6 Cookie Recipes With Absolutely No Added Sugar

These virtuous cookies rely on dates, bananas, and applesauce for a touch of sweetness.

June 19, 2017
Quinoa Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies
Photograph courtesy of dixya

Cutting back on added sugar is one of the cardinal rules of clean eating. But even if you ditch Oreos for homemade cookies baked with honey or maple syrup, you're still eating a fair share of the stuff. Though natural sweeteners like these do affect your blood sugar in a slightly different way than the white granular stuff, it doesn't change the fact that they're still considered to be added sugars.

So how can you make sweet goodies without relying on coconut sugar or a tip of your go-to syrup bottle? Try these six cookie recipes, which rely on dates, bananas, and applesauce for that much-needed touch of sweetness.

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Applesauce breakfast cookies
Photograph courtesy of Happy Healthy Mama
Applesauce Breakfast Cookies

Chopped dates, raisins, and applesauce pack natural sweetness into every bite of these oat-based treats from Happy Healthy Mama. We love how she mixes in cinnamon and ginger for a warming touch of spice—and we think your taste buds will enjoy it, too. Pair them with your mid-morning coffee for a healthy snack. (No time to bake? These 6 no-bake cookies are clean enough to eat for breakfast, too.) 

Sweet sesame cookies
Photograph courtesy of The Full Helping
Sweet Sesame Cookies

Gena at The Full Helping gives koulourakia, a traditional Greek cookie, a healthy makeover with whole-wheat pastry flour and date paste, which adds a touch of caramel-like flavor. Gluten-free? You're in luck! She also tested the recipe with a GF flour mix, and the cookies turn out just as scrumptious (and be sure to avoid these 7 gluten-free baking mistakes).

Cookie dough dip
Photograph courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie
Sugar-Free Cookie Dough Dip

When Chocolate Covered Katie's original faux chickpea cookie dough recipe (made with brown sugar) went viral, she received loads of requests for a version made with less added sugar. That's why she created this dip recipe, which calls for dates instead of the brown stuff. Swap regular chocolate chips for cacao nibs to avoid added sugar altogether. (Love the idea of a protein-rich dessert? Try these 7 other surprising ways to get your sweet fix with chickpeas.)

Cashew sugar cookies
Photograph courtesy of Living Well Kitchen
Cashew Sugar Cookies

Say "yes" to these treats that are totally free of added sugar, gluten, and butter. How does Meme of Living Well Kitchen pull it off? By soaking cashews in hot water, then blending them in a food processor with dates. Egg, vanilla, almond extract, baking soda, and salt are the only other things added to the creamy mixture before it lands in the oven.

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies
Photograph courtesy of dixya
Quinoa Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies

This has to be the tastiest way to use up leftover quinoa. Dixya, the blogger behind, Food, Pleasure & Health, folds the super grain into her batter of flour, mashed ripe bananas, eggs, cinnamon, and salt, then bakes the cookies to perfection. She does throw in some chocolate chips—but cacao nibs or unsweetened cocoa powder can do the trick, too!

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2-ingredient cookie dough balls
Photograph courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie
2-Ingredient Cookie Dough Balls

When you need your sweet fix stat, try these genius creations from Chocolate Covered Katie. Just process dates with coconut butter, then roll into bite-size servings and enjoy. Try mixing in shredded coconut for extra deliciousness.

The article 6 Cookie Recipes With Absolutely No Added Sugar originally appeared on Prevention.