Luckily, companies across the country are feeling the cookie love these days, inventing genius healthy takes on chocolate chip, double chocolate, carrot cake, and more.
With gluten-free flours, healthy fats, proteins to balance blood sugar, and low-GI sugars, these are cookies you can feel good about eating regularly.
Maxine's Heavenly Chocolate Chocolate Chunk
These chocolate chocolate chunk cookies have a soft, decadent texture that makes you feel like you're eating a chunk of cookie dough (otherwise known as living the dream). With an ingredient list that serves anyone trying to limit or eliminate gluten. Featuring gluten-free oats, gluten-free oat flour, and a touch of coconut sugar to sweeten, these cookies will help prevent spikes in blood sugar levels while satisfying all of your chocolate cravings. $6.64 for a 7.2-ounce bag.
Simple Mills Chocolate Chip Crunchy Cookies
Looking for the perfect protein-packed crunchy cookie? Look no further than this delight from the brand redefining healthy treats, Simple Mills. With an innovative nut flour blend featuring almonds, coconut, tiger nuts, and hardly any other ingredients, this is a cookie that fills your emotional and nutritional desires. The fact that they also taste so good no one will believe they're healthy? That's just an added bonus. $4.99 for a 5.5-ounce box.
Partake Foods Carrot Oat Mini Cookies
Carrot cake fan? Meet your dream cookie. Partake Foods packs about as many nutrient-dense ingredients as humanly possible into each of these cookies, with a cassava, buckwheat, and oat flour blend, flaxseed, lentil protein, and more. The taste is an incredible replica of actual carrot cake, and they're an allergy-avoiders dream (moms, we’re talking to you): gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, nut-free...safe for any schoolyard! $4.79 for a 5.5-ounce package.
Annie's Gluten-Free Cocoa And Vanilla Bunnies
Whether you're an actual kid or a kid at heart, once you open this box, you won't be able to stop popping these cute bunnies into your mouth. They're completely gluten-free and have a delightful crunch—and the fact that each handful tastes slightly different depending on how many vanilla cookies and how many cocoa ones you get only makes eating them that much more fun. $4.29 for a 6.7-ounce box.
Udi's Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
These brown-rice-based chocolate chip cookies are gluten-free without sacrificing flavor, like the rest of Udi's pioneering gluten-free products. The secret? A combination of vanilla and molasses, which lends the cookies a fresh-from-the-oven flavor. If you're into soft and chewy cookies, you'll be obsessed.
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Liz Moody is an author, blogger and recipe developer living in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a creative writing and psychology degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Moody has written two cookbooks: Healthier Together: Recipes for Two—Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Relationships and Glow Pops: Super-Easy Superfood Recipes to Help You Look and Feel Your Best. She also hosts the Healthier Together Podcast, where she chats with notable chefs, nutritionists, and best-selling authors about their paths to success. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Glamour, Food & Wine & Women’s Health.