Cookies, Dessert, Food

Sugar Detox Cookie Recipe

11/04/2013 - 19 comments

I am currently following “The 21 Day Sugar Detox” book and with it comes some fun and interesting recipes.

I know some critics of Paleo and some other similar style eating philosophies criticize people who try and make “desserts” and sweet treats even if they fall within the guidelines. But let’s be honest, we all love a sweet treat every once in awhile and honestly I think it’s more emotional than anything. If it satisfies your craving to have one of these treats, why not enjoy it?

The 21 Day Sugar Detox book has a recipe for a Not-Sweet Cinnamon Cookie that I really enjoyed. It had the right texture for a cookie and once my brain accepted that it was sweet enough, it really was very tasty.

But I’m not going to give you that recipe.

You have to buy the book for that one.

21 Day Sugar Detox Cookies

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Sugar Detox Cookie Recipe
  • ½ cup almond butter (no sugar added)
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Set out a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat
  3. Melt coconut oil if needed
  4. In a mixing bowl stir together almond butter, eggs, coconut oil and vanilla. This isn't easy so be prepared to stir for a bit to get it all blended together.
  5. Slowly stir in the cinnamon and the coconut flour until blended and then add in the shredded coconut and pecans.
  6. Scoop out onto baking sheet in small clumps - should make 8-10 depending upon desired size.
  7. Flatten clumps with a fork to about ¼" thick (you may need some extra coconut flour to use on the fork so it doesn't stick to the cookies)
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  9. DO NOT over-bake these. They will dry out.


I cooked mine a bit too long so they were a bit dry, but still good. So absolutely don’t overcook. I’d like to try these with pumpkin next time.

Paleo Cookies

I have to admit I do like the original version of these cookies a bit better (from the book) because they are sweeter. But these are nice to have in the house because if I do want to grab a quick snack, it will tide me over before a meal.

Sugar Detox Cookies

What do you think? Does having a “cookie” recipe make a sugar detox seem more manageable?

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  • Reply Julie 07/10/2014 at 6:39 pm

    These were great! Made this exactly as written. They really hit the spot.

  • Reply Kim Long 04/11/2014 at 12:35 pm

    I made these last night and added fruit sweetened dried cranberries …also a touch of coconut sugar. Delicious! Not your typically sugar laden cookie but full of flavor. I would make them again!

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 04/11/2014 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks for letting us know, the dried cranberries sound like an amazing addition!

  • Reply Anna 03/09/2014 at 7:18 pm

    Just made these and my whole family (including a very picky 5 year old) likes them. We call them un-sweet cookies. They’re more like a biscuit. I’m on day 5 of my sugar detox and it was nice to have a “treat”. I’m wondering if they might be a bit more cookie-ish with the addition of a smashed green tipped banana. I might give that a whirl,too…

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 03/09/2014 at 7:55 pm

      Anna the green banana definitely helps! I have a banana hater here so that’s why I made these LOL

      Thank you so much for the feedback!

  • Reply Frankie Sempronio 02/11/2014 at 10:40 am

    I just got finished making these! I barley let them cool before having to sample them. At first I was a little unsure of the cookies, since switching to a no carb diet a lot of the recipes that I tried have not turned out a good as I had hoped. I thought that these came out good! If you go in thinking it will taste like a normal cookie, I can see where people will not like it. It does have its own sweetness but not in the sugar sense! I did change it up a little bit, I didn’t have any pecans in my pantry but lots and lots of almonds, so I used almonds instead of the pecans. I also used my homemade almond butter and I made my own unsweetened shredded coconut. I think that helped a lot! I do find that a lot of store bought coconut can be a bit off putting. All in all it is a good cookie and a quick snack to grab while running out the door.

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 02/11/2014 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you so much for the feedback! I too enjoyed them for what they were. You are right you definitely have to realize they won’t be like a normal cookie.

  • Reply Jennifer Bienstock 02/01/2014 at 2:12 pm

    Sorry, but I have to be honest. I made these cookies yesterday, followed the recipe exactly, and they are AWFUL. I am a huge fan of the paleo, sugar-free lifestyle but not even I could choke these down. They taste like warm wood pulp, complete with the fear that you might get a mouth full of splinters from the consistency of the shredded coconut. I should have realized that these would be inedible when I saw lots of “looks great” comments, but no one actually reported making them. This is just my opinion, of course, maybe someone else will like them. I typically try to keep negative opinions to myself, under the code of “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” but in this instance I would have wanted to be warned not to waste my time and ingredients on this woodpulp. I’m sure there are many other tasty recipes on this website. This is not one of them. Again, I apologize if this seems harsh, but it is just my opinion.

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  • Reply Robin Gagnon {Mom Foodie} 01/05/2014 at 3:43 pm

    Looks good to me. I am trying to reduce sugar significantly, but right now I’m just adjusting to dumping the aspartame.

  • Reply Sara Phillips 11/08/2013 at 2:04 pm

    These LOOK good, but I don’t like coconut or almonds :(

  • Reply Nichol 11/06/2013 at 6:59 pm

    OOH I bet they would be wonderful with pumpkin. I’m pretty sure I’d like these because I love anything with coconut

  • Reply Paula @ Frosted Fingers 11/05/2013 at 11:11 am

    I am totally going to give these a try. They look delicious!

  • Reply George 11/05/2013 at 4:30 am

    This looks very goog, thanks for share

  • Reply Terri K (@tkharmonic) 11/04/2013 at 9:28 pm

    These would work for diabetics too, right?

  • Reply Heather 11/04/2013 at 2:11 pm

    These look amazing! And yes, it sure is emotional and I think that paying attention to our emotions is just as important to success as what we eat.

  • Reply Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving 11/04/2013 at 1:17 pm

    Kim these look amazing!!!

  • Reply Robin (Masshole Mommy) 11/04/2013 at 12:06 pm

    These sound interesting. I can’t say that I’d actually try them because I refuse to give up sugar, but they sound like they would be good!

  • Reply Shana D 11/04/2013 at 11:41 am

    I have never been a baker but I’ve been delving in lately and cooking with less sugar and replacing regular flour with whole wheat flour and honestly it tastes so much better. I do have a question though, we have allergies our home. Is there anything I could replace the almond butter with to make it allergy friendly?