You know what’s better than cookies? Nothing.
The trouble is, cookies made from scratch are often overflowing with calories and fat — and the chemical-tainted stuff Little Debbie and the Keebler Elves cook up in their labs is far worse. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up the sweet treat to continue losing weight. There are plenty of healthy store-bought options that are not only lower in calories and sugar but also made with health-promoting ingredients like ancient grains and dark chocolate.
Keep reading to find out what they are, and be sure to pick up a box or two next time you head to the grocery store. Indulging in a better-for-you sweet can help ward off cravings for more calorie-dense offerings, making them an important tool in your flat belly arsenal.
Newman’s Own Newman-Os Creme Filled Chocolate, 2 cookies, 27 g
|Saturated Fat||2 g|
|Fiber||< 1 g|
We get it: Sometimes you just need an Oreo — but hear us out: Newman’s take on the classic cookie tastes shockingly similar and is free of high fructose corn syrup, a commonly used additive that’s been shown to increase appetite and, over time, cause obesity and diabetes. If staying trim and healthy for life is your goal, the winner here is clear.
Kashi Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Soft-Baked Cookies, 1 cookie, 30 g
|Saturated Fat||1.5 g|
Just-sweet-enough oats join together in perfect harmony with delicious chunks of dark chocolate to create these low-sugar healthified treats. Thanks to the addition of supergrains like triticale, buckwheat and barley (one of the Best Carbs for Weight Loss), each cookie has an impressive 4 grams of satiating fiber and 12 grams of whole grains, which is something most traditional cookies can’t claim. You’ll likely feel more than satisfied with just one, which can make losing weight without cutting out dessert a cinch.
Go Raw 100% Organic Ginger Snaps Super Cookies, 18 pieces
|Saturated Fat||5 g|
If you struggle with portion control, these are the cookies for you. They’re made from just four whole-food ingredients: coconut, sprouted sesame seeds, naturally sweet dates and ginger powder. You can eat two or three handfuls without breaking the sugar or calorie bank. Admittedly, they don’t taste exactly like a traditional ginger snap, but they’re not too far off. And they’re far better for your waistline, which makes them so worth it.
Bakeology Vanilla Chai Shortbread Crunchy Cookie Bites, 3 cookies, 30 g
|Saturated Fat||7 g|
Six grams of sugar in three of these chai-infused vanilla cookies?! It doesn’t get much better than that. In lieu of butter, Bakeology uses coconut oil to bind together the organic ingredients that make up their dessert, which is good news for your belly. The tropical oil converts into energy more easily than other types of fat, so less flab is apt to be stored on your frame. We’re also bigs fans of the real bits of cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves and cardamom that give these cookies an authentic chai flavor.
To learn more about the health and weight loss benefits of chai, check out our Guide to Chai Tea.
Nothin’ But Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola Cookies, 2 cookies, 28 g
|Saturated Fat||3 g|
Heart-healthy slivered almonds make up the bulk of these cookies while oats, dark chocolate, honey, chewy coconut and espresso powder play supporting, and delicious, roles. With just 7 grams of sugar and 3 grams of filling protein, these egg- and wheat-free cookies are a must-buy on your next trip to the health food store.
Annie’s Lemon Drop Cookie Bites, 7 cookies
|Saturated Fat||2.5 g|
These cookies are on the smaller side, which allows you to indulge in something sweet and lemony without committing to a huge dessert. Each one has just a gram of sugar and 20 calories which a nutritional profile that’s tough to beat. We love that these treats are free of high fructose corn syrup, heart-harming hydrogenated oils and dangerous synthetic dyes, commonly found in traditional cookies.
Kashi Chocolate Almond Butter Cookie, 1 cookie, 30 g
|Saturated Fat||1 g|
The bulk of these cookies are made up of nutritious whole grains like triticale (a wheat-rye hybrid) and buckwheat, a slow-burning whole grain. Creamy almond butter, dark chocolate chips, crunchy almonds take the flavor to the next level, making this box of cookies, one that’s hard to resist.
GinnyBakes Sweet Cinnamon Cookie Love, 1 cookie
|Saturated Fat||0.5 g|
To create their gluten-free take on the crisp, classic snickerdoodle, GinnyBakes blends flavorful whole-food ingredients like vanilla extract, cinnamon, brown sugar, brown rice flour and coconut oil. Coming in at just 45 calories a pop, you have our permission to indulge in two or three before cutting yourself off. These make sticking to any diet a cinch!