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five healthier, kid-friendly cookie recipes

by Heather

Hunter and I have been having tons of fun in the kitchen.  It seems about weekly we’re baking up something, and of course, I want him to be able to partake in our creations, so I want it to be full of good ingredients.


They don’t have to be sugar free cookies, but I want either natural sugars, or natural sweetness.  Extra protein or good-for-you-ingredients (like quinoa!) is always a plus.  Whole grains?  A must.  Luckily, he isn’t very picky and doesn’t know what a ‘real cookie’ should taste like, so I can warp his taste buds to enjoy something healthier.  All of the cookies taste good to me too, but I’m sure my husband wouldn’t approve of many of them, so bake at your own risk. 🙂


peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough bites (aka chickpea cookies!)


What I love about these cookies: Extra protein from the chickpeas and peanut butter, and the sweetness comes from honey.  The chocolate chips help to make them extra delicious, but you could totally leave that out too.  Also, they are husband approved!

Modifications I made: None, they are great just this way!

quinoa sweet potato POW! breakfast cookies


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What I love about these cookies: How often do you have a cookie that tastes good, and is filled with quinoa, sweet potato and flax seed?  Plus it’s sweetened with just a little bit of maple syrup.  These are nutrient packed, and awesome!  Hunter went crazy for them too.

Modifications I made: I didn’t have flax seed in the house, so I subbed that for an egg.  I also used part of a 90% dark chocolate bar chopped up instead of the chocolate chips.

healthy {banana-oat-nut} cookies


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What I love about these cookies: Just 3 ingredients: banana, rolled oats and chopped walnuts.  All so good for you!  These are the planned cookie for this week. 🙂

Modifications I plan to make: I don’t have walnuts on hand, but I do have sunflower seeds and pecans, so I’m planning to pulse both in the food processor instead of using chopped walnuts.  Plus I don’t want big chunks of nuts since Hunter’s still little.  Almond flour would be a great substitute here too.

mini cinnamon cookies

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What I love about these cookies: They are the most ‘cookieish’ of all 5 recipes, but still filled with great ingredients – oats, whole wheat flour, coconut oil and honey.  Plus they are soft, great for little kiddos with not many (or any) teeth.

Modifications I plan to make: None, they sound delicious just how they are and perfect for fall!

carrot and date cookies


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What I love about these cookies:  Carrots and dates!  Plus other great stuff: oats, whole wheat flour, applesauce, coconut oil and flax seed.  Just a little bit of extra sweetness added from honey.

Modifications I plan to make: I will probably chop my dates a bit smaller (they look big in the picture), and sub extra coconut oil for the honey.  Dates are very sweet on their own, and I could probably get away without the honey.  It’s worth trying. 🙂

Do you have a favorite, healthy (kid-friendly) cookie recipe?  We’re always looking for ideas for our afternoon baking, so please share!



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Erica November 18, 2013 - 10:45 am

owww! I want to make all of these 🙂 I need to teach Kay more about baking. I have a couple good muffin recipes, but not a lot of good kiddo cookie recipes. Kay loves these:

Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome November 18, 2013 - 1:33 pm

They all look delicious! The mini cinnamon ones especially! I love having cookies (or oat drops as we like to call them) on hand for quick snacks or on the go breakfasts. So easy and healthy!

Marlynn @UrbanBlissLife November 18, 2013 - 8:21 pm

Those quinoa cookies look amazing! As do the cinnamon. I’m always trying to make our favorite cookies somewhat healthier as well. It’s definitely trickier now that my kids are older, but I might have to try a couple of these. Thanks for sharing this great round up!

jade November 19, 2013 - 6:19 pm

I am making soooo, ok all, of these. I am participating in a cookie exchange and at work I’m known for the healthier substitutions. I also like to have aomething sweet at home to munch on and giv the kiddo.

Ari November 19, 2013 - 11:31 pm

Thanks so much for including the cinnamon cookies! True story, I enjoy these as much as my girls! We go through a batch fast! 🙂
And thanks for introducing me to such amazing other cookie recipes, can’t wait to share them with my girls!

Amy November 20, 2013 - 10:41 pm

These are great thanks for the recipes!

That Darned Dad November 24, 2013 - 10:52 am

If you put peanut butter in anything, it is going to be amazing. I consider myself a cookie aficionado. I wouldn’t have a problem sticking any one of those in my mouth. They all look delicious!


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