The Sugar-Free Cookie That Will Still Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

It’s been almost a year and a half since I started this blogging adventure and in all that time, one post has outperformed all others. Was it a style post on high/low leather jackets? Nope. Was it a travel post on how to spend 3 days in NYC? Uh-uh. Was it an opinion post on who should pay on a first date? Wrong again. It was a post on the healthiest and most delicious (not to mention gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free) banana bread, proving that I’m not the only one who thinks about food for at least 12 of my 16-or-so waking hours – apparently you do too. That’s why I’m so happy to be back with another post that I think you’re going to enjoy. Introducing these sugar-free, dairy-free, cookie bites. Get ready to fall in love.

I spotted the original recipe for these cookies on a friend’s Pinterest board. While she was thinking about making them for her sons’ lunches (the act of a thoughtful and selfless mom), I was thinking, YESSSSSSSS, BRING ON THE COOKIES! (the act of a sugar-addicted cookie connoisseur) Keep in mind this was during a mid-afternoon Pinterest break, torturing myself with images of delicious baked treats that, if consumed solely in the digital realm, could result in no additional calories, so you can understand the enthusiasm. But, unlike most of the treats I spot on Pinterest – ooey-gooey sugar-laden confections that usually involve Nutella, rainbow sprinkles, a variation on s’mores (or some combination of all three) – this recipe looked moderately healthy, and, dare I say, suitable for consumption.

What I love about these treats is that you can make them with zero added sugar. None. Nada. You do have to be a bit careful about getting unsweetened coconut flakes and unsweetened dried fruit (or 100% cacao chocolate for the chocolate-y bits), but if you do all that, then you’ll be left with chewy delicious bites, sweetened only with bananas and whatever added toppings you include. These cookies have become my new favourite treat, perfect for those times when you want a small taste of something sweet, without the bottomed-out crash of a post-sugar high. Hope you like them as much as the banana bread! 

The Healthiest Cookie: Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Dairy-Free Oat Drops

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups regular rolled oats (I use gluten-free)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ cup of almond meal (or nutmeal of your choice)
  • ½ cup mixed nuts, finely chopped
  • 1 cup sugar-free dried fruit (or chocolate chips or berries or whatever else you’d like to put in)
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed ( or substitute applesauce, or 2 eggs)
  • ¼ cup canola oil (or oil of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
Preheat oven to 175C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine  oats, almond meal, mixed nuts, and coconut flakes. Stir in allspice and cinnamon. Add dried fruit and stir until well and evenly mixed. Make sure the dried fruit do not stick together in big batches.

In another bowl, combine canola oil, mashed banana and vanilla extract.

Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until well combined. 

Form little balls of dough with your hands and flatten slightly onto the baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Recipe Notes: These cookies freeze well and are super easy to adapt for different versions, just try different add-ins every time. Some classic flavour combinations include walnut-raisin and chocolate-cherry.

Dry ingredients are ready to rock. 

Can’t forget the add-ins. For this batch I used dried cranberries, raisins, and chocolate chips.

I could eat this whole bowl, but first, into the oven!

Inch by inch, row by row.

They totally look homemade, no?

20 minutes later – golden and ready to cool. 

Heart shaped because good things come in threes 🙂  

Get in my belly!

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