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4 Best Healthy Holiday Treats

Christmas is right around the corner, and with it comes endless pastries, cookies, and candies—enough to fill hundreds of stockings. As Buddy the Elf so kindly puts it “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.” Although these food groups do sound tasty, constant sugar and carb intake will only result in a very upset stomach.

To enjoy the holiday treats, get all the fun of baking, and avoid the tummy ache, here are some What the Health suggestions for healthy holiday treats.

 

1. The Classic Gingerbread Cookie (Low-Carb and Gluten Free)

Ingredients:

Cookies: 4 cups almond flour, 1 cup Swerve Sweetener, ¼ cup coconut flour, 2 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon xanthan gum, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground cloves, 2 large eggs, ¼ cup Kelapo coconut oil (melted), 3 tablespoon molasses, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing: ½ pound powdered Swerve Sweetener, 1 ½ tbsp. meringue powder, 1 ½ teaspoon arrowroot starch OR 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum, ¼ cup lukewarm water

For instructions, go here.

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2. Homemade Hot Chocolate (Dairy & Sugar Free)

Ingredients:

(For extra fun, coconut whipped cream or regular if you’re able to eat it!)

Instructions:  

  • Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk over low heat until combined and desired temperature has been reached.
  • Pour into a mug and enjoy!

For more information, go here.  

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3. Peppermint Bark (Gluten-Free)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 12 drops pure peppermint extract (about 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup OR stevia drops to taste
  • Optional: sprinkles, crushed candy canes, or other garnishes

Instructions:

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Spread the mixture onto wax paper
  • Put it in the fridge or freezer to harden. After just a few minutes in the freezer, it becomes delicious bark!

For chocolate peppermint bark: replace the coconut butter with homemade hot chocolate butter.

For more information, go here.

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4. A Christmas Staple, the Sugar Cookie

Ingredients:

Cookies:

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites

Icing:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 6 tablespoons warm water

For further instructions, look here.

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By Haley Champion

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