Healthy Holiday Cookies

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During the holiday months, the lights, good cheer, and sweet treats make the season bright. Our versions of the usual holiday cookies are healthier but still have the delicious flavors you’re searching for. With less fat and sugar, you’ll be looking forward to eating these cookies with and feeling great about it, too. Here are some of our favorite healthy 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!

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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. Ginger is known to help an upset stomach, so having these on hand to go with a cup of calming tea during the busy holidays is a great idea!

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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 already makes them deliciously sweet.


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Oatmeal & Date Cookies
Once you read the ingredients in this recipe, you’ll be convinced that they are a must-have. First off, 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 and omega-3’s. Oats provide numerous health benefits and a chewy texture too.

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

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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.

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Easy Almond Cookies A recipe that calls for 3 ingredients?! 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

Our recipes, articles, and videos are reviewed by our oncology-trained dietitians to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed., published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society

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