8 Holiday Cookie Recipes You Won't Believe Are Healthy

by Isabel Thottam
1. Vegan Sugar Cookies
2. Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies
3. Almond Snowballs
4. Healthy Gingerbread Men
5. Peanut Butter Blossoms
6. Pecan Pie Cookies
7. Vegan Oreos
8. Fig Newtons

The holidays are in full swing–and sweet temptation is everywhere.
But before you give up on your healthy eating habits this holiday season, consider baking some treats that will satisfy your sweet cravings with less sugar and calories. Trust us, these healthy holiday cookies from clever bakers around the web are so delicious (and creative) that you won’t feel like you're missing out on anything.

Click through our recipe slideshow above, then check the links below to see how to make each of these sweet treats!

1. RECIPE: Vegan Sugar Cookies

Since you have to frost cookies during the holidays, this vegan sugar cookie recipe is just as fun and way healthier than a traditional sugar cookie recipe. 

Also on Z LIving: Try These Kitchen Tricks For Low-Carb Holiday Baking

2. RECIPE: Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies

Who doesn’t love hot cocoa during the holidays? Even better: hot cocoa cookies that are shockingly healthy. Not only are these treats paleo-friendly, but they look beautiful when finished.

3. RECIPE: Light Almond Snowballs

Looking for something light, festive, and still delicious? Look no further! These almond snowball cookies are just what you need to satisfy a sweet tooth without feeling too bad about it.

Also on Z Living: Simple Swaps For Your Favorite Holiday Comfort Foods​

4. RECIPE: Healthy Gingerbread Men

It just isn't the holidays without some gingerbread people. This recipe turns a classic a bit more nutritious, while still letting you have fun icing the cookies.

5. RECIPE: Protein-Rich Peanut Butter Blossoms

If peanut butter is your favorite flavor, you’re in luck – here’s a lower-fat way to bake those blossoms so you can eat them guilt-free.

Also on Z Living: 7 Healthy Hot Drinks To Keep You Cozy All Season

6. RECIPE: Teeny Pecan Pie Cookies

Looking for a spin on your favorite pie? This version slims it down to cookie size, making it a healthier (and cuter) version of a traditional pecan pie. 

7. 8. RECIPE: Vegan Oreos

These vegan oreos are so good, you won’t even notice that you’re eating a slimmed-down version of your favorite treat.

Also on Z Living: RECIPE: Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Crazy Rich Brownies

8. RECIPE: Healthy Fig Newtons

A delightful way to eat both a cookie and something healthy is to make your own fig newtons. This recipe is simple to bake and is sure to please your taste buds.


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