Healthy Christmas Treats

I love indulging on the holidays, but as I get older I realize I need to be smart about what I put in my body and that there are many delicious recipes that are just as tasty as any unhealthy Christmas dessert without all the guilt and extra pounds afterward.

Here is one I found from Eating Healthy that I am going to try this year:

Almond and Honey Butter Cookies

I cup whole almonds, toasted

1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour

I cup all-purpose flour

I teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cups + 1/4 cup honey (divided)

1/3 cup canola oil

4 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temp)

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons toasted, sliced almonds

  • Process whole almonds in a food processor or blender until finely ground (you will have about 1 1/4 cups ground). Transfer to a large bowl and add whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt; stir until just combined. Beat 2/3 cup honey, oil and 3 tablespoons butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add egg and vanilla and beat until blended. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; stir to combine. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
  • Roll tablespoons of dough into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Press the tip of your index finger in the center of each cookie to make an indentation. Bake the cookies, in batches, until set and barely golden on the bottom, 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool for 30 minutes.
  • Combine the remaining 1/4 cup honey and 1 tablespoon butter in a small bowl until creamy. Use about 1/4 teaspoon to fill each cookie and top with 2 sliced almonds, if desired.

Nutrition

Per cookie: 

94 calories

5 g fat 

1 g sat

8 mg cholesterol

12 g carbohydrates

2 g protein

1 g fiber

43 mg sodium

9 mg potassium.

A few tips on the side:
It is also easy to change some of your already favorite recipes to be a little healthier by using whole wheat flour instead of white and using honey as a sweetener instead of sugar. Almond butter is a good substitute to peanut butter as well. I have also read that cinnamon helps boost the etabolism.

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