I love the Christmas season and attempting to spend my time wisely focusing on friends, family, and faith. I was able to do that this past week by hosting a healthy holiday cookie exchange! Many of my favorite female friends were able to attend to join in good conversation, drinks, and food. Of course, there was a healthy twist as I asked that the desserts have some swaps for healthier ingredients. Here are some of the highlights!
I offered up a few new recipes including a delicious kale pesto served on gluten-free brown rice fusilli, and a winter quinoa salad!
After some good conversation and munching, we started the cookie exchange. We took time for every one to talk about their recipes, and how they were able to make them a bit healthier!
These pine cones were made with Fiber One Cereal! So creative!
These candied cranberries and baked pears were amazing! For the pears that you can eat like candy, just slice and bake on low for several hours. These would make a great snack alone or be tasty in oatmeal or on salad!
My friend Marsha likes to “play” in the kitchen. If she can put together a recipe for these amazing cookies, I will post it asap! The cherry ones reminded me of the Polish kolaczki!
Carrot Cake Cookies!
These brownies were adapted by taking a traditional recipe and swapping the oil and butter for canned pumpkin puree! Less fat and calories and they were so good!
Healthy Chocolate Fudge Zucchini Brownies!Better for you Buckeyes! These were great!
The girls telling each of us about the how to’s of the cookies!Beauties!
Be sure to let me know if you try any of these healthier holiday treats. If you have been keeping up with your 100 Mile Challenge, and all of the Holiday HIIT workouts, don’t worry, you’ve got some wiggle room for a few treats likes these! Continue to enjoy all things festive!