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These Vegan Cranberry-Oat Cookies are made without any added sugar, sweetened with natural fruit only. They’re the perfect healthy treat for kids or adults!
I call this recipe “cookies,” but they don’t have any added sugars except for ripe bananas and dried fruit. Does that still officially count as a cookie? I hope so!
They are sweet enough to serve as a dessert or snack, but I also had them for a breakfast, too. They have almond butter and sunflower seeds which give them enough heft to be a treat or a meal. I’ve posted similar recipes before, so these fall between my Grab-n-Go Chocolate-Banana Oat Bars and my Banana-Sweetened Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, but there is no chocolate in these.
This Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, and Vegan Cranberry-Oat Cookie recipe starts with two ripe bananas:
The first step is to mash them into a bowl using a fork:
Add the rest of the ingredients to the mashed bananas including gluten-free oats, coconut, flax, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, raising, carob powder, cinnamon, and applesauce:
Stir the ingredients into a batter:
Form the batter into cookie shapes (about 12) and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes:
Like I said, these cookies are so versatile and would be great for kids because there is no added sugar and no chocolate which could cause excitability (I used carob powder instead):
Questions about making these sugar-free cookies:
Can I make these nut-free? Yes, absolutely! Just substitute sunflower seed butter for the almond butter.
Do I need to store them in the fridge? Ideally, just to help keep them fresh. I would eat them within a week, but I doubt they will be around that long since they’re so good!
Can I use cocoa powder instead of carob powder? Yes!
Here’s the recipe for these Vegan & Sugar-Free Cranberry-Oat Cookies:Print
These Vegan & Sugar-Free Cranberry-Oat Cookies are a healthy treat for both kids and adults!
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 cups gluten-free oats
- 1/4 cup unsweetened, dried shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoon flax meal
- 1/4 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup apple juice-sweetened dried cranberries (I like the Eden Foods brand)
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon carob powder (optional, but gives a mild chocolate flavor)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup raw, unsalted almond butter
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a baking sheet lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place the ripe bananas in a medium bowl and mash using a fork. Add the oats, coconut, flax meal, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, carob powder (optional), cinnamon, applesauce, and almond butter and stir to combine.
- Spoon the batter into 12-15 rounded cookie shapes onto the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch. Be careful not to burn.
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