Holiday cookie making (and eating) time is upon us and while the classic buttery, sugar and white flour filled treats are always a welcome indulgence, it's nice to have a few healthier, wholesome, vegan and/or gluten-free options to make and share as well.  Trading some of those less than virtuous ingredients for the likes of whole wheat and nut flours, nut and seed butters, natural sweeteners and even a few superfood, anti-oxidant filled items – we've compiled a list of 10 healthier holiday cookie recipes that will see you through the season and into your new year's resolutions.

Almond Butter Puffed Rice Treats

Technically not a cookie, but this is a great update on a classic rice crisp treat that will add some variety to your holiday cookie roster.  This has all the crunch and chewiness of the original but is much more wholesome, swapping out the usual butter and marshmallows for nut butter and brown rice syrup to bind, and just a little extra touch of sweetness from a drizzle of chocolate and a sprinkling of shredded coconut.  

Banana Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookies

If you love banana bread and recipes that you can put together in a snap, then these cookies are for you. With 5 simple, wholesome ingredients (plus some chocolate chips) you have a batch of very virtuous, sweet and delicious cookies. Feel free to play around with different nut or seed butters, or use coconut flour to make the recipe nut free. And of course you can play around with add ins with whatever your banana bread loving heart desires, like walnuts, dried cherries or cacao nibs.

Black Bean Chocolate Chili Cherry Cookies

The not so secret ingredient in these cookies is black beans which add a unique richness, as well as a protein and fibre 1-2 punch.  While filled with whole food ingredients these cookies are super decadent tasting, heavy on the chocolate with a hit of brightness coming from tart dried cherries and a subtle pinch of cayenne pepper.  Walnuts would be a great addition to this recipe as well, for a classic brownie like effect.

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

Carrots, walnuts and a touch of ginger evoke a classic carrot cake flavour in these hearty oatmeal cookies.  And with the usual sugar, butter and eggs swapped out for coconut oil and maple syrup, their lightly sweet and healthfully decadent.

Chocolate Hazelnut Graham Cookies

A fairly simple one bowl, one pan recipe for a delicious and vegan/gluten free take on graham crackers. These would be extra delicious dipped or drizzled with melted chocolate for a nutella-like chocolate hazelnut twist.

Cracker Sandwich Cookies

A perfect option for when you're short on time or looking for a treat to make with kids. These take a classic snack time fave like crackers and peanut butter (or almond butter) and step it up with a dip in some chocolate and an optional dusting of powdered sugar. Skip the extra sugar and use organic, whole wheat or gluten free crackers to keep this cookie on the healthier side.

Raw Mint Chocolate Cookies

Dates are a perfect base for raw cookies and treats, as they have great texture and natural sweetness so no additional sugars are needed.  These raw cookies use the addition of 3 kinds of chocolate and peppermint extract to make a classic chocolate mint flavoured treat that's packed with wholesome ingredients, minimal added sugars and a superfood hit from raw cacao and cacao nibs.

Sesame Almond Honey Cookies

Inspired by the flavours of the middle eastern dessert Halva, these cookies combine sesame (in both whole seed form and tahini paste) with almonds and honey to create a light and not too sweet cookie that pair perfectly with a cup of tea. And full of wholesome and protein packed ingredients you can feel good about snagging an extra bite.

Winter Spice Almond Cookies with Cherries and Cacao Nibs

A wholesome gluten free cookie made with an almond meal and coconut base instead of flour, spiked w/ superfood cacao nibs and dried cherries for a taste of chocolate and sweetness and some warming holiday spices.