Cookies may sound like junk food but they don’t have to be! Check out these healthy cookie recipes for kids, made from fruit, veggies and whole grain!
Kids can be fussy about all kinds of food, but put a plate of cookies in front of them and they’ll pounce upon it! That’s the attraction of those chewy round discs with the younger crowd!
The best part about cookies is that they can be had in any weather and they can be made from anything – they just have to be cookies. That’s why we think it’s the perfect snack for little kids, provided you make them with healthy ingredients. And that’s not all – it may also prove to be the perfect way to sneak in some fruits and veggies!
Here are 20 healthy cookie recipes that are perfect for kids above the age of one. Some may be suitable for babies, with a few modifications. So go ahead and get ready to watch your kids devour up a plateful of cookies!
Important Note: Some recipes may mention the use of baking soda – you can replace this with baking powder or feel free to leave it out altogether. You can also substitute whole wheat flour or multigrain flour instead of refined flour wherever mentioned. Please remember that salt, sugar, honey and cow’s milk are not recommended for babies under one year.
20 Healthy Cookie Recipes for Kids
These are the perfect cookies for lovers of peanuts or peanut butter! Food Faith Fitness shows us how easy it is to make cookies out of simple, healthy ingredients like bananas, peanut butter and oats. Use organic coconut sugar for a lovely, mellow flavor and sweetness.
Ragi is one of those super foods that all Moms try to include in their kids’ diets. However, it usually gets restricted to baby porridges and forgotten later. This Ragi Cookie recipe for kids should ensure ragi stays in their diet even as they grow!
Did you know that pumpkins are among the best foods for boosting immunity? This recipe makes use of fresh pumpkin, which adds not just nutrients, but also a delicious, naturally sweet flavor.
If you’ve been wondering how to include multiple grains in your family’s diet, well parathas are one option. But a more interesting one is certainly this chocolate cookie recipe, made with multigrain mix!
Green peas and cookies? Sounds like a weird combination, but Nest and Glow makes it work! These cookies can be easily baked with frozen green peas. You can skip the salt and turn this into a baby friendly recipe too!
Who says chavanprash is to be eaten with a spoon and out of a jar? We’ve modernized this concept and turned chavanprash into a festive treat with these chavanprash gingerbread cookies.
7. Avocado Chocolate Cookies
How rich do these cookies from The Smoothie Lover look? Yet, they’re absolutely healthy, made with ingredients like avocado. This recipe uses dark cocoa powder, but you can go for a lighter version if you think the dark one will be too bitter for kids.
Sathumaavu is one of those traditional foods that our grandmothers have been using for generations, and this recipe gives it a Christmassy twist! Use cookie cutters in different shapes and let the kids cut them!
Everyone knows that sweet potatoes are healthy foods, but not everyone knows that they are great in cookies! Brooklyn Farm Girl gives us a recipe that works perfectly for baby led weaning as well as a yummy snack for older kids. Skip the sugar if making for babies under one.
Chocolate chip cookies are an evergreen favorite with kids everywhere, and this recipe makes it healthy enough for them to gorge on! Use whole wheat or multigrain flour and dark or milk chocolate chips as per your child’s preference.
Two naturally sweet foods come together in this cookie recipe from Yummy Toddler Food – apples and carrots! Needless to say, this is a Vitamin A and nutrient-rich recipe! The nuts and seeds add to the nutrition quotient as well as the taste.
Need a cookie recipe for your little one who’s just started munching on finger foods? You can’t go wrong with this vegan banana oatmeal cookie recipe, naturally sweetened with banana and sized perfectly for tiny hands!
It can be unthinkable to say that Oreos are healthy, but A. Vogel makes it happen! This recipe is vegan and gluten-free, but you can go ahead and use dairy and wheat if it’s okay with your kids.
This is one of those delicious cookie recipes that deserves being dressed up in a nice box and tied up with pretty ribbon! What’s more, the recipient of your cookie gift will thank you since it’s packed with healthy ingredients!
Pumpkin, chickpeas and chocolate join hands in this delicious recipe from Fit Mitten Kitchen. And if you thought that was all, consider this, this recipe also contains chia seeds and dates to up the nutrition quotient! You can use 100% natural protein powder to make it safe for kids.
Shortbread may sound like something difficult to make, but this almond shortbread cookie recipe proves otherwise! These are beautifully flavored with almonds, and are perfect with a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day!
Thumbprint cookies are fun for kids to make, especially the hole-making part! Healthy Little Foodies has a simple recipe that uses bananas, oats and cinnamon for the cookies. You can make their chia seed jam or try out your own homemade apple jam.
Kids are always attracted to food that looks interesting, which is why these heart shaped strawberry cookies score well with them! Cut strawberries into heart shape slices and place them alongside for a pretty platter.
Don’t have an oven at home but still want to bake cookies? No problem, our pressure cooker Nan Khatai recipe will guide you through the step by step process of using a pressure cooker for baking your favorite treats.
If you’re looking for a simple recipe that’s also eggless, this one should be perfect for you! Use organic oats for a healthier output and a more wholesome flavor.