One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is BAKE.
Baking holiday treats doesn’t mean that you have to end up with sugar cravings for days, a stomach ache, and extra inflammation. You can make holiday cookies and treats with whole food ingredients and a lot LESS sugar!
Several years ago, when I was transitioning to a Paleo/Grain free lifestyle, I was bummed about holiday baking – I thought I could no longer make my favorite traditional Christmas cookies. Little did I know that there are SO MANY wonderful Paleo/Grain free holiday cookie recipes out there.
Paleo/Grain Free Does NOT Equal Calorie Or Sugar Free
Please keep in mind as you go through this holiday season that just because something is Paleo or Grain free, does not mean you can EAT AS MUCH AS YOU WANT. While these “treats” are free of gluten, dairy, and soy, they still contain sugar and plenty of calories.
Remember that TREATS ARE STILL TREATS.
The longer I have been eating “Paleo” the less I find myself making these treats throughout the year. Instead of making every recipe that I see that looks yummy, I choose to make treats for special occasions such as the holidays.
It is just good to know that if you choose to adopt a gluten free and/or grain free lifestyle, you can still enjoy treats when you choose and not feel deprived. You still want the bulk of your supportive nutrition plan to be made up of protein, vegetables, and healthy fats even during the holidays.
Cookies that are grain free and made with real food ingredients are better for several reasons…
- More satisfying due to higher fat content so you eat 1 cookie versus 4-5.
- Do not contain gluten, which can increase inflammation and contribute to symptoms such as depression, anxiety, headaches, digestive upset, joint pain, and the list goes on and on.
- Lower in carbohydrates because they lack grains helping to minimize the spike of blood sugar.
Remember not all calories are created equal…
When you are searching for recipes, be mindful of the ingredients, mainly how much sugar it calls for. Most of the time you can reduce the sugar in a recipe and it will still taste great!
For example, if a recipe calls for dark chocolate chips plus ½ cup of raw honey or maple syrup, I will reduce the sweetener down to ¼ cup, as the chocolate chips contain sugar as well. I have found that my new taste buds don’t handle a lot of sugar at one time very well.
Too much sugar can also make me pretty moody, unmotivated, cause cravings, and disrupt my sleep. After going for significant periods of time without sugar, I can really tell when I overdo it.
Also, be mindful of how much nut flour and nut butter you are consuming this time of year. The calories can add up fast and for some individuals, nuts can increase inflammation and exacerbate symptoms, especially those that are autoimmune in nature.
The holidays can be very busy with a to-do list a mile long. Often times we are putting food in our mouth unconsciously simply because it is there or we are stressed. I encourage you to indulge in those things that are truly WORTH IT to you and pass on other less desirable things. If you take a bite of something and it doesn’t taste AMAZING to you, then STOP EATING IT!!! It is ok to give yourself permission to do that. You can politely decline foods without offending anyone.
STOP…SLOW DOWN…BE MINDFUL…AND PRACTICE SELF-CARE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
NOW ON TO THE GOOD STUFF…
Grain Free Holiday Cookie Recipes
I’ve put together my Top 10 favorite grain free holiday cookies recipes for you!
Grain Free Gingerbread Cookies
This gingerbread cookie recipe is more soft and airy vs thin and crispy, and that’s exactly why we love them. They also don’t require a stand mixer (we’re in!).
Get the recipe HERE from A Clean Bake
Cookie Dough Truffles
Maybe not your classic holiday cookie recipe, but these grain free cookie dough truffles will leave you forgetting all about cookies.
If you’re dairy free, try substituting the butter for a dairy free version!
Try the recipe HERE from Thank Your Body
Orange White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Need a recipe that’s perfect for making with your kids? Impress your friends and family with this delicious macadamia nut cookie recipe… they won’t even know it’s grain free!
This cookie recipe comes from Tammy Credicott, author of Make Ahead Paleo. Find this exclusive recipe on Real Everything
Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies
The Fall pumpkin craze may be over this time of year, but we think pumpkin spice should be a permanent year-round flavor. Enjoy the warm and cozy feeling of pumpkin spice in these paleo sugar cookies.
They’re not just grain free, they are also refined sugar free!
Get the recipe HERE from Delighted Momma
Real Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies
We’re huge fans of Danielle Walker around here, so it’s no surprise to those who know us that this is one of our all-time favorite recipes.
These chocolate chip cookies aren’t just a great recipe for the holidays, they are perfect for baking with your kids all year long. Gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and refined sugar free too!
Grab the recipe HERE from Against All Grain
Grain Free Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
We love this recipe from Fit Foodie Finds. It’s a childhood favorite made a bit healthier, but still 100% delicious.
Recipe is HERE from Fit Foodie Finds
Simple, chewy cookies rolled in cinnamon and sugar before baking. This recipe is based on the very addicting gluten free & vegan snickerdoodle cookies from Trader Joes.
We love that it uses almond flour and coconut flour and that it’s every bit as delicious as the store-bought snickerdoodles.
Find the recipe for these cookie HERE from The Paleo Mom
Cookie Cutter Cookies
If you’re looking for some easy grain free sugar cookies to cut out with your favorite cookie cutters, this one’s a hit. These cookies bake up light and fluffy and are a wonderful grain free alternative for the whole family.
These sugar cookies are not just grain free, they are also dairy free and even refined sugar free!
Get the recipe HERE from Primal Palate
Chocolate Peppermint Paleo Macaroons
This cookie recipe is perfect for kids to help make because there’s no baking involved!
These raw, vegan, and refined sugar free cookies simply need to be refrigerated for one hour before devouring. We love how they use peppermint essential oil, and have a non-paleo option with candy canes as well.
Grab the recipe HERE from My Natural Family
Nut-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
For those who have additional allergies such as nuts, we know it can be hard to find recipes that taste the same after replacing nut butter or even almond flour.
This recipe for nut-free chocolate chip cookies was made specifically for those who needed an alternative. Created with coconut flour and arrowroot, you won’t find any nuts here.
This recipe is gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and refined sugar free!
Grab the recipe HERE from Primal Palate
In Health & Happiness,