100 Calorie Beary Simple Cookies

Ever since I shared my plan to rid myself of Candida, I’ve gotten hundreds of emails from readers all over the globe asking me for yeasty beasty guidance.

What’s the most common topic on those Candida ridden minds? “What can we cook?”

Jennifer and Jaclyn from Sketch-free Vegan contacted me awhile back with an invitation to review their e-book, inner ecology cookbook. I love supporting others in our community, so I jumped at the chance to give them my opinion on the book.

^^ vanilla cake batter fudge. Mmmm

After reading through a couple of their recipes, it was evident that; with a tiny bit of tweaking; almost every recipe could cater to any Candida sufferer adventurist. The recipes are sugar-free, fruit-free (just using cranberry, lemon, and lime), made from easy to find ingredients, and many are vegan.

They’ve created snacks like sunflower seed spicy hummus, almond cheese, an amazing recipe for mint chia pudding, and; the one that called out to me the most; little cinnamon bunny cookies.

While sorting through the ingredients for the bunny cookie recipe, Pebbles jumped up on my lap and gave me her big sad puppy dog eyes. I took this as, “Mommy, I want a cookie too!”

I’m such a sucker for those eyes. Look at them, how can you ignore that?

Answer? You can’t.

So, with a bit of tweaking of the original recipe, I came up with a treat that’s quite multifaceted:

  • Safe for Candida sufferers – minus the jam :)
  • Great as a replacement for animal crackers or cookies in kids lunches
  • Under 100 calories
  • High in fibre[2.2 grams in every cookie]
  • Low in sugar [1.2 grams per cookie]
  • Safe for our furry friends!

For the puppy treat, I used a dog bone cookie cutter I’d picked up months earlier at Crate & Barrel for $1. Gosh, I love deals on cookie cutters.

You’d never know by the size of my cookie cutter collection :|

Within moments, these cookies were coined cinnibone dog treats and were a huge hit. Just look at Lexy licking her lips!

Best of all, they’re much cheaper and healthier than store-bought dog treats!

Although it was fun snacking on dog bone shaped cookies at work, people started to ask questions. Also, getting kids to try “dog treats” was a task in and of itself.

I knew that the second batch had to be something dessert-like

Enter 100 calorie beary simple cookies.

Same recipe, just a different shape. I cooked them for a bit less time than the cinnibone treats, so they’re just golden on the outside with very minimal crunch.

100 Calorie Beary Simple Cookies and Cinnibone Dog Treats

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Reduced sugar, Yeast free, Corn free

A 100 calorie cookie that’s perfect as a replacement to animal crackers in your families lunch, makes a great companion to your afternoon pick me up snack, and comes in at under 2 grams of sugar. Is there anything these little bears can’t do?

Yield: 12 cookies


  • 1 cup light buckwheat flour *see note
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 2 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 1 egg or flax egg [1 tablespoon flax seed with 3 tablespoon water left to sit for a couple of minutes]
  • 3.5 tablespoon coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter


  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mat.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients first, then wet. Mix with a hand mixer until incorporated. It should form into a ball of dough, or the dough should hold together when pressed.
  3. Dust the counter top with extra buckwheat flour – plan to use an additional 1/4 cup or so.
  4. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick before using a cookie cutter and placing cookie on prepared baking sheet.
  5. For softer [human] cookie: Bake for 10-11 minutes.
  6. For dog treat: Bake for 13-15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, transfer to a cooling rack, and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

note: if egg is used, recipe is no longer vegan, but will still be under 100 calories

note: I’ve been told that making these cookies with dark buckwheat flour doesn’t turn out well. So, look for light buckwheat flour – a sand color. Or grind whole raw buckwheat groats in a coffee grinder until fine. Dark buckwheat flour is generally made from kasha, the roasted buckwheat kernel and isn’t very good.

I’ve been topping my bear cookies with vanilla almond flax butter and strawberry preserves, and packing them as an afternoon pick me up snack. So good!

Lexy and Pebbles have been sitting, rolling over, shaking paw, and listening for the past week. Granted they’ve been bribed, but meh…

Good cookies, good dogs, what more could a girl possibly ask for?

Understanding just how many of you are currently on the road to ridding yourselves of Candida, cutting down your sugar intake, or just simply trying to eat cleaner, I knew this cookbook could potentially help out.

Jennifer and Jaclyn were nice enough to offer 1 lucky reader a chance to win a copy of their e-book! Not only that, but if required, we can chat about how to make some of the recipes candida friendly.


To enter

It’s simple, just leave a comment below.

The giveaway will close tonight at 11:59pm MST and a winner will be announced tomorrow.

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  1. Treats for dogs — who woulda thunk it? haha I LOVE your recipes and have made several of them with no problem and rave complements (especially for the pancake peach cobbler! yummy!). I have also found soo many other cool GF-bloggers from your great posts! Jennifer and Jaclyn look like they have some amazing recipe ideas; I would love to be able to win their book! Thanks for giving me the chance! :D


  2. Those cookies are adorable — I love the pictures of them smashed with PB and jam. So cute.

  3. Love the recipe and the adorable-ness of those cutouts. You are the 2nd blog today who has made dog cookies/cakes! You ladies’ dogs eat better than I do…haha :)

    And candida, sugar, the whole bit…I just posted about dental cavities and sugar and wonder if there is or isnt a correlation.

    For me, I am a sugar eater, I admit it :)

  4. These look fantastic! I love to bake cookies and I have a HUGE cookie cutter collection – but since I started eating clean in February I haven’t made cookies – I think these will make an appearance in my kitchen very soon! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Oh, I need some bone-shaped cookie cutters! I’d love to eat bone cookies in public, since everyone already likes to comment on my food anyway. Ha! Anyway, this looks like a really yummy and kid-friendly alternative to some of the sugary cookies out there. I’m filing it away for future use!

  6. I would love a copy of that book! I’m constantly trying to find ways to cut sugars – I don’t suffer from candida but notice a big difference in how I feel when my sugar intake is too high.

    You cookies look like they’re the jam. :) Can’t wait to try them out!

  7. These cookies are so cute. I’m definitely going to have to try them. I’m new to the vegan world and just love your website for new food ideas.

  8. You’re right about these cookies being a great replacement to animal crackers! I’ll definitely be incorporating them into my packed lunch that I take to class during the year, heh heh.

    Your little dog, Pebbles, has definitely mastered the “adorable puppy eyes” look. I agree: I’m not sure anyone (except maybe someone who’s not a fan of dogs, I guess) could resist those eyes! Even the photo is enough to make you want to give him a cookie or something. :P So incredibly awesome of you as an owner to let your doggies in on the foodie fun, haha.

  9. Oh my gosh those cookies look delish! An e-cookbook? Great idea!! If you ever make one, I’d be all over that! Your recipes and pictures are so inspiring! :)

  10. These cookies look amazing! I would be very interested in checking out the rest of the cookbook!

  11. This is perfect as I have been craving animal crackers lately! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. I will be making these this weekend! I love animal crackers but never buy them. And a dog treat to boot! Nice. Would love to get into that cookbook…um I think I definitely need to make that vanilla cake batter fudge!

    Thanks for the cookie recipe… love your blog!

  13. Thanks so much for posting another great healthy, low sugar recipe. I have a bunch of fall cookie cutters that I can’t wait to use and this cookie recipe will be first on my list!

  14. I would love to get my hands on a copy of their book! And I know a couple of little boys and a couple of big dogs who will be enjoying some cookies this weekend ^_^

  15. I have been using more and more of your recipes and LOVE them all! And even better, is how much I notice how great I feel with less sugar and caffeine. It’s great that you are also here in Calgary, as opposed to trying to find ingredients for recipes from a blogger in a big US city.
    Love your stuff!

  16. Those look awesome- I’ve been trying to cut down my sugar intake, but with all of the fruit in season my efforts have been, well, minimal. Adding this cookbook to my collection would certainly help!

    • You could… make these cookies, mash them up and put them IN the blizzards. Then… invite me over so I can try the combo hehe. Have a great weekend, Sarena!

  17. Leanne,
    I’ve been embarking on a candida cleanse for the past week and a half and your site (and sketch free vegan) has been a god send. Have you tried their key lime pudding?? I made it into a smoothie and it was amazing! Anywho, the cleanse pretty tough, but I feel a clarity within my body through it all and it has helped me mend my relationship with food. I still have a ways to go on my own road to health, but your blog has been such a ray of sunshine on my journey :)

    • Good luck in the coming weeks :) I haven’t tried their key lime pudding. Thanks for the recommendation!

  18. I love treats that I can share safely with my pup (so does he!). The fact that it is the same recipe is spectacular! 1/2 the work 2x the fun!

    I would love the opportunity for the Vegan cookbook as well. It would sure make cooking for my step-son who has casein and whey allergies much easier. Cooking treats that turn out properly and taste good are a real challenge.

  19. These cookies look awesome.. I can’t wait to make a treat that both I can enjoy as well as my dog. He will love them especially since he is a little injured at the moment. and I’ll love them because they are low in sugar.. I have had Candida problems in the past

    • Oh no, I hope your dog recovers quickly :) Enjoy the cookies!

  20. Cute! I love baking with coconut oil- it always smells amazing. I’ll definitely try out this recipe.

  21. ANTI CANDIDA BEAR COOKIES!! my gosh this will go down in history!! you are so clever- can you share a bit of your brain with me? or should i just eat these cookies to absorb some of your intellectual super powers? hehe <3

  22. These are so cute!! I need to go get some cookie cutters and make these asap!

  23. Hi Leanne!

    I WILL be making these cookies! I DO suffer from Candida, so I will be checking out your posts on that, but not today–I’m off to Denver to paint in the plein air fest! Even though I’ve cut waaaaay back on sugar in the past several years, and have tried to use mostly stevia, I still get the yeasty beasty rashes. I’m also celiac. Your blog has been a god-send. BTW, I would absolutely love to win that book!

  24. Those cookies look great! Im going to make them tonight! Is there a sugar substitute I can use? I don’t have coconut sugar :(

    Also, what breed of dog is that? It’s beautiful!!!

    Sorry for all the questions! And that cookbook looks awesome…so much I can learn from it!

    • For sure, you can just use cane sugar or brown sugar. Any sugar should do the trick.
      Pebbles is a Pomeranian :)

  25. I’ve always wanted to make some homemade dog treats! My dog, Shelby, would gobble [inhale] these right up! What is in the bowl next to these yummy looking cookies? That looks tasty too! :)

    • It’s so fun being able to make treats that we can enjoy with our dogs, I totally know what you mean. The bowl was strawberry chia pudding! 1 cup almond milk, 2 tbsp chia seed, 1 cup strawberries. Simple and delicious!

  26. So the coconut is okay for candida?? The coconut sugar I mean?? I love that stuff.
    And are apples okay??
    I CANNOT live without apples, well unless I HAD to.

    • Coconut is okay for candida, and coconut sugar is too. I’d say limit it to a couple of tbsp per week though. Apples are okay for when you’re reintroducing foods, but shouldn’t be consumed in stage one. If you NEED fruit, then berries are best. About 1/2 cup when you need them. Good luck :)

  27. These look great and just in time for school. I’m not looking forward to making lunches again since my kids are so picky but I’m sure they’ll love these!

  28. This recipe looks so good and easy too! I’ve just cut gluten from my diet and some of the recipes are SO daunting and require a store full of ingredients but yours has things I already have!

    Do you have a rough idea of how many cookies it made?

  29. I’ve just baked with my little daughter this cookies- they turned out very tasty! We only replaced sugar with carob molasses and oat flour (grounded oats)- it was so much fun with baking and watching how my little girl is enjoying the process of creating a cookies.
    Next time, we will make “salty” version- without carob/sugar and with some spices:-) Some version of “healthy crackers”.

    • The healthy cracker version sounds delicious! Glad to hear you and your daughter are having fun in the kitchen. I have great memories of my mom and I doing the same thing!

  30. I have these cookies baking in the oven right now! Yes it’s 10.30pm. They smell so good. I can smell cinnamon for miles! I used the bottom of a glass as a cookie cutter, I don’t own any cookie cutters. Sad I know.

    • Hope you enjoyed them :) I bet they’re just as good when they’re not cut into bear shapes!

  31. I’m really excited to make these cookies but was wondering of it would be okay to use whole wheat flour if I don’t have buck wheat flour. I don’t mind if there not vegan.Also would they still be under 100 calories if i did use whole wheat flour?

  32. hi leanne – i was wondering if you could send a link to the type of buckwheat flour that you use in your recipes. I have made several of your recipes that involve buckwheat and although they still taste really good, they always come out way darker than yours look in your (wonderful) pictures! I think that I may be using the “dark buckwheat flour” but I can’t seem to find any that is lighter. Thanks!

    • Hi Isabelle – I purchase my buckwheat flour from Bulk Barn in Calgary, Alberta. I’m not sure of the brand name but it’s fairly light in color.

  33. Hi….first I’m in love with your website!! How awesome are you! We are on the road to ridding our 4 year old son of candida and these look great for him! Just wondering what is vanilla powder and is coconut sugar allowed on an anti candida diet? Or can I sub xylitol or truvia?

    Thank you!
    Mom on a mission. :)))

    • Hi Maria – why thank you! Vanilla powder is powdered vanilla bean. You can also use alcohol-free/sugar-free vanilla or vanilla beans. Best to do xylitol or truvia while fighting candida. Palm sugar is sometimes allowed, but it’s still sugar so I’d be weary. Hope that helps!

  34. I was also wondering if you could use whole wheat flour instead? There is no way I can get buckwheat where I live. But I really want to make them, they would be perfect for my 2 year old !

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