Healthy Crunchy M&M Cookies

Healthy Crunchy M&M Cookies are a sweet treat that are equally as cute as they are delicious! They’re made using almond flour, honey, and almond butter for a healthy twist, and they require just 10 minutes of prep time! Easy and fast to make? What more could you possibly need?

The most delicious and healthy crispy cookies ever

Growing up, I always got so excited for any occasion involving sweets because it meant one thing… an excuse to eat all the sweets I could ever want. For example: Halloween. I’d go out with my friends and collect as much candy as I could and then we’d sit together, watch scary (not that scary) movies, and trade candy until we all had what we wanted in our baskets.

Even though the years have passed, I’d say I still get just as excited whenever Halloween rolls around or the shelves become stocked with Valentine’s Day chocolates or the Easter bunny shaped marshmallows make an appearance in my life. There’s just not much too not like about sweets. The only thing that gets me down these days, is how my stomach reacts when I eat all these things… which is not so good!

When I saw how my usual favorite sweet treats affected my body, I knew there had to be other versions of them that I could enjoy without feeling the wrath of dairy on my digestion. After finding some better options for me, I started baking with them because that was obviously the next logical thing to do.

As with all of my baking recipes, these crunchy cookies are made using healthier ingredients. I love to make treats that are packed with nutrients, but still taste delicious, and these M&M cookies are just that. You’re going to love this healthier treat and your family will too!

Ingredients used to make these M&M Crunchy Cookies

M&M Cookies are made using 8 ingredients and are made complete topped with Unreal Chocolate Gems, that are basically the healthier, dairy free, M&M! Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • 1 cup almond flour

  • 2 tbsp coconut flour

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter

  • 1 egg (can sub 1/4 cup applesauce to make VEGAN)

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • FOR THE TOP: 1/3 cup chocolate gems!

Kitchen Tools needed to make this recipe

M&M cookies are made in the most simple and efficient way! Simple and easy if you ask me. You’ll need one big mixing bowl, one mixing tool (i used a fork,) one large baking tray, and parchment paper! This recipe makes about 8-10 cookies, so make sure your tray is big enough to hold all of them 🙂

How to make healthy m&m cookies

M&M cookies are extremely easy to make and only require 5-10 minutes of actual prep time. You’re going to love how easy this recipe is.

Start by combining all the wet ingredients into your mixing bowl. Add your honey, egg, vanilla, and almond butter and mix super well to evenly combine the ingredients.

Add in your dry ingredients all at once and mix the batter super well. The dry ingredients to add here are your almond flour, coconut flour, and baking soda/powder.

You have an option to add your m&m or m&m alternative straight into the batter and mix it in! I only used them to top the cookies. You can also do both… either way works really well!

Line your baking tray with parchment paper.

Measure out even amounts of batter using an ice cream scoop and place the batter onto the baking tray. Leave plenty of space between each cookie because these will spread a lot.

Slightly damp your fingers with water to prevent the batter from sticking and press the batter gently down to create cookie shapes. The batter is a bit stickier, so wetting your hands prevents the mess.

Hand place the m&m’s on top of each cookie and gently press them into the tops.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, cool, and enjoy!

Crunchy cookies baking tips

Here’s some helpful information about baking cookies that will make your experience a little bit sweeter!

Measure the flour accurately

Did you know that the amount of flour used can greatly change the consistency of your cookies? Too much flour can make for tough, dry cookies, and too little can make for overly runny batter. For the perfect result, spoon flour into a measuring cup and then level it off. Avoid scooping it from the package, as this creates a denser amount of flour.

Why line or spray your baking tray?

These cookies are nice and crisp on the outside, but still stay soft and fluffy on the inside. If you don’t line or spray your tray, the cookies may stick and break when you and try and take them off. I lined my baking tray and was able to slide these right off and enjoy them properly. Save your cookies by taking this extra step, trust me.

Substitution options for m&m cookies

When it comes time to make your delicious cookies and you find that you don’t have almond butter on hand, don’t panic! It can be substituted with an ingredient that you most likely already have in your pantry. Here are some simple swaps for almond butter, as well as other ingredients!

  • Almond butter: Though almond butter helps achieve a great flavor in the cookies, using a different nut butter is perfectly fine! Peanut, cashew, or walnut butter are great to use at a 1:1 ratio.

  • Egg (vegan): For egg-free, vegan cookies, feel free to use apple sauce (1/4 cup) or ground flax seeds. If using seeds, mix 1 tablespoon of seeds with 3 tablespoons of water. Whisk until the water is absorbed and a thicker consistency is achieved. Then, stir into your batter as directed.

  • Honey: In place of honey, you can use maple syrup or whatever liquid sweetener you prefer. Using either will slightly altar the taste and texture, though it shouldn’t be detrimental to your recipe. Look up the conversion specific to your brand.

A healthier cookie option

Like mentioned above, m&m cookies are a “healthier” treat that you can enjoy any time of the day! I used almond flour, almond butter, and honey to fill these cookies with extra nutrients like protein and fiber.

Try these delicious cookie recipes from Chen’s Plate

Cookies are always a good idea. It’s not very often a platter of cookies doesn’t make someone’s day! Here are five more delicious cookie recipes for you to try. I recommend starting with the double chocolate oatmeal cookies… Yum!

Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Double Chocolate Oreo Cookies

Fudgy Triple Chocolate Cookies

Healthy Crunchy M&M Cookies

Healthy Crunchy M&M Cookies
Yield: 12

Author: Chen’s Plate
Healthy Crunchy M&M Cookies are a sweet treat that are equally as cute as they are delicious! They’re made using almond flour, honey, and almond butter for a healthy twist, and they require just 10 minutes of prep time! Easy and fast to make? What more could you possibly need?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
  • 1 egg (can sub 1/4 cup applesauce to make VEGAN)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • FOR THE TOP: 1/3 cup chocolate gems!

Instructions:

  1. Start by combining all the wet ingredients into your mixing bowl. Add your honey, egg, vanilla, and almond butter and mix super well to evenly combine the ingredients.
  2. Add in your dry ingredients all at once and mix the batter super well. The dry ingredients to add here are your almond flour, coconut flour, and baking soda/powder.
  3. You have an option to add your m&m or m&m alternative straight into the batter and mix it in! I only used them to top the cookies. You can also do both… either way works really well!
  4. Line your baking tray with parchment paper.
  5. Measure out even amounts of batter using an ice cream scoop and place the batter onto the baking tray. Leave plenty of space between each cookie because these will spread a lot.
  6. Slightly damp your fingers with water to prevent the batter from sticking and press the batter gently down to create cookie shapes. The batter is a bit stickier, so wetting your hands prevents the mess.
  7. Hand place the m&m’s on top of each cookie and gently press them into the tops.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, cool, and enjoy!

Calories

159.73

Fat (grams)

11.08

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.06

Carbs (grams)

12.54

Fiber (grams)

2.38

Net carbs

10.15

Sugar (grams)

8.79

Protein (grams)

4.97

Sodium (milligrams)

80.65

Cholesterol (grams)

15.50

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