Making Healthy Holiday Cookies

healthy holiday cookiesIt can be really difficult to maintain a healthy diet during the holiday season.  Between the craziness and all of the holiday treats, I find it extremely difficult to maintain a healthy diet.  When the American Cancer Society asked me to share a healthier holiday recipe,  I decided to find a great healthy holiday cookie recipe – one that was also vegan.  I was vegan for health reasons earlier this year, and I learned that there are some very good substitutes for dairy products and eggs – especially for baking.

I decided to bake peanut butter cookies, and found this great healthy cookie recipe on

1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (I chose a natural peanut butter)
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon soymilk
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375°F
Cream together the brown sugar and peanut butter in a medium-large bowl.
Add the applesauce, vanilla extract, soy milk and stir.
To the bowl add the baking soda, salt and flour.
On a greased cookie sheet drop dough by tablespoon and flattened with the prongs of a fork. You may need to spray the fork with cooking spray before doing this so the dough does not stick. (Note, this did not work for me – thus the photo above)
Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes (eight minutes for super soft and 10 minutes for a bit crunchy)

So, how did they taste?  Admittedly, I could tell there was no butter or egg in them.  However, I liked them just as much as any other cookie I’ve made, and my husband and son agreed.  While there still is sugar in them, they are much healthier without the egg and butter.  Click over to the original recipe for the nutritional information.
healthy cookie recipesLooking for other ways to keep a healthy kitchen?  The American Cancer Society has some great suggestions for foods to keep in your pantry so you can throw together quick meals when you are busy.  You should also eat lots of fruits and veggies to help reduce your cancer risk, and limit alcohol consumption to no more one drink per day for women or two drinks per day for men.  You can find more healthy holiday recipes (and upload your own) on the More Birthdays Facebook page.

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  1. Karen Medlin says

    Thank you for the recipe.. those shopping list come in handy, I learned more about Whole grains vs. refined grains from the list!

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