The Ultimate List of Healthy Christmas Cookies 2013

healthy christmas cookies

I am so excited to share these fantastic recipes with you!  

Never in my wildest dreams could I have come up with these creative and scrumptious treats on my own.

15 lovely blogger ladies had the difficult task to create Christmas cookies recipes that were lots healthier than the traditional ones full of sugar. These are the results. And if you like them please show us some link love (like & share buttons are at the bottom of this post – thank you!)

Sugar Free Cookies – Sweetened just with Stevia or Xylitol

Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies Gluten, Dairy, Egg and Sugar Free from Candida free Candee

sugar free oat sugar cookies

These cookies are everything a whole food sugar cookie could be. They are fantastic. They are flaky, light, crisp and they roll out and cut beautifully.

Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies
– gluten free and dairy free from Tessa Domestic Diva

dark chocolate truffles with coconut sugar

These cookies are like little dark truffles: dense and chewy with a dark chocolate flavor. Perhaps not health food but enjoyed once in a while these truffley cookies are a real treat! You can make them with Coconut Sugar, and they also work like a charm with half Xylitol and a little Stevia.

Macadamia Coconut Cookies – gluten free and sugar free from Candida diet Plan

Sugar free Macadamia Coconut Cookies

These chunky honey coloured cookies are crunchy and chewy and get their sweetness from a little Xylitol and Stevia – you’d never know that there’s no sugar in them!


Super Quick No Bake & Raw Cookies

Christmas No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies – gluten free, grain free & super versatile from Gluten free Cat

Healthy Christmas No Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies
You can decorate by rolling them in the nuts of your choice, make a thumbprint and fill the hole, or leave them plain. Sweet cashews taste delicious.

Jungle Balls – quick, raw & vegan from Carrie on Vegan

jungle balls

This recipe uses a base of almonds and hemp seeds, with currants and raisins to sweeten, cinnamon and carob for flavor, and then a punch of protein-powder. It only takes a few minutes with a food processor.


Raw Gingerbread Men – Raw, grain free, and vegan from Om Nom Ally

super healthy raw gingerbread men

These cookies are made with gut healing dates and almond meal for a healthy Christmas treat. They’re the perfect chewy consistency and store well at room temperature or the fridge for a few days (if they last that long).

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Chocolate-Orange-Goji Cookies (No-Bake or Baked) – gluten free from Coconut and Berries

coconut and berries Healthy Christmas Cookies
These cookies can be enjoyed either raw or baked! They have a lovely chewy texture, rich chocolatey taste with fruity undercurrents from the orange and gojis.


Cookies Recipes with Low Glycemic Palm/Coconut Sugar or Molasses

Spiced Orange Cookies gluten-free, vegan & oil-free from Stir, Sift & Savour

spiced orange cookies

Perfect with an afternoon tea or can be jazzed up for a special occasion with a drizzle of chocolate or an orange glaze.

Gingerbread Men who like to be healthy
– gluten free, dairy free & vegan from Including Cake

gingerbread men
These “healthified” Gingerbread Men are beautifully crisp, with the goodness of buckwheat, ground almonds and spices and only a hint of molasses and dates for sweetness.

Quinoa Raisin Cookies – gluten free from Simply Sugar and Gluten free

Quinoa raisin cookies

These refined sugar-free cookies are a spin on Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – soft and chewy with just the right texture and mouth feel. For those of you who can’t eat oats, these are the  perfect solution. And, if you can eat oats make these anyway. They’ve got a healthy nutritional boost from quinoa flakes.


Cookies with a bit of Fruit, Agave, Maple Syrup or Honey

Flourless Triple Nut (or Seed) Brownies – gluten free, grain free, vegan & paleo from Gluten free Easily

flourless brownies

These refined sugar free treats contain wonderfully healthy nut and seed butter and are only lightly sweetened with banana.

Hazelnut and Cherry Carob Truffles – vegan, wheat-free and easily made gluten free from Bitesized Thoughts

hazelnut cherry carob cookies

These biscuits have warm caramel hues, crisp on the outside and chewy within. To top things off, hazelnut nibs are scattered throughout for texture and flavour contrast. Sweetened with agave or maple syrup.

Double Chocolate Paleo Hazelnut Cookies – gluten free, grain free & dairy free from the Tasty Alternative

double chocolate cookies

Dates give these cookies a nice chewy, soft texture. Also taste scrumptious with almonds or walnuts. Sweetened with honey.

Healthy Peppermint Oreo Cookies – vegan & gluten free from The Healthy Maven

healthy peppermint oreos cookies

gluten free, vegan and refined sugar-free holiday treat that everyone can enjoy!

You never guess what made the cookies filling so red – beetroot! How cool is that!

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Chewy Molasses Cookiesgluten-free and sweetened with date sugar – from Queen of Quinoa

gluten free molasses cookies

The quinoa not only adds protein, but also provides that light crunch that these lovely cookies have.

Anzac Biscuits with Cranberries
from Green Gourmet Giraffe Blog

anzac biscuits

The chocolate patches and the juicy but slightly tart cranberries lift the flavour of these biscuits to something special. Anzac is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps btw.
Sweetened with brown sugar and golden syrup. This  can be easily replaced with 3/4 cup xylitol and 2 sachets of stevia to make the cookies candida diet friendly.


Chocolate Mint Tea Cookies – refined sugar free from Spiced Curiosity

refined sugar free chocolate mint tea cookies

The cookies are a nice simple alternative to sugar cookies; just slip in a few tablespoons of your favorite tea, and voilà!

Light, crunchy, with an intriguing tea blend. Instant awesomeness.

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Conversion Tips – How to Use Stevia & Xylitol to Replace Sugar?

If you don’t know how to convert your favourite traditional Christmas Cookies into sugar free ones then you might like my latest post about using Stevia and Xylitol in baking.

Wanted crisp cookies but they turned out chewy – or the other way round? It’s not that easy to get the cookies exactly how you want them. Especially if you are baking with gluten free flours that behave differently from regular flour. I found these tips from Gluten free Baking for Dummies helpful.

Candida Diet Advice:

Not all the recipes on this page are suitable for the candida diet, especially not for the first few weeks where you are not allowed any sugar, fruit, grains, carbs or other sweetener. Thankfully a few of the recipes are fine to eat from stage 3 of the diet onwards, and the vast majority of the recipes here can be slightly adjusted to make them fully candida diet friendly. In most cases even without impacting on the flavour and appearance. You basically want to omit any fruit, use gluten free flours where possible and replace any sugar or syrup with Xylitol and/or Stevia. And if you’re totally stuck for completely sugar free Christmas cookies then hang tight as I’ll be sharing the Candida cookies with Stevia and Xylitol I have made recently. Will be live in a few days time.

In the meantime please like and share this post :) and tell me below – What Cookies are you making this year?

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Candace @ Candida Free Candee December 13, 2013 at 01:01

These all look amazing, I can’t wait to have a closer look at all of them!


Sandra December 13, 2013 at 02:07

Gosh you’re fast :) I was really impressed with the high quality of the recipes and presentation too – totally awesome!

Right, bedtime now for me. So if I’m not answering for the next few hours that doesn’t mean I have eaten too many cookies, I’m probably just sleeping haha (mind you I DID eat too many cookies ;-)


Ricki December 13, 2013 at 03:43

What a lovely roundup! So many delicious looking cookies. Nice to see some with stevia and coconut sugar, too. :)


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