Merry Christmas Eve + An Easy Cookie Recipe!

Today is Christmas Eve!

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Happy Holidays from my little snowman!

I could use today to post about staying healthy over the holidays, but you can read some of my tips in this article instead.  Today, I want to write about cookies!  You see, I’m a dietitian…but I LOVE cookies.  And this weekend, I baked millions.  Okay, probably only about 30 dozen, but it was still a lot of cookies. 

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#allthecookies

The cookies were my gifts to coworkers and staff at the nursing home, but boyfriend snagged a bunch of them and I even enjoyed a few!  For the gifts, I made trays with a variety of the cookies and wrapped them in fun holiday cellophane.  I also bought these decorative bags for individual gifts. Super easy and so cute!

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Dollar store packaging FTW!

My coworkers are pretty accustomed to my baking, although they know it’s usually modified to be healthier.  I try to use less sugar and less fat, and also substitute whole wheat flour where I can.  But these Christmas cookies were (GASP!) made using original recipes and ingredients! Regular sugar, butter, eggs, oil and flour!  Sometimes it’s nice to indulge… 😉

I have one coworker who is vegan, so I also whipped up a batch of super easy vegan chocolate chip cookies!  I actually made these a few weeks ago too, but boyfriend and I gobbled them up before I even snapped a picture!  They’re really good.  They’re also really easy to make and only require 4 ingredients!  And chances are, you already have these 4 ingredients sitting around your cabinets!  This recipe is totally RD-approved (see nutrition facts below) and gluten-free too.  So, a healthy, delicious cookie that’s easy to make and vegan-friendly?  Awesome.  Check out the recipe and try it for yourself!

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Vegan chocolate chip balls

4 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yields: 18 cookies

2 cups old-fashioned oats

2 bananas, mashed

1 cup almond butter (I used Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, but this can be substituted for your favorite nut/seed butter!)

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350*.

2.  Place bananas and nut butter in a saucepan over low heat until combined.

3.  Fold banana/nut butter mix into oats and add chocolate chips.

4.  Spoon onto cookie sheet and bake 12-15 minutes.

5.  Let cool and enjoy! 🙂

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Ta da!

Nutrition Facts (per cookie): 160 calories, 9g fat, 4g protein, 3g fiber

The other batch of these I made using peanut butter, so I added a little honey for extra sweetness.  Also, If you can’t find vegan-friendly chocolate, you could substitute dried fruit!  Gotta love recipes that are customizable to personal tastes and convenience!

Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday!!!

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