Wholesome Susquehanna: Traditional vacation recipes with a wholesome spin | Meals


This Christmas season, Healthy Susquehanna will share recipes for healthy gluten-free treats, Christmas cookie classics and alternatives to sweet treats, among other things. The list will grow, but here are some ideas to get you started!

Reindeer PB&J

Holiday treats don’t have to be laden with sugar. Weis Markets is selling peanut butter for $ 3.37 for these simple snacks that are full of protein and are a hit with the kids!


  • Using a heart-shaped cutter, cut out a heart shape from the middle of 8 slices of wholemeal bread.
  • Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each of the 4 hearts.
  • Arrange 2 pretzels on top of the 4 hearts with peanut butter sticking out from the top of each heart to look like antlers.
  • Put a simple piece of “heart bread” on top to make a sandwich.
  • Top each sandwich with 2 simple M & Ms for the “eyes” and 1 peanut M & M for the “nose”.

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Hot chocolate

Make this low calorie, delicious hot cocoa drink to celebrate the winter holidays!


  • In a small saucepan, heat 2 cups of skimmed milk over low heat until it only bubbles, stirring frequently. Not cook.
  • Take it off the stove.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Sugar is being sold on Weis Markets this week.
  • Stir to combine and serve immediately.

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Gluten-free snickerdoodles

Made with almond and coconut flour, these gluten-free cookies are a delicious treat. These healthy snickerdoodles are a gluten-free dessert that everyone can enjoy.


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of blanched almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar


  • Melt coconut oil on low power in the microwave or in a saucepan over low heat. In a medium bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, egg, brown sugar, coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and salt. Stir well to combine. Add baking soda and stir well.
  • Cover the dough with cling film and put it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 °. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix the sugar and the remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon on a small plate. Take the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and roll tablespoons into 1-inch balls. Roll the cookie dough balls in a cinnamon and sugar mixture to coat them completely and place them on the baking sheet. Do not smooth.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before placing them on a wire rack to cool completely.

Almond Snow Cookies

These festive almond cookies are a great addition to your Christmas cookie tray. Almonds and whole wheat flour add some fiber and protein to these simple treats.


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 3 teaspoons of almond extract

  • 1 cup of blanched almonds, finely ground

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  • Beat the butter in a bowl with a hand mixer until creamy. Mix in sugar, eggs and almond extract. Stir in the almonds and flour with a spoon.
  • Chill overnight. Bring to room temperature for baking.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 °. Put powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and roll the balls in sugar to coat them evenly. Arrange the balls 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they feel firm. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Presentation tip: press a sliver of almonds onto the ball of dough before baking for a professional look.

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