Everyone loves Christmas cookies, unless you’re a total Scrooge! Scrumptious treats that only appear this time of year. However, most of us can live without the excess calories, fat and sugar. So here’s a few that won’t make you say “ho, ho, oh no!”
“Tis the season! The Christmas season, that is! For many people, that means throwing caution to the wind and letting nutrition not just take a back seat, but get tossed out of the car completely! Don’t let your desire for a delicious Christmas treat ruin your nutrition plan. Try these recipes instead of store-bought, processed Yuletide junk food. You’ll make Santa (and yourself) proud!
Magic Keto Cookies
These easy-to-make treats will give you all big-time treat factor without all the extra sugar. With no flour and just a handful of ingredients, these may become your favorite to both make and eat!
1/4 c. coconut oil
3 tbsp. butter, softened
3 tbsp. granulated Swerve sweetener
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
4 large egg yolks
1 c. sugar-free dark chocolate chips, such as Lily’s
1 c. coconut flakes
3/4 c. roughly chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl stir together coconut oil, butter, sweetener, salt, and egg yolks. Mix in chocolate chips, coconut, and walnuts.
2. Drop batter by the spoonful onto prepared baking sheet and bake until golden, 15 minutes.
This recipe yields 15 servings. Prep time is 10-15 minutes and total time is about 35 minutes.
Nutrition Information(per serving:)
130 calories, 2 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 13 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 25 mg sodium
Recipe Source: Delish.com
Chocolate Peppermint Stars
These are fun and delicious. They’re soft, low carb chocolate cookies in a chocolate peppermint coating. Sugar-free and grain-free and perfect for the holidays. Kids love this egg-free keto cookie!
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 4 ounces cream cheese cut into small chunks
Chocolate Coating and Decorations:
- 7 ounces sugar-free dark chocolate chopped
- 1 ounce cocoa butter
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- Holiday Sprinkles (optional)
- Crushed sugar-free peppermints (optional)
- 1 to 2 ounces Sugar-Free White Chocolate (optional)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 325F and line two baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cocoa powder, sweetener, and salt. Stir in the butter and peppermint extract. Sprinkle the cream cheese over the surface. Use a pastry cutter or two sharp knives to cut the cream cheese in until the dough looks unified and comes together easily.
- Turn the dough out onto a large sheet of parchment or waxed paper and pat into a rough circle. Top with another piece of parchment or waxed paper. Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 3-inch star-shaped cookie cutter to cut as many stars as you can. Lift the cookies out carefully, using a knife or offset spatula to loosen, if necessary. Re-roll the dough and cut more cookies until the scraps are too small to roll out. (Any scraps can be rolled into truffles that don’t even need baking!)
- Bake 15 minutes, switching the position of the trays in the oven halfway through the baking time to ensure even baking. Remove and let cool completely. Then place the cookies in the freezer for at least 1 hour (helps make the coating process easier).
- In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, combine the chocolate and the cocoa butter. Stir until melted and smooth. Stir in the peppermint extract.
- One at a time, drop the cookies into the chocolate and flip over with a fork to coat both sides. Remove and set on a pan lined with waxed paper. Sprinkle with a few holiday sprinkles, or crushed peppermints, if using. Repeat with remaining cookies and place in the fridge for 20 minutes or so to set the chocolate.
- To drizzle cookies with a little white chocolate, break up the white chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and add the coconut oil. Heat on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until smooth. Place in a ziploc bag with the very corner snipped of and decorate as desired.
This recipe yields 24-3 inch stars. Prep time is about 25 minutes. Cook time is about 25 minutes and chill time is 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Nutrition Information (1 cookie:)
Calories: 124, total carbs 6.5g, protein 3g, fat 11g, fiber 4.3g, net carbs 2.2g
Recipe Source: All Day I Dream About Food
Sugar-Free Italian Christmas Cookies
These are classic Christmas treats! Sweet, rich and with just a hint of anise. You know you love them! And now, you can enjoy them without sinking wrecking your nutrition plan!
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup Swerve, Granular
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp anise extract (or vanilla, if you prefer)
- 1/4 cup Swerve, Confectioners
- 2 tbsp coconut milk (or Half and Half)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Holiday sprinkles (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325F and line a large baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter with the Swerve until well combined. Beat in the egg and anise extract. Then beat in the almond flour mixture until the dough comes together.
- Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. You will get 24 to 28 balls. Press the balls down with the palm of your hand to about 1/2 inch thick.
- Bake about 12 minutes, until just barely beginning to firm up. Remove and let cool on the pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the Swerve, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Dip the top of the cookies into the glaze and set back on the pan. Sprinkle as desired.
Makes 24 cookies.
Serving size: 2 cookies. Fat 15g, Sat. Fat 6g, Cholesterol 35 mg, Sodium 100 mg, Total Carbs 16g, Fiber 3g, Sugars 1g, Protein 4g
Recipe Source: Swerve Sweets
So go ahead, enjoy some Christmas sweets and treats! If you make these beauties, you won’t have to worry about looking like Santa’s body double when the season is over!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Keep the faith and keep after it!