Best Low Calorie Cookie Dough Recipe You’ll Ever Try

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If you love cookie dough but are looking for a low calorie cookie dough to get you through your diet, then this is the post for you. Though low calorie cookie dough recipes can be hard to find, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to satisfy your every craving. Curious? Thought so! Let us dive into various cookie dough recipes to help you lose weight and still enjoy the flavors you love.

Best Low Calorie Cookie Dough You’ll Ever Try

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There are an endless amount of ways that you can make cookie dough lighter using the right ingredients. The key to making an awesome low calorie cookie dough recipe is to replace those luscious but fattening ingredients with others that are lighter and low in saturated fat. It also helps that these recipes don’t contain raw eggs, which means you won’t have to worry about getting ill from eating raw cookie dough.

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These ingredients may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Light butter
  • Banana (or banana substitute)
  • Dairy-free milk (such as unsweetened almond milk)
  • Nuts
  • Nut butters
  • Oils full of healthy fat (olive oil, coconut oil, and more)
  • Cacao (or traditional cocoa) powder
  • No sugar-added chocolate chips
  • Protein powder
  • Pure maple sugar
  • Honey
  • Almond flour (best when crushed into a very fine powder)
  • Coconut flour
  • Oat flour (or oatmeal)

Under 250 Calories Per Serving!

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup salted butter (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup flour (please consider baking your flour in the oven at 350 degrees F for at least 5 minutes to kill of bacteria lingering on the flour)
  • colorful sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Cream your salted butter, sugar, and vanilla together using a stand mixer or by hand.
  2. Mix in your flour, adding only a little of it at a time.
  3. Continue mixing until well incorporated. Add your colorful sprinkles, and enjoy!
Best Low Calorie Cookie Dough You’ll Ever Try

Try this low calorie edible cookie dough protein cookie!

Under 300 Calories Per Serving!

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup whey protein powder
  • 2 tbsp powdered peanut butter
  • 1 ½ tbsp granulated sweetener
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp sugar-free chocolate chips
  • 1 to 2 tsp water (only if required)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, place your protein powder, sweetener, and powdered peanut butter. Mix these ingredients together.
  2. Stir in your Greek yogurt and vanilla until fully combined.
  3. Once a dough forms, start using your hands to further knead the mixture. If the dough is too dry, go ahead and add 1-2 tsp of water. ONLY do this if the dough is dry, though.
  4. Mix in your chocolate chips by folding them gently.
  5. Slow your cookie dough to chill before serving.
  6. Enjoy!

Under 100 Calories Per Serving!

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  2. 2 tablespoons mashed banana or unsweetened applesauce
  3. ¼ tsp cinnamon (optional-adds unique flavor to chocolate chip cookie dough)
  4. stevia or sweetener of your choice, to taste
  5. ¼ – ½ tsp vanilla extract
  6. 2-3 tablespoons almond milk
  7. chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add your coconut flour, applesauce or mashed banana, vanilla, and choice of sweetener to a bowl. Mix until completely combined using a fork (may be a bit crumbly).
  2. Stir in milk one tablespoon at a time until the dough reaches the consistency you desire (usually around 3 tablespoons).
  3. Stir in your chocolate chips. Enjoy!

Making a low calorie cookie dough without protein powder is incredibly easy. In fact, there are plenty of healthy edible cookie dough recipes (including vegan) that can offer you low calories while not requiring the use of protein powder at all!

You can use a vegan flour of your choice instead, like this recipe’s coconut flour.

Under 50 Calories Per Serving!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp light butter
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar 
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp skim milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar-free milk chocolate chip (or sprinkles)

Instructions

  1. To make 50 calorie cookie dough, first, be sure to kill off the bacteria in your flour. To do this, pour your flour into a microwave-safe container (before considering a cardboard container, check my post!). Heat for 75 seconds, and test to ensure the flour is 165 degrees F before moving on.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Add milk, vanilla, and cinnamon until well incorporated. 
  3. Carefully mix in flour, adding only a little at a time.
  4. Fold in your sprinkles (or chocolate chips).
  5. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until chilled.
  6. Scoop into 16 bite-sized balls before serving.
 Low Calorie Cookie Dough

Making healthy cookie dough isn’t hard, but as we’ve already mentioned, it does require substitutions. When making traditional cookie dough or other cookie dough recipes, you’ll typically use a lot of sugar, butter, flour, and other fattening ingredients.

When making healthy cookie dough, you’ll need to replace many (if not all) of these ingredients. Of course, not every low calorie cookie dough recipe will be the same. In fact, many of the upcoming recipes we’ll mention you can switch up on your own. However, you’ll want to be careful which substitutions you use when doing so.

Using the wrong substitutions for a healthy recipe can lead to disaster. For example, you won’t want to substitute almond or coconut flour at a 1:1 ratio for classic cookie dough recipes. By doing so, you’ll greatly affect the texture and flavor of your cookie dough. Instead, if you plan to use coconut flour or almond flour, be sure to find an edible cookie dough recipe that already contains these ingredients.

Under 250 Calories Per Serving!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, mashed (about ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup cashew butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1-2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Incorporate your cashew butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and mashed banana in a bowl.
  2. Add your coconut flour a little at a time until it is fully combined.
  3. Gently fold in your chocolate chips.
  4. Use a cookie scooper (or use 2 tsp each ) to scoop cookie dough balls onto a prepared baking sheet.
  5. Refrigerate for one hour or until firm.
  6. Store these in the refrigerator or freeze them to be enjoyed later!
Best Low Calorie Cookie Dough You’ll Ever Try

If you’re looking for a low calorie cookie dough for one, you’ve hit the jackpot. Try this delicious cookie dough recipe that you won’t have to share!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 4 teaspoon sugar
  • dash of cinnamon (optional for less bland cookie dough)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Before eating the flour, it’s important that you heat it to kill bacteria. Do this by placing it in the oven on 350 for 5 minutes, or heating it in a microwave for 30 seconds. In the microwave, heat for an additional 15 seconds until the flour reaches 165 F.
  2. Allow the flour to cool.
  3. Make dough by creaming together your butter and sugar.
  4. Add salt, cinnamon (if using), cooked flour, and vanilla extract. Blend these ingredients together until a dough begins to form.
  5. Mix sprinkles into your dough if using.
  6. Refrigerate your dough for 10 minutes or until ready to consume.
  7. Enjoy!

Making low calorie cookie dough is totally possible when using the right ingredients. Whether you’re looking for a dairy free cookie dough recipe, single serve cookie dough recipe, or vegan cookie dough recipe, you can rest knowing that there are options out there to fit your needs.

Still tempted to eat ” regular” cookie dough on occasion? You totally can, but be sure to take precautions when eating cookie dough that is raw. Raw cookie dough has the potential to make you sick because of the raw eggs and flour in it. Thus, it may be best to stick with our low calorie eggless cookie dough recipes instead!

What’s your favorite low calorie cookie dough flavor? Be sure to let us know!

FAQs

How many calories in homemade cookie dough?

That depends! Homemade cookie dough recipes vary greatly in terms of calories. This is because it really depends on serving sizes and the ingredients used. For reference sake, you can expect approximately 140-250 calories per every couple of spoonfuls. But again, this will depend on the type of cookie dough you’re making.

Which cookies are best for weight loss?

Cookies with almonds, oatmeal, coconut flour, and light butter (or oil) are your best bet when it comes to weight loss. Of course, you’re also going to want to reduce the sugar in your cookies. You can do this by (literally) reducing the sugar or replacing it with maple syrup or sugar-free alternatives.

What cookie is the healthiest?

If you’re searching for healthy cookies to add to your diet, try looking for healthy pumpkin cookies or healthy oatmeal cookies. A word of caution here, though. You must ensure that these are indeed labeled as “healthy”. Otherwise, you’ll be eating a cookie that may have pumpkin, oatmeal, and other healthy ingredients in it, but still very high in calories, fat, and sugar!

How fattening is cookie dough?

Cookie dough can be very fattening because of the sugar and butter in them. Thus, it is important to only eat cookie dough in moderation. That is, unless you’re making the deliciously healthy cookie dough recipes we’ve mentioned in this post!

Is cookie dough less calories raw?

There is some evidence that cookie dough may indeed be fewer calories than baked cookies themselves. This is usually because of the amount of water lost in the cookie when baking. The result is more concentration of the ingredients in the cookies, and as such, a higher calorie amount. Still, this won’t be the case with all cookies and cookie dough.

Are homemade cookies less fattening?

Not necessarily. It really depends on the cookie, the recipe, and the ingredients used.

Can you eat cookies and still lose weight?

That depends on the type of cookies you eat and how many! Because traditional cookies contain butter and sugar, each will have a higher calorie, fat, and sugar count per nutrition serving. Thus, eating too much will undoubtedly hinder weight loss.

Are oatmeal cookies healthier?

If they aren’t “healthy” oatmeal cookies, you can expect that they won’t be healthier than regular oatmeal cookies. This is because the same amount of butter and sugar is often used. In fact, these recipes can sometimes contain more sugar than traditional cookies!

How do you burn calories off cookies?

Limiting the number of cookies you eat when combined with regular exercise should help you burn the calories off relatively quickly. Consider HIIT training, running, or weight training to increase your metabolism and boost weight loss.

What makes cookies so high in calories?

The sugar, butter, and white flour work together to make cookies ridiculously high in fat and calories. But they sure taste good, don’t they?!

50 Calorie Cookie Dough Recipe

Under 50 Calories Per Serving!

Type: dessert

Recipe Yield: 16 bite-sized balls

Calories: 50 kcal

Recipe Ingredients:

  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp light butter
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar 
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp skim milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar-free milk chocolate chip (or sprinkles)

Recipe Instructions:

Heat Flour:

First, be sure to kill off the bacteria in your flour. To do this, pour your flour into a microwave-safe container. Heat for 75 seconds, and test to ensure the flour is 165 degrees F before moving on.

Mix Ingredients:

In a small bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Add milk, vanilla, and cinnamon until well incorporated.

Incorporate Flour:

Carefully mix in flour, adding only a little at a time.

Fold in Toppings:

Fold in your sprinkles (or chocolate chips).

Refrigerate:

Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until chilled.

Scoop:

Scoop into 16 bite-sized balls before serving.

By Anna

Anna Brooks, the voice behind CooksDream.com, is a seasoned writer and editor with an insatiable love for food. While not a professional chef, her culinary adventures and unique insights have captivated readers for years. Anna believes in the transformative power of food, stating it "feeds the soul." Dive into her writings for a mix of inspiration, entertainment, and culinary wisdom. Author Pinterest Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Tumblr Reddit Quora

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