Christmas is just a day away and if you are wondering how you can indulge in sweet treats without the addition of too many calories, you’ve come to the right place. Here are four delicious yet healthy cookie recipes which will leave you satiated without the guilt of gorging on desserts. Though these are relatively low in calories, you should still keep a watch on the number of cookies you eat so that you don’t go overboard.
1# Gingerbread Cookies
Kids absolutely love gingerbread cookies as it comes in cute shapes. You can now make these at home yourself. The addition of spices such as cinnamon, clove, ginger make it a healthy option.
- Whole wheat flour- 3 cups
- Maple syrup- 1/3 cup
- Blackstrap molasses-1/4 cup
- Baking powder-1-1/2 tsp
- Baking soda- 3/4 tsp
- Salt- 1/4 tsp
- Grated ginger- 1/2-1 tbsp
- Egg- 1
- Cinnamon- 2 tsp
- Cloves (ground)-1/4
- Applesauce- 4 tbsp
- Preheat oven to 350 C.
- Add the maple syrup, molasses, egg and applesauce in a bowl and beat it together.
- Add the dry ingredients and beat till dough is ready.
- Roll out this dough and use some dry flour if necessary. Cut out desirable shapes and place them onto the baking tray.
- Bake for about 8-10 minutes and your healthy batch of cookies is ready to be served.
2# Fruit and Nut Bar
This is surely a healthy treat as it is packed with the goodness of nuts and fruits. These are high in antioxidants and fibre which make them an ideal way to curb your sugar cravings. Dry fruits will also keep you warm in the winter
Make this delightful bar with nuts and fruits to up the nutrition quotient.
- Whole wheat flour- 1/3 cup
- Brown sugar- 1/3 cup
- Dried fruits (dates, cranberries, apricots) – 2 cups
- Roasted nuts (almonds, pistachio, walnuts)- 1 cup
- Egg- 1
- Baking soda and baking powder- ¼ tsp
- Preheat the oven to 350 C.
- In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and baking powder thoroughly.
- Chop the dried fruits and nuts coarsely.
- In another bowl, whisk the egg and essence till the mix becomes frothy and add this to the dry ingredients. Mix for about 2 minutes.
- Spread this mix on a parchment paper in a baking tray. Bake for 40 minutes or until it turns golden brown.
3# Coconut Delight
This one is a quick and easy treat which does not require any baking. So if you are a newbie trying your hand at desserts, opt for coconut delight. Don’t worry, it is just as yummy. Coconut is an instant energy booster and high on the nutrition scale too
Not a fan of baking? You can try making this coconut dessert for Christmas.
- Shredded coconut- 3 cups
- Vegetable oil/coconut oil- 5 tbsp
- Ground sugar- 1 ½ cups
- Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
- Take all the ingredients and add mix them well using a blender.
- Take this mix and scoop out tiny balls and shape them up.
- Refrigerate the delights for 30 minutes before serving.
4# Peanut Butter Cookies
The name is enough to make you salivate. Peanut butter cookies can be rich in calories but this version uses whole wheat flour and chia seeds to make it more healthy
Reap in the goodness of peanuts by making these healthy cookies this Christmas.
- Whole wheat flour- 1 ½ cups
- Peanut butter- 1 cup
- Chia seeds- 1 tbsp
- Unsweetened applesauce- ¼ cup
- Brown sugar- ¾ cup
- Vegetable oil/coconut oil- ¼ cup
- Warm water- ¼ cup
- Vanilla essence-1 tsp
- Baking soda- ½ tsp
- Salt- ½ tsp
- Preheat oven to 350 C.
- In a bowl, add warm water, chia seeds, peanut butter, applesauce and oil together and beat for about a minute.
- To this mixture, add the dry ingredients and beat all of it together until incorporated and the dough is ready.
- Spread a baking sheet on a tray and roll the dough into balls. Place them on the tray and press them down using a fork.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes and the cookies are ready to be served.
Source : thehealthsite
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