Who says you can't enjoy a sweet treat when you're trying to watch your sugar intake? These diabetes-friendly, super chewy Sugar-Free Oatmeal Cookies are a delicious and guilt-free way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Not only are they easy to make, but they're also made with sugar-free and wholesome ingredients. So go ahead and indulge in these delectable no sugar added cookies without worrying about too many carbs. Let's dive into the recipe and learn how to make these scrumptious sugar-free oatmeal cookies!
- Why you'll love these sugar free oatmeal cookies?
- Main ingredients used in this recipe
- Steps by step instructions
- Other low carb cookie recipes you might enjoy
- Recipe tips
- How to store these sugar free oatmeal cookies so they keep fresh
- Recipe variations
- Benefits of eating oatmeal
- Frequently asked questions
- Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies (Diabetes Friendly)
While a low-carb diet may limit your sugar intake, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice all sweet treats! Chewy sugar-free oatmeal cookies recipe can be a great healthy option for satisfying your sweet tooth without compromising your diet goals.
These low carb oatmeal cookies are a healthier alternative to traditional high-sugar snacks. Plus, enjoying a delicious treat in moderation can actually help you stick to your diet long-term by reducing the temptation to cheat. With only 8g of total carbs per cookie, 0g of sugar and 1g of fiber.
Why you'll love these sugar free oatmeal cookies?
- Diabetes-friendly: If you're watching your sugar intake or managing diabetes, you'll love these sugar free cookies as they're completely sugar-free. They're sweetened with natural sweeteners, making them a healthier alternative to regular oatmeal cookies.
- Wholesome ingredients: Unlike other diabetic oatmeal cookie recipes these cookies are made with wholesome ingredients like organic old-fashioned rolled oats, almond flour, and coconut oil. They're also gluten-free, making them a perfect snack for anyone with dietary restrictions.
- Easy to make: With just a few simple ingredients, these cookies come together in no time. You don't need any fancy kitchen equipment or special skills to make them. Just mix the ingredients, scoop the dough onto a baking sheet, and bake in the oven. It's that easy!
- Versatile: These cookies are a great base for all kinds of mix-ins. Add some chopped nuts, or sugar free chocolate chips for an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie to customize them to your liking. They're also perfect for breakfast, a mid-day snack, or even as a dessert. You can also make sugar free oatmeal raisin cookies if you don't mind the extra carbs.
- Delicious: Let's not forget the most important reason why you'll love these sugar free oatmeal cookies - they're absolutely delicious! They're chewy, soft, and packed with flavor. You won't even miss the sugar! So grab a glass of milk or a cup of tea and enjoy these scrumptious cookies guilt-free.
Main ingredients used in this recipe
These almond flour oatmeal cookies are fairly easy to make and baked in just under 10 minutes.
- Almond Flour: ground blanched almonds were used for this recipe which gives it a slightly nutty flavor plus it's low carb and gluten-free.
- Oatmeal: we used organic old-fashioned rolled oats for this recipe, this true classic ingredient for these cookies is a must. Using quick oats will result in a lower-quality cookie.
- Butter: we melt and use brown butter which makes a world of difference in these cookies and heightens all the oatmeal flavors.
- Coconut Oil: replacing the traditional vegetable oil with coconut oil makes these cookies moist and tender without the highly processed and harmful chemicals from vegetable oil. I didn't taste the coconut at all in these cookies but some might notice a slight coconut taste.
- Brown Sugar Sweetener: you may find some diabetic oatmeal cookie recipes using splenda brown sugar but I prefer to use Swerve brown sugar.
- Salt, baking soda, cinnamon, eggs and vanilla extract.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Steps by step instructions
How to make sugar free oatmeal cookies
STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 375°F
In a saucepan melt the unsalted butter over medium heat, stir the butter as it melts with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Once melted the butter will begin to bubble, keep stirring for another 5-8 minutes until it turns golden brown and smells buttery. Allow to slightly cool.
STEP 2: In a medium bowl whisk to combine the almond flour with the salt, baking soda, cinnamon and gelatine powder.
STEP 3: In a large bowl whisk the eggs and vanilla together. Then whisk in the melted coconut oil (make sure it has cooled if you melted it in the microwave).
Next, whisk in the cooled brown butter, then mix in the brown sweetener until dissolved.
- STEP 4: add the almond flour mixture and mix with a wooden spoon or strong rubber spatula until full incorporated.
STEP 5: Fold in the old-fashioned rolled oats and the sugar free chocolate chips (if using). Mix until incorporated and fully combined.
STEP 6: Using a large ice cream scoop (about 3 tablespoons), scoop out the cookie dough onto a parchment lined prepared baking sheet. I fit 8 cookies per sheet.
Then flatten the cookie dough with a rubber spatula to about a ½ inch thick. The cookies will not spread very much while baking so we need to flatten them before they go in the oven. You can add a couple of chocolate chips on top of the flattened cookies but this is mainly for those Instagram-worthy photos. Don't forget to tag me @ihackeddiabetes
This recipe makes about 22 oatmeal cookies so I used 2 baking sheets for 16 cookies and then after they came out of the oven I used another for the remaining 6 cookies.
STEP 7: Bake in the oven at 375°F for 8-10 minutes until the edges are slightly brown and crispy.
Remove from the oven once baked and allow to slightly cool before moving them to a cooling rack. They will need time to slightly cool before moving them to the cooling rack otherwise they may fall apart.
Other low carb cookie recipes you might enjoy
For the best oatmeal cookies sugar free recipe, follow these tips.
Use old-fashioned oats: For the best texture and flavor, use organic old-fashioned rolled oats instead of quick oats. Quick oats are thinner and more processed, which can result in a less chewy texture and less nutty flavor in your cookies. Using quality organic oatmeal also ensure it's gluten free and not contaminated during the packagin in the facility.
Don't overbake the cookies: To ensure that your sugar free oatmeal cookies have a soft and chewy texture, it's important not to overbake them. Keep a close eye on your cookies while they're in the oven and take them out as soon as the edges start to turn golden brown. The center of the cookies should still look slightly underdone when you remove them from the oven. As the cookies cool, they will continue to set and firm up.
How to store these sugar free oatmeal cookies so they keep fresh
To store oatmeal cookies and keep them fresh, follow these steps:
- Allow the cookies to cool completely: Before storing the cookies, make sure they have cooled completely to room temperature. Warm cookies will create condensation inside the storage container, which can make the cookies go stale faster.
- Store in an airtight container: Place the cooled oatmeal cookies in an airtight container. You can use a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid, a resealable plastic bag, or a cookie jar with a rubber seal. The container should be large enough to hold the cookies without them touching each other.
- Add a slice of bread: If you want to keep your keto oatmeal cookies even fresher, you can add a slice of bread to the container. The bread will absorb any moisture in the container, keeping the cookies fresh for longer.
- Keep in a cool, dry place: Store the container of cookies in a cool, dry place, such as a pantry or cupboard. Avoid storing the oatmeal cookies in direct sunlight or in a humid area, as this can cause them to become stale or moldy.
By following these steps, you can store your oatmeal cookies properly and keep them fresh for up to a week.
These diabetic friendly oatmeal cookies are superb just the way they are but here are some other variations you might want to try out.
- Peanut Butter - if you love peanut butter cookies as much as I do you will want to add a ½ cup of smooth or chunky peanut butter to this recipe.
- Vegan - replace the butter and use double the amount of coconut oil and replace the eggs with a ground flax seed and water mixture. Swap the gelatine powder with Agar Agar Powder.
- Nutty - make these cookies crunchy with some chopped nuts like hazelnuts, cashews or walnuts.
- Nut Allergy? - if you are unable to consume almond flour you can replace it with coconut flour. A good starting point is to substitute 1 cup of almond flour with ¼ cup of coconut flour. You will also need to add 1 additional egg for every ¼ cup of coconut flour.
For an easy 4 ingredients cookie see this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.
Benefits of eating oatmeal
Not all diabetics can tolerate oatmeal but others can. For those of you who can here are some benefits of eating oatmeal.
- Nutrient-dense: Oatmeal is a nutrient-dense food, meaning it's high in vitamins and minerals that your body needs. It's particularly high in fiber, which can help lower cholesterol levels and keep you feeling full longer.
- Versatile: Oatmeal is a versatile food that can be eaten in many different ways. You can make it sweet or savory, and it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It's also easy to customize with different toppings other than chocolate chips like berries, nuts, and spices.
- May Help regulate blood sugar levels: Oatmeal is a great food for helping regulate blood sugar levels. The high fiber content in oatmeal slows down the digestion of carbohydrates, which can prevent spikes in blood sugar levels. This is especially beneficial for people with diabetes or those trying to manage their blood sugar levels.
Frequently asked questions
You can but it may result in a less chewy cookie.
For a more chewy cookie gelatine powder is ues but you can also use Agar Powder instead of gelatine powder.
Many diabetics manage their disease in different ways. Some like to manage their diabetes naturally and avoid all grains while some manage their diabetes with medications and eat a variety of food in moderation.
Although many of my recipes are often low carb keto, I have a variety of readers on this website and I try to provide a variety of recipes for everyone.
Many sugar free keto recipes may be healthy for people with diabetes. I would consult with your medical professional before making any changes to your nutrition and diet.
Each cookie contains roughly 8g of carbs, 1g of fiber, making them 7g net carbs per cookie.
Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies (Diabetes Friendly)
- 4 tablespoon unsalted butter melted brown butter
- 1 cup almond flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatine powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut oil melted if hard
- 1 cup swerve brown sugar sweetener
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup unsweetened or low carb chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375°F
- In a saucepan melt the butter over medium heat and continue stirring until butter has browned, about 5-8 minutes. Set aside and allow to slightly cool4 tablespoon unsalted butter
- In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients except the bown sweetener. Set aside.1 cup almond flour, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatine powder
- In a large bowl whisk together the eggs and the vanilla extract. Then whisk in the cooled melted coconut oil and brown butter.2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ cup coconut oil, 1 cup swerve brown sugar sweetener
- Fold in the old fashiond rolled oats and the chocolate chips (if using) with a wodden spoon or strong rubber spatula. Mix until fully combined.3 cups old fashioned rolled oats, ½ cup unsweetened or low carb chocolate chips
- Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. Then flatten the cookies to about a half inch thick with a rubber spatula.
- Bake the cookies at 375°F for about 8-10 minutes until the edges are slightly brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before moving them to a cooling rack.
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Lovely cookies! Thank you Oscar! These were very easy to make. Don't skip allowing them to cool for a good 15 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack!
Thank you so much. Yes, allowing them to cool is important.