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Healthy Holiday Cookies for Santa

Nothin’ But Granola Cookies

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Gluten- and dairy-free, these cookies, available in Cherry Cranberry Almond and Chocolate Coconut Almond (shown above) are all natural and full of nutrient-packed nuts, seeds, and fruit. They’re made with olive oil (instead of butter), and sweetened with honey and organic sugar ($7, nothinbutfoodsstore.com). And see 11 Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes for more GF sweets. 

Low-Fat Gingerbread Cookies from Skinnytaste

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With less than half the fat of traditional ones (and just 56 calories each), Santa (or you) can have more than one of these low-fat gingerbread cookies, from the blog Skinnytaste, guilt-free.

Carla Hall’s Petite Cookies

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It’s easy to keep portions small with these cookies, which are each the size of a sugar cube. In flavors like chocolate hazelnut praline, pecan shortbread with vanilla salt, and Mexican chocolate chip, you’ll want to try one of each (from $7; carlahall.com).

Double Vanilla Sugar Cookies

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Our vanilla sugar cookie recipe has less sugar than traditional bites, but the addition of extra vanilla elevates the flavor, so you won’t even miss it. (Also check out our Low-Calorie Lime-Glazed Shortbread Cookies!)

Oatmeal Raisin Crunchy Cookie Chips

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These super-thin, super-crunchy cookie chips will satisfy your sweet tooth without too many cals—five crisps have just 120 calories. Other varieties include chocolate chip, cinnamon sugar, and sea-salted peanut butter (yum!). ($4; grocery stores)

Beetroot Coconut Sugar Cookies from Nutrition Stripped

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A colorful twist on traditional sugar cookies, Nutrition Stripped blogger McKel Hill, M.S., R.D., combines beets, gluten-free flour, coconut oil, and natural sweeteners for a tender, chewy beet and coconut cookie.

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