It would be a rather large understatement to say I wasn’t hugely excited about going home for Christmas! I might be swapping weather perfection for layers of jumpers, hats and scarves but there’s something I simply love about being wrapped up all toasty inside when it’s chilly outside; not to mention a visit to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, mulled wine, mince pies and some good quality family time. I make no promises that my Christmas will be a treat-free zone (if you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that I truly believe being healthy isn’t about complete restriction), but there are certain things you can do to balance out the choc-filled advent calendars and unusual amounts of chocolate and wine! Exercise is number one but making some delicious guilt-free Christmas treats is number two!
To celebrate national cookie day (yes it actually exists!) and my Christmas food excitement, I’ve baked the most delicious healthy Christmas cookies. Filled with raisins, pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg, they are everything you would want for a festive movie day under the blankets. These healthy Christmas cookies have a wonderful crunch on the outside and are too-good-to-be-true chewy on the inside. A glass of organic milk is the perfect pair for any Christmassy treat for me, so do it Oreo style and get dunking!
I hope you enjoy them and even though there’ll be plenty more of these to come”¦Merry Christmas!! If you have any healthy Christmas treats you’ve been dreaming about let me know as I’ll be baking crazy over the next few weeks and very happy to give your own festive treat dreams a go! Make sure to tag me in your cookie creations @LeanLivingGirl x
Alternate flour for nut allergy?
Give sunflower seed flour a go if you’re okay with them? You just blend them up in a food processor until fine like flour. I haven’t tried them yet but I’ve heard it works so let me know!
Oops meant guilt free xx thanks
Hey just made these gorgeous cookies and taste delicious and even better they are whilst free! Will definitely be trying more of your recipes in the future xx
So glad to hear to you liked them! :) Sorry my reply is a little late, been carried away with all Christmassy things – eating being one of them! Hope you had a good Christmas and thanks for your support!
Hello I just made these they are lovely except one thing- I couldn’t roll them properly into balls let alone make into neat cookies because the dough was so sticky. Is there a way to make the dough consistency easier to roll into cookies? Mine looked quite rustic :)
Rustic is always a good look! ;)
Try adding another few tablespoons of almond flour, bit by bit, until you get to a consistency that means you can roll the balls. A nice trick is to make sure your hands are cold and that the mixture isn’t warm i.e sitting next to the oven whilst you’re rolling them. It makes it harder to handle the dough if things get hot. With the cutter, dip it into a bowl of very cold water before cutting each cookie to get a lovely clean finish and edge on each star. Hope that helps and glad you liked the taste!
I have made them yesterday and they turned out delicious!
I took them to work and everyone is loving!
Ah amazing I’m so glad you liked them! Have a lovely Christmas :) xxx
Thank you for the recipe ! What kind of almond flour do you use (ground almond or real almond flour)?
I used almond meal for this one which is the same as almond flour. Bob’s Red Mill to be precise :) http://www.bobsredmill.com/almond-meal-flour.html
Hope you like them, let me know how you get on!
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