Healthy Holiday Cookies

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During these holiday months, we allow ourselves to have a “cheat day” that probably lasts more than one day. We’re human and it’s the perfect time to indulge in sweets! However, it can be easy to overdo it. During cancer treatment it’s okay to partake in the sweet treats that make the season bright, but too many can lead to weight gain and poor energy levels. Our versions of the usual holiday cookies are healthier but still have the delicious flavors you’re searching for. With less fats and sugars, you’ll be looking forward to eating these cookies with a little less guilt. Adding healthier recipes make baking fun and exciting to try new things for you and your guests. Here are some of our favorite healthy cookie recipes that offer nutritious benefits for guilt-free holidays!


Whole Wheat Ginger Snap Cookies This recipe calls for whole wheat flour as a healthier substitute to white flour. Whole wheat flour offers a denser and more flavorful cookie, along with higher protein content. The dark agave nectar in these guys is a natural sweetener with a lower glycemic index as opposed to a refined sugar. Finally, ginger is known to help a bad stomach, so we’re pretty sure you’re going to want this on your dessert table!


Thumbprint Cookies These fancy looking cookies are made with any of your favorite jams! We recommend using jams with “no sugar added” because the natural sugar from fruits will make them deliciously sweet.


Oatmeal & Date Cookies
Once you read the ingredients in this recipe, you’ll be convinced that they are a must-have. First of all, these cookies are dairy free so if you’re lactose intolerant, look no further. The natural sugar in dates makes them the perfect ingredient to act as a sweetener. Coconut oil and shredded coconut not only supply key vitamins and minerals, but delicious flavor as well. Using walnuts in this recipe offers healthy fats. Oats provide numerous health benefits and a chewy texture too.


Maple Walnut Cookies A gluten-free cookie recipe that is simple, delectable and has less sugar than most cookies due to the addition of maple syrup.


Bean Cookies with Cardamom & Pistachio You weren’t dreaming when you read that these are bean cookies! Adding beans gives this recipe an antioxidant boost along with fiber and protein.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies This is one of the most famous cookies out there. Our recipe offers less butter, sugar, and flour than traditional recipes, but still satisfies that classic craving.


Easy Almond Cookies A recipe that calls for 3 ingredients, say what?! Almond flour adds nutrients which gives these cookies an antioxidant boost. The proteins and healthy fats in almond flour truly make it ideal for individuals who look for alternatives to white flour. You can thank almond flour for making this sweet treat gluten-free too.

Registered Dietitian Approved

There are many misconceptions about nutrition and cancer in widespread media. By using current scientific literature, plus recommendations of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society, our Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, and our team of editors work to help our readers discern truth from myth.

The statements on this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always consult your physician or registered dietitian for specific medical advice.

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