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7 Christmas Cookies That Are Actually Healthy!

7 Christmas Cookies That Are Actually Healthy!

As the winter holidays approach, cold weather and tasty snacks often mean that people wind up packing on a few extra pounds. But instead of denying yourself delicious holiday goodies, you can bake up some delicious Christmas cookies that are also healthy.

Not only are all of these recipes guaranteed to satisfy even the strictest dietary requirements, but they’re also delicious. And if you don’t tell anyone that they’re actually healthy, we promise not to tell either!

Gluten-free Chocolate Turtles

If gluten is a problem for you, your family, or your coworkers, don’t worry – there are delicious recipes that are guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth like these Gluten-free chocolate turtle cookies.

Ingredients:

  • Gluten-free baking flour
  • Cocoa powder
  • Light butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Almond milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pecans

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 141 (per cookie)
  • Fat: 8.7 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 17.1 grams
  • Sugar: 10.6 grams
  • Sodium 96.4 mg

Christmas Cookies Actually Healthy! Cinnamon Sticks ImagePaleo-friendly Ginger Snaps

If you or someone you know is following the paleo diet, this is a great choice. Tasting almost exactly like traditional ginger snaps, this recipe results in a scrumptious, chewy cookie with a paleo-approved caramel sauce.

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut sugar
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut sugar
  • Butter
  • Egg whites
  • Molasses
  • Coconut flour
  • Almond meal
  • Salt and baking soda
  • Dried apples
  • Ground ginger
  • Cinnamon

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 140 (per cookie)
  • Fat: 8.1 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 16.3 grams
  • Sugar: 14.2 grams
  • Sodium: 169 mg

Cinnamon Spiced Almond Sugar Cookies

Grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free, these paleo friendly cookies are heavenly.

Ingredients:

  • Almond flour
  • Baking soda and baking powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Coconut sugar
  • Honey
  • Slivered almonds

Christmas Cookies Actually Healthy! Chocolate Cookies Image

Low-fat Gingerbread Cookies

One of the all-time great staples of Christmas cookie-making, this recipe for gingerbread cookies has half the fat of standard cookies but all the same delicious flavour.

Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Applesauce
  • Flour (all-purpose)
  • Molasses
  • Baking soda
  • Allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and ground ginger
  • Powdered sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Egg whites
  • Cream of tartar

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 56.4 (per cookie)
  • Fat: 0.8 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 12.4 grams
  • Sugar: 6 grams
  • Sodium: 30.3 grams

Raw Coconut/Goji Cookies

If you or anyone you know is on the raw diet, this tasty recipe will have them begging for more. Best of all, it’s packed full of goji fruit, considered to be one of nature’s most powerful superfoods.

Ingredients:

  • Sorghum flour
  • Almond flour
  • Tapioca flour
  • Psyllium husk powder
  • Coconut sugar
  • Shredded coconut
  • Vanilla powder
  • Goji berries
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut milk

Christmas Cookies Actually Healthy! Dough ImageChocolate Chip Cookies

When they come out of the oven, you’ll swear that they’re standard, high-fat chocolate chip cookies. But this incredibly delicious recipe is actually gluten-free and can even be dairy-free and vegan without sacrificing taste.

Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Egg whites (exclude for vegan version)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coconut milk
  • Honey
  • Almond butter
  • Quick-cooking oats
  • Chocolate chips
  • Baking powder

 

Roasted Cashew Butter Cookies

With all the sweet deliciousness of a nutty cookie only without any risk of triggering someone’s allergies to peanuts, this recipe is both delicious and easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • Cashews
  • Almond flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Tapioca starch
  • Baking soda
  • Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Honey
  • Cashew butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 117 (per cookie)
  • Fat: 9 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 7.9 grams
  • Sugar: 4.1 grams
  • Sodium: 47 mg

With these six fantastic recipes, it’s easy to bake and enjoy healthier versions of classic Christmas cookies. Whether you’re following a paleo, vegan, or low-fat diet, these recipes allow you to stay within your guidelines and yet still enjoy a fantastic sweet treat this holiday season. But don’t be fooled by the unusual ingredients – all of these cookies are guaranteed to be mouthwateringly delicious!

 

Photo credits: cookies, cookie dough, chocolate cookies, cinnamon sticks

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