholesome whole-wheat flour, oat, bran, carrot, raisins and walnuts for a delicious bite that will keep you going strong until lunch.

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Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies with Oats and Flaxseeds

Regular or natural peanut butter works here, just make sure it's emulsified before you add it into the mix so that your cookies set up properly.

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Pecan Sandies

Ellie uses a blend of white and whole-wheat flour for these cookies which ups the nutritional value, but keeps the texture nice and light.

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Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

A little bit of apple butter adds moisture, flavor and sweetness to these cakey cookies.

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Kitchen Sink Cookies

Applesauce fills in for some of the butter and oil in these cookies, reducing the fat and keeping the cookies moist. Apricots and cherries lend a little natural sweetness.

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Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

These whole-grain cookies are only 110 calories each! They cut some of the fat (by subbing in applesauce) but we bet your family and friends won’t even know the difference!

Get the Recipe: Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies