Sugar-free, whole grain, vegan cookies
Our vegan cookie recipes are made with whole wheat flour and dried fruit purées. Even nonvegans will want to try their hand at vegan baking.
The typical cookie is loaded with refined flour, sugar, and saturated or (gasp!) trans fat. Don’t fret though. Here, cookie jar favourites have been made over to create new cookies that will delight your taste buds, all while being oh-so-good for you.
Top 5 cookie makeover tips
Whole wheat pastry flour
A baker’s secret for a light, yet healthy cookie, whole wheat pastry flour (sometimes called white whole wheat flour) is available at health food stores.
Dried fruit purée
Replace all or most of the sugar and most of the oil in cookie recipes with dried fruit purée. To make about a cup of purée:
Add flavour to your cookies by using these ingredients instead of sugar:
Healthy butter and oils
Choose nut butters such as almond or peanut, or vegetable oils rich in healthy fats such as sesame and olive (though these oils impart their own unique flavours).
Skimp on candies and chocolate chips by substituting, at least in part, with fruit and nuts. Use smaller candies and mini chips to spread the taste without using large amounts.