The holiday season is typically a time we indulge — which includes cookies and sweets. Desserts tend to be high in calories and fat, with limited nutritional value. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
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You can make mouth-watering, lighter versions of your favorite Christmas cookie recipes and other tasty treats with natural sweeteners and lower-fat ingredients — and no one has to know the difference.
These cookies from the popular healthy living blog 101Cookbooks.com are butter-less, egg-less, and flour-less—but they are definitely flavor-full. A thoughtful choice for your vegan friends or anyone who wants to keep the holidays healthy and tasty. Try this recipe
This healthier twist on the American classic should be on every Christmas cookie platter. These almost-too-good-to-be-true cookies are just 65 calories each and contain only 2 grams of fat because they use half the normal amount of butter and substitute an egg white for a whole egg. Try this recipe
Use your favorite heart-healthy nut in this biscotti recipe. You can easily work this cookie into your healthy eating plan, at 94 calories and 2 g of fat each. Low-fat café latte anyone? Try this recipe
These truffles, which call for reduced-fat peanut butter and whole-wheat graham crackers, would make a lovely homemade gift for neighbors or friends. And you can tie them up with a bow, feeling good about the deliciousness that they deliver at just 67 calories and 1.5 grams of fat each. Try this recipe
What’s Christmas without thumbprint cookies? This recipe comes from the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the legendary Buddhist monastery in California, and the recipe’s list of healthy ingredients is worth meditating on—oatmeal, maple syrup for sweetness, ground almonds and more. Try this recipe