Weight Loss

Guilt-Free Holiday Cookies

A great tradition kept by many people during the holiday season is having a “cookie day,” where people gather and spend hours baking. The cookies then become gifts, or are shared during holiday festivities. What a fun way to spend time together- but can also be a tempting situation while trying to maintain a healthy diet. Here are 8 great cookie recipes that cut back on the ingredients that should be limited (or avoided), but still have great flavor.



This recipe keeps the sugar amounts low, and includes whole-wheat flour, but still makes a great, soft treat. There is also a gluten-free option available.

Grain-Free Maple Chocolate Biscotti


Using only a few ingredients (and healthy ones at that), this recipe is sure to satisfy with post-dinner coffee!

Healthy Fig Newtons

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These fig newtons are naturally sweetened (no added sugar is hard to find in a good cookie recipe!), and are also no-bake. Win-win!

Jam Thumbprint Cookies:


These delicious cookies are only 110 calories each- and if you are cautious about what type of jam you use, the sugar levels can be low as well.

Cranberry Orange Cookies


 These delicious cookies are made with light butter and Stevia (which helps cut down on the sugar intake). They come in at 62 calories a piece!

Carrot Spice Oatmeal Cookies


These cookies are a bit higher on the calorie count per serving (one cookie is 181 calories), but if you only have one. . .it’s a treat worth savoring.

Flourless Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies don’t contain flour or butter, but have proved to be packed with flavor. For peanut butter and chocolate lovers alike, these are guaranteed to impress.

Monster Cookies

If you can’t decide which kind of cookies to make (or eat), these have it all: chocolate, oats, peanut butter, and M&Ms. What they don’t have is flour, oil, or butter! Impressive. Make sure you save some for Santa!


dsc_0323-1    –Dr. Courtney

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