These delicious and healthy toddler cookies are sure to please your little one! I love to bake with my 1-year-old, but I don’t feed him any sweeteners other than fruit just yet, which is why I love these sugar-free oatmeal cookies. By the way, be sure to grab the list of 36 toddler snack ideas (including many no-prep and minimal prep ideas) below!
When I cook with my toddler, we mostly make these no sugar muffins, energy balls, and prep veggies and fruits together. However, I thought it would be fun to come up with a healthy toddler cookie. I wanted a recipe that both he would enjoy AND I would feel good about the ingredients. And that was the motivation behind these no sugar cookies for toddlers.
FAQ for Making Healthy Cookies for Kids
How can I make healthy oatmeal cookies?
While oats in themselves can be very healthy, many oatmeal cookies are full of sugar making them a full-fledged dessert. However, making healthy oatmeal cookies that are suitable for your toddler, baby, or even yourself (read: breakfast cookies) can certainly be done! In this particular recipe, I avoided added sugars and sweeteners including less refined sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup, which makes them more suitable for your kids and healthier for all of us! Hemp protein and flax seeds give added benefits of Omega 3s and a little extra protein. Feel free to sub the hemp protein for almond flour – I’ve made this change before it also works great!
Can these no sugar cookies for toddlers be made ahead?
Yes, these cookies can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container for a few days. You can also make and freeze these cookies in freezer bags for fast snacks when you are in a hurry.
Tips for baking healthy oatmeal cookies
- Buy pre-shredded carrots to save time.
- Let your toddler help you bake them. Involving your toddler in the kitchen helps them to develop a healthy relationship with food and learn valuable skills. (By the way, here are my favorite tips on baking with toddlers and gift ideas for foodie toddlers!!)
- Don’t forget to freeze some for later.
- Line your cookie sheets with (affiliate link) silicone mats like these for healthy baking and easy removal.
How to Make Toddler Cookies
Follow along as I make these favorite cookies for my kids on youtube! It’s pretty simple to make this recipe by simply mixing them in your favorite food processor and then baking!
Ingredients in Healthy Toddler Cookies
- Hemp Protein
- Shredded Carrots
- Peanut butter
- Butter (Coconut oil can be used to make dairy-free toddler cookies)
Toddler Cookies = Perfect Breakfast Cookie
These cookies are not just for kids. My husband and I also enjoy them and find them to be a satisfying snack or even breakfast cookie.
They are lightly sweetened (thanks to the dates), but leave you feeling good since they are not loaded with excess sugar! They are one of my toddler’s favorite ways to eat oats!
Note: My son absolutely adores these healthy oatmeal cookies. However, if you are serving them to an older kid or even an older toddler used to traditional sweets it might be best, depending on your child, to not call them cookies. They are not super sweet like most cookies, and therefore the term cookie could lead to disappointment. They will likely still enjoy them, but perhaps not under the expectation of a usual cookie.
Other Resources For Feeding Your Toddler:
Sugar Free Pumpkin Muffins – These are also a date-sweetened dessert or snack for your toddler.
14 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers – Here are the 14 breakfasts we serve on repeat at my house.
No Sugar Toddler Cookies
- 1 1/2 cup Old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup Flaxseed
- 1/2 cup Hemp hearts can sub almond flour
- 1/2 cup Carrots shredded
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 cup Dates pitted
- 1/2 cup Applesauce unsweetened
- 1/4 cup Peanut butter or your favorite nut butter
- 2 Tbsp Butter or Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Grind 3/4 cup old fashioned oats and 1/4 cup flax seeds into a food processor.
- Add remainder of oats (3/4 cup), hemp hearts, shredded carrots, eggs, dates, applesauce, peanut butter, butter, cinnamon, and vanilla. Blend in the food processor.
- Drop onto a nonstick or slipmat lined cookie sheet. The recipe should make approximately 28 small cookies.
- Bake at 375°F for approx 17-18 minutes or until cookies are thoroughly done and browned.