25 Healthy Options for your Holiday Cookie Tray

Amazing recipe round-up of 25 healthy holiday treat recipes. #vegan #glutenfree

The holidays can be a tricky time when you’re trying to stick to a healthy diet, but with a little preparation you can easily indulge guilt-free. These 25 healthy alternatives for your Christmas cookie tray are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without the added fat and calories of traditional goodies. Many of them are vegan and gluten-free or have options to make vegan. Enjoy and happy holidays!

1. Healthy and Gluten-Free Gingersnaps by Nutritionist in the Kitch

These cookies are a great little 100-calorie treat... or 200.. go ahead, have two! This healthy version of the classic gingersnap is refined-sugar and flour free, and they even have North Coast Naturals protein in them!

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2. No-Bake Lemon Cream Meltaways by The Green Forks

If you’re looking for something sweet but don’t want to over indulge, these are the perfect fix! Healthy, gluten-free, vegan and full of lemon flavour.

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3. Mocha Tahini Protein Fudge by Spabettie

This fudge only takes a few minutes to prepare before placing it in the fridge to set. It’s vegan, easy to make with common ingredients and will be a sure-fire hit at your Christmas gatherings.

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4. Vegan Gingerbread Bites by Running on Real Food

These little treats are completely raw and vegan, and can be gluten-free if you use gluten-free oats. They’re sweetened naturally by dates, molasses and just a little maple syrup. You can feel good about popping one or two and they make a great alternative to traditional calorie-laden ginger cookies.

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5. Vegan Almond Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies by Two Peas and Their Pod

The almond butter and almond milk in these cookies keep them nice and moist while still adding nutrition. The oats give the cookies texture and the dried cranberries and chocolate chips add the perfect amount of sweetness!

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6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls by In Fine Balance

There’s no baking required for these protein balls from In Fine Balance, plus they’re made with natural ingredients like medjool dates, chia seeds and almond butter.

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7. Double Chocolate Cherry Protein Truffles by Nutritionist in the Kitch

These little goodies are high in protein, low in fat and sugar, and they come in at only 90 calories a pop!  Each bite is rich, chocolaty, cherry-filled, naturally sweet and surprisingly decadent.

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8. Raw Chocolate Orange Truffles by The Sweet Life

These gluten-free and refined-sugar free chocolate orange truffles are little bits of pure joy. You only need 7 common ingredients to make these and you’ll have a great addition to your cookie tray that’s full of Christmas flavour.

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9. Dark Chocolate Pistachio Cranberry Clusters by A Couple Cooks

All you need is 3 simple ingredients to whip up these superfood treats. With the contrasting red and green of the cranberries and pistachios, these are fun and festive without added icing or sugar.

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10. Vegan “Nanaimo” Bar by Wholehearted Eats

Skip the butter and sugar this year and try this beautiful, raw Nanaimo bar made from simple, plant-based ingredients instead.

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11. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies by The Sweet Life

Chewy on the inside, crisp on the outside, and outlined with the beautiful crinkle cracks, these Red Velvet Cookies are certain to be a hit at your holiday gatherings. Plus, they’re completely dairy and egg-free!

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12. Vegan Nutcracker Cookies by Oh She Glows

This cookies from Oh She Glows is a hearty and nutty with a crisp, toffee-like exterior and chewy, doughy middle. Even the description is enough to make your mouth-water!

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13. Chocolate Black Bean Cookies by A Couple Cooks

Your guests will never guess the secret ingredient in these healthy, chocolate cookies. They’re naturally sweetened with honey with a fudge-like texture, and can easily be made gluten and dairy-free.

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14. Lightened Up Magical Coconut Bars by Oh She Glows

These bars are much lighter than traditional magical coconut bar recipes, however they’re still very decadent. By making some simple, healthy swaps, Oh She Glows was able to create a completely vegan version of this classic treat.

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15. 3-Ingredient Clean Eating Dark Chocolate Turtles by Nutritionist in the Kitch

You might want to double your batch of these healthy turtles, they’re sure to disappear right before your eyes!

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16. Raw Vegan Date Squares by The Detoxinista

Featuring just a handful of ingredients, these squares are sweetened with only nutrient-rich dates and can be prepared in just about 20 minutes!

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17.Cinnamon Sugar Pillow Cookies by Chocolate Covered Katie

These vegan cookies would make a wonderful addition to any goody tray and they’re surprisingly low in sugar for a cookie that tastes like a cross between a cinnamon roll and a sugar cookie!

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18. Coconut Snow Cookies by Healthful Pursuit 

These vegan cookies are creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. They’re also packed with fiber and loaded with nutrients to strengthen your immune system, improve digestion, and nourish your skin.

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19.Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Jam by The Detoxinista

Prevent the dreaded sugar coma but still satisfy your sweet tooth with these yummy grain-free and vegan thumbprint cookies.

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20. Vegan Almond Lace Florentines by Oh She Glows

These beautiful Christmas cookies are crispy, refreshing, and nutty with a hint of orange and chocolate that’s just perfect for this time of year.

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21. Almond Flour Frosted Sugar Cookies by The Detoxinista

These sweet and buttery, gluten-tree treats call for just 5 ingredients and are ready in about 20 minutes.

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22. Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles by Running on Real Food

These truffles aren’t too sweet, they have a rich, nutty flavour and the texture is melt-in-your-mouth smooth with a little bit of crunch from the hazelnuts. Whip them up in about 10 minutes then simply let them set in the freezer.

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23. Healthy Vegan Lemon Squares by Chocolate Covered Katie

Amazingly these healthy lemon squares don’t required any eggs or dairy! These will not disappoint and lemon squares are always a hit at Christmastime.

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24. Chocolate Brownie Cookies by Chocolate Covered Katie

You’ll never have to choose between a brownie and a cookie again with these Chocolate Brownie Cookies! It’s like eating a chocolate chip cookie and a fudge brownie at the exact same time. And you guessed it, they’re vegan and gluten-free.

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25. Sugar-Free Coconut Almond Bark by Healthful Pursuit

Go primal this Christmas with a hearty bark made with simple, sugar-free, whole food ingredients.

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