Gluten-free, vegan, whole food, raw, low-carb – people have all kinds of dietary restrictions and preferences for all kinds of reasons. However, these days, nobody needs to be missing out on anything.  There are substitutes and workarounds for every need, want, and desire.

That certainly holds true when it comes to cookies.  There are amazingly delicious and decadent cookie recipes that are much healthier than their refined sugar, white flour, and quite frankly, questionable ingredient-filled cousins that can be found in the supermarkets.

You can make divine cookies that can be raw, made with minimal ingredients, and use only whole food ingredients, or ones that avoid added or refined sugar entirely.  For those of you with a sweet tooth, there are plenty of natural sweeteners that can be used as an alternative to white sugar that makes for healthier cookies

So, don’t shy away from enjoying a cookie or three. Take a look at these cookie recipes that will satisfy your afternoon sweet treat craving and may even provide you with a few superfood superpowers to boot!

1. Date Square Cookies

Date Square Cookies

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These cookies are sugar-free, gluten-free, and fiber-packed.  They are filling, yet easily digestible and require no added sugar at all.  The sweetness in Deb Gleason‘s Date Square Cookies comes directly from the delicious and succulent dates.  They call for oat flour and coconut oil which are much healthier alternatives to their oft-used highly processed counterparts.

2. Sunflower Seed Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Sunflower Seed Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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These are perfect for those with tree-nut or peanut allergies.  Sunflower seeds are incredibly healthy and packed with protein, fiber, and vitamin E. Unsweetened applesauce, date sugar, and raisins give you your sweet fix without the baggage in Jennifer Strohmeyer‘s recipe for Sunflower Seed Butter Oatmeal Cookies.

3. Cocoa Cookies

Cocoa Cookies

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These cookies are rich and chocolaty but come with happy, healthful ingredients.  Made with chickpea flour, these cookies are protein-rich and use coconut sugar and brown rice syrup for sweetness.  This balances beautifully with the 70% cocoa chocolate chunks.  Sarah Oliveria‘s Cocoa Cookies are a perfect chocolate treat.

4. Raw Sweet Star Cookies

Raw Sweet Star Cookies

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These Raw Sweet Star Cookies by Lisa Pitman are made with just a few simple ingredients and require no cooking at all.  With some agave nectar for sweetness, you can make these pretty star-shaped cookies for festivities or fun.  You can even ramp them up a notch with some agave nectar lemony icing.

5. Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Vegan Oatmeal Raisin cookies

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Coconut sugar and raisins give you just enough sweetness in Angelina Papanikolaou‘s take on a cookie classic.  Without the refined sugar or white flour, you can easily whip up a batch of soft and chewy cinnamon-spiced Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

6. Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Power Cookies

sweet potato power cookies

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A little maple syrup compliments the natural sweetness of the sweet potato in Ashley Smyczek‘s Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Power Cookies. Touted as ‘bite-sized granola bars’, these are a perfect breakfast snack.  Alternatively, you can pack a few in your bag for an on-hand energy booster throughout the day.

7. Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies

Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies

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The chickpeas and peanuts make these cookies super protein-rich.  Alison Corey‘s Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies are sweetened with maple syrup and include only whole food ingredients.  Have a go at making these deliciously soft and chewy treats.

8. Oat and Coconut Cookies

Oat and Coconut Cookies

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Six sweet and simple ingredients make these delightful Oat and Coconut Cookies by Judy Moosmueller.  Healthful coconut, dates, and oats make for a cookie that is chock-full of nutrients and is ideal for breakfast or mid-morning snacks.

9. Raw Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Raw Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies [Raw, Gluten-Free]

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Potassium-packed and superfood-powered, these Raw Banana Oatmeal Cookies by Julie Van dan Koerchove are a great light breakfast choice. They are sweet from the bananas and dates and have a slight, satisfying crunch.  With goji berries, Himalayan salt, oats, and almonds, these are a perfect hunger-busting snack.

10. Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Creamy, nutty tahini and rich, dark chocolate make a perfect pair in Mitra Shirmohammadi‘s recipe for Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies.  These decadent, soft, and chewy cookies are made with simple whole food ingredients that are also healthful.  Coconut sugar is the sweet ingredient here.

Cookies can be sweet, chewy, chocolate-filled, or icing-topped and still provide you with powerful energy, essential nutrients, and a good feeling without all those less than helpful, or healthful, ingredients.

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