If you’re on a sugar-free detox, the last thing you’ll consider putting in your body is a cookie. After all, that’s what you’re on detox for. But what if I tell you you can enjoy this treat without adding sugar?
It’s not uncommon for people to criticize sugar-free alternatives, mainly because there’s still some sugar in sugar-free sweets. These product sweeteners have a sugar alcohol, like sorbitol or maltitol. It’s not precisely zero-calorie. It cuts calories by about half, though.
I don’t particularly appreciate going into the nitty-gritty of this debate. For me, cookies are more an emotional need than a nutritional one. They make me happy, and that’s what matters most to me.
Every once in a while, you want to cozy up on the couch, binge-watching your favorite Netflix show and munching on homemade cookies. Can you relate? It can’t just be me.
Also, cravings don’t come with a warning. They hit when they want, and not fulfilling them is often the reason we’re ”hangry.” Being angry and hungry at the same time is no fun. Now, is it?
That’s why I make these cookies every week. I can grab one on my way out or enjoy it with my morning coffee. Some of the ingredients in this recipe, like the chopped walnuts and coconut flakes, are optional.
Not for me, though. I LOVE the crunch of almonds or walnuts in my cookies. And the coconut flakes give so much texture!
I recommend adding these ingredients to your first batch unless you have any nutritional issues. Do give them a chance. If you’re not a fan, you can skip them in the future.
Yes, I know there will be future batches. These cookies are that good.
Yields: About 12 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 12 minutes
Sugar Detox Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of Himalayan pink salt (or sea salt)
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/2 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes (optional for texture)
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or almonds (optional for crunch)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and let it warm up while blending your ingredients.
- Mix the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Mix the mashed banana, almond butter, apple sauce, and vanilla extract in another bowl.
- Merge the wet and dry mixtures. Stir well until you have a soft, cohesive dough.
- Optional Add-Ins: Gently fold in the coconut flakes and chopped nuts if you use them.
- Roll the dough into roughly 1-inch-in-diameter balls and place them on the prepared cookie sheet.
- Please place them in your preheated oven for about 12 minutes. These cookies don’t spread much, so they’ll still be soft and look like cute cocoa layers.
- After baking, let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
- Enjoy! You can eat them all, but remember, sharing is caring!
Nutritional Info Per Cookie (Approx):
Carbohydrates: 8g (sugar from fruits only)
Note: Nutritional information is approximate and can vary depending on the exact size and ripeness of fruits and the brand of other ingredients used.
If you’re looking for guilt-free treats, check out this protein cookie dough recipe with protein powder, peanut butter, and more ingredients.
Zeynep is a Dietitian and holds B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has a wide range of experience with patients, particularly in alternative medicine, oncology nutrition, hospital dietitian, neurological disease, and bariatric field.