15 Plant Based Cookie Recipes – Healthy & Refined Sugar Free

Who doesn’t love a good cookie with a glass of milk or a steaming cup of tea? It’s comfort food at its finest, but comfort food doesn’t have to be bad for you. In fact, any comfort food can be made healthy in my experience, and these delicious plant based cookie recipes that are completely healthy AND refined sugar free are just that!

We all like our cookies different, I’m sure. I prefer the lovely chewiness of an Anzac (something that I grew up with as a kid in Australia), but equally love a crunchy cookie or biscuit. Whatever your preference, rest assured I will cover it in this list of recipes. Oh, and did I say, they are all for the most part GUILT FREE.

Ways to use your delicious homemade cookies:-

  • Wrap your cookies in a beautiful box with a ribbon and give them as a gift for somebody special
  • Brighten your work colleagues day by surprising them with your tasty cookies at staff break time
  • Put them in your kids lunchboxes as a healthy school snack
  • Eat them as an on-the-run breakfast (yes, they are healthy enough for that)
  • Cookies are very portable, so ideal for long journeys
  • Dunk them in your cup of tea a la true British style
  • Good enough for a pre or post workout snack
  • Cookies are easy for kids to make because they can add different toppings to make them unique

The cookies on this list have been carefully chosen because they are good for you. They are refined sugar free and can be eaten as a light substitute for breakfast or lunch. They have good amounts of protein to keep you satiated and full and are low on the GI scale due to being made with wholegrains, nuts, seeds and other wholesome ingredients.

Your Healthy Plant Based Cookie Recipes

1. Wholesome ‘Feel Good’ Cookies

These simple, flour free cookies are so delicious and have a melt in the mouth, soft texture. If you use a mix of molasses and dates then you will add an irresistible, chewy and malty edge to these delightful bakes.

The addition of peanut butter will ensure that the cookie yields a high amount of protein to make it good enough for a substantial snack.

They are also super easy to make as you just combine all your ingredients and bake for only 10-15 minutes. You could make a big old batch of these up for your week ahead to steer you and your family away for more unhealthy snacks.

No Flour Peanut Butter Cookies

Are you a peanut butter lover If so, then I have an excellent recipe for you. These and looking for a soft, healthy cookie that also feels good to eat? No Flour Peanut Butter Cookies are easy to make and are the perfect gluten-free, grain-free snack to pair with your favorite hot drink.

2. The Ultimate Breakfast Cookie

These ultimate cookies have everything you could want in your breakfast, only in cookie form. You’ve got bananas, oats, dates, walnuts, coconut, cacao powder and almonds all in one hit. It’s like an oatmeal bowl, but way more portable and easy to grab and go in the morning, no effort required!

Vegan Breakfast Cookies Recipe (Gluten-free)

Vegan cookies for breakfast? Yes please! I can’t think of a better way to start my day than with this delicious vegan breakfast cookies recipe. Loaded with all your favourite goodies, you won’t want to stop eating them. Luckily, they’re quite filling so that shouldn’t be a problem.

3. Very high Protein Peanut Butter Cookies

I LOVE these. These are just off the scale!! These super high protein cookies contain peanut butter powder which not only makes them taste creamy and delicious, but peanut butter powder contains about 50% protein. If you haven’t discovered and tried this powder yet, you really, really should.

These cookies also contain creamy peanut butter from the jar, so they are a peanut lover’s heaven. I’d say these would be great for growing kids, and definitely an awesome post workout snack too. Eat these as a breakfast or snack and you will be full for hours.

Oh, and did I say, you can add dark chocolate chips (or just chopped up block chocolate) to these cookies to make them even more luxurious.

Peanut Butter Protein Cookies (vegan + gluten free) | Darn Good Veggies

These Peanut Butter Protein Cookies are a sweet treat that are secretly healthy! Fuel up with one of these vegan, gluten free, and even oil free cookies as your pre or post workout snack. With just 6 ingredients, you’ll be making this easy recipe all the time.

4. Chocolate Shortbread

Who doesn’t love shortbread? That melt in the mouth creaminess that lights up all the pleasure centers of the brain.

This shortbread is also only 4 ingredients, so couldn’t be easier to make. I’d say these beautiful cookies are best as more of a treat (or an addition to your afternoon tea), rather than a meal in themselves.

These are the kind of cookies you can bake as a gift, smother in chocolate (keep it very dark 85% cacao chocolate to keep the refined sugars down) and add some pretty decorations.

4-ingredient Vegan chocolate shortbread – The Conscious Plant Kitchen

These vegan chocolate shortbread cookies are easy, gluten-free chocolate cookies made with only 4 ingredients. If you are craving an healthy shortbread recipe keep reading! Who doesn’t love a chocolate shortbread cookie? Shortbread cookies are crumbly cookies usually made of butter and eggs.

5. Multi-Purpose Oat Cookie and Breakfast Bowl In One

Oh wow, these cookies are immense! You bake these healthy and delicious babies, then you can can make a hot breakfast bowl out of them afterwards if you so wish. I mean, they melt into hot milk to make a winter’s day warmer breakfast that would also be extremely child friendly too.

Black raisins, tahini, banana and oats make it a classic breakfast cookie, and the addition of the desiccated coconut ensures that chewy texture that you crave from a cookie.

Make Healthy Oat Cookies into a One-bowl Breakfast

These vegan cookies are a delicious treat, made with gluten-free rolled oats, shredded coconut, raisins, and cinnamon powder. They are soft on the inside with crispy brown edges-just perfect as a snack or on-the-go breakfast. Warm them for a couple of minutes in plant milk, and each cookie becomes a hearty one-bowl hot oatmeal.

6. Magic Cookie Bars

Just the look of these cookie bars will get  you salivating. I know they are me.

You have a choice of crusts to make with these: there’s the almond flour and maple or the oats and maple. Both look equally as satisfying, but if you want lower calories and fat content, then stick with the oats.

The wickedly delicious topping on these is made from a mix of coconut, nuts, bananas and chocolate (again, always go for 85% dark to keep sugar down to a minimum).

These are more of a sweet treat to go with a cup of tea or a desert to satisfy those after dinner sugar cravings, albeit a healthie one.

 

Vegan Magic Cookie Bars (without sweetened condensed milk!)

These easy Vegan Magic Cookie Bars are twice as enchanted, made without sweetened condensed but still all the same delicious sweet layers! There are many recipes I consider magical… Cake with just TWO ingredients and no baking? Magic. Breakfast food turned dreamy ice cream base? Magic. Crave-worthy cupcakes without flour/sugar/oil/nuts/gluten?

7. Zesty Lemon Cookies

Zesty, lemony and refined sugar free, if you’re a lemon lover then these cookies are for you. And made with real lemons too!

The mix of coconut flour, almond flour and coconut oil will ensure these cookies have an almost shortbread type texture. And their sweetness comes from only half a cup of maple syrup, so they are very low in sugar of any kind.

These would also make a perfect gift, if packaged in a pretty box.

Easy Lemon Cookies (Paleo, Plant-Based, Vegan) * Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!

Posted by When it’s warm out, I love lemons! Lemons in my iced tea, fresh squeezed lemonade, and… these Lemon cookies made with Fresh Lemons! I absolutely love how these easy-to-make lemon cookies are made with real ingredients, aren’t too sweet, and have the perfect amount of lemon flavor in them.

8. 2 Ingredient Cookies

Yes, you heard that right. Two ingredient cookies! These had to go on this list for obvious reasons, they are just TWO INGREDIENTS! I mean, it doesn’t get faster and easier than this, plus they are still 100% delicious and super healthy.

No refined sugars, no flours, no oils – nada. Just bananas and almond flour smooshed together and baked. Completely smooth and child friendly with no lumps, these cookies will go down a storm with the whole family.

the great thing about the base of these cookies is you can add your own added ingredients of chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, spices, dried fruits, whatever you like because anything goes. Or, just leave them in their simplest form for a crispy outer layer and soft cake like middle.

TIP: You can easily make your own almond flour in a high speed blender or spice grinder.

 

Magic 2-Ingredient Cookies!

No flour, no butter, no eggs, no sugar needed. These magic 2-Ingredients cookies are ready in no time and are actually good for you! These magic 2-Ingredient cookies make a delicious gluten-free and dairy-free treat that the whole family will love. They’re crispy on the outside, cakey and soft on the inside, naturally sweet and simply delicious!

9. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These whole foods plant based chocolate chip cookies are made from super healthy, nutrient dense and iron rich teff  flour, which gives a whole new element of richness to these cookies.

Teff is a fantastic flour substitute that originated in Africa, and is closer to being a grass than a grain. It’s completely gluten free and high in protein, so a truly awesome ingredient to start baking with – and why not start with these family friendly chocolate cookies?

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Teff Cookies

These vegan and gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are made with nutrient-dense, iron-rich teff flour. With just a few ingredients, you get a whole lot of flavor! Recipe contributed by Leslie Cerier. Photos by Tracey Eller.

10. Vegan Speculoos Cookies

These little cookie treats are traditionally made in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria for St. Nicholas day, so are the perfect Christmas treat for the whole family.

Speculoos cookies are made from a warming spice mix and are traditionally high in sugar, but this version is made with Agave syrup (which I’m sure can be swapped out for maple), oat flour, almond butter and lots of traditional Christmas spices.

Grab yourself some tiny Christmas stamps or cutters and make these as a perfect little gift for family and friends.

Vegan Speculoos Cookies (refined-sugar-free, oil-free) | Sarahs Vegan Guide

These vegan speculoos cookies are oil-free and refined-sugar-free. They are made with only wholesome ingredients and taste amazing.

11. 3 Ingredient Coconut Cookies

Another super FAST and EASY, healthy cookie. These 3 ingredient treat bombs are so easy to make that you only need a fork to bind.

They consist of desiccated coconut, mashed banana and oats, and are completely sugar free. Perfect for a meal in themselves as a breakfast or brunch, and also very portable.

3 Ingredient Coconut Cookies

Meet the incredible three-ingredient coconut cookies! They are sugar free, gluten free and vegan and ready to eat in about 30 minutes. I’m obsessed with banana-based vegan cookies. They are so quick to make that I often bake them for an evening snack. Coconut cookies are also great to serve at breakfast and brunch.

12. Anzac Biscuits

I couldn’t write this blog post without finding a healthy and plant based version of the famous Anzac biscuit. It is Golden syrup that usually gives these biscuits their distinctive colour and chewy texture, but a good substitute has been found in the maple syrup and coconut sugar used in this recipe.

These aren’t completely sugar and oil free, but they are as healthy as you can get without completely taking away their Anzacness (yes, that’s a word :-)).

You do need both oats and very fine oat flour for this recipe, but don’t worry about that because you can very easily make your own oat flours as fine as you like in your high speed blender. It’s so simple to make; you just throw your oats in and blend to desired consistency. No need to ever buy expensive, pre-made oat flours ever again!

Word of warning though: when making your own flours, be they oat or any other, always measure the quantity required AFTER you have blended. If a recipe calls for 1 x cup of oat flour, and you blend precisely 1 cup of rolled oats then the flour will come up less that 1 cup due to it now being more compact. So, remember this when making any flours.

Healthy Vegan Anzac Biscuits (gluten free, oil free, refined sugar free) | Veggiekins Blog

It’s Anzac Day down under and the only way to celebrate is with some Healthy Vegan Anzac Biscuits! But what’s an Anzac biscuit you ask? Well, ANZAC is actually an acronym that stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps, and April 25th is the annual day of commemoration for those who have served and passed on.

13. No Bake Cookies

This really is the most simplest and fastest recipe on here. These no bake cookies contain just 3 ingredients AND you don’t have to spend any time at all on baking, so they are literally ready in 5 minutes flat.

These are great if you have a sudden sugar craving itch that you just need to scratch.

Made of just oats, medjool dates and peanut butter, you have absolutely no nasties and definitely no refined sugars. These would make a great breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch box filler, or pre or post exercise snack, as medjool dates are pretty much the perfect training food.

You can jazz them up any way you like with dark chocolate, desiccated coconut, chopped nuts, seeds; pretty much anything you fancy (in fact, there’s the option for a chocolate glaze in the recipe, as per picture).

3-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies | Minimalist Baker Recipes

They’re here! My new favorite (no-bake) cookies are here! And good news. They only require 1 bowl, 5 minutes, and 3 ingredients! Let’s (not) bake! It all starts with oats and dates blended together. Then peanut butter gets thrown into the mix. The result is a cookie dough that’s perfectly tender, salty, and sweet!

14. Pumpkin Pie Cookies

Mmm, very yummy and very seasonal right now!

These delicious pumpkin pie cookies are perfect for Autumn and Halloween. Those aromatic pumpkin spices are just so comforting as the night’s are drawing in colder towards winter, so what could be more warming than these? I’m thinking hot chocolate, cookies, chunky knits and roaring log fires. Ok, I’m getting carried away, but you get the picture.

The cookies are conveniently made in one bowl, so great for the kiddies to get involved in making their own Halloween treats. Plus, they’re also gluten free as the flour used comes from oats, low sugar (especially if you use dark chocolate chips, and very low fat.

They’re chewy too, something that I find is missing in some healthy versions of cookies, but an absolute must.

Healthy 1-Bowl Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies {Eggless & Dairy-Free!} | Amy’s Healthy Baking

Learn how to make the best healthy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from scratch! This recipe is so easy. You just need 1 bowl! These cookies are full of sweet pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and melty chocolate chips. They’re also unbelievably soft and chewy (not one bit cakey!), even with no butter, eggs, dairy, flour or refined sugar!

15. Almond and Coconut Cookies

These cookies are a really delectable treat and ore so simple and easy with just 4 ingredients.

Coconut flakes, dark chocolate chips, salted almonds and condensed coconut milk will make these heavenly treats light up all those pleasure and reward centers in the brain without being outrageously unhealthy. Definitely best left as a desert or sweet treat.

4-Ingredient Almond Coconut Cookies | Eating Bird Food

These almond coconut cookies are so easy to whip up — you only need 4 ingredients and they’re delicious. No one will guess they’re vegan and gluten-free.

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Stefanie Taylor
Plant based eating is set to EXPLODE in 2020, not just for health reasons, but also to help keep our beautiful planet thriving. I have lived this healthful lifestyle for over 3 years, and created Zestforever to share my experiences, trials, errors, how I overcame them, and to show you how easy it is for you to do it for yourself and thrive too!

I have studied, tried and tested all manner of healthy lifestyles over the past 20 years, but nothing has come close to giving me the buzz that plant based eating has. I have also studied and worked as a Sports Nutritional Advisor, Nutritional Therapist, and Clinical Weight Loss Advisor, and have a Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer reviewing and contributing to posts.

This website is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical diseases or illnesses. It's merely meant to show you ways of potentially boosting your health through the eating of more nutritious plant foods in place of junk foods.

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