• Thu, Dec 9 2010

Healthy Baking That Actually Tastes Good: 10 Sugarless, Flourless Cookie Recipes

If you’re trying to follow a sugar-free diet and avoid refined carbohydrates, the holidays are a perilous time of year: Cookie exchanges and holiday parties are a huge test of willpower, and most of us will end up losing to a good cookie or two before the year’s end. But it’s possible to bake without sugar and flour (really), and the results don’t have to totally suck: Thanks to agave nectar, coconut, spelt, oats, and fruit sugars, you can still make holiday treats that don’t rely on white sugar and processed flour to taste good.

Check out the ten recipes below for some healthy baking ideas, so you don’t have to feel deprived all month:

Flourless, Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cookies from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Delicious Nut Butter Cookies from Bakery Manis

Triple Whammy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Ohgave.com

Healthy Banana Cookies from Cathlin Cooks

Brazil Nut Truffle Cookies from Raw Epicurean

Maple Almond Butter Cookies from Sweet + Natural

Nikki’s Healthy Cookies from 101cookbooks.com

“Cream Cheese” Frosting from One Lucky Duck

Sugar-Free Almond Macaroons from The Examiner

Afghans from Knife Loves Spoon

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  • Kalynskitchen

    Very fun! Thanks for featuring my peanut butter cookies. I’ve really had fun experimenting with healthier baking the last few years.

  • Briana Rognlin

    Hey Kalyn, thanks! Your blog is great and we love your healthy baking – keep the recipes coming.

    -Briana

  • Katie

    Um, maple syrup is sugar. So is agave nectar. Agave nectar is actually nutritionally WORSE than high fructose corn syrup.

    The two banana sweetened ones look good though.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-jonny-bowden/debunking-the-blue-agave_b_450144.html

  • andrea devon

    thanks for sharing these healthy recipes… though i have to say that though my recipe does, in fact, contain flour, it is whole grain spelt flour, which is tasty, hearty, and yet makes a wicked good cookie! i use a lot of spelt flour here instead of wheat.

    i can’t wait to try the other recipes :)
    aloha from maui,
    bakerymanis.wordpress.com

  • courtney

    BE CAREFU!!!! These are NOT sugar free! I just read through them and found multiple sources of sugar. Table sugar free, yes, but all the replacers are NOT safe if you have sugar issues.

  • Briana Rognlin

    Hi Courtney,

    Thanks for your comment. You’re correct that there are sources of carbohydrates and sugars in these cookies; we chose natural sweeteners in lieu of refined white sugar, which are less processed and have a different effect on insulin levels, but do contain sugar, nonetheless. They’re meant to be a healthy alternative to traditional recipes that use high amounts of refined sugar and wheat, but we’re not suggesting that they be considered sugar-free diet foods.

    As always, if someone has a serious medical condition, they should consult a physician to make sure that their food choices are safe.

    Thanks, and happy holiday baking!

    Briana Rognlin, Blisstree’s Deputy Editor

  • ivy

    The choc chip recipe calls for whole wheat flour. The article title says, “flourless”.
    Not hardly! ???

  • Briana Rognlin

    Hi Ivy,

    Thanks for your comment. You’re right, some of the recipes do contain sugars and even flour, but depending on the recipe, you can find ones that are completely void of those ingredients, or just have slightly healthier alternatives.

    Thanks again for reading, and we hope you’ll keep browsing for more recipes and healthy cooking ideas on our site!

    Thanks and best,
    Briana, Blisstree’s Deputy Editor

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  • minerva asher

    All I want is a cookbook where I can cook with agave

  • Sohgave! (formerly Ohgave!)

    Hello BlissTree! I represent Sohgave! and we wanted to thank you for posting a link for our Triple Whammy Chocolate Cookies recipe. If you wouldn’t mind updating the link from Ohgave! to Sohgave! we would greatly appreciate that as well. We’ve recently gone through a brand label change and are attempting to clean up the Web references. If anyone out there has whipped up a batch of the cookie recipe, we’d be delighted to get your feedback. Thanks again and happy cooking.

  • applecores

    the recipe for maple almond butter cookies uses flour. derp.