Healthy eating at holiday time can be challenging. How about trying out some healthy cookies? That’s not an oxymoron.
These cookies stand out as being a prime combination of what’s marvelous about Christmas cookies: bitter dark chocolate, tart seasonally appropriate dried fruit, brown sugar for depth of flavor, and a dash of texture-rich oatmeal. They’ll be a fun addition to a holiday cookie swap or just a healthy holiday treat for you.


One of these healthy cookies is less than 100 calories. Who says we can’t stick to healthy eating during the holiday season?


Healthy Dark Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies



Ingredients (makes 2-1/2 dozen)

• 1.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup)
• 1.5 ounces whole wheat flour (about 1/3 cup)
• 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 teaspoons ground vanilla (or vanilla extract)
• 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
• 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
• 1 large egg, lightly beaten
• 1 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
• 4 ounces extra dark chocolate chips



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine flours, oats, baking soda, salt, and vanilla in a medium bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, mix butter and sugar in a large bowl (or mixer bowl) until smooth.
4. Slowly add dry ingredients into the butter mixture, beating until well-blended.
5. Add the egg and mix until incorporated.
6. Remove from mixer. Add cranberries and chocolate chips and stir by hand until combined.
7. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets lined with silpats or parchment paper.
8. Bake for 12 minutes, rotating the sheets midway through the baking process.
9. Cool on wire racks.


Nutrition (per cookie)


Calories: 93
Fat: 4g
Carbs: 13g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 1g


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