The holidays call for big family meals, cookie exchanges and lots of indulging!
But who says you can’t put a healthy spin on all the fun!?
These are my top 5 picks for healthy holiday cookie recipes:
This recipe by the minimalist baker is vegan and gluten-free so you don’t have to worry about serving it to those with dairy or gluten intolerances. I love that the sweetness in these cookies comes from the dates and banana. By using a cup of dates in lieu of a cup of sugar, you are saving over 500 calories without sacrificing taste!
I love this recipe for its quick cook time! These cookies are gluten and grain-free and paleo-friendly. I made them dairy-free as well by substituting the butter for Earth Balance spread. They are simple to make but leave a lasting impression on your guests.
If you are looking for a healthy twist that doesn’t require you to sacrifice your all-purpose flour and sugar, these festive treats are the perfect choice! I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint and at only 100 calories per cookie, you can indulge without the guilt. If you would like to make these cookies gluten and refined sugar-free, substitute the all-purpose flour for almond or coconut and use stevia in place of brown sugar. Lastly you can also use Earth Balance spread instead of butter for a dairy-free option.
What scream Christmas more than Gingerbread cookies?! Another healthy alternative that is gluten, refined sugar and dairy-free. This healthy twist on an old classic uses maple syrup and molasses for sweetness in place of sugar.
Lastly, my favourite one of all! I am a sucker for anything coconut and lemon and adore a sandwich cookie with a delicious filling. Your guests will find it hard to believe that these are healthy as well as gluten, grain, refined sugar and dairy-free. Everyone can enjoy and will be super pleased with the decadent taste!
I hope you have a happy holiday season and enjoy some much deserved indulging with those you love!
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