Healthy Sugar-free Cookies

During much of my life, I have been so addicted to cookies that there was a time when even seeing the word written out could trigger a binge!  My friends had to write “ookies”  or “seikooc”.  Some of you reading today were actually there back then  and can testify to this crazy truth! Can I get an Amen?

Happily I got off of cookies and moved on with my life.

But every now and then I wander back into the cookie field to test that electric fence.  Is this thing still on?


“Yes, it is” I reply regretfully from the bottom of a sugar bowl into which I have once again tumbled.

Maybe one day I will be able to practice moderation with cookies, but if not, I am OK with staying away from them completely.  It is more peaceful for me without the struggle.

Having a delicious substitute is also crucially important.  I have posted these recipes before and anyone who has ever worked me with or bought any of my ebooks, has already experienced these wonders.  But recently a long time friend from my seikooc’s day, confessed that although she had had these recipes forever, she had never tried them.  When she did, she couldn’t believe she had waited so long.

raw brownie balls, raw peanut butter oatmeal balls. healthy cookies, no sugar cookies

Raw Brownies


  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • pinch sea salt
  • 13-14 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (you could also use mint extract or cherry extract, or orange...)


  1. Place walnuts and salt in a food processor.
  2. Process until finely ground.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and process until all mixed and uniformly crumbly.
  4. With the machine running, add a few drops of water at a time, just until the mass starts to stick together in a big ball. (Better to add too little that too much!)
  5. Roll mixture into balls or press into a square pan and cut into squares.
  6. Balls can then be rolled in dried coconut, chopped nuts, or cocoa powder if you wish.


Raw Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • dash sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter (OK to leave out to make nut-free)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Put oats and salt in food processor.
  2. Process until finely ground.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and process until fully combined.
  4. Add a few drops of water if needed to form balls.
  5. Form into balls or press into a square pan and cut into squares.

Some may ask what is the difference between eating these and eating a real cookie.  Calorically, there is no difference.  Same amount of calories.  My raw cookies have a bit more nutrition, fiber, protein and healthy fats.  The fiber slows down the entry of sugar into your bloodstream.

But the big difference is that they do not cause binging the way real cookies do. I don’t know why, but I have never met anyone who binges on these after the first week of making them.  (The first few times there is sometimes an excitement binge, but then it goes away).

I can, and do, keep these cookies in my fridge at all times.  My kids eat them.  Their friends eat them.  I serve them to company.  No one knows they are “healthy” or sugar-free.  And my mind is peaceful with just eating one.

Maybe it is the lack of refined sugar, flour and fat?  Maybe it is something else?  Not sure, but they work.


This post is participating in Wellness Weekend at and Healthy Vegan Fridays #4 HERE.

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  1. Oh my gosh! This is awesome! I know this post is from a few months ago but I just saw the picture of the raw cookies on pinterest and ended up here. I SO RELATE TO “seikooc”! And absolutely everything else you said. I’ve made a slightly different version of these I found recently on another blog and they are a life saver! I, too, am “off of cookies and moved on with my life.” But, like you, every so often I’d wonder if I could finally get away with making a batch and ZAP! Yep. I laughed so hard when I read that, my eight-year-old asked me what was wrong. Another funny thing is the first time I made the similar recipe I did binge on them…and paid the price. I’ve never binged since and I keep a batch in my fridge at all times because my daughter and husband love them as much as I do and I finally found something sweet I don’t binge on (anymore).

    Anyhow, these two recipes look amazing and I’m buying the ingredients tomorrow. Thanks! Or, I mean, Amen! : )

    • These are awesome. Thank you, thank you for the recipe. I LOVE these cookies and I don’t like dates. I would never sit and eat just dates anyway, but in these cookies (chocolate ones anyway, haven’t tried the PB ones yet) they are fabulous. You really don’t even realize you are eating dates. I was afraid to try them at first because I don’t like dates or raisins or really any dried fruit, (it’s more of a texture thing for me, though I’m not crazy about the flavor either) but because they are processed so finely in a food processor it changes the whole texture of them and the chocolate is the main flavor that you taste, so these cookies are absolutely delicious.

      I was just wondering though, could you freeze the cookies? I am really the only one who eats them, and I only want one or two a day, so just wondering the best way to keep them fresh.

      • Emily Segal says:

        Yes Missy, you can store them in the freezer. They don’t freeze totally solid but stay a bit creamy, so this is also a lovely way to eat them! So glad you like them! :-)

  2. This looks great- where do I find Medjool dates??

  3. OMG these are sooooooooooo delicious. My 3yr old grandson and I made a variation of the RPBO. Twice the PB, 2x van., 2x the cin., 2 T. of agave, and then rolled in combination of cocoa and cinnamon powder. We did not have raisins and dates

  4. Can you sub the oats for walnuts in the peanut butter ones? Also can you use regular dates?

    • Emily Segal says:

      Oats and walnuts and not interchangeable. One is oily and one is dry.

      I live in a country where there are about 100 different kinds of dates. I wrote the recipe as Medjool dates b/c that is what is most widely available for my American readers. They are large and juicy. Smaller dates are fine, you just need to use more and add more liquid.

  5. Sugar is an addictive substance. It’s good to eradicate it, if possible, from your life except where it occurs naturally (but not fruit juice, it’s still concentrated that way). This is a great recipe idea for this reason!!! Thanks!!!

    How many cookies should these recipes make??


    • Emily Segal says:

      Hi Nat. It depends how large you roll the balls. I generally get 20 balls from each recipe.

  6. Those look like heaven! Found them on Pinterest.

    So you say the calories are about the same as a regular cookie…just healthier ingredients. About how many calories per cookie?

  7. These were awesome!

  8. This is the issue that I have with these cookies – you said they weren’t binge inducing. I disagree!!! :) Then again – I’ve only made each of them one time so far – so maybe that will wear off in time. Oh – and I added a bit of peanut butter to the chocolate ones and a bit of chocolate to the peanut butter ones. I have to admit, I was skeptical. I have a huge sweet tooth and I didn’t know if these were really going to be my cup of tea. They are DELICIOUS!!! Thank you for the recipes!

  9. Any idea on what the carbs are on these? My daughter is a newly said nosed diabetic so we have to watch carbs closely! They look delicious – I’m trying to widen her snack choices as healthy and filling as possible.

  10. So, is there anything that you can substitute for the walnuts in the brownie bites? I’m allergic to all tree nuts. I can do sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc. Would like to try these but not sure what might have the same flavor as the walnuts. Thanks.

    • Emily Segal says:

      Hi Shelby, I have never subbed sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds but you could give it a try. Let me know how they turn out.

  11. I made the brownies today and they came out great! My husband loved them too. I might include some bigger walnut pieces for some texture next time. Thanks for the recipe!!

  12. I am obsessed with making raw cookie bites! I have had the same issue with seikooc too, and these definitely will curb that issue.

    Thanks for sharing on HVF…I am enjoying all your link ups!

  13. I’m all out of oatmeai – any suggestions for substitues? I have quinoa, but I think that would be a bit crunchy, right?

  14. OMG!! I’m making these right now!!

  15. Love these! I needed a “nut-free” option, so I took the PBOC and used sunflower seed butter and 1/2 cranberries and 1/2 raisins (to mix up the goodness). These were a hit among my 4 year old’s schoolmates! Thanks for the recipes!

    Oh, and if you make the PBOC with peanut butter, add 2 TBS of Nova Monda chocolate – omg – the best chocolate peanut butter balls i’ve ever had!! (though not as healthy as the unchocolate version!)

    • Emily Segal says:

      Ooo, that’s such a good idea! People often ask me how to make them nut free and I never thought about sunflower seeds! Thanks!


  17. Thanks for sharing this :) I tried the raw brownies today and it was far better than any sugary sweets I’ve ever made! Will have to do more for Christmas…

  18. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am finishing my Whole30 in a few days, I am actually glad I didn’t make them earlier! I wouldn’t have had the self-control!
    Whole30 or no Whole30, eating healthy or not, these are fantastic & I plan on making them many many more times in the future!!

  19. These sound amazing! I am just about to make my first batch and noticed the dates I got are pitted and chopped. The recipe says 13-14 large dates but I have no idea how many that would be since they are all chopped up! Can you please give me a measurement in cups? I can’t wait to try them!

  20. Hi, these look great! I’m wondering if pistachios or almonds can be used in place of walnuts? I almost never have walnuts on hand except for Christmas baking but usually have pistachios. Can’t wait to try these! I just bought a few packages of dates and needed something to do with them besides the occasional snack.

    • Emily Segal says:

      Hi, I’ve never tried them with almonds or pistachios so I’m not sure. Walnuts are very oily and I think that helps the mixture stick together. I have used pecans and they have been good.

  21. So I tried the raw peanut butter oatmeal cookies and my family loved them! And I don’t think they normally go for oat-ty, raisin-y stuff! They were so good. Thanks :)

  22. I’m excited to make these but I’m wondering how you store them?

  23. Do you have to rehydrate the dates or can you use them as is?

  24. Do you think these would work in a Blendtec? I don’t have a food processor yet, but I want to try these.

  25. Hi these look really good. I was wondering if you could sub. anything for the walnuts in the brownie recipe? I was wanting to make these for my friend and me but she is allergic to walnuts. I was thinking some other nut might work maybe almonds?

    • Emily Segal says:

      Pecans are the best sub b/c they are oily in texture like walnuts.

      • I made this with about 1/2 c pecans and 1 c almonds since it’s what I had available- worked great! I don’t think doing all almonds would have changed it too much. My husband was like, “I don’t understand how these can be so good with only those ingredients!”

  26. i used old fashion oats, and almonds, put them in the food processor. i added smuckers natural peanut butter , cinnamon, vanilla, plus the few drops of water to keep them together. They turned out fantastic, and not to mention yummy! I will be making again!

  27. So I NEVER comment on recipes! BUT– these are amazing! I had every kind of nut in the house except walnuts. I used pecans first. They were ok. More pecan-y than chocolatey. I tried raw cashews. I HAVE NO WORDS! I think I’ll use cashews every time! Thank you for a recipe to my insane chocolate cravings!

  28. Great to see such great sugar free recipes. There is now very strong medical evidence confirming we all need to reduce our sugar intake, so to find sites like this is fantastic. Please keep up the great work. I have recently started on a reduced sugar diet, and apart from losing a heap of weight, I am now far more aware of the health benefits than ever before. There are a couple of really important videos here at which I have found very helpful in understanding the need to quit sugar as much as possible. Thanks again for a very enjoyable site.

  29. OMG! I can’t thank you enough for saving my life.

    I have the same problem with sugary treats and cookies as you do. It’s either all or nothing. So I stayed away as long as I could and accepted the fact that I will binge every now and then. But recently I found that a binge would last for days and totally messing with my body. I’d gain 5 pds, loose 4, gain another 3 and so on.

    And it was not fun anymore to invite friends over for coffee or get invited and know that you’ll be fighting for days.

    These saved my life. They are the best substitute for a cookie ever. The raw brownie smells like a brownie, looks like a brownie, its texture in my mouth is like a brownie and it even tastes like a slightly less sweet brownie. Same with the peanut butter one.

    Even my daughter, who has a major sweet tooth loves these.

    I’m sharing this with all my friends! Thank you.

  30. Just made the PB oatmeal cookies and they are so yummy!! I’m so glad to have found these recipes because refined sugar gives me migraines and I still like to eat cookies. Thank you!

  31. KimmayLou says:

    I’m so excited that these do NOT contain banana! I’m allergic to bananas, and like, every healthy recipe out there calls for bananas… I’ve been getting a bit discouraged. All I need to do now is buy a food processor.

  32. Chocolate is my binge starter. I’m so glad you’ve included chocolate in here, maybe I can have these and be satisfied!

  33. I wonder if the oats need to be the quick cooking kind? These look so good!

  34. Just made the peanut butter cookies, and oh man…..they are so good. Stupid question: how do you store them?fridge?
    In a closed container on counter? How long should they keep? Thinking of making these for a backpacking trip this summer.

    • Emily Segal says:

      Store them in a closed container in the fridge. How long can you store them? Ours usually disappear within a week so I have never tested how much longer they last! You can also put them in the freezer. They don’t freeze totally solid so that’s kind of yummy too.

  35. Any suggestions on trying to make these without a food processor? I have a blender and a small hand chopper.

  36. I made both of these recipes and love them! So easy and so yummy! I even brought some to a work potluck lunch and everybody gobbled them up. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  37. Could you use figs or prunes instead of the dates? I really wanna make these, but I also wanna use up some of the dried fruit I have in my pantry! Thanks!

  38. I too have a cookie addiction that I couldn’t walk away from. That is until I found your website with these delicious energy bites. Both of the above recipes are delicious and I am proud to say I haven’t had a cookie since I started making these recipes. So just consider a great big hug sent your way. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

    • Emily Segal says:

      Yay Kathy! So glad you found this helpful. All the best, emily

      • Hi,
        Another fan here! This first batch of raw brownie was perfect. Since then I can’t get it right. I am using about 20 deglet noor dates and 1/4 tsp water. (Same as in the first batch). The brownies now come out crumbly and wet. As I form them into balls I am sqeazing out moisture, but when I bite into them they crumble apart. Any ideas on what is going on? Thanks for the recipes and thank you for your help.

        • Emily Segal says:

          Hi Laura,
          There are a few possibilities here. Number one suspect is the dates. I have never used anything other than big, fat, juicy Medjool dates. Try using those. Another possibility is your walnuts. Some batches seem fresher and oilier than others. Try with a new batch maybe. Lastly, be careful of the amount of time you process things – too much and it’s oily and mushy. Let me know if you can figure it out. Best, emily

  39. Oh. My. Gawd. The raw brownies are so incredibly, amazingly, fantabulously delicious!!!!! I am forever and ever on the hunt for healthy recipes that satisfy my sweet tooth and they are either too labor intensive or just not that yummy. These are amazing. My only regret is not finding this recipe until the 40th week of my pregnancy! This would have saved me from eating refined sugar when I had a craving for something sweet! Thank you for posting! I can’t wait to try the peanut butter recipe. Might even try it with almond butter.


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