These healthy Christmas cookies are moist and fudgy on the inside with just the right amount of crisp on the outside. Made healthier using almond flour, organic Stevia and colored with superfood powders rather than artificial dyes.
Christmas time is filled with lots of treats. And while there is nothing wrong with indulging a little bit during the holidays, I like to recreate dishes and make them a little cleaner to help you out!
And I must say – these superfood cookies seriously nailed it. They are red and green, perfect for Christmas! They are moist and fudgy on the inside with just a little crisp on the outside (yum) and are made from great ingredients!
I think the best part of these cookies are the superfoods used to give them their color – no artificial food dyes here.
These were an instant favorite in my house – I had to keep Neil away from them long enough to even just be able to get pictures! He has asked for them time and time again and that is always how I know a recipe is a good one.
So what is in these cookies??
Let’s Make Some Red Healthy Christmas Cookies!
So what gives us the great color for the red cookies? Beet root powder.
Beet root powder is high in antioxidants, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, and many other nutrients. There are a lot of benefits of incorporating this powder, and beets in general, into your diet but here are just a few of them:
- beets themselves are low in calories but high in nutrients. That means you can eat a lot without overdoing it on caloric intake and really get some great vitamins and minerals your body needs!
- Anti inflammatory properties.
- Good for digestion – this is from the fiber.
- Decrease blood pressure – this is due to something called nitrates found in beets. These are converted into nitric oxide in the body which dilates blood vessels, therefore decreasing pressure.
- May enhance athletic performance – this is also from the nitrates. Research shows nitrates improve the efficiency of mitochondria in our bodies, which are responsible for producing energy in our cells.
- Good for brain health.
I buy the Sprouts brand of organic beet root powder.
Let’s Make Some Green Healthy Christmas Cookies!
So then what about the green?? I created this color using matcha powder.
Matcha is a powder form of green tea. But it is a lot more potent. With normal green tea you just soak the leaves and drink the water. But with matcha, the powder is actually ground leaves, so when you mix it with water, milk, or bake it, you are getting the entire leaf. Which means you get a lot more of the nutrients from them. Matcha also has a lot of great benefits:
- Detox – the chlorophyll in the leaves eliminates heavy metals and chemicals from the body.
- Powerful antioxidants – matcha has the highest antioxidant rating compared to all major superfoods when tested on the ORAC scale.
- Catechins – these are rare molecules found in matcha that aid in weight loss, brain health, and heart health.
- Caffeine without jitters – matcha contains a different type of caffeine than you find in coffees and sodas. It delivers a more stable energy boost rather than jitters and a crash.
Shop here for my favorite matcha.
here are two other best parts of this recipe:
- It is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and oil free
- It is SO EASY! The instructions are super straightforward, you can do it all in one bowl, and the bake time is short! Nothing is standing in your way of making these, so let’s get to it!
If you are looking for some other fun Christmas recipes, be sure to check out my NO BAKE gingerbread cookies or if you want the traditional chocolate chip cookies, check out these ones I made with quinoa. And when you are done with the cookies but want some other fun ideas, try my sweet potato souffle or go savory with my clean eating shepherds pie.
Happy Holiday Baking!Print
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