Now I know what you’re thinking, a healthy version of anything yummy typically means bland and unsweetened and nothing anybody would want to eat by choice. I’d have to say I agree as well, but when I came across a 3-ingredient healthy cookie recipe I had to be optimistic. While it was certainly edible and definitely healthy, I found myself struggling to finish the second cookie because it was so basic and, to be honest, tasteless. I thought to myself, there has to be a way to make healthy treats delicious, and so I set out to do just that, to make a cookie that people would actually want to eat.
Now let me tell you, making a cookie taste yummy without sugar or butter is not easy, but after 4 trials and a cookie-overloaded family I think I have done it! The best part is that not only is it healthy and delicious, but it’s super easy to make and could easily be made on a Sunday morning and be your treat or snack throughout the week.
But before I give you the recipe, a note of discretion: Just because healthy is now delectable, that doesn’t mean that you should expect it to taste like a regular cookie, because it’s not. Finding suitable alternative ingredients undoubtedly changes the texture and flavour, but I think that’s what makes it so great! It’s a chewy and moist treat that is finally a reasonable healthy alternative to those sugar-laden guilty pleasures. And isn’t that the point of eating clean and healthy?
So without further ado, the Healthy Cookie.
Notes about ingredients:
First, you’ll notice the secret ingredient here is applesauce! It not only adds the sweetness normally obtained through sugar but it also adds flavour and moisture, so be sure not to leave it out.
Second, I specified an overripe banana because it will need to be mashed with a fork, plus it’s a great way to make use of those bananas that you forgot to eat; however, if you don’t have an overripe banana you could easily use a regular banana and blend it in a food processor instead.
Third, I added the flaxseed merely because it’s a superfood and these cookies are a perfect place to use it. Flaxseed contains both omega-3 essential fatty acids and soluble fiber, and has been suggested to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. But if you don’t have it or don’t want to buy it, you can easily just omit it.
Lastly, ingredients like the organic honey and whole wheat flour could obviously be substituted with regular honey and regular flour, but keep in mind that in doing so you are seriously reducing the healthy aspect of the cookies, so I really challenge you to use these ingredients and commit to making healthy choices (however small) because it really does makes a difference.
Now, onto the directions.
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
That’s it folks! Finish it off with a tall glass of almond milk and you’re good to go.
I’m telling you these cookies are so much healthier than the go-to sugar cookie, and so long as you’re not expecting to eat a sugar cookie you’re going to love how they taste. I’m even tempted to say they’re like a hybrid of an oatmeal-raisin cookie and a granola bar, which makes them perfect for an on-the-go snack. They’re also very filling so you don’t need to devour a whole bag of chips to fill yourself up in the afternoon.
Let me know what you think in the comments below! And here’s to healthy eating.