So yesterday I went a little crazy in the kitchen. That’s good news for you, though, because in today’s post I’m sharing 4 recipes. For all you fellow chocolate lovers and those with a sweet tooth…get ready, it’s party time.
Piles and piles of cookies at Christmas is a family tradition for many, isn’t it? This year I’ve decided to step it up and bring some healthy treats to the table. And for certain, healthy does not equal bland – not in my world. These recipes will knock your Christmas socks off!
#1: Apple-Spice Tea Cookies with Cranberries
I shared a picture of these cookies a little while back, in this post here. To get your hands on the recipe, pick up a copy of the Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. For the holidays I like to add dried cranberries to these cookies, for a festive punch. When buying dried cranberries, you want to look for sulphite-free, sugar-free, and preferably organic.
#2: Chocolate Coconut Drops (aka Dark Chocolate Chip & Walnut No-Bake Coconut Cookies)
I received this recipe from a classmate many months ago, but I don’t know the original source (if anyone out there is reading this and knows where it came from, speak up!). I like them because they’re very similar to a cookie my family usually makes at Christmas, and are just as tasty, but actually have some nutritional value. Also, they don’t require baking. You can’t get easier and faster than that.
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
½ cup almond butter or other nut butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups shredded coconut
¼ cup cocoa powder (I highly recommend raw cacao powder)
½ cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
¼ cup chopped walnuts
In a large saucepan, melt coconut oil, honey, and nut butter over low heat. Stir in remaining ingredients. Scoop tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place on cookie sheet. Freeze for about 10 minutes, then consume. Store leftovers in a covered container in the fridge or freezer.
#3: Minty Raw Chocolate Fudge
This one is inspired by a recipe on Elana’s Pantry – check it out here. I modified this recipe to include peppermint extract in place of the vanilla extract. You can also replace the macademia nut butter with any other nut butter. This is also a no-bake recipe – woohoo! The only thing I haven’t figured out is how to keep them from melting not long after plating. Note: I recommend maple syrup or honey instead of agave.
#4: Almond Star Cookies
These ones were exciting for me because I had to buy my first ever cookie cutter. I love cookies, but I never use cookie cutters; they’re too much work. I like to simply plop my cookies down on a sheet by hand and get on with it. However, the star shapes in this recipe were calling me! I tried my best and although I’m not terribly pleased with how the stars turned out (clearly I need more practice using a cookie cutter), the cookies themselves offer a simple, pleasant taste. They are the cookies with which you cleanse your palate before moving on to the next one. Recipe also from Elana’s Pantry, here. Note: I recommend maple syrup or honey instead of agave.
I hope you enjoy some or all of these treats – as always, let me know if you make them, and tell me how delicious they are.
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