I can’t believe we are coming upon twowildtides’ second Christmas season. Last year, we wrote a fun article where we tested healthy Christmas cookie recipes we found on Pinterest. It was a huge success and so fun to create, so here we are with another edition. Check out last year’s Healthy Pinterest Christmas Cookies TESTED!
Again, I want to write a little disclaimer that this is in no way a critique of the recipes. I am not a pro baker (not even close actually) so any negative results could certainly be attributed to that. We just want to give you a little inspiration for your Christmas baking and let you know that you can still enjoy traditional Christmas cookies if you have dietary restrictions or just like to eat clean.
Baking Christmas cookies is something I look forward to every year. I am so proud and happy to be able to share this tradition with all of you! Let’s get started:
Grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free; these cookies are to die for! They are super easy to make, the texture is good (crispy outside, chewy middle), and they have a nice, subtle sweetness. The raspberry jam is a great addition. Spoiler: we sure didn’t save the best for last– these cookies won the day.
I have to say that I completely messed these up. I was about to give an awful review of these cookies and say that ‘best EVER’ may be a bit of a stretch, but after re-reading the recipe, I realized that I used liquid coconut oil when I should have melted solid coconut oil. Turns out that the cookies get their fluffiness from the hardening of the coconut oil when you chill the batter in the fridge. Since I used liquid coconut oil, they turned into a flat, bland mess. They actually resemble pancakes more than cookies. These cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, so they are worth giving another shot (with the right type of coconut oil!) Fingers crossed!
These turned out a lot better than I expected! A Canadian classic, Nanaimo bars are always popular around the holidays. This version is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, raw, and paleo! They are delicious and very healthy, but the taste doesn’t really resemble original Nanaimo bars. I definitely recommend trying out this recipe– And eating them for breakfast, cause why not?
I decided at the very last moment to make these cookies for this article and honestly, I expected them to be a disaster. The batter is simply almond flour and maple syrup, so it is very healthy and VERY sticky. It is so sticky, that it is pretty hard to cut out decent shapes, so just a heads up for that. They taste amazing! Super sweet and crunchy, the taste is reminiscent of fresh waffle cones. These are perfect to whip up last-minute for company over the holiday season.
Overall, this was a successful day! We hope this article inspired your holiday baking, but don’t forget that you can use these recipes year-round too. If you try any of the recipes out, please let us know in the comments below or send us your pictures on social media. We are @twowildtides on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.