Craving a flourless gluten-free cookie with heart-healthy fat that will also please holiday guests? Avocado is the star ingredient in this nutritious and delicious healthy holiday cookie recipe!

Ingredients (use organic ingredients when available):

  • 1/3 cup medium ripe avocado, mashed
  • 2/3 cup natural peanut or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg, lightly whisked
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup quich-cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs, roasted
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Prepare a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine first five ingredients (wet ingredients). In a large-size mixing bowl, combine the next three dry ingredients.  Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until well-combined. Stir in cocoa nibs. Using a tablespoon, evenly scoop onto baking sheet to make 12 cookies. Flatten slightly with a fork.
Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts per cookie (44 grams): 148 calories, 9.9 grams fat, 16 mg cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 79 mg potassium, 10.7 grams carbohydrate, *4 grams sugar, 6 grams protein, 2.1 grams dietary fiber, 12 percent Daily Value for Iron.

Note that these cookies are low in *sugar (less than a teaspoon per cookie). If you like sweet cookies, then add an extra tablespoon of maple syrup to the batter. 

Bon Appetit!

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