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!
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”.
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.
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
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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