Healthier Holiday Cookies

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During the holiday months, the lights, good cheer, and sweet treats make the season bright. These versions of traditional holiday cookies are healthier but still have the delicious flavors you’re searching for. With less fat and sugar, you can look forward to eating these cookies and feel great about it, too. Here are some of our favorite cookie recipes that bring the nutrition benefits of certain healthy ingredients (think fiber-rich whole wheat flour and high-protein Greek yogurt) without skimping on taste. Enjoy!


Whole Wheat Ginger Snap Cookies: This recipe calls for whole wheat flour as a healthier substitute for white flour. Whole wheat flour offers a denser and more flavorful cookie, along with higher protein and fiber content. Ginger is known to help digestion, so try enjoying these with a cup of calming tea for a respite during the busy holidays.


Thumbprint Cookies: These fancy-looking cookies can be made with any of your favorite jams. We recommend using jams with “no sugar added” because the natural sugar from fruit already makes jams deliciously sweet.


Oatmeal & Date Cookies: Once you read the ingredients in this recipe, you’ll be convinced that they are a must-have. These dairy-free cookies are sweetened with dates, whose natural sugar makes them the perfect refined-sugar substitute. Coconut oil and shredded coconut supply not only key vitamins and minerals but also delicious butter-like flavor. Walnuts provide healthy omega-3 fat, and oats contribute fiber, plus that delectable chewy cookie texture.


Maple Walnut Cookies: These gluten-free cookies are easy to make, delicious, and packed with plant-based omega-3 fat from the walnuts.


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, plus a great chewy texture.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: A true classic with a healthier twist. This recipe has less butter, sugar, and flour than traditional recipes but still satisfies that oatmeal-raisin craving.


Easy Almond Cookies: Only 3 ingredients! Almond flour gives these gluten-free cookies an antioxidant boost. The proteins and healthy fats in almond flour make it ideal for individuals looking for alternatives to white flour.

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