by Olena

Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies

by Olena

Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies is healthy trail mix cookies recipe with oats, flaxseed, bananas, coconut oil, dried fruit and no flour or sugar. |

Sugar Free Cookies

When I say sugar free I mean no sugar – no maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar. No low glycemic healthier sugars. Just naturally occurring sugars in bananas and dried fruits.

I really wanted to make a giant cookie full of good for us goodies that I could pack for an active day and really feel like I did good for my body – exercised and nourished my temple right afterwards.


Flax Egg

So, I decided to keep these sugarless cookies vegan. Flax “eggs” add extra healthy fats and make us eat less animal products, eggs, which just can’t be a bad thing ever.

Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies is healthy trail mix cookies recipe with oats, flaxseed, bananas, coconut oil, dried fruit and no flour or sugar. |

Coconut Oil

And what cookies are without lots of some sort of butter?! I used buttery flavour coconut oil which I just got from Nutiva. I was curious. Itself the oil tastes buttery but I couldn’t taste it in these best sugar free cookies in the world. I’m serious about the best part – see reviews below.

Coconut oil would work just fine. Or vegan butter like Earth Balance.

Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies is healthy trail mix cookies recipe with oats, flaxseed, bananas, coconut oil, dried fruit and no flour or sugar. |


The dough comes out pretty thick. A spatula should stand in it. For flours all I used was rolled oats and oat flour which is just ground oats. So, no traditional whole wheat or white flour. These cookies are truly gluten free and flourless.

Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies is healthy trail mix cookies recipe with oats, flaxseed, bananas, coconut oil, dried fruit and no flour or sugar. |

Mix Ins

And now for the trail mix itself – use what you love. I used peanuts, cashews, raisins and dates. Dried fruit makes healthy oatmeal cookies without sugar sweeter. Just make sure you are not using sweetened dried fruit.

I always try to buy organic, unsulphured and unsweetened dried fruit. You get what you hear – dried fruit only. No sugar, preservatives and colours. My mom recently sent us a bag of conventional dried mango…yeah, that didn’t go well. A bite out of curiosity…that was so sweet. So, buy real stuff. I am not sure why my mom still buys that…

I was thinking sunflower seeds, Brazilian nuts (my favourite – the store was out), hazelnuts, dried cranberries – all would go so well in these sugar free oatmeal cookies.

Sugar Free Cookies

And I foresee comments and questions about chewiness. No, these cookies are not chewy but rather soft. What makes cookies chewy is melting sugar during baking. Sugar free cookies can’t be chewy, period. But they are super naturally sweetened and delicious! An oatmeal cookie you can have for breakfast.

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Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies

5 from 3 reviews

Healthy trail mix cookies with oats, flaxseed, bananas, coconut oil, dried fruit and no flour or sugar. Truly sugar free, gluten free and vegan!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 13 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 3 tbsp flaxseed, ground
  • 9 tbsp water, room temperature
  • 2 large over ripen bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten free if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup oat flour* (use certified gluten free if necessary)
  • 1 cup mixed nuts & seeds, chopped if too large**
  • 10 Medjool pitted chopped dates or 1 cup raisins***
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)


  1. In a small bowl, whisk flaxseed and water. Let sit for about 10 minutes while you are getting other ingredients ready.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add flaxseed mixture and whisk really well. Add oats and oat flour; stir to combine. Add nuts and dried fruit; mix well.
  3. Using large ice cream scoop, place batter on previously prepared sheet and flatten with the back of a scoop into large size cookies. Cookies do not spread. I had about 6 cookies per sheet. Bake in batches for 20 minutes or until nuts start to brown a bit. Remove from the oven and let cookies cool for a minute, then transfer onto a cooling rack to cool off completely.

Store: Store in a cool dry place open. Do not wrap or place cookies in a jar. The more air, the better. That way cookies do not get soggy. Remember there is no sugar.


*Make oat flour by grinding oats in a food processor or high speed blender. **I used peanuts and cashews. Sunflower seeds, Brazilian nuts, hazelnuts would be great. *Use a mix or any combo of dried cranberries, raisins and dates.

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About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. So good! My picky, oatmeal-raisin cookie loving husband loved them too:-). Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe!

  2. Hi Olena, Just like you I’m an expat – a Swede living in the UK. I also have two children, two girls of 5 years and 15 months, and I can identify with so much of what you write about as being a mum! I also share your interest in healthy eating, so your blog is a great inspiration. I just made these cookies and they are great! I wanted to use them as grab-and-go snacks for the girls so made them with finely chopped hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds in place of the nuts you had, so that my youngest wouldn’t choke on them. They came out absolutely delicious – the girls loved them :)! I also can’t believe how light they are, not at all dense like I had imagined. Thanks so much for this brilliant recipe, and for a really entertaining and funny blog! Cecilia x.

    1. Hi Cecilia. I can bet every mom’s life is pretty similar.:) My boys have the same age difference. They are very good friends now. It helps that kids are same sex so they share same interests. In my case it is crazy loud lol.
      My kids love these cookies too. I already forgot about the details feeding babies.:) Great creativity. Well, you are a mom. You know how to work around things. All the best to you. I will try to think of similar healthy cookie recipe on the go. Get tired of muffins.