A healthy sugar-free cookie recipe kids will love, this Sugar-free Animal Cookie recipe is super simple to make with the kids and is a healthy alternative to store-bought animal cookies.
Sugar-free Animal Cookies Recipe
Recently, my daycare kids and I decided we need to have a Lion King Unit Study, and naturally I thought that the perfect baking activity to accompany our wild theme would be making some animal cookies.
Animal crackers or animal cookies are one of those innocent childhood snacks that you don’t really think twice about… until you actually read the ingredients on the back of the package and realize that icing sugar is the second ingredient.
As much as the kids would have loved that, I felt compelled to try to develop a sugar-free version of the childhood classic. Personally, I don’t think that these cookies taste like animal crackers, but the kids did love them and they were super easy to make!
I would say they taste more similar to a graham cracker – the coconut and honey make them sweet enough that my kids loved them and the fun animal shapes definitely helped earn their seals of approval for this recipe.
I’ll be totally honest here, I just let the kids add the ingredients in willy nilly. We made these in the middle of winter during a day riddled with cabin fever. The last thing I was going to do was micro-manage a cookie recipe – but, luckily, the kids figured it out and I’d say they did a pretty good job.
(To me, a good cookie recipe should be able to handle ingredients being added out of order, a bit of flour getting spilled on it’s way to the bowl, and so on.)
Since this recipe has become so popular over the years, I’ve made a step-by-step video.
Check out our quick video on how to make sugar-free animal cookies – and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe card:
Sugar Free Animal Cookie Ingredients
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
- Quick Oats
- Shredded Coconut Flakes
- Unsweetened Applesauce
- Coconut Oil
- Vanilla Extract
- Honey or Molasses, optional
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: some readers have had success using flax eggs, whole wheat flour and old-fashioned oats in this recipe. Read the comment section for tips on these substitutions.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Animal Cookie Cutters
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Wooden Spoon or Spatula <– I like these spatulas because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty
- Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mats
- Cookie Sheet
How to Make Sugar-free Animal Cookies
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients.
Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
If needed, knead the dough together until not sticky.
Refrigerate for one hour or overnight.
Place the dough on a clean, floured surface or a piece of parchment paper and roll out to 1/2″ thickness.
Use a bit of flour to prevent your rolling pin from sticking to the dough.
Use your favorite animal-themed cookie cutters to cut cookies out of the dough, re-rolling as necessary.
Place the cut-out cookie shapes on lined cookie sheets.
Bake at 350ºF for 12-15 minutes.
Pin this Easy Sugar-free Cookie recipe for your next baking session with the kids:
Grab your free printable recipe card for our sugar-free animal cookie recipe:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut flakes
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 Tablespoon honey or molasses, optional
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients.
- Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
- If needed, knead the dough together until not sticky.
- Refrigerate for one hour or overnight.
- Place the dough on a clean, floured surface or a piece of parchment paper and roll out to 1/2" thickness.
- Use a bit of flour to prevent your rolling pin from sticking to the dough.
- Use your favorite animal-themed cookie cutters to cut cookies out of the dough, re-rolling as necessary.
- Place the cut-out cookie shapes on lined cookie sheets.
- Bake at 350ºF for 12-15 minutes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g
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