Superfood Cookies

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Made with only good-for-you ingredients, these superfood cookies are about to become your next favorite healthy treat. They are gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free, and don’t contain refined sugar. 

superfood cookie.

The holiday season almost always ends with a few extra pounds. But a few minor diet changes should be enough to get back on track. 

Does this mean giving up our favorite sweets and cookies? Luckily, you can swap your favorite cookies with healthier alternatives. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Healthy and nutritious. Due to the ingredients used to make them, these cookies are packed with fiber, protein, and some heart-healthy fats. Another good thing is that they are also gluten-free and vegan. 
  • No-bake cookies. While baking cookies is not a difficult task, we don’t always have time for it. This no-bake cookie recipe is perfect for days when you are not in the mood to turn on the oven. 
  • Made in less than 10 minutes. It takes less than 10 minutes to whip up these cookies. Once you’ve made them, wait for a little for the cookies to set. 

Ingredients needed

Thanks to the carefully chosen ingredients, these cookies turn out soft and chewy yet firm enough not to fall apart. Here’s everything you’ll need to make them. 

  • Oats. Use rolled oats as they are healthier than instant oats and work better for achieving the right texture for the cookies. Make sure the oats you are using are gluten-free. 
  • Nut butter. You can use any nut butter of your choice so long as it has a smooth consistency. I recommend you use unsweetened almond butter. 
  • Brown rice syrup. To help sweeten the cookies and help stick all ingredients together. You can use honey, agave, or maple syrup instead. 
  • Coconut flakes. Unsweetened coconut flakes are superfoods rich in fiber, protein, healthy fats, and other nutrients. 
  • Pumpkin seeds. These seeds add crunch to the cookies and enrich them with antioxidants, minerals, and healthy fats. 
  • Dried cranberries. To add some color and a fruity, tangy flavor. 
  • Chocolate. Unsweetened chocolate chips of choice. Use dairy-free chocolate chips if you have lactose intolerance. 
  • Cinnamon. Cinnamon makes the flavor of these cookies a lot richer. You can skip it if you don’t like cinnamon in your desserts. 
  • Protein powder (optional) Adding protein powder to these cookies makes them more satiating. 
  • Salt. A pinch of salt to balance all flavors. 

How to make superfood cookies

Step 1 – Mix the dry ingredients

Start by mixing the oats, cinnamon, protein powder, and salt. 

Step 2 – Add the nut butter and mix

Melt the nut butter and brown rice syrup in the microwave or stovetop. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined. Add the dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and coconut flakes, and mix until fully combined. 

Step 3 – Shape the cookies and allow them to set

Use an ice cream scoop to shape equal-sized balls. Place them on a plate lined with parchment paper and press firmly to shape cookies. Top the cookies with chocolate chips and refrigerate them for 30 minutes or until firm. 

superfood cookie.

Flavor variations

  • Use date paste. If you don’t want to use syrup to sweeten your cookies, blend some dates into a paste and use it to sweeten the cookies. The paste will also bind all ingredients together. 
  • Cover in chocolate. For those who find it hard to swap chocolate cookies with these healthy superfood cookies, it is a good idea to cover them in melted unsweetened chocolate. 
  • Use your favorite dried fruit. You don’t have to stick to dried cranberries for these cookies. You can use any dried fruit of your choice. Just chop them into small pieces to mix them with the rest of the ingredients. 

Storage instructions

To store: Store these no-bake cookies in an airtight container or a ziplock bag. They will last up to a week at room temperature and around two weeks in the fridge. 

To freeze: Freeze these cookies for a healthy breakfast for those busy mornings. Make an extra batch of these cookies and freeze them in an airtight bag or container for up to 6 months. Put sheets of parchment paper in between the cookies to prevent them from sticking to each other. 

Defrost these healthy cookies in the fridge overnight or by leaving them on the counter for a few hours. 

superfood breakfast cookies.

Frequently asked questions

Can I bake these cookies?

These superfood cookies don’t require any baking. However, you can pop them in the oven for a few minutes to get the chocolate chips melty and make the cookies less chewy. 

Are these gluten-free?

Yes, these cookies are gluten-free. Check the nut butter, chocolate chips, and oats packages to ensure they don’t have any gluten-containing additives. 

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Superfood Cookies

5 from 13 votes
Made with only good-for-you ingredients, these superfood cookies are about to become your next favorite healthy treat. They are gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free, and don’t contain refined sugar.
Servings: 12 Cookies
Prep: 1 min
Cook: 1 min
Total: 2 mins

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Line a large plate or baking dish with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, sea salt and protein powder if using it and set aside.
  • In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt the nut butter with the brown rice syrup until fully combined. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix until fully combined. Stir through the cranberries, pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes until fully incorporated.
  • Using your hands, form into golf sized balls and place on lined plate/tray. Press firmly into a cookie shape and top with chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until firm.

Notes

To STORE: Store these no-bake cookies in an airtight container or a ziplock bag. They will last up to a week at room temperature and around two weeks in the fridge.
TO FREEZE: Freeze these cookies for a healthy breakfast for those busy mornings. Make an extra batch of these cookies and freeze them in an airtight bag or container for up to 6 months. Put sheets of parchment paper in between the cookies to prevent them from sticking to each other. 
Defrost these healthy cookies in the fridge overnight or by leaving them on the counter for a few hours.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 11gFat: 15gSodium: 55mgPotassium: 286mgFiber: 5gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 20g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. I wouldn’t say my eating habits change after Christmas. The only thing that sucks about leaving the Christmas season is that people stop giving me free cookies, so I have to make my own or buy them. I do not like that. Hey Arman, if you ever have recipe overflow, I would certainly love to consume some of your products (or mistakes, I eat everything 😉

  2. I actually ate a lot healthier than I normally would on a Christmas feast! But I probably ate 75% of the salad bowl LOL! However, I did indulge in some not-so-healthy apple crumble for dessert XD

    I think that it’s okay to go a bit crazy on Christmas but you should still be as healthy as you can even before and after for your whole life! It’s a lifestyle, not a quick fix 🙂 great way to add some superfoods without making a smoothie or a salad! You can have your dessert be detoxifying too!

  3. my eating habit does not change much except that i will think twice before drinking wine every night with dinner 😛 but chocolate will be a staple around here…im all for cookies, esp if they ere healthy.

  4. Haha! I totally hear ya about the Chrismtas cookies…and Christmas drinks. Umph. But now I can keep eating cookies and call it healthy. Score one for 2016! 🙂

  5. One day? ONE!? I think I’ve had like 4 days of feasting 😆 So while I do love me some cookies, I’m not ready to look at any more until after the new year. Chocolate, on the other hand… superfood of choice for sure 😉

  6. Hi Arman, this recipe looks amazing but it has rolled oats in it which contain gluten, so they’re not actually gluten free. Can you suggest a gluten free alternative for the rolled oats? Thanks and have a great day, Karen

    1. Hi Karen! Actually, I used certified gluten free oats for this recipe (as with any of my other recipes calling for oats) so it is definitely gluten free 🙂

      1. So I made these tonight exactly as the recipe called for …. They look great… but the rolling of the oats didn’t work out… they were too dry. So I added more cashew butter… still too dry. What did I miss? Also, your look really light in color.. mine were darker!

        1. Hi Lisa, it sounds like you used a darker sweetener there. Sometimes, you may need to add a tablespoon or two of milk to be slightly softer.