Healthy-ish Cookies


Finally, a cookie I feel great about eating!  Once you see the ingredients list of these cookies you will see what I mean by healthy.  They are full of fiber, antioxidants and vitamins.  They are also low in fat.  I created this recipe because I happened to only have 1/4 cup butter in my fridge so I had to improvise and try something healthier.  I’m so excited about how delicious they are!  I need, yes need, dessert everyday or it’s just not a great day for me =).  Sort of a problem, but not now with these.  I can curb my sugar craving with this nutrition packed cookie.  These moist, cake like cookies melt in your mouth!  The glaze is totally optional, I mostly added it for looks so feel free to leave it off.  Also if you wanted to you could ice them with a low-fat or even fat free cream cheese icing.

Healthy-ish Cookies


Yield: 2 1/2 dozen


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup butter , softened
  • 3/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup finely grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (such as Craisins)

Optional Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, optional nutmeg and salt, set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip together applesauce, butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well blended and smooth about 1 minute. Stir in egg and vanilla. Slowly add in flour mixture. Stir in quick oats, carrots, raisins and dried cranberries, mix until combine. Drop mixture by heaping tablespoon fulls onto a Silpat lined cookie sheet two inches apart and bake for 15 minutes until lightly golden and set. Allow to cool several minutes before removing to wire rack to cool. If using glaze: in a small mixing bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and milk until well combine and smooth. Pour into a piping or ziploc bag, snip a small tip off the end and pipe over cookies (note: store cookies in a single layer).


  • Kara D: These look great. Is there no added sugar? February 11, 2012 at 3:10pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Kara, I my gosh, how embarassing! I can’t believe I didn’t add that in when typing the recipe! I proof read them like 3 times I seriously don’t know how I missed that! So, yes there are added sugars, I thought of using an alternative sweetener but wasn’t sure if they’d bake up the way I wanted them to since I’m not too familiar with other sweeteners. The sugar and low amount of butter are the two not so healthy things in these but I had to bend just a little since they are cookies after all =). Thanks for your comment =)! February 11, 2012 at 4:33pm Reply

  • Anonymous: I made these cookies after finding them on Pinterest. I brought them to work today and my coworkers loved them. I was told they were a cross between a carrot cake and oatmeal cookies. I was worried about them spreading too far as the batter was a little runny. While they did spread a bit they were still pretty thick and nice and soft. Thank You! February 29, 2012 at 7:56pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Great cookies! I subbed some honey for the sugar and they were great! The sweetnrof the craisins doesn’t require a lot of addedsugar sugar! Thanks! :) March 8, 2012 at 7:55am Reply

  • Chef Mireille: these look heavenly!!! October 8, 2012 at 9:32pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Do you think if i pureed the carrots, these would still work? November 2, 2012 at 8:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m not sure that you’d be able to do that as it would change the consistnecy of the dough and it may be to runny. You could experiment and try, if you were to I may suggest that you reduce the amount of applesauce. I hope you enjoy! November 2, 2012 at 8:34pm Reply

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  • MPM: 1.5 cups of sugar is not that healthy. January 23, 2013 at 5:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: this is true, they should be called healthy-er cookies or lower fat cookies. January 23, 2013 at 5:35pm Reply

    • kiki: 1.5 cups of sugar is not healthy but when it’s spread out among 2 1/2 dozen cookies…it is fine. People always find something to complain about. Anywho…these look divine! Will be trying this weekend:) February 25, 2013 at 11:39pm Reply

      • Jaclyn: Kiki – well said, I couldn’t agree more =). Thanks for your comment! February 27, 2013 at 10:22am Reply

  • Alicia: My god, I just made these and they came out fabulous. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!!!!! Much appreciated! :) April 7, 2013 at 12:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Alicia! I’m so glad you enjoyed these, thanks so much for your comment! April 7, 2013 at 9:58pm Reply

  • deb bailey: I’m going to try these with a sugar substitute, will let u know how they turn out….:) May 27, 2013 at 2:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, please do :). I hope you love them! May 27, 2013 at 1:01pm Reply

  • nanny432: Just made the “Healthy Cookies”. They turned out really good for the word “healthy” to be in the name of the cookie :) I had to make some adjustments though. I did not have any applesauce so I substituted apple butter. I also used a 1/4c less of the white sugar; purely by accident. June 25, 2013 at 3:09pm Reply

  • Nettiet68: Just found this recipe when I was searching for a healthier sort of cookie to have with morning cup of tea, although I will admit I cut back the sugar in it to half a cup of each, as hubby and I aren’t big fans of sweet stuff, and I also used only raisins. Other than that I kept it the same. Absolutely delicious! I’ve just eaten 3 already and they’re barely cooled! Love this site and intend to try out some of your other recipes later this week. September 16, 2015 at 11:12am Reply

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