Dunking a cookie into a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day, does anything sound more satisfying? The great news is that cookies don’t have to be packed full of saturated fat and calories, here is a compilation of 27 of the best low calorie cookie recipes.
You know how sometimes you just want to break off the top of a muffin and leave the rest, but it’s just too wasteful? Well, these low calorie cookies are basically muffin tops fronting as cookies. This recipe will give you 24 muffin tops and zero muffin waste!
Don’t get me started on pecan pie. The most delicious, yet horrifically calorific dessert. This recipe transforms this sinful dessert into a low calorie cookie. How?! I hear you cry. Well, they are little shortbreads with a dollop of pecan filling on top. Small enough you won’t be busting out of your pants, but enough to give you the beautiful flavors of the pie.
These cookies work great when you want to have a handful of cookies instead of just one, the mini size means four cookies are acceptable as a snacking portion! If we say so, it’s true.
This gingerbread recipe is perfect for satisfying that festive craving without having to bother with the fuss of rolling out the dough and decorating them in a million colors and patterns. A simple circle shape with a basic white drizzle and they’re done.
Similar to a no-bake energy ball, these cookies are filled with nutrient-dense oats and peanut butter. Quick to whip up, the main time consumer is rolling them together! They also freeze well, so if you are likely to eat more than you should, pop them in the freezer to hide them away. Trust us, it’ll be hard not to eat them all at once.
This versatile recipe is perfect for everything from a summer picnic to a Christmas cookie exchange. Not only are they delicious, but the stevia makes them a lower sugar recipe. Every cup of sugar subbed out for stevia saves a whopping 700 calories!
An All American classic combo - peanut butter, chocolate and banana. The banana gives these cookies a beautiful chewy texture, and the PB and chocolate chips add the delicious flavor we all know and love. You’ll notice the addition of corn starch in the recipe, this is a trick to making cookies taste a little cakey vs crispy.
Whether you’re looking for a snack, dessert or breakfast, these cookies tick all the boxes. They are bursting with healthy, energy boosting ingredients like chia seeds, oats, and flax seeds. Dates are added for sweetness, giving these cookies a low GI rating and high fiber content.
A low calorie version of the fatty and sugary Christmas cookie. These cookies use a low fat butter and 0% greek yogurt to reduce the calories without sacrificing flavor. The recipe makes 36 cookies, which come out at about 55 calories a pop.
Peanut butter is the best ingredient to add when you’re using a no bake recipe. Nothing else beats it in terms of binding the balls together. Aside from the delicious taste, the peanut butter also contributes a high protein content.
This cookie/muffin hybrid can be eaten as a breakfast or a snack. The oats, apple sauce, bananas and flax seed give it the edge it needs for breakfast, but sometimes mid-afternoon we have an energy slump these beauties will fix. Many ingredients can be subbed too, for example, extra banana if you don’t have apple sauce on hand, making it a quick and easy one to whip up with pantry items.
Oaty, seedy goodness makes this recipe acceptable for breakfast. A classic fall flavor, pumpkin puree brings the sweet spiciness of the season. There is no white sugar in this recipe either, sugar free syrup and apple sauce give this low calorie cookie a sweetness boost.
Dark chocolate makes these low calorie cookies taste indulgent. The oats make them more satisfying and filling than just using regular white flour. Suitable all year round, the cranberries and pecans do give this cookie a fall feel.
Is this a brownie or a cookie? The jury is still out! These gigantic cookies have all the qualities of both delicious desserts. If a cookie butter or Nutella filling and brownie texture sound like a piece of heaven, this recipe is for you. Warning: Don’t consume when starving or you might not stop!
The banana makes these big cookies pretty low calorie for their size. 52 calories per cookie, 1.5g fat, and 1.1g protein. Pretty good when a cookie has almost as much protein as fat! The sweetness comes from all the beautiful spices for that snickerdoodle flavor - think nutmeg and cinnamon.
Making a batch of 18 double chocolate cookies can be a dangerous game… Luckily these freeze really well so throw half in the freezer for another time. They actually only have one tablespoon of sugar in anyway, because the sweetness comes from the banana.
Nothing says Christmas more than a crinkle cookie. Unfortunately, the whole being rolled in sugar isn’t ideal if you’re trying to eat healthily. This recipe tries, and succeeds, in cleaning it up a bit. Using reduced-calorie margarine as the main fat, and ingredients like fat-free Greek yogurt mean the treats come out as only two Weight Watchers points each. The bad news is that the recipe makes 36 and the cookies are best eaten on the day of baking… So might be one to bake for a party!
Decorated with a smattering of red and green sprinkles, these festive treats are a delightful bake. The mint extract is actually great for satisfying a sugar craving, without pounding actual sugar. With only 30 calories each, a couple with a mug of tea before bed is a perfect way to round off your day.
During the summer months, no bake recipes are for the win. Why turn that oven on and add more heat when there are delicious recipes which can be made cold? Transform a spoonful of Nutella straight from the jar into a more satisfying and nutritious snack with this oaty recipe.
A few sprinkles make this cookie super fun. These are definitely cookies, but the addition of cake mix gives them that ‘cake batter’ flavor you’ll usually only find in ice cream shops (with 300 calories per scoop!). These weigh in at 39 calories a piece, so what are you waiting for?
A very unusual pairing, which works beautifully! A chocolate chip cookie base, baked in a mini muffin pan, and topped with a taste of the Florida keys in cool whip form. The topping can be spooned on once the cookies are cooled, or if you’re feeling fancy, pipe on in a delicate pattern.
A classic comfort food, bake a batch of these on a dreary day. Eating by the fire is optional. These are soft and chewy, and the oats will give you some energy on a slow day.
23. Mini M&M Cookies
This batter comes together in about five minutes, and who can say they don’t like M&M cookies? The brown sugar and honey used to sweeten these treats make the flavor richer and more indulgent than if white sugar were used.
If you need a Valentine’s Day cookie recipe, these heart-shaped cookies win. Delicately decorated with pink, red, and white sprinkles, they are perfect for the holiday. The recipe calls for a heart shaped mould, but if you don’t have one baking them as bars and using a cookie cutter could work well too.
Stuffed with dried fruit, oats, and nuts, these make a perfect pick-me-up for a hike or sporting event. When you want a snack more interesting than store-bought trail mix or energy bars, these are a good option.
The name of these cookies tells you everything you need to know really. Half muffin, half cookie, you can devour these bad boys in two bites.
The cookie balls are high in protein from the peanut butter, pecans, and almonds used. The oats also give an energy boost, making these a good snack any time of day or something to take on a hike, cycle ride, or to sporting fixtures.
27 Tasty Low Calorie Cookies
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies
- Mini Peanut Butter Cookies
- Soft Gingerbread Cookies
- Sweet Salty No Bake Cookies
- Jam Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Banana Cookies
- Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
- Lightened Up Almond Crescent Cookies
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Almond No Bake Cookies
- Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
- Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
- Nutella Brownie Cookies
- Banana Bread Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
- Chocolate Fudge Crinkle Cookies
- Mini Candy Cane Crunch Cookies
- Nutella No Bake Cookies
- Funfetti Cake Cookies
- Mini Key Lime Cookie Cups
- Soft Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Mini M&M Cookies
- Milk & White Chocolate Cookie Bars
- Oatmeal Trail Mix Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Two Bite Cookies
- Trail Mix No Bake Cookies
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