For the next three weeks I wanted to share some Christmas no-cheat treat recipes that will help you stay on track over the holidays. We all know how easy it is to indulge, and you know what, sometimes that’s OK! But remember, it’s a holi-DAY not holi-WEEK. Try not to derail your healthy eating the whole time.
These goodies will not raise your blood-sugar, not make you crave more sweets, but instead leave you feeling satisfied with just one serving.
So what will you do with all the rest? Share, of course! I love giving away goodies at Christmas, they make the perfect, inexpensive, most delicious gift and you know it won’t go to waste like some figurine that collects dust on the mantle.
Up first this week is low-sugar, low-carb Ginger Spice Cookies with cream cheese icing. If you can’t have dairy or are vegan, you can substitute with non-dairy cream cheese. These cookies are gluten-free and full of flavour! Feel free to add the spices liberally, I included measurements, but usually I just freehand it, especially the cinnamon 🙂 These guys just scream “Christmas”.
- 1 ½ cup almond flour
- ½ cup + 2 Tbsp coconut flour
- ½ cup xylitol or Swerve
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp cardamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- 4 oz cream cheese (can use dairy-free), softened
- ¼ cup xylitol or powdered Swerve
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk (you may need to add a little more to reach desired consistency, but start with 2 Tbsp)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl add almond flour, coconut flour, xylitol, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom and salt. Mix well.
- In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, molasses, vanilla and coconut oil.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
- Using about 1-2 tablespoons of dough, roll into 24 balls and place on baking sheets.
- Press down each cookie with a fork.
- Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until edges start to brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to fully cool.
- To make the icing, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a hand mixer.
- Add to a piping bag and decorate cookies (make sure cookies are completely cool before icing!)
- Finish by adding sprinkles on top.
- 127 Calories, 5g Carb, 2g Fibre, 3g Net Carbs, 3g Protein, 11g Fat, 2g Sugar
- PS: These are not roll-out cookies. I repeat, do NOT to roll out this dough, it is too sticky and will not work!
- Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may vary depending on your ingredients. Therefore, it is not always 100% accurate and meant to be used as a reference only.
Be sure to come back next week for a holiday favourite…Peanut Butter Balls!