Healthier Holiday Cookies for Christmas

December 23, 2019 | Blog

The holidays are for family, fun, and, most importantly, feasts. If you’re finding yourself craving some sugary snacks this time of the year, you’re not alone. Christmas sweet treats have started inundating racks in every supermarket, store and shop. However, if you love the taste but loathe the calories, here are a few healthier alternatives that you can try – either for party preparation or just as a fun family activity!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, you heard that right. Pumpkin is naturally sweet, therefore acting as a perfect substitute for the traditional sugars used, on top of complementing the creamier elements of cookies such as their chocolate chips! Melding pumpkin’s natural flavour with the nutrient-dense oats delivers a delicious dessert great for both your tastebuds and tummy.

What You’ll Need:
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup oats
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
¾ canned pumpkin puree
1 cup coconut sugar
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
½ tbsp flaxseed, ground
1 tsp pure vanilla
¼ cup vegan dark chocolate chips
Pinch of nutmeg, ground

How To Make It:
Preheat your oven to 180ºC while stirring together the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, sea salt, nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Following that, mix the pumpkin puree, sugar, coconut oil, flaxseed and vanilla in a separate bowl before combining the contents of both bowls together. Stir in the chocolate chips, then drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet before pressing it down with a spoon to shape it. Bake for about 15 minutes, then let them cool on a wire rack before serving!



Three-Ingredient Almond Butter Cookies

It’s not just enjoyable, it’s easy to make as well! All you need are three ingredients to whip up a batch of these tempting treats. Filled with vitamins, minerals and fibre essential to your daily dietary needs, almond butter has been a long-serving source of healthy fat needed to keep energy levels up, but it definitely helps that it’s creamy, silky and tasty to boot!


What You’ll Need:

1 cup almond butter

6 tbsp raw sugar

1 large egg, lightly beaten

Cooking spray


How To Make It:

While your oven preheats to 180ºC, mix the almond butter, sugar and egg. Place level spoonfuls of the mixture onto lightly-sprayed baking sheets about 1 inch apart from each other. Flatten the mounds with a fork to form a crosshatch pattern on the cookies, then bake until golden around the edges or for about 10 minutes, then let them cool completely before removing them from the cookie sheet.

One-Bowl Ginger Cookies

Perfectly-spiced, tender, warm, and seriously appetising, these are the quintessential holiday essentials in just one bowl. Through a unique and distinctly flavourful blend of spices that evoke the holiday spirit, these are a wholesome and mellow rendition of the traditional gingerbread cookies. 


What You’ll Need:

½ cup butter, softened

⅔ cup cane sugar

3 tbsp egg white

3 tbsp molasses

¾ tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon, ground

¾ tsp ginger

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp sea salt

1 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour

⅔ cup almond flour

⅓ cup cornstarch


How To Make It:

Preheat your oven to 190ºC while setting aside a mixed bowl of your cane sugar and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Beat the butter in a large mixing bowl for about 1 minute then add in the sugar, mixing on medium speed until light. Next, combine the egg whites and molasses thoroughly before blending in the baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and sea salt. Mix in the flours and cornstarch on low speed and chill this dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Roll about 1 ½ tablespoonfuls into a ball and repeat with rest of the dough, topping them with the cinammon-sugar. Arrange onto parchment-lined baking sheets, presssing down gently to shape them, then bake for about 10-11 minutes. Let them cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Fudgy Vegan Brownie Cookies

If you can’t decide between brownies and cookies, fear not – we have the recipe for you! These aren’t just vegan, gluten-free and grain-free, but also naturally sweetened. Fudgy and chocolatey in texture, they have the decadence of brownies, but only ⅓ of the calories. Enjoy this addictive treat alone or topped with ice cream for some extra indulgence!


What You’ll Need:

1 cup almond flour

½ cup vegan dark chocolate, divided

¼ cup walnuts

⅓ cup cocoa powder

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp sea salt

⅓ cup coconut sugar

4 large dates, pitted and chopped

⅓ cup chickpea brine

3 tbsp coconut oil, melted

½ tsp vanilla extract


How To Make It:

Stir the almond flour, half the dark chocolate chips, walnuts, cocoa powder, baking powder, sea salt and coconut sugar into a large mixing bowl. Whisk the chopped dates in and set aside. Beat the chickpea brine until light and fluffy in a separate bowl, then mix in coconut oil and vanilla. Melt the remaining dark chocolate chips and fold into the chickpea brine mixture. Combine contents of the two bowls, chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator and preheat your oven to 190ºC. Scoop out and shape 1 ½ tablespoonfuls dough per cookie on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 14-17 minutes, then remove them from the oven and let them cool for about 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Enjoy with friends, or even on your own!


Whip up these recipes for an unforgettable festive season favourite that is sure to be a treat for you and your loved ones! We hope you’re having a great holiday period and we can’t wait to see you in our stores.


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