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4 Guilt-Free Sweet Treats Filled With Holiday Cheer

Forget sugar plums! We’re dreaming of these healthified holiday treats—made with good-for-you ingredients from plnt brand—this season. From Pumpkin & PB Swirl Protein Brownies to Coconut Sugar Cookies, they’re sure to satisfy everyone from your coworkers to Santa himself.

1. Coconut Sugar Cookies

*Makes 10 cookies

For these squeaky clean, grain-free sugar cookies you’ll need:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, and baking soda. Mix evenly. Then, add the honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract, and mix thoroughly until a dense dough forms.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Roll the dough into 10 compact balls, and press each down softly onto the baking sheet to flatten. Bake for 13 to 16 minutes. (13 minutes will yield a soft-baked cookie, while 16 minutes will yield lightly crisped edges.) Let cool for five minutes, then enjoy!

Nutrition info for one cookie: 72 calories • 6 g fat  • 4 g carbohydrates • 1 g protein • 2 g sugar • 1 g fiber

2. Gingerbread Bites

*Makes 12 bites (four servings)

To make these bite-sized bursts of holiday flavor, you’ll need:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the whole-wheat flour, baking powder, and gingerbread spices. Mix evenly. Add the pumpkin puree and honey, and mix the dough with a wooden spoon until it evenly combined and slightly sticky.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Roll the dough into 12 even balls, and place each lightly onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. After cooling for five minutes, enjoy!

Nutrition info for three bites: 158 calories • 1 g fat  • 36 g carbohydrates • 4 g protein • 14 g sugar • 4 g fiber

3. Pumpkin & PB Swirl Protein Brownies

*Makes eight brownies

Here’s what you’ll need to make these rich, fudgy brownies:

Brownie Batter

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Swirl

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and honey, and mix well. Then, add the plnt protein powder and unsweetened cocoa powder, and mix until a thick, lump-free brownie batter forms.

Spray a 4×9 baking dish with nonstick spray and spread the brownie batter evenly throughout the dish.

In a small bowl, mix together the pumpkin peanut butter swirl ingredients. Dollop the mixture across the brownie batter and swirl around with a toothpick. Bake for 23 to 25 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes; then, cut into eight brownies, and enjoy!

Nutrition info for one brownie: 186 calories • 11 g fat  • 20 g carbohydrates • 8 g protein • 12 g sugar • 4 g fiber

4. Frozen Hot Chocolate Protein Milkshake

*Makes one milkshake

Frozen hot chocolate that fuels your muscles? Don’t mind if we do. Here’s what you’ll need:

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend for two minutes, until the milkshake is thick and smooth. Enjoy!

Nutrition info for one shake: 160 calories • 5 g fat  • 11 g carbohydrates • 20 g protein • 1 g sugar • 4 g fiber

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