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Sugar Free Cookies (Sweetened with Fruit!)


You can give your kids these soft, sweet, Sugar Free Cookies just about any time. Serve them for breakfast, tuck them in your big kids’ lunchboxes, or add one to your busy toddler’s snack plate.

Get tons more ideas for low-sugar snacks on our page of 50 Low Sugar Snacks for Kids.

sugar free cookies sweetened with bananas

Sugar Free Treats

Sugar, and sugary treats, are all around us. It can be exhausting trying to limit the amount of sugar your kids come in contact with. But there are surprisingly delicious and creative ways to enjoy sweet treats with your kids without adding any refined sugars at all!

Here’s one to try today: delicious, easy, “anytime” cookies that are 100% sugar free, sweetened only with whole fruits, and studded with whole grain oats.

These cookies have been a staple in our home for years. They’re a feel-good choice for snacking toddlers, and a smart addition to lunchboxes. If you’re the kind of person who likes to enjoy the best of both worlds (those worlds would be “healthy” and “indulgent” and we are all that kind of person) then it’s time to get baking!

sugar free oat cookies on a cooling rack

Sugar Free Cookies: How Do They Taste?

When you bite into these cookies, the first thing you notice is that they’re just plain delicious: gently sweet and flavorful, with soft chewy oats and raisins. If you’re skeptical they won’t have enough flavor without sugar, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

The cookies boast a slightly crispy, caramelized taste at the edges, and an interior that’s moist and cinnamony. You and your kids will want to have two or three at once. And you can.

The secret to a delicious, nourishing sugar free cookie lies in the fruit. Some fruits can stand in for sugar in baked good recipes, like dates, mangoes, and applesauce–anything with a high sugar content. In this recipe, we use bananas. Bananas are naturally high in sugar, and they also help keep the texture of the cookies moist and fluffy.

healthy sugar free cookies on a plate with bananas

How to Make and Store Sugar Free Cookies

These cookies are ever-so-simple to make. The dough may look a bit more wet than your typical cookie dough, but don’t worry–it’ll turn nicely golden brown in the oven.

Because the cookies don’t change shape dramatically in the oven (unlike typical cookies,) it’s wise to flatten the dough/batter into the size and shape you want your cookies to be before you bake.

You can store them in the refrigerator to help them keep their color (banana-based baked goods can turn gray-ish left out on the countertop.) Let them come to room temperature before eating, or warm them up in the toaster oven for a few minutes.

Leftovers do freeze well, if you can restrain yourself long enough to freeze them.

kids picking up fresh homemade sugar free cookies
sugar free cookies on a plate and cooling rack

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Sugar Free Cookies

You can give your kids these soft, sweet, Sugar Free Cookies just about any time. Serve them for breakfast, tuck them in your big kids’ lunchboxes, or add one to your busy toddler’s snack plate.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bananas, dairy free, Oats, Sugar Free Cookies, vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 2 cookies
Calories: 163kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheets and set aside.
  • If coconut oil is in a solid state, heat gently until just melted. Mash bananas; add to coconut oil and mix well. Fork-whisk in the egg and vanilla.
  • Stir in the oats, cinnamon, and raisins until combined.
  • Spoon the dough onto the baking sheets (you’ll make 12-14 cookies.) Bake for 15-18 minutes or until slightly golden. Serve warm, or room temperature. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.


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Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 7mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g
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Have you ever tried Agave Nectar? It’s fabulous, all natural, you use less of it than sugar, and it has a sweet taste. It is a little spendy but if you’re trying to cut down on sugar it’s a really good way to go. I use it as a sugar supplement.

Does honey count? I usually sweeten everything with honey and I love it. I even put it in our shakes when I try to hide all the other goodies I try to slip in like flax and spinach and tofu.

I was just going to add that we also use natural honey…you can replace white sugar with honey. We put in half as much honey as sugar. No one cared! In fact we like it better =) Looking fwd to hearing what you think…Thanks!

Lori; we do use Agave nectar. Many times we’ll put that on toast rather than honey and we like it just as well. Vanessa and Dramamama; To ask whether honey counts would depend on the reason for eating less sugar. Nutritionally, my opinion is honey is much superior to other sweetners and definitely has a place in a balanced diet. So if we do sweeten things up, it should come from honey. However, I am also trying to make things less sweet to the taste buds…so I am going to cut back a little on the honey as well.

I tried making sugar free cookies not to long ago too with bananas. And then with applesauce. And like you, I was the only one that liked them (because like you, I’m usually the only one that likes anything that even resembles healthy)and really I don’t need them either. So they’re sitting in my fridge getting freezer burnt.
I look forward to seeing if you can find any better solutions!

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I am always looking for healthy cookies to make with my grand kids. This looks easy and Delicious to make. carol

This recipe although may be sugar free it is not suitable for anyone who is type 2 diabetic and manages their diabetics without pills on diet alone. Raisens and bananas spike sugar content.

Hi Steven, thanks for your feedback. Yes, these cookies have natural fruit sugars in them and therefore still cause a rise in blood sugar, even among healthy people. Since we’re cooking for kids, we don’t need to manage carbohydrates with the same rigor as someone with diet-controlled type 2 diabetes.

This is for the person who commented that this recipe is not suitable for people with type 2 diabetes, it may still spike blood levels but they can still enjoy these cookies, in moderation of course.
I have two friends who are both type 2, one is on insulin the other is on pills and diet, and they have both eaten and enjoyed these cookies.


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Just wanted to say we love these cookies! I did a few weeks of sugar free and wanted to try some sugar free recipes, stumbled across this and the entire family love them!
My 2 year old helps me make them – anything my toddler can help bake is always a bonus!

Today we used chocolate chip instead of raisins (obviously not sugar free with the addition of chocolate….!) But we love them! And will probably keep trying different variations of the recipe. We’ve been struggling to get our hands on flour so it’s been great to have an oat based baking alternative.

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I made this and it’s fabulous!
Babies love it. Hubs loves it.
I blitzed the oats because babies don’t like the texture if I don’t.

Sounds good going to bake these for children as I’m always worried about the amount of sugar and I would love to give them sugar free snacks that are healthy and that they will enjoy.

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I wonder if you can ground the oats to make oat flours, I wonder if these would look more like a biscuit? This may help trick the kids into thinking they are not healthy 🙂

Hi, I am fairly new to this as my hubby has just being diagnosed with diabetes.Just wanted to know, in your nutrition breakdown, the sugar content is 4g? So is it not completely free of sugar?

Hi! Thanks for this recipe – looks great! Is it 163 Kcal per cookie? Just so I know how many I can tuck into as well! Thanks!

I like this recipe. I added 1/4 cup cocoanut flour, added a little cocoa and used craisens instead of raisens only because thats all I had. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe, such a good healthy treat for the little ones and for those who are interested in a healthier fare to super charge.

The headline is misleading. These absolutely have sugar. They are “no sugar added” or “refined sugar free”. I love this website and appreciate all the recipes, just wanted to point out some people will be confused by the “sugar free”.

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My 6 year old loved these and the adults did too. I made the recipe as written with quick oats except I substituted chocolate chips for the raisins. It was a quick way to use up very ripe bananas.

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These cookies are absolutely delicious! They contain just enough sweetness without tasting overbearingly sweet. They were also very simple to make. I’ll definitely be making these again and again!

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Absolutely LOVE this recipe. Great for the whole family! We make them with cranberries. You would never guess that they don’t have sugar! A must make!

Your video doesn’t show you adding the coconut oil, unless I missed seeing it. Can it be left out or substituted?