Healthy monster cookies are an easy gluten-free cookie recipe made with simple ingredients like oatmeal, peanut butter, and almond flour. Not only are they nutritious but they also are just like the classic monster cookie.
Monster cookies are the best cookies ever. Bold statement? It may be, but I’m willing to go out on a limb and say it. I mean they literally have all of the best things in this world crammed into one little cookie so who could deny it? Plus they are made healthier and the fact that healthy monster cookies exist makes it ten times better.
With every single bite you are bound to get something chocolatey, chewy, and tasty. I like to call that the cookie jackpot!
This recipe for monster cookies was created in my kitchen after I found a bag of leftover m&ms in my pantry and knew I needed to bake with them before I ate the entire bag in one sitting. So I got to work whipping these up and now I have them on hand for whenever I need a little something sweet.
Besides the fact that there may be some chocolate in these, these healthy cookies should be eaten at any time of the day. Don’t let anyone ever tell you when is an appropriate time to eat a cookie… if you want one for breakfast, I’d say they are totally acceptable.
I also wanted to share my Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies because they’re another one of my favorites and are GF too.
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What are monster cookies?
Monster cookies are basically like the older and cooler cousin of the traditional chocolate chip cookie. They are loaded with peanut butter giving a rich, salty flavor and then packed with a bunch of delicious add ins.
Peanut butter, M&Ms, oats, chocolate chips all come together to make these chewy monster cookies, except this version is made a little bit healthier.
Simply done by just reducing the amount of sugar and swapping out a few ingredients like butter, white sugar, and white flour for a few of our favorite healthier ingredients like coconut oil, coconut sugar, and almond flour.
In traditional monster cookies, you can find any of the above ingredients! They are thick, chewy, and perfect for kids (and also adults!)
Are monster cookies gluten-free?
Monster cookies are not traditionally gluten-free because they use regular flour, but in this recipe we make them totally gluten-free!
With the swap of almond flour for traditional white flour and certified gluten-free oats for traditional rolled oats, you can make these monster cookies safe for people who need to eat gluten-free or prefer a lower carb dessert.
How to make healthy monster cookies
If you have twenty minutes than you have enough time to make these healthy monster cookies. All you need are two bowls and a baking sheet!
In a large bowl, mix together all your dry ingredients – almond flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, coconut oil, and coconut sugar together. Then, add in peanut butter and vanilla.
Add wet ingredients into the large bowl of dry ingredients and stir until fully combined. Then, mix in M&Ms and chocolate chips.
Roll cookie dough into balls and flatten slightly onto cookie sheet.
Bake at 350F for 14-16 minutes.
The best part about these monster cookies is that they are freezer friendly. I highly recommend stashing a few in the freezer so you can have one whenever the craving strikes. You can freeze the baked cookies or the cookie dough!
To freeze baked cookies:
Allow cookies to cool completely. Place in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet to freeze cookies. Once frozen, place in a freezer safe container or bag.
When you’re ready to eat, allow the cookie to thaw on the counter or warm in the oven!
To freeze cookie dough:
Form cookie dough into balls (as if you were going to bake them). Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer safe container and ziplock bag.
To bake, remove cookie dough from freezer. Allow dough to thaw in refrigerator and bake according to directions.
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- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- M&Ms for mixing
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients.
- In a small bowl, whisk two eggs and add oil and coconut sugar.
- Add in peanut butter and vanilla.
- Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until fully combined.
- Add in M&Ms and chocolate chips and form into balls.
- Flatten slightly onto cookie sheet and top with more M&Ms and chocolate chips if desired.
- Bake for 14-16 minutes.
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