5 Healthier Holiday Cookie Recipes

‘Tis the season for holiday carols, cookies, and sugar-crashes.

Errr, wait a minute. Scratch that last part.

Let’s replace that with holiday cheer instead, with five healthier cookie recipes that make it easy to do just that. From protein-packed chickpeas, to naturally sweet dates, to fiber-filled oats, the following recipes include some magical ingredients that’ll take your holiday baking to the next (and better-for-you) level. While they’re probably not your grandma’s cookies, we promise that they’ll be just as tasty!

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies via Sweet Treats & More

Oats and whole wheat flour create a healthier rendition of the classic chocolate chip cookie. Although, not exactly traditional, vitamin-packed pumpkin is also thrown into the mix with all its associated pie-like spices, too, to add both flavor, and liquid to cut back on some of the butter.

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Banana Bread Muffin Tops via Oh She Glows

Okay, so these aren’t technically labeled as cookies, but in our opinion, they resemble more of a chewy cookie than a muffin, and they certainly have that same sweet and chocolate chip filled appeal. Dates create all of the sweetness, so not one ounce of added sugar is needed. Packed full of oats, too, this is a cookie we might even put onto our breakfast plate!

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin (Chickpea) Cookies via FoodFitnessFreshAir

This one comes from our LV Communications Manager Grace, who says that the secret, healthy ingredient here, chickpeas, will never go detected by anyone but the baker. It gives these cookies their oomph while also keeping them moist. However, it’s the maple, spices and chocolate that lend all the flavor to create a cookie that’s addicting, yet won’t make you crash after you go in for seconds.

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Ginger Crinkle Cookies via Eating Well

These are one of the easiest and quickest cookies to make on the list, and also powered by whole wheat flour and oil, rather than empty carbs and butter. Add a little minced fresh ginger into the batter for an extra spice and anti-inflammatory kick, and experiment with the cooking time to meet your cookie texture preference. (I.e. Chewy vs. crispy). We love this Holiday Gingerbread Man recipe, too!

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4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Cookies via My Darling Vegan

Likely you already have these four ingredients in your pantry. From there, it’s as easy as mixing them all into one bowl, and then sending scoops of the batter onto a baking sheet and into the oven. Aside from being easy, the other virtue of this recipe? No butter, sugar, eggs, or even flour needed! Click the link above to see what they’re made up of instead. (Hint: Two of the ingredients are in the title.)

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