Candida Killing Cinnamon Cookies

Sugar-Free Candida Killing Cinnamon Cookies

After a few too many days of crepes and fish and chips this last week, my body is in need of a serious cleanse.

My guilt was doubled when I was reminded of emails from some of you nice readers asking about the candida diet. Here I was coming off of a week of pastries and getting hit with questions about a healthy lifestyle that we used to live so diligently. I was reminded of my very healthy, very good eating habits that I have since let go. For those of you who are new to our site, you can read a little more about our experiences with the candida diet in our about page and how this diet really started us on the path to natural foods. Whether candida is a problem for you or not, occasionally eating foods that are candida friendly is a great way to maintain a healthy, alkaline body. We don’t claim that this diet will heal all ailments, but we have found it to improve our own health.

How to make candida cookies

One of the best things that can be done while on a candida cleanse is to increase raw vegetables and nuts. However, just living off of veggies for several weeks is no fun! For greater chance of success and staying devoted to the cleanse, delicious snacks and treats are in order! Let’s make some candida-friendly cookies!


These candida cookies are a great example of one treat we would eat when we followed the candida diet. You might be surprised that some of the items on the list are acceptable for the diet. You might also be surprised at how easy this recipe is. I know I was!

Sugar-Free Candida Cookies

These cookies contain healthy fats, proteins and sugars that are all acceptable for the diet. The cinnamon enhances flavor, reduces inflammation and promotes good digestion. The xylitol sweetens these cookies while helping to kill the candida! Yes, xylitol is a fabulous lifesaver on this cleanse because it can help speed up your healing by killing off the candida! That’s a pretty sweet deal for a healthy cookie!
 Natural Candida Cookie Recipes

UPDATE: Many readers had inconsistent or poor results with these cookies. We have altered the original recipe slightly for a softer, firmer cookie. These cookies are more delicate than other cookies recipes but literally melt in your mouth! Enjoy!

Candida Killing Cinnamon Cookies
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3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, at room temperature
1 1/2 Tablespoons Natural Unsweetened Almond, Cashew or Sunflower Seed Butter
3 Tablespoons Xylitol
1 Large Egg (if your eggs are small, please use 2 eggs)
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Sea or Pink Salt
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract*
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 Tablespoons Coconut Flour (or 4-5 Tablespoons Flour of choice)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix together the coconut oil, nut butter and xylitol together until combined. Add the egg and mix well. Add the baking soda, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Add the cinnamon and flour and mix until combined. Scoop out the dough with a small cookie scoop and roll into smooth spheres. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Allow to cool on the pan for AT LEAST 3 minutes.

Yields 8-9 cookies.

*If doing the candida diet, you’ll want to verify that the extracts you use have absolutely no sugars added to them! This may be a good idea in general, but it is very important when trying to kill off yeast and sugar overgrowth.

Candida Killing Cinnamon Cookies

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  1. Margot Goldstein

    Spelt flour is not ok for Candida, and neither is almond flour in the first stage of any Candida diet. Looks yummy thought! Maybe use coconut flour to make it more Candida friendly….

    • Thank you for your comment, Margot. All these ingredients were okay for the candida diet that we underwent. Different doctors have different protocols so we should have probably stated for readers to check with their doctor about what is acceptable for their specific regime. Thanks for the suggestion- we will add it in!

  2. My cookies were really soft but SOOO good. I think these need any extra egg or something just to make them a little more firm. But YUM!

  3. Omg these were so soft and so good. Thank you girls!!

  4. These baked fine but didn’t taste as sweet as I was hoping. :(

  5. Our dough did not hold shape. the dough was very crumbly. We followed the recipe exactly.

    • We are sorry! Results may vary based on your almond butter. If it is very hard or dry, the dough may be crumbly. Ours was very soft and oily. If you add a bit more coconut oil, just until they hold a shape, they should bake up fine. Thank you for the feedback.

  6. Hi ladies, I really liked these cookies. They were simple but a nice treat and a much needed sweet. I used almond flour. Thank you for the recipe.

  7. Hi girls ! So they were a little crumbly when I made them. I even added a little almond milk to see if they would get a big stickier. I would say an egg for those who aren’t vegan or a “flax egg” might help! The taste was yummmmmmyyyy though!

    • Oh sorry they were a little crumbly. We have found the texture really varies based on what kind of almond butter is used. That’s a great suggestion! Thanks for the idea!

  8. where have you been all my life??? i wish i saw these sooner. they tasted soooo good. I’ve been dying without sweets. THANK YOU!

  9. Thank you for your blog and for this recipe. The first time I made these, like another poster, they did not take shape and were dry and too crumbly. The second time, I added an egg and some almond milk. I’m going to keep tweaking as needed, but I just wanted to tell you I appreciate your effort! This gives me a good foundation to work with. Cookies take mastery! :)

    • Wow, it sounds like this recipe is not working for a lot readers! I am sorry for that. I am glad you are able to salvage them. I will work on them as well so this won’t have to keep happening in the future for other readers. Thanks for your feedback!

  10. My cookies spread into one giant burnt cookie blob . I was so sad. But the batter was DELICIOUS. I think I will make again just for the batter. Yep that’s exactly what I’m gonna do.

    • Oh no!! I’m so sorry!! Too many readers are having problems with these cookies… time to retest where things went wrong. Glad you enjoyed the dough. I will make some updates for these cookies soon!

  11. Hey, I tried these the other day and loved them!!! My dough needed a little bit more flour, maybe 2 tablespoons. I really love the flavor and texture of these!! They were really a great treat.

  12. If I wanted to substitute stevia for the xylitol, what amount should I use?

    • Hi Gretchen,
      We haven’t made these with just stevia, but 1 teaspoon liquid stevia would probably work fine. Xylitol melts and helps the cookie spread out, so you won’t need as much flour. Thanks!

  13. These cookies are delicious!!! I am loving your blog! Thanks so much! I just found out I have a candida allergy and have been so sad because I’m a baker! Love to bake. I thought my baking days were behind me :( thanks to your blog and stories, I see that doesn’t have to be. Lots of healthier recipes out there for me (and my family). Thanks again.

    • Hi Christina,
      Thanks so much for your comment! We totally understand feeling like you can’t bake favorite treats. We are so glad you found our blog and hope our recipes will continue to help and that you guys will enjoy them! Thanks for sharing your comment, it made our day! :)

  14. Made these tonight, the updated version, and they were so soft they fell apart just trying to pick them up off the cookie sheet. They tasted great, though. My husband said it was like eating cookie dough. I am going to try adding some guar gum next time to see if that helps.

    • Oh no! I’m sorry the texture wasn’t very good. Did you allow them to cool completely before removing from the pan? Also, we use large eggs. Was your egg large? I will update the recipe to say large eggs since that also helps bind the ingredients. I am glad you at least enjoyed the taste of these! Guar gum could also work great. Please let us know how you like the results if you try it!

  15. Great idea. Unfortunately, coconut flower is dense and requires a long transit time. During the time traveling through the body, it begins to ferment. Yeast love fermentation. Xylitol has other issues around candidiasis. Best not to say this is a candida killing cookie. It’s very misleading and since people crave sweets when out of balance, they are likely to eat lots of these thinking they are actually killing candida.

    • Additionally, xylitol is most often produced from GMO corn husks in a process called sugar hydrogenation. Nickel-alluminum alloy is used in that process. So not only is it GMO, it’s hydrogenated and has heavy metals. There’s more to say about xylitol but that should hopefully add pause to those health conscious folks who think xylitol is the panacea to their sugar blues.

      • Thank you for your comment, Adam. In all our research and in talking with our Doctors, we have not heard of the fermentation of coconut flour in the gut. That is something we’d be interested to look into further. As far as xylitol goes, from what we have researched, the benefits outweigh any negatives. We have never been fans of corn based xylitol. There are many different sources for xylitol and we buy organic xylitol from birch trees. It is possible to find non-GMO sources for these sweeteners, but we leave that decision to our readers. From everything we’ve read and after curing candida in ourselves, we felt the title of these cookies was accurate. We appreciate your comment and will continue our research.

  16. Hello,

    Regarding this recipe and non-grain baking recipes in general, should an acid (such as apple cider vinegar) be used to activate the baking soda?

    I’ve made very basic almond flour muffins which includes 1 tsp apple cider vinegar and 1/2 tsp baking soda and they come out well. I’m new to baking, but as I understand it an acid ingredient double the amount of the baking soda is needed for the baked good to rise and to eliminate the baking soda taste. Is there an ingredient in your recipe that acts as an acid or am I getting this all wrong? Thanks.

  17. Ive gone through a lot of candida diet recipes for cookies and these are by far my favorite! And they are simple!! Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  18. I was excited to make these, but I had to throw them out. I put in a little less than what was called for, but there was a strong taste of baking soda/powder. For such a small amount of dough, I think that amount of baking soda and powder was too much.

    • Hi Belle, we are so sorry these didn’t turn out for you! You could definitely try decreasing the baking soda if you decide to try them again. Another thought, sometimes baking sodas/powders can go bad, hopefully that wasn’t the case with yours but it could have affected the strong flavor. Thanks for sharing your feedback.

  19. I just made these, and unfortunately mine could barely hold form when taken off the cookie sheet. The taste was “ok”. However, I’m presuming that it’s because I used powdered stevia and my almond butter was pretty runny. I even added a little more vanilla for extra liquid, but it didn’t work. I may give this recipe one more shot with some adjustments but that’s the last try.

    • Hi Jennifer, I’m really sorry. Powdered stevia won’t work well for this recipe and can really impact the flavor. But it sounds like we need to retest this cookie. We are not quite sure why these cookies work for some and not for others. Thanks for the feedback.

  20. tried these tonight, I melted the coconut oil first and they turned out really fluffy and light! They had a really bitter after taste though I think I will leave out the baking soda next time! They were really easy to make I will defiantly be using this recipe again!

  21. I am not sure what the fuss is all about with these cookies. It’s a basic recipe. No they don’t taste like your Grandmas cc cookie recipe. This is a candida friendly recipe! I thought they tasted good and the texture was fine. I like the almond butter addition.

  22. I made these tonight. They came out as good as they could. This is my first time on the candida diet and I needed to feel like I was eating a dessert. They held firm and are pretty tasty. I added fresh coconut flakes and pecans I had laying around. They did not spread out however, but I just pushed them down. I wouldn’t bake more than 10 mins either. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Terri, thank you for your comment. You additions sound so delicious and I would love to try that next time! Thanks again for your feedback!

  23. These were delicious!!! I followed the recipe exactly, and the cookies were perfect! Thank you! This satisfied my desire for a good Candida friendly dessert!

  24. These cookies are amazing! I added some ginger to mine for an extra zing and they are absolutely perfect. These cookies will definitely help me get through my candida diet. Thank you!

  25. Made these using a flax egg instead of an egg because we have egg allergies. Turned out great! Very tasty! Thanks for a great treat that can be enjoyed on the candida diet!

  26. We loved these!!! Fantastic!!!!

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