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
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Reduced sugar, Yeast free, Corn free
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Serves: 12 cookies
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?
  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 ¼ cup or so.
  4. Roll out the dough to about ¼ 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.
If egg is used, recipe is no longer vegan, but will still be under 100 calories

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.

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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. 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 !

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

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