These gingerbread cookies put a deliciously healthy spin on the traditional holiday dessert. The almonds in your decorative cream cheese contain a bunch of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, which reduces your LDL or "bad" cholesterol. They'll also give you a dose of vitamin E, which helps to prevent heart attacks, and potassium, which reduces blood pressure.
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These gingerbread cookies put a deliciously healthy spin on the traditional holiday dessert. The almond-based cream cheese contains heart-healthy unsaturated fat, which reduces your LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol. Almonds also provide a dose of vitamin E, which prevents free radical damage, and magnesium, which boosts energy.
157 Calories, 8g Fat, 3g Protein, 33g Carbs
Both chia and cacao are functional super foods thanks to their high concentrations of certain beneficial nutrients.
231 Calories, 11g Fat, 14g Protein, 24g Carbs
Bake a batch of homemade cookies — no butter, flour, or sugar required. These treats contain three ingredients you may already have in your kitchen: banana, almond butter, and oats.
113 Calories, 5g Fat, 3g Protein, 15g Carbs
For the perfect after-dinner treat, reach for these cookies. You won’t believe that this decadent cookie is good for you. The honey can help fight allergies and aid digestion, while the dark chocolate provides powerful antioxidants.
173 Calories, 6g Fat, 0g Protein, 33g Carbs
Delicate, light and crunchy, these lace cookies make a great afternoon treat to accompany coffee or tea. The batter might not seem to yield much, but you only need a small spoonful for each cookie. Be sure to space the dollops of batter far enough apart to allow plenty of room for them to spread.
146 Calories, 7g Fat, 1g Protein, 27g Carbs
Craving chocolate? This guilt-free cookie recipe swaps in carob chips, which taste like the real thing but have less sugar and provide beneficial nutrients and antioxidants.
79 Calories, 4g Fat, 1g Protein, 10g Carbs
Here’s a cookie that’s good for your heart and mood, thanks to the dark chocolate in which it’s dipped. Dark chocolate can raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol while lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, which is important for heart disease prevention. And dark chocolate also contains the chemical serotonin, which acts as an antidepressant.
236 Calories, 13g Fat, 1g Protein, 43g Carbs
You’ll impress everyone with a fresh-baked batch of these handmade sandwich cookies. They feature a creamy, minty-sweet filling that gets its natural greenness from culinary matcha. It’s a powder made from antioxidant-rich Japanese green tea leaves. For bonus healthfulness, the cookies are 100 percent whole grain and made with virgin coconut oil instead of butter or shortening, providing real coconutty goodness. Keep them chilled.
276 Calories, 11g Fat, 3g Protein, 42g Carbs
Fresh-baked chocolate-chip cookies are hard to say “no” to, especially for anyone with a sweet tooth. This gluten-free version contains pulses in two ways -- as garbanzo bean flour and as roasted chickpeas. These pulses are rich in phenolic acids and are notable for their satiety-boosting double whammy of protein and fiber.
265 Calories, 13g Fat, 5g Protein, 33g Carbs
Indulge in these oatmeal raisin cookies without the guilt. Oats are a fantastic source of whole grains, which should make up at least half of the grains you eat. They're low in fat and help to lower bad cholesterol levels, which is important for heart health.
226 Calories, 11g Fat, 3g Protein, 32g Carbs
This recipe was inspired by a recipe created by Sweet Spils chef and owner, Heather Spilsbury. Heather's recipe contains cinnamon and cayenne pepper to give the flavor some additional kick. To make the cookies gluten-free, I took some tips from Monique at Ambitious Kitchen. She used quinoa flour (instead of flour) and coconut oil (instead of butter).
147 Calories, 10g Fat, 2g Protein, 13g Carbs
These simple to make no-bake cookies contain the great flavor combination of peanut butter and chocolate along with a little hint of sweetness from honey. The addition of oats adds a punch of fiber and plant protein that makes them very satisfying.
255 Calories, 10g Fat, 6g Protein, 36g Carbs
Sweet potatoes lend moisture and sweetness to a healthy and light breakfast cookie. Sweet potatoes give a kick of beta-carotene in the morning and whole grain rolled oats and pecans will help fill you up with a good dose of fiber.
303 Calories, 17g Fat, 4g Protein, 34g Carbs