It’s coming! Christmas is almost here! One of the best ways to gift someone is with delicious baked goods. Especially if they are on the healthier side (relatively speaking, of course). I’m pleased to present guest blogger, Adrienne, with her list of 10 cookie recipes for those who wish to give a little (and only a little) sugar to their loved ones this season.
Already worrying about packing on the holiday pounds? Concerned that you won’t be able to resist the temptation of piles of sugar-packed, nutritionally barren cookies and snacks? While you may need to stay savvy when it comes to your holiday treat choices, there’s no reason you can’t fit in a few guilt-free–or guilt-light–indulgences this Christmas.
For 10 mouth-watering places to start, check out our list of lighter, healthier cookie recipes:
Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
Any recipe with “oatmeal” in the title is likely to be a winner. Fiber rich oats are not only heart-healthy, but stay with you longer. That full feeling will help you cut your indulgence off at a few cookies, rather than a few dozen. Packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, cranberries ensure that a zesty pop of nutrition will accompany every indulgent bite.
2 Ingredient Coconut Cookie Dough Balls
This recipe hits all the right notes: healthy, easy, and simple. With only two ingredients–coconut oil and pitted dates–this recipe avoids the trio of frowned upon ingredients: sugar, flour, and butter. What’s more, this no-bake recipe is easily adaptable. Feel free to spice it up with a few nuts or coconut flakes, dried fruit or even a few carob chips if you’re looking for an extra boost of flavor.
Blueberry and White Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies
Take the good, take the bad, take them both and you have these delicious white chocolate treats. Health-friendly ingredients like blueberries and ginger help balance out less nutritious ingredients like sugar. Luckily, reviewers agree that this recipe is just as good (perhaps better?) with less sugar than originally called for. Try experimenting with lower quantities until you find that perfect balance of sweet and healthy.
Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Enjoy the delicious combination of chocolate and banana without the guilt that comes with your run-of-the-mill chocolate chip cookies. This recipe calls for soy instead of whole milk and canola oil instead of butter. Bananas add a helping of potassium, and heart-healthy oats help prevent over-indulgence.
Christmas Sugar Wafers with Vanilla Icing
Sugar can often seem like a four-letter-word. With its links to obesity and oral health issues, it’s sometimes easy to see why. However, like any other food on the naughty list, sugar is perfectly fine to enjoy in moderation. These Christmas sugar wafers are just that: a moderate but delicious sugary treat.
Almond and Honey-Butter Cookies
These cookies take longer to make–thanks to a refrigeration period–but their delicious flavor more than makes up for time spent. What’s more, this recipe is low in carbs and diabetes friendly. That honey in the title? It takes the place of sugar, providing a healthier dose of sweetness.
This classic holiday cookie is surprisingly low in fat and calories. This simple recipe will earn a place as a holiday favorite thanks to the delicious flavors of guilt-free seasoning like cinnamon.
Hot Chocolate Cookie
Cookies that taste like hot chocolate, need we say more? If you need an extra reason to try these delectable treats, know that they’re also packed with healthy dates and made with coconut oil instead of sugar.
Looking for something low calorie, sweet, and easy to make? This recipe is only 77 calories and takes just minutes to make. What’s more, it only requires three store-bought ingredients: chocolate wafers, dulce de leche, and whipped cream. As an added bonus, these treats look more time-consuming and elegant, so you can fool friends or relatives into thinking you spent hours in the kitchen instead of mere minutes.
Coconut Cream Shortbread
This healthy recipe is perfect for holiday parties. Not only is it tasty and refined-sugar-free, it also avoids major dietary restrictions such as nuts, gluten, soy and corn. If you want to mix things up a bit, try adding a low-sugar fruit-glaze to the top.
About the Author
Adrienne is a blogger and freelance designer passionate about healthy living, good food, and fitness. You can see more of her work by following @foodierx on Twitter or visiting her blog, Foodie Fitness.
Do you have any healthier-for-you cookie recipes to share? Use the comment section below!