When Santa comes down the chimney, he deserves to find healthy cookies that were laid out the night before. If you are working hard to keep your family healthy, then why would you make an exception to serve unhealthy treats during the holiday season? Christmas is an enjoyable time of year, and there are plenty of ways that you can enjoy the holiday and support the health of your family at the same time.
If you are planning to make homemade Christmas cookies for your family or the neighbors, then skip the recipes with loads of sugar and white flour. Here is a healthier alternative:
° 2 cups organic almond flour
° 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
° 1/4 cup organic grass-fed butter or ghee, softened
° 1 organic egg, from pasture raised chickens
° 1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract
° 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
Prepare the oven by preheating it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a mixing bowl, add the softened butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir well to combine the wet ingredients. Then, add the rest of the dry ingredients, and mix well to incorporate into an even consistency.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and drop the dough onto the parchment paper. 1 tablespoon of dough is the perfect amount for a cookie size. If you want a specific shape, use your favorite cookie cutter.
Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, the edges should have a light golden color when they are done baking. When you pull the cookies out of the oven, sprinkle a pinch of coconut sugar on top of each of the cookies. Place the cookies on a wire cooling rack, and let them cool for about 5 minutes before they are served.
It is best to use organic ingredients whenever possible. If you don’t have some of the listed ingredients, then you might be able to make some substitutions. For example, melted organic coconut oil can be used in place of grass-fed butter. Or, you might try using coconut flour or oat flour instead of almond flour. Avoid using wheat flour because the gluten in wheat flour often causes digestive problems for many people.
This recipe is a great one to make Christmas shapes with cookie cutters. Once the dough is made, it will need to be stored in the refrigerator for a minimum of 60 minutes. After the dough is chilled, use a rolling pin to flatten it out on the counter and press in the cookie cutters to make the holiday shapes. Bake according to the directions above.
Some people wonder why they can’t use “regular” ingredients during the holiday season. I prefer to stick with healthier alternatives all year long, in order to support the health of myself and my family. For example, using almond flour makes these cookies gluten-free, which means they will be easier to digest compared with wheat flour cookies.
The organic coconut sugar is a great alternative to refined white sugar. Coconut sugar has a lower impact on the glycemic index, helping you to avoid blood sugar level spikes from unhealthy ingredients.