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Does Your Cookie Need All That Sugar?


I’ve made these cookies three times in the past 3 weeks. They are chewy, crispy, ridiculously delicious and SWEET. The best part, they have hardly any added sugar. I used only a 1/4 cup of organic coconut palm sugar because the almond flour I also used has a natural hint of sweetness. Did you know the famous Nestle Toll House cookie recipe has 1 and 1/2 cups of added sugar plus the sugar contained in 2 cups of chocolate chips?! That is over 400 grams of added sugar per recipe, which is crazy! I still can’t believe I used to use make those cookies back in the day. Talk about a sugar hangover.

If you’ve never used coconut palm sugar in your baking, I recommend starting ASAP. This type of sugar is a perfect 1 to 1 substitute for any recipe that calls for regular old sugar. Coconut palm sugar is completely unrefined and not bleached like typical refined white sugar, helping to preserve all of its beneficial vitamins and minerals. It is naturally high in amino acids – has 10,000 times more potassium, 20 times more magnesium and 20 times more iron than conventional sugar. Converting to this type of sugar could also lower your risk of developing diabetes because it’s glycemic index is half of that compared to sugar. It is light years better than other sugars on the market!

The best part of this cookie recipe is that it is completely versatile. My favorite combo so far (pictured above) is walnuts and currants… but I also like goji berries and raw cacao nibs too. A good ole’ fashioned chocolate chip wouldn’t be bad either, I think I’m going to try that one next but with only a half cup of chocolate chips, of course!

Food Babe's Low Sugar Cookies
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Serves: 20
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Place the coconut oil, sugar in a bowl and stir until well combined
  3. Add flaxseed or egg, vanilla extract and stir for another minute until smooth.
  4. Add rest of ingredients and stir
  5. Place dough mixture in fridge or freezer for 10 mins
  6. Using an ice-cream scooper, scoop out dough and press each cookie on silpat or parchment paper lined baking pan
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown
  8. Cool at least 7 mins and serve
***Choose all organic ingredients if possible***


After you make them, I know you’ll feel just as good as I do about devouring them one by one. 🙂

Food Babe

P.S. If you know someone who needs a revamped cookie recipe… share this with them and prove you don’t need a ton of added sugar for sweetness in life.


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190 responses to “Does Your Cookie Need All That Sugar?

  1. Made these twice this week! So yummy. Today I replaced 1/4 cup of the oats with teff. It gave them a different, crunchy texture but still very delicious.

  2. hello, i don’t know much about the coconut sugar, i read an article saying its unsustainable and bad for the trees with such high demand. and what about turbinado sugars or unrefined sugars? Is there anything else to use as sweeteners in baked goods? I love sweets but want a healthier/natural way to enjoy them/alternative

    1. My husband is a wellness practitioner, and he has all of his patients use sucanut, which is made from sugar cane. It is basically unprocessed sugar-meaning the molasses has not been removed. It is also low glycemic, and I guess it would be as sustainable a cane sugar is. I have problems keeping my blood sugar balanced, so we love sucanut because it doesn’t spike my blood sugar.

      1. Xylitol. Low glycemic, same consistency as sugar. I use it, but only use 2/3 of what recipe calls for

    2. The cookies were absolutely great. We made them with some organic raw sugar.

      Here is the article about coconut sugar. In short, if a tree produces the coconut sugar it is unable to produce coconuts. No coconuts means no coconut oil, no coconut flour, etc. I made a choice to stick with honey or organic sugar. I rather have my coconut oil.

      The cookies were absolutely awesome! We made them with some organic raw sugar.

      Here is the article about coconut sugar. It basically means that if a tree produces coconut sugar, it cannot produce coconuts. No coconut – no coconut oil, no coconut flour, etc. Our family made a choice not to use coconut sugar.

      1. Funny, the first reply would not post. Now its there twice! Anyway, keep up with the information. I love this website and thank you for all that you do!

  3. I tried this recipe and it is GREAT! I have already made 7 batches. I got most of the ingredients off of Amazon. Now I can have a guilt free desert. We even crumble them up and add unsweetened almond milk to make cereal for the kids at breakfast. Thanks Food Babe!

    1. what a great idea for cereal. Just was thinking about finding a better alternative for morning cereal. I only buy the bad stuff for my kids like 1 every 3 months because I can’t find one that doesn’t include bad things (even the healthy ones I don’t trust). Thanks for the idea.

  4. Just made these and my kids and I loved them!! But, they were crumbly. Any idea why? I didn’t melt the coconut oil but it was VERY soft. I want to make these again but not sure if I will since the crumbled!!

    1. Hi Melissa – sorry yours turned out crumbly. Make sure you refrigerate or freeze them for at least 10 minutes – that helps. And, I kinda pressed them down and together with my fingers after scooping them onto parchment. That helped too!

  5. My daughter introduced me to these cookies on Mother’s Day and I have been making them every week and eating them ever since. I use raw honey instead of the sugar and absolutely love them!!!!

      1. yes, how much honey. I am on a drive to use more honey. because it is healthier and local. I want to see if it is true that it helps with allergies when you use a local polinated honey

  6. I am going to try these w/ the flax vs egg and shredded coconut vs oats to make them grain free and egg free for a friend w/ celiac. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. These were so thick I couldn’t stir them? I used an egg, not the flax. Any advise?

    1. It is really thick – it is a different consistency than other cookie batters. Just stir hard – it will be so worth it.

    1. Hi Amanda – great question! This is Vani’s response…
      “With all things, it’s important to know where you get your coconut palm sugar… I eat it in extreme moderation, not every day, so this is a sustainable approach on it’s own. Big Tree Farms is very reputable, as well as Nutiva for Coconut Palm Sugar if you are looking for companies you can trust to practice business the right way without hurting farmers. Also – you may want to check this out to learn more –

  8. These are so yummy! I just made a batch, and wanting the kiddos to like them, (they are not fans of baked dried fruit), I added dark chocolate chips and they were a hit! All three boys absolutely loved them, great treat for the kids after school!

      1. What is the calorie count of one cookie and nutrient count of one cookie?

  9. These look fantastic, I am allergic to Cinnamon!! Such a pain, any ideas for substitutions?? Thank you !!!

    1. Try 1/2 tsp ground or 1/4 tsp freshly grated and 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg. The flavor profile will be a bit different, but still very tasty.

  10. HI Foodbabe & Krista – thankyou for this fabulous recipe, cant wait to try them this afternoon!:)

    Just wanted to doublecheck, you have 1/2 walnuts and 1/2 dried currants, Im assuming this would be 1/2 cup? Is this correct? Cheers and keep up the great work just love your site/information!

  11. These cookies made great granola for me but not cookies. Not sure what I did wrong but the coconut oil melted everywhere. I didn’t have baking soda so I didn’t add. Would that have done it? Also, I placed directly on cookie sheet without parchment paper. Maybe that was the issue? Any thoughts? Thanks!

  12. Yum!! I have made 2 batches of these so far…my first one was a little dry so I added about 1/2 a cup of unsweetened organic applesauce to the next They were a little crumbly, but still so good! 3 out of 4 kid approved, so that’s a win in my book! Thanks for the recipe and all your work!

  13. I am allergic to nuts, do in need to sub something for the walnuts? If so, ideas? If not will they form ok? Thoughts?

  14. What are your thoughts on using stevia? You may of already talked about this..I am new to following this website…I absolutely love all of your recipes and food information.

  15. Do you have a variation or suggestion for substituting the almond flour and the flax seed? I’d really like to try a healthier cookie recipe. This one looks really nice. I’m just allergic to flax and almonds…

  16. Hey Vani.. there’s something a bit dangerous here health-wise.

    you NEVER want to high heat flaxseeds, chia seeds or any nuts or seeds. High heating destroys the oils and they go from healthy to harmful. Ask Dr M.

    Loving what your doing!!! Its about time someone stepped up like you are doing!!

    1. Due to the cost of the almond flour, and the little I had left, I used 1/2 almond and 1/2 coconut flours and it came out fine. But, it is still too dry, though no drier than the first go round. I’m continue to make small changes the next time.

  17. Do you use organic almond flour or is regular okay? Have you ever tried making the cookies with just grinding up your own almonds for the flour?

  18. Delicious! The taste and texture were surprisingly yummy! ( after they were baked they looked like they would be dry and tasteless)….so I was pleasantly surprised. I added cranberries, and bittersweet,organic chocolate Chips, and left out the nuts.
    Thanks food babe!

  19. I made these and omitted the sugar, almond flour, walnuts and currents. I replaced them with pumpkin pie mix and Enjoy Life semi sweet chocolate chips. Turned out very yummy!

  20. There is not enough liquid in these. I can’t mix them up. I even added another egg and it is still too thick to stir. 🙁

    1. Gave this recipe the beneift of the doubt and put the “mixture” in the frig for ten minutes, pressed them together and baked them. DO NOT MAKE THESE COOKIES! There is something wrong with the recipe. What a waste of expensive ingredients! They are nothing but a big pile of dry ingredients.

      I am disappointed. Please revise this recipe so it works.

      1. Hi Jill,

        You must have measured things wrong because I just made these and they are amazing! They are almost too good. I can’t stop eating them!

  21. I Will try these out. I love what you are doing on this website! I recommend it to everyone, even all of my health savvy friends.

  22. They were perfect. The whole family loved them. I did not have any walnuts so I used a pecans and I used a half cup of chocolate chunks.

  23. These cookies were amazing. I followed the recipe except I didn’t have coconut sugar, so I used sucanat. YUM!!

  24. My first batch, yummy as it was, was very crumbly. My second batch I traded the Coconut palm sugar with Organic Brown rice syrup and they held together better. I also added shredded organic coconut flakes. This is a keeper! My third batch is in the oven now!

  25. I have read that flaxseed and almond flour aren’t supposed to be heated and maybe harmful. I’m making these anyway, but wondering your thoughts on that.

  26. Hi there! I’m a newbie when it comes to cocoanut sugar. Does it make the cookies taste heavily of cocoanut?

  27. For those who can’t have grains, nuts, or seeds – I’d replace the coconut sugar with honey, skip the oats & nuts, and use Egg Replacer instead of egg/flax. I have autoimmune issues so I need to modify everything, still yummy though 🙂 Love ya Food Babe, great work!! xoxo

  28. I’m concerned that you ate recommending backing on a silpat. With all the stuff we hear about the transfer of toxins from plastics and coatings, I have never used any thing that isn’t metal or glass. I don’t have a problem with (unbleached) parchment paper, but would love to hear why you think silpat is safe. Thanks

  29. I have a problem using coconut oil (the Esselstyn thing you know ~)
    Is there anything else that could be used here??

  30. I have a problem using coconut oil (the Esselstyn thing, you know ~)
    Is there anything else that could be used??

  31. I just made these with my kids and they are excellent! We chose 1/2 cup of semi sweet (organic) chocolate and 1/2 cup of dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice) for the mix-ins. They are crispy and sweet. Wow!! Thank you!

  32. These cookies are amazing!! I used sucanat for the sugar, omitted the nuts and added in raisins. My kids loved them & I did too! Thanks Food Babe for another winning recipe 🙂

  33. I just made these last night and they were gone by morning. SO GOOD!!! I added chocolate chips, since I was really craving choco chip cookies. So wasn’t as “low sugar”, but it sure was delicious.

  34. Coconut palm sugar sounds cool and all,

    but it is not a sustainably produced sweetener. Coconut sugar kills coconuts which have far more useful applications, and there is a limited growing capacity in the world. So I decided to use regular sugar, honey or agave,

    or stevia+erythritol which, as artificial sweeteners go, is not too bad, with a low GI.

  35. Here’s an idea: skip the sugar altogether. Add one mashed banana, add an additional egg, throw in a couple dashes of liquid stevia if you must. Cookie is moist, holds together and low glycemic.

  36. Has anyone tried to make these with coconut flour? If so are the ratios the same? Thanks!

  37. I searched everywhere for a good gluten-free oatmeal cookie – and this is IT! It has completely satisfied my (very pregnant!) craving for an oatmeal cookie. I didn’t have coconut oil handy, so I used organic salted butter instead (then omitted the salt, with the exception of a small sprinkle of coarse celtic sea salt). I also subbed dark chocolate chips for the currants, and omitted the cinnamon. So while not entirely as healthy as the original recipe, it is still delicious and a bit of chocolate never hurt anyone!! They are truly delicious and clearly adaptable to whatever ingredients you have on hand – thanks for the great recipe!!!

  38. hi, did you stir it up with the mixer or just hand from the beginning? thank you

  39. When I lived in Japan I noticed how little sugar was being used in baking recipes and realized you can take any existing recipe you have and cut the sugar by a third or more and not even notice the difference. We have designed our diets around some pretty horrible ingredients…but this one is easy to remove.

    Looking forward to trying the cookies!

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