The holidays are coming quickly, and one very popular request is cookies. If you're looking to add some sweets to the holiday season, participate in a cookie swap, or just want to bake indulgent cookies this holiday season, below are 15 healthy (or healthier) cookie recipes you can feel good about making without the guilt or regret.
- Healthy No Bake Cookies (gluten-free + vegan)
These are a lot of people's all-time favorite kinds of Christmas cookies — and it's great there are healthy versions. Instead of butter, they're made with coconut oil, and half the amount of sugar. They can be vegan, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, too.
Find the recipe on Eating Bird Food.
- Tahini Cookies
These paleo-friendly almond cookies will prove that tahini isn't just for hummus. Honey or maple syrup sweeten these cookies, and you could even add in some cacao powder if you desire as a chocolatey twist. They're textured, and provide the ultimate flavor. They have crisp edges and chewy centers, and you can't beat the sweet tahini taste. They're easy to make, too. Your biggest decision, according to Little Green Spoon, is whether you should make them chocolatey or plain. If you're looking for richness, try the chocolate; if you have a sweet tooth, then choose plain. Or, you can even do half and half, if you can’t decide!
Find the recipe on Little Green Spoon.
- Almond Blueberry Cookies
With these delicious cookies, you can take advantage of frozen berries if fresh berries are out of season. With a touch of lemon, chopped toasted almonds, and frozen blueberries, these cookies make a fabulous healthy holiday treat.
Find the recipe on Food Network.
- Healthier Oatmeal Cookies
With the help of some applesauce, you can reduce the normal sugar and butter you'd traditionally use with oatmeal cookies with this recipe. Applesauce adds moisture and sweetness to the dough without extra fat. These cookies are primarily oats, with a touch of whole-wheat flour and no ultra-refined starches. Add in some tart dried cherries (or any type of dried fruit) and dark chocolate chunks for the perfect bite.
Find the recipe on Delish.
- Vegan and Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Chewy and rich cookies made with almond meal, peanut butter, and maple syrup. No matter what people's dietary needs, everyone can win here. Delicious and healthy holiday cookies for the entire family to enjoy.
Find the recipe on Brit + Co.
- White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
These amazing cookies are made with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips, and are so festive and simple to make. You make them with whole grains (white whole wheat flour and oats), and sweeten them with a little brown sugar. They're sweet and chewy, and so delicious with a cup of coffee.
Find the recipe on Fit Foodie Finds.
- Chocolate-Dipped Almond Butter Cookies
You dip these heavenly cookies into melted chocolate. Chocolate lovers will go crazy over these tasty treats. They're salty and sweet, and have only six ingredients, making them super easy to make.
Find recipe on Physical Kitchness.
- Paleo Vegan Chocolate Snowball Cookies
Nothing beats adding chocolate to a base coconut no bake cookie, but that's what you do with this recipe. With cocoa powder, shredded coconut, and a small bit of your favorite sweetener, these no-bake, sugar-free cookie bites are simply amazing.
Find the recipe on The Big Man's World.
- Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
These gluten-free, five-ingredient cookies have an almond-butter base; however, adding in chopped-up dark chocolate bits turns them into an amazingly nutty chocolate chip cookie masterpiece.
Find the recipe on Kirbie's Cravings.
- Healthy and Flourless Glazed Apple Pie Cookies
With these delectable chewy cookies, you get the best of both worlds with sweetness and moisture from grated apple, along with warming spices, which gives them a delightfully autumn vibe. These may not be as healthy as the other healthy holiday cookie recipes, but you can use Lakanto powdered monk fruit sugar as a substitute.
Find the recipe on Brit + Co.
- Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you’re looking for one of the best vegan chocolate chip cookies recipes, look no further. These are chewy, soft, and melt in your mouth. How can a vegan cookie possibly taste so much like a traditional chocolate chip cookie? This is because these vegan chocolate chip cookies are only made with the traditional ingredients of chocolate chip cookies.
Find the recipe on Chocolate Covered Katie.
- Boot Tracks
Forget the large mixer, because you can make this no-fuss, fast, chewy chocolate cookie recipe mixing by hand, or using small hand mixer. Alternatively, you can use a waffle iron. Children love these. Right before you serve them, dust them with extra confectioner’s sugar. You can then store them away for up to a day in an airtight container.
Find the recipe on Eating Well.
- White Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti
This is a simple white chocolate biscotti recipe where you'll use avocado instead of butter. And, because they call for crushed candy canes, they're made for Christmas. But, they're also delicious for breakfast. This is particularly true, since these gluten-free biscotti have a coffee glaze on them. They're crunchy, and less sweet, meaning dipping them in your coffee just makes perfect sense.
Find the recipe on Food Faith Fitness.
- Spiced Snickerdoodle Cookies
In this healthy recipe for snickerdoodle cookies, you combine allspice, ginger, and nutmeg with cinnamon to make the most perfect snickerdoodle you'll ever taste. It's the baking soda that provides these cookies with their signature texture and appearance. It makes them rise, and there is also the use of cream of tartar to keep the sugar from binding together, causing the cookie to wrinkle and collapse.
Find the recipe on Eating Well.
- Almond Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
These almond chocolate thumbprint cookies provide you with a buttery almond flavor. They're grain and gluten free, which is ideal for pleasing just about everyone. But, they don't have to be only for gluten-free eaters, though. Because they have such an amazing buttery flavor (even without them having butter in them) as well as an almond flavor and chocolate filling, anyone can indulge in them. If you're not a chocolate lover, you can fill them with any type of jam you like instead.
Find the recipe on Running to the Kitchen.
Which one (or ones) will you be baking this holiday season?
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