March 18, 2010: World’s Healthiest Cookies

I’ve had an incredible week. Maxx’s sister was in town visiting, so I got to meet her :)
And, I’ve been shooting a NYU film. I’m happy…and a little sleepy.
But before I catch some shut eye, I’ve got to finally share my recipe for the World’s Healthiest Cookies.

They contain NO FLOUR, NO SUGAR, NO BUTTER. I kid you not; and once you have one, you’ll want the whole batch, and you’ll tell yourself that its alright to eat a whole batch of these, because they’re the World’s Healthiest Cookies!

Like many of the things I bake and cook, these cookies were inspired by a  Heidi Swanson recipe.
Basically they’re made with ripe Banana, Oats, Flax Seed, Olive Oil and Maple Syrup; everything else is up to you!

Sometime’s I’ll throw in chocolate chips (thus undoing the “sugarless” claim), but that’s usually when I’m making them for others.  I like to get creative with my Healthy Cookie Ingredients. Today I whipped up a batch for tomorrow’s breakfast. I’ve got to be on set in Brooklyn at 7am, so these little Health Cookies will be the perfect subway ride breakfast. They’re packed with energy essentials, Dates, Walnuts, Fresh Ginger, and Raisins, Cinnamon, and freshly ground Cardamom!
Next time I think I’ll make them with a little Carrot and Coconut, with Coconut Oil instead of Olive. Amen!

The cookie’s ingredients take about 10 minutes to lovingly combine, and another 15 minutes to bake. And they’re vegan, so I can share them with my vegan pals where I work.

When I make these cookies for friends, they always ask me for the recipe.  So for all of my friends who’ve asked, here it is. And for all of you who I do not know, I hope you enjoy these.

World's Healthiest Cookies
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These healthy cookies are moist, slightly sweet, and chewy. Since they're so healthy, they also make a great breakfast cookie. For more healthy cookie recipe check out my Magic Cookies, Tahini Cookies, Fig Cookies, and Cherry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies.
Serves: 24 cookies
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ cups of old fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 3-4 chopped dates
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1½ tbsp fresh ginger (diced into teeny tiny bits)
  • 4-5 crushed walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a cookie sheet with parchment.
  2. In a large mixing bowl mash ripe bananas until liquified.
  3. Add olive oil and maple syrup and stir to blend.
  4. Add oats and flax seed, and cinnamon and cardamom, combine.
  5. Add dates, raisins, ginger and walnuts (or whatever combination you choose...maybe chocolate chips*) and combine.
  6. With a tablespoon, scoop out mixture, and form in your hand (it will be wet) then place on cookie sheet. The cookies will not change in size, so don't worry about putting them too close together.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes. You'll certainly be able to smell them when they're almost ready.
  8. Try them warm, fresh out of the oven with a cup of tea or glass of almond milk, or even a cup of vegan yogurt.


World’s Healthiest Cookies 
(makes 2 dozen) 
2 Very Ripe Bananas 
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 1/2 Cups of Old Fashioned Oats
2 Tbsp Flax Seed
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Ground Cardamom
3-4 Chopped Dates
1/4 Cup Raisins
1 1/2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger (Diced into teeny tiny bits)
4-5 Crushed Walnuts
To begin, preheat oven to 350 degrees and ready a cookie sheet.
In a large mixing bowl mash Ripe Bananas until liquified. Add Olive Oil and Maple Syrup and stir to blend. Now add Oats and Flax seed, and Cinnamon and Cardamom, combine. Add Dates, Raisins, Ginger and Walnuts (or whatever combination you choose…maybe chocolate chips*) and combine.
With a Tablespoon, scoop out mixture, and form in your hand (it will be wet) then place on cookie sheet. The cookies will not change in size, so don’t worry about putting them too close together.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. You’ll certainly be able to smell them when they’re almost ready.
Try them warm, fresh out of the oven with a cup of tea or glass of Almond Milk, or even a cup of vegan Yogurt.
And download one of my delicious, healthy, and nourishing vegan meal plans with recipes for free!
  • Cathy

    Oh my, those look divine! Dried cherries or cranberries would be nice too.

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  • Pam

    Those look wonderful! I will be making these…yum!

    Thank You and Enjoy!


  • Anonymous

    Hey Its Lawren… Collin’s cousin… These cookies are awesome and very good for me… Keep posting the recipes.

  • Kelly @ Hot Cookin’

    Oh my goodness! Your cookies look scrumptious! The only thing I don’t have are dates. What to do? Not sure the grocery store nearby has dates… Perhaps craisins?

  • Jenné

    Lawren! I’ll definitely keep posting delicious foods!
    Kelly, feel free to substitute any other dry fruit for the dates. I like to use them for their sweetness mainly, but any thing will work. Ohh, what about Dried Apples!

  • Andrea

    I’m so glad I found your blog (like how I take all the credit?) I love your header, so creative. You’re cooking style is very similar to mine, I think, which is always so nice because I know I’ll find lots to love on here. These cookies are definitely going on the list. I love healthy baked things!

  • sheila @ Elements

    I’d love to try these scrumptious looking cookies! I never use maple syrup so I might use agave nectar or honey. Ginger is another ingredient I never have on-hand but perhaps I might actually buy a little just for this recipe. :)

  • missmarc

    wow these sound so good. I may try to make them with gluten-free rolled oats and see how they turn out!

  • Catherine

    Anything I can use instead of bananas? I very sadly allergic to them :( But these cookies look amazing otherwise!

  • janet @ the taste space

    Loved these cookies, Jenne! The ginger worked so well with the raisins. :)

    This is my post about them:

  • Anonymous

    I’ll have to try these. They look delicious! :)

  • Alex @ Crave It Make It

    Hi! I made these recently and enjoyed them. Thanks for posting :)