Don’t Stop at Just One: 22 Healthy Cookie Recipes

Don’t Stop at Just One: 22 Healthy Cookie Recipes

Baking cookies often leads to a predicament u2014 one is never enough! Luckily| if you make any of our cookie recipes| indulging a little won’t cause a problem. Read on for 22 deliciously healthy cookie recipes.

u2014 Additional reporting by Leta Shy

| (I Can’t Believe They’re) Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

These special cookies are made with dairy-free chocolate kisses for an extra touch. Vegans can now indulge in these peanut butter cookies.

| Vegan Samoas

Egg-free and dairy-free Samoas? They do exist! This recipe keeps all the flavors you love about the cookie without any added trans fat.

| Vegan Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Leave the butter| milk| and eggs behind. This vegan cut-out sugar cookie recipe comes in at 68 calories per cookie and tastes just as delicious.

| Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone loves a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe| but if you’re in search of a healthier alternative| this Paleo and vegan one is your go-to option.

| Almond Lemon Macaroons

For a chewy texture and protein-loaded cookie| these almond lemon macaroons are what you’re looking for. Made strictly with almonds| the flavor is irresistible.

| Vegan| Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies

Gluten-free snackers will have a new favorite recipe in their baking arsenal. These vegan lemon cookies are anything but ordinary.

| Flourless Cranberry Chocolate Chia Cookies

If you’ve sworn off butter| sugar| or flour| you can still have the best cookies of your life. Case in point| these cranberry chocolate chia cookies.

| Cranberry-Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

These oatmeal cookies are like your beloved ones| but with a kick. Cranberries and pecans make the treats superhealthy| while the taste itself is still finger-licking good.

| Chewy Ginger-Molasses Cookies

The soft and chewy centers of these ginger molasses cookies will make you want to eat the whole batch. Luckily| the ginger aids in digestion| so eat away for a postdinner snack.

| Vegan and Grain-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fans of pumpkin pie| this pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe is right up your alley. It’s soft| chewy| and only 86 calories. Plus| the recipe contains no eggs or grains.

| Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten-free-lovers will become obsessed with these peanut butter cookies. The recipe is made without flour but still cooks up to a delicious golden brown color.

| Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Even non-gluten-free-lovers will enjoy this chocolate chip cookie. They’re chewy and tasty| and as an added bonus| you don’t have to chill the dough.

| Oatmeal Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies

Packed with peanut butter flavor and just the right amount of chewiness| these oatmeal peanut butter coconut cookies satisfy whatever sweet craving you have.

| No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate| so here’s another combo: the recipe for these no-bake peanut butter chocolate cookies cuts calories by using less butter and sugar than normal cookie recipes.

| Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

They may look like regular chocolate chip cookies| but you’ll never guess that these cookies have a secret u2014 chickpeas! The hidden ingredient adds a good dose of fiber and protein in each serving. Get the chocolate chickpea cookie recipe here.

| Oatmeal Wheat Germ Chocolate Chip Cookies

A cookie under 60 calories? Bring it on. The recipe for these oatmeal wheat germ chocolate chip cookies uses smart swaps (like Greek yogurt for butter and wheat germ for regular flour) to cut major calories.

| Gingerbread Cookies

These thin gingerbread cookies pack a spicy snap without all the calories| and their strong flavor will keep you satisfied so you don’t go overboard.

| Carob Chip Protein Cookies

If you like your cookies packed with protein| try these carob chip protein cookies| which use almond butter and protein powder to add a filling kick.

| Apple Oatmeal Flax Cookies

Sneak some fruit (and fiber) into your dessert with these apple oatmeal flax cookies; using whole-wheat flour and flax meal makes these cookies even healthier.

| Vegan Peanut Butter Patties

Creamy| chocolaty| peanut buttery u2014 and dairy-free! These vegan peanut butter patties (a twist on Girl Scout Tagalongs) are a healthier way to get your cookie fix.

| Gluten-Free Carob Chia Cookies

The carob chips in these gluten-free vegan carob chia cookies keep things sweet| and the chia seeds make these cookies filling (while adding the benefits of omega-3s).

| No-Bake Almond Cookies

No need for flour or sugar; these raw almond cookies are dense| chewy| and sweet all on their own.

If You’re a Fan of Sleep, This White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal Is a Dream Come True

Are you looking to make your morning routine a little less stressful? If so, you’ll definitely want to try this overnight oatmeal recipe from our friends at Sprouted Routes!

This overnight chia oatmeal recipe is based on two breakthroughs I’ve had recently: 1. that white chocolate is little more than a secret magical ingredient (I’ll get to that later) and milk and 2. that chia makes overnight oatmeal a million times creamier and better, and oatmeal makes chia pudding a million times heartier and more textured and that they shall henceforth live together in harmony and be called choatmeal. Yes, choatmeal. I’ve seeded it in urban high schools across the country and a few of the Kardashian’s cell phones, so keep an eye out for it to become the new cool word in 4 ¨C 5 months or so. Choatmeal will be on fleek. If you don’t know what that means, your life is probably better for it.

So what’s the secret ingredient, you ask? It’s cacao butter, probably previously known to you as that ingredient in the lotion you slather on your dry elbows and hands during the cold winter months. Let’s learn about our new little friend, shall we?

Cacao Butter

Cacao butter is the pressed oil of the cacao bean (responsible for cacao nibs and cacao powder). To extract the cacao butter, you essentially press the nibs (which are broken up cacao beans), to separate the oil from the fiber. It’s used in almost all chocolate recipes, which are typically cacao butter, cacao or cocoa powder, and some kind of sweetener (or milk, if you’re making milk chocolate). Like cacao, which is long recognized as a superfood, cacao butter is rich in antioxidants, as well as oleic acid, which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, and theombromine, which raises energy and alertness levels.

When I discovered that white chocolate is made from a simple mix of cacao butter, milk, some kind of sweetener and vanilla, and I knew I had to try to incorporate it’s silky sweet flavor in a recipe. Choatmeal (ah, it feels so natural) felt like an easy place to start, and guys ¡ª it worked out so much better than I even expected. This breakfast is sweet but not too sweet, rich, creamy. It tastes, seriously, exactly like white chocolate. Layered in with the juicy strawberries ¡ª it’s so divine, I can’t even tell you. It feels like cheating to call it breakfast.

White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal

From Sprouted Routes

White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal

Overnight Chia Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups milk of choice (I used a homemade blend of almond and cashew that worked beautifully)2/3 cup rolled oats2 tablespoons chia seeds3 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in boiling water for 10 min, then drained1 teaspoon vanilla extractGenerous pinch sea salt1 ¨C 2¡å cube cacao butter, about 3 tbsp melted (can be purchased in Whole Foods, most health food stores and on Amazon)1/2 cup fresh raspberries

If You’re a Fan of Sleep, This White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal Is a Dream Come True

Are you looking to make your morning routine a little less stressful? If so| you’ll definitely want to try this overnight oatmeal recipe from our friends at Sprouted Routes!

This overnight chia oatmeal recipe is based on two breakthroughs I’ve had recently: 1. that white chocolate is little more than a secret magical ingredient (I’ll get to that later) and milk and 2. that chia makes overnight oatmeal a million times creamier and better| and oatmeal makes chia pudding a million times heartier and more textured and that they shall henceforth live together in harmony and be called choatmeal. Yes| choatmeal. I’ve seeded it in urban high schools across the country and a few of the Kardashian’s cell phones| so keep an eye out for it to become the new cool word in 4 C 5 months or so. Choatmeal will be on fleek. If you don’t know what that means| your life is probably better for it.

So what’s the secret ingredient| you ask? It’s cacao butter| probably previously known to you as that ingredient in the lotion you slather on your dry elbows and hands during the cold winter months. Let’s learn about our new little friend| shall we?

Cacao Butter

Cacao butter is the pressed oil of the cacao bean (responsible for cacao nibs and cacao powder). To extract the cacao butter| you essentially press the nibs (which are broken up cacao beans)| to separate the oil from the fiber. It’s used in almost all chocolate recipes| which are typically cacao butter| cacao or cocoa powder| and some kind of sweetener (or milk| if you’re making milk chocolate). Like cacao| which is long recognized as a superfood| cacao butter is rich in antioxidants| as well as oleic acid| which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease| and theombromine| which raises energy and alertness levels.

When I discovered that white chocolate is made from a simple mix of cacao butter| milk| some kind of sweetener and vanilla| and I knew I had to try to incorporate it’s silky sweet flavor in a recipe. Choatmeal (ah| it feels so natural) felt like an easy place to start| and guys ¡ª it worked out so much better than I even expected. This breakfast is sweet but not too sweet| rich| creamy. It tastes| seriously| exactly like white chocolate. Layered in with the juicy strawberries ¡ª it’s so divine| I can’t even tell you. It feels like cheating to call it breakfast.

White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal

From Sprouted Routes

White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal

Overnight Chia Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups milk of choice (I used a homemade blend of almond and cashew that worked beautifully)2/3 cup rolled oats2 tablespoons chia seeds3 Medjool dates| pitted and soaked in boiling water for 10 min| then drained1 teaspoon vanilla extractGenerous pinch sea salt1 C 2¡å cube cacao butter| about 3 tbsp melted (can be purchased in Whole Foods| most health food stores and on Amazon)1/2 cup fresh raspberries

Easy 150-Calorie Snacks – They’re All Completely Vegan!

Easy 150-Calorie Snacks u2014 They’re All Completely Vegan!

From sweet to savory| here are 58 different homemade snack recipes to satisfy your vegan cravings. And the best part? They’re all around 150 calories| so you can nosh without any guilt.

| Banana Sushi

Banana with peanut butter is always a delicious snack| and while we’d never want to mess with this perfect combination| it’s fun to mix it up a little with this snack recipe.

Calories: 114 (per serving)

Fiber: 2.1 grams

Protein: 2.7 grams

| Cocoa Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas

If you’ve never roasted chickpeas before| this is the perfect recipe to start with.

Calories: 144 (per serving)

Fiber: 5 grams

Protein: 6.2 grams

| Vegan Banana Apple Chunk Bread

Made with less sugar than a traditional loaf| it’s naturally sweet from the bananas| apples| and applesauce. It’s perfect for a snack but also delicious enough to devour as an after-dinner treat.

Calories: 147 (per slice)

Fiber: 1.9 grams

Protein: 2.4 grams

| Chocolate Hummus

While slices of crunchy apple and fresh strawberries are sweet enough on their own| isn’t everything better with chocolate? Spruce up your basic snack by pairing it with this smooth and mousse-like protein-packed chocolate dip.

Calories: 107 (per serving)

Fiber: 3.9 grams

Protein: 4.7 grams

| Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

With less than 155 calories per serving and lots of vitamin A| these crisp and satisfying wedges are perfect to bake up the next time you’re jonesing for some french-fried goodness (just sub soy yogurt for Greek yogurt in the spicy chipotle-pepper dip).

Calories: 154 (per serving)

Fiber: 2.9 grams

Protein: 4.4 grams

| High-Protein Banana and PB Snack

Here’s an easy way to increase the protein of the basic banana-and-peanut-butter snack to 13.6 grams.

Calories: 156 (per serving)

Fiber: 4.1 grams

Protein: 13.6 grams

| Banana Strawberry Apple Grape Muffins

These naturally sweet| moist muffins are sugar-free and also vegan| which cuts down on the cholesterol and saturated fats.

Calories 100 (per muffin)

Fiber: 1.7 grams

Protein: 1.5 grams

| Dry Roasted Edamame With Black Sesame Seeds

Roasting these fiber-filled soybeans brings extra crunch and flavor| and they serve as a satisfying post-workout snack packed with muscle-building protein.

Calories: 102 (per serving)

Fiber: 3.5 grams

Protein: 8.9 grams

| DIY Dried Mango

Save triply on money| calories| and chemicals by making your own homemade chewy treat u2014 all you need are ripe mangoes and an oven.

Calories: 67 (seven pieces)

Fiber: 2 grams

Protein: 0.5 grams

| Chocolate Almond Quinoa Stuffed Strawberries

These strawberry bites are filled with a chocolaty mashed banana-quinoa mixture and topped with chopped raw almonds| so they’re packed with rich flavor as well as fiber and protein.

Calories: 118 (six strawberries)

Fiber: 3.2 grams

Protein: 3.1 grams

| No-Bake Peanut Butter Crisp Balls

These no-bakes are made with all-natural ingredients like crunchy peanut butter| oats| and unsweetened coconut. They make an irresistible snack before or after a workout.

Calories: 79 (per ball)

Fiber: 1.2 grams

Protein: 3.5 grams

| Sesame-Garlic Nori Chips

Even if you don’t love raw seaweed| you’ll find that the texture and flavor of this nutrient-rich dense sea vegetable changes after a quick pop in the oven.

Calories: 42 (seven strips)

Fiber: u2014

Protein: 2.1 grams

| Cucumber Cups With Tapenade

When it’s time to snack| swap salty crackers for these refreshing cucumber cups.

Calories: 88 (five cups)

Fiber: 2.6 grams

Protein: 1.6 grams

| Chunky Apple Orange Almond Spread

This sweet and fruity spread complements the saltiness of the crackers to satisfy salty-sweet cravings in no time.

Calories: 42 (per serving; crackers not included)

Fiber: 1.5 grams

Protein: 0.7 grams

| Striped Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather

Enjoy the aroma of apple pie baking in your oven without the floury mess or the hundreds of buttery calories by whipping up a batch of homemade apple cinnamon fruit leather.

Calories: 18 (per piece)

Fiber 0.6 grams

Protein: 0.1 grams

| Mango Red Pepper Salsa

Never made your own salsa? Don’t worry u2014 it couldn’t be easier. Just dice everything up| stir it in a bowl| and allow the flavors to mix and mingle in the fridge.

Calories: 68 (per serving; chips not included)

Fiber: 2.7 grams

Protein: 1.2 grams

| Vegan Mango Ice Cream

Ice cream for a snack? Why not? This one is dairy-free and made with only two ingredients u2014 frozen mango and frozen banana. Top it with granola or nuts for a healthy snack.

Calories: 150 (per serving)

Fiber: 4.6 grams

Protein: 1.3 grams

| Peanut Butter Banana Smudgies

This snack that could pass as dessert is completely dairy-free| contains no added sugar| and tastes like an ice cream sandwich. Just be sure to use vegan-approved graham crackers!

Calories: 92 (per sandwich)

Fiber: 1.1 grams

Protein: 1.9 grams

| Babaganoush (Eggplant Dip)

High in iron| potassium| B vitamins| and manganese| this delicious spread is delicious paired with crackers or sliced veggies.

Calories: 77 (per serving| crackers not included)

Fiber: 4.8 grams

Protein: 2.6 grams

| Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

If you’re craving all the flavors of a classic cinnamon bun| then try blending up this fiber- and fruit-filled smoothie that’s less than a quarter of the calories| with hardly any saturated fat whatsoever.

Calories: 157 (per serving)

Fiber: 4.6 grams

Protein: 2.3 grams

| Homemade Mixed Nut Butter

This homemade nut butter contains no peanuts at all. It’s made with almonds| cashews| and sunflower seeds| creating a taste so fresh and unique that you’ll never buy another jar from the store again. Pair it with fresh fruit or crackers.

Calories: 94 (per tablespoon)

Fiber: 1.2 grams

Protein: 3 grams

| Chocolate-Covered Banana Almond Butter Bites

Made with only four ingredients u2014 bananas| almond butter| applesauce| and dairy-free dark chocolate u2014 each delicious bite is under 50 calories.

Calories: 147 (three pieces)

Fiber: 1.2 grams

Protein: 2.4 grams

| Soy-Wasabi Spread

Full of essential nutrients like folate and calcium| this tangy soy-wasabi spread offers a quick punch of protein and only takes 10 minutes to prepare.

Calories: 96 (per serving; crackers not included)

Fiber: 1.5 grams

Protein: 3.1 grams

| Almond Butter Apricot Bites

If you’re craving a sweet| cookie-like snack that’s high in protein and flavor but don’t want the hassle (and temperature) of an oven| then whip up these quick and easy almond butter apricot bites.

Calories: 118 (two bites)

Fiber: 2.4 grams

Protein: 2.6 grams

| Vegan Cucumber Tofu Rolls

Tofu usually shows up as part of a full meal| but it also makes a delicious and satisfying snack. Prepare tofu ahead of time| and store it in the fridge to whip up these protein-packed vegan cucumber tofu rolls in a matter of minutes.

Calories: 117 (three rolls)

Fiber: 1.1 grams

Protein: 4.4 grams

| Vegan Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

If cold and creamy ice cream calls to you after dinner| here’s a sweet alternative that’s lower in calories| fat| and cholesterol. As an added bonus| it contains over three grams each of fiber and protein per serving.

Calories: 152 (per serving)

Fiber: 3.6 grams

Protein: 3.3 grams

| Almond Coconut-Crusted Chocolate Bananas

The banana offers easily digestible carbs| the almond butter boosts the protein content| and the shredded coconut adds iron| vitamin C| and an assortment of B vitamins| so it’s a perfect pre-workout snack.

Calories: 134 (three pieces)

Fiber: 2.6 grams

Protein: 2.8 grams

| Baked Kale Chips

To satisfy your hankering for something crispy and salty like potato chips| whip up a batch of these baked kale chips. You’ll love the delicate texture.

Calories: 117 (per serving)

Fiber: 2.3 grams

Protein: 3.8 grams

| Vegan Snickers

Soft and chewy with the perfect peanut crunch| these vegan Snickers made with almonds| dates| and peanuts really do satisfy.

Calories: 129 (one bar)

Fiber: 1.7 grams

Protein: 3.1 grams

| Tabbouleh Salad

This tabbouleh salad is high in iron| manganese| and vitamins C and A| all important nutrients for the body| and the parsley| lemon| and mint each contain natural detoxing properties. Pair it with some fresh pita for a zesty snack.

Calories: 137 (per serving; pita not included)

Fiber: 4.1 grams

Protein: 3 grams

| Dried Apples

If you don’t have a dehydrator| just use your oven to make these dried apples.

Calories: 135 (nine rings)

Fiber: 4.5 grams

Protein: 0 grams

| Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bites

Not just for breakfast| these banana oatmeal bites will satisfy your cookie cravings.

Calories: 148 (two bites)

Fiber: 2.8 grams

Protein: 4.2 grams

| Frozen Banana Pops

Make these treats with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen u2014 you only need a banana| yogurt (I used soy)| and chocolate chips.

Calories: 78 (per popsicle)

Fiber: 1.3 grams

Protein: 1.4 grams

| Baked Cinnamon Banana Chips

These irresistible sweet little gems are seasoned with cinnamon to satisfy sugar cravings| and the addictive chewiness might have you devouring the entire batch.

Calories: 148 (half a batch)

Fiber: 4.2 grams

Protein: 1.8 grams

| Vegan Banana-Oat Protein Balls

Made with just rolled oats| protein powder| and banana| each 47-calorie ball offers 2.7 grams of protein.

Calories: 141 (three balls)

Fiber: 3.6 grams

Protein: 8.1 grams

| Dried Cantaloupe

Bonus! This snack is made with only one ingredient and your oven.

Calories: 100 calories (per batch; half a cantaloupe)

Fiber: 2 grams

Protein: 2 grams

| Fruit and Nut Bars

If you like Larabars| make your own fruit and nut bars! These chewy bars are made with almonds| dates| and raisins.

Calories: 148 (per bar)

Fiber: 3.3 grams

Protein: 3.9 grams

| Carrot Chips

Craving potato chips? Make a healthier version using carrots.

Calories: 79 (per serving)

Fiber: 4.1 grams

Protein: 1.4 grams

| Almond-Butter- and Granola-Filled Dates

Cut a date in half| remove the pit| fill it with some almond butter| top with granola| and yum! This snack tastes like dessert.

Calories: 95 (half a filled date)

Fiber: 1.8 grams

Protein: 2.4 grams

| Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls

This recipe offers a healthy dose of protein and fiber| but since these cookie-dough-like balls are rolled in chopped chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds| this 77-calorie snack feels more like a treat.

Calories: 77 (per ball)

Fiber: 1.7 grams

Protein: 3.4 grams

| Chocolate Raspberry Protein Balls

Disguised as chocolate raspberry truffles| these are actually protein balls perfect for after a workout.

Calories: 71 (per ball)

Fiber: 1.6 grams

Protein: 3.3 grams

| Green Smoothie Popsicles

Feed into your smoothie obsession with these green smoothie popsicles.

Calories: 39 (per popsicle)

Fiber: 1.2 grams

Protein: .7 grams

| Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Freezer Fudge

If you grew up scooping out spoonfuls of raw cookie dough while baking chocolate chip cookies with Grandma| you’re going to fall hard for this cookie dough freezer fudge u2014 shhh| it’s made with lentils!

Calories: 140 (per piece)

Fiber: 5.2 grams

Protein: 5.8 grams

| Dark Chocolate Salted Caramels

These delicious chocolate morsels are made with sunflower seeds| dates| dairy-free chocolate| and sea salt. Yum!

Calories: 60 (per piece)

Fiber: 1.1 grams

Protein: 1.2 grams

| Homemade Dole Whip

For just over 100 calories| this three-ingredient dessert can be served in a small bowl| the bottom of a pineapple (so Martha Stewart of you!)| or in a cup of pineapple juice.

Calories: 110 (per serving)

Fiber: 3.1 grams

Protein: 1.3 grams

| Chocolate-Covered Banana Almond Butter Bites

Craving a sweet snack? These frozen bites are made with only four ingredients u2014 bananas| almond butter| applesauce| and dairy-free dark chocolate.

Calories: 49 (per piece)

Fiber: .4 grams

Protein: .8 grams

| Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Slash ice cream cravings with your food processor and this dairy-free cherry chocolate chip ice cream recipe.

Calories: 126 (per serving)

Fiber: 2.8 grams

Protein: 2.1 grams

| Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chips

These baked brussels sprouts chips are Paleo-friendly| gluten free| and vegan.

Calories: 50 (per serving)

Fiber: 1.8 grams

Protein: 1.6 grams

| Vegan Strawberry Fudgsicles

If you remember creamy Fudgsicles when you were a kid| whip up this healthier version made without high-fructose corn syrup or added sugar.

Calories: 79 (per popsicle)

Fiber: 1.3 grams

Protein: 2 grams

| Chocolate-Mousse-Filled Strawberries

How do you make juicy| sweet strawberries even better? Pair them with chocolate| of course. The filling in these sweet morsels is made with tofu and dates!

Calories: 78 (five strawberries)

Fiber: 3.2 grams

Protein: 3.5 grams

| No-Bake Vegan Brownies

Craving a chewy| chocolatey brownie| are you? These no-bake treats not only spare you having to turn on the oven during a hot and humid day| but this sugar-| gluten-| and dairy-free recipe is also just 59 calories per fudgey bite.

Calories: 118 for two brownie bites

Fiber: 2.6 grams

Protein: 3.4 grams

| Carrot Cake Protein Balls

These no-bake protein balls are sweet| nutty| and soft| and they’re cake-like without a drop of flour.

Calories: 88 for one ball

Fiber: 1.3 grams

Protein: 3.3 grams

| Vegan Almond Butter Apricot Bites

If you’re craving a sweet| cookie-like snack that’s high in protein and flavor but don’t want the hassle (and temperature) of an oven| then whip up these quick and easy almond butter apricot bites.

Calories: 118 for two bites

Fiber: 2.4 grams

Protein: 2.6 grams

| Cucumber Cups With Tapenade

When it’s time to snack| swap salty crackers for these refreshing cucumber cups.

Calories: 88 for five cups

Fiber: 2.6 grams

Protein: 1.6 grams

| Mango Red Pepper Salsa

If you’ve never made your own salsa| it couldn’t be easier u2014 just dice up everything| stir it in a bowl| and allow the flavors to mix and mingle in the fridge.

Calories: 68 per serving

Fiber: 2.7 grams

Protein: 1.2 grams

| Spicy Black Bean Hummus

Here’s a spicy and high-fiber twist on the basic hummus recipe using black beans instead of garbanzos.

Calories: 43 per serving

Fiber: 1.4 grams

Protein: 1.7 grams

| Homemade Strawberry Fruit Leather

With a food processor| an oven| and a lazy afternoon| it’s easy to whip up a batch of fresh-tasting fruit leathers for a fraction of the cost.

Calories: 15 per piece

Fiber: 1 gram

Protein: 0.3 grams

| Almond Cherry Chunks of Energy

Vegan and gluten-free| these protein-packed nutty nuggets are the perfect post-workout snack.

Calories: 152 (three bites)

Fiber: 1.5 grams

Protein: 6.9 grams

Feel Full Till Dinner With This Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

If you’re loving packing salads in a mason jar like this taco salad, don’t limit yourself just to green salads. Here’s a salad that includes cooked quinoa and roasted sweet potatoes to make your salad extra fiberlicious and filling. You’ll stay satisfied longer, which means no need to reach for extra calories later in the day. And this homemade mango vinaigrette is so sweet, you won’t even need dessert afterward.

Related: 25 Mason-Jar Salad Recipes to Make Co-Workers Jealous

Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad With Mango Balsamic Vinaigrette

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad With Mango Balsamic Vinaigrette

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

For the salad:

1 small sweet potato, unpeeled, diced into bite-sized pieces1 tablespoon olive oilSalt and pepper to taste1/4 cup quinoa1/2 cup black beans1/4 red pepper, diced2 cups greens (you choose)1 tablespoon dried cranberries1 tablespoon salted sunflower seeds

For the dressing:

1/4 cup mango, fresh or frozen1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar1 1/2 tablespoons water

Feel Full Till Dinner With This Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

If you’re loving packing salads in a mason jar like this taco salad| don’t limit yourself just to green salads. Here’s a salad that includes cooked quinoa and roasted sweet potatoes to make your salad extra fiberlicious and filling. You’ll stay satisfied longer| which means no need to reach for extra calories later in the day. And this homemade mango vinaigrette is so sweet| you won’t even need dessert afterward.

Related: 25 Mason-Jar Salad Recipes to Make Co-Workers Jealous

Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad With Mango Balsamic Vinaigrette

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR Fitness

Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad With Mango Balsamic Vinaigrette

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

For the salad:

1 small sweet potato| unpeeled| diced into bite-sized pieces1 tablespoon olive oilSalt and pepper to taste1/4 cup quinoa1/2 cup black beans1/4 red pepper| diced2 cups greens (you choose)1 tablespoon dried cranberries1 tablespoon salted sunflower seeds

For the dressing:

1/4 cup mango| fresh or frozen1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar1 1/2 tablespoons water

20 Healthy Desserts For Your Thanksgiving Feast

20 Healthy Desserts For Your Thanksgiving Feast

It’s OK if the one thing you’re most excited about for Thanksgiving is the dessert. We can’t blame you! It can be hard to save calories during the holidays, especially when your dining room table is full of goodies. Make your indulgences work for you with delicious, healthy versions of highly caloric desserts. Read on for some of our favorite healthier Thanksgiving desserts, from vegan pies to lower-fat cookies!

| Apple Crumble Pie

Marry your two favorite apple desserts u2014 apple pie and apple crisp u2014 by making this amazing vegan apple crumble pie.

| Mini Caramel Apples

Roll up these vegan mini caramel apples to serve as a small treat after an indulgent meal.

| Vegan Pumpkin Pie Pudding

This subtly sweet vegan pumpkin pie pudding is full of fiber and protein for a healthy sweet treat any time during Thanksgiving weekend.

| Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites

These perfectly portioned pumpkin cheesecake bites are vegan yet still hit the spot if you’re craving something creamy.

| Raw Pumpkin Bars

These raw pumpkin bars are perfect for dessert as well as for grabbing during any hectic holiday plans.

| Pumpkin Chia Pudding

A chia pudding that tastes like pumpkin pie but is so much easier to make? Sign us up.

| Gooey Apple Pecan Bars

These amazing apple pecan bars bring together two classic Thanksgiving treats into one ooey-gooey dessert.

| Pumpkin Bars

Need a healthy Thanksgiving dessert, quick? Whip up these pumpkin bars with a light cream cheese frosting that adds a deceptive element of decadence.

| Paleo Pecan Pie Bars

Enjoy a single-serving version of your favorite Thanksgiving Day staple with Paleo pecan pie bars.

| Vegan Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Bread pudding makes for an easy throw-together dessert

What It’s Like to Be a New Vegan on Thanksgiving

What It’s Like to Be a New Vegan on Thanksgiving

Two years ago| my diet was in need of a major overhaul| so I embarked on a vegan eating project. I was interested if giving up meat and dairy would make a difference in my digestion| energy levels| and workout performance. While I missed cheese (big-time)| it was relatively easy to stick with veganism when I was at home in San Francisco. However| when I took off to the East Coast for Thanksgiving| it was a whole different story. Did I mention that Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday?

Related: 40 Vegan Recipes For a Very Happy Thanksgiving

| I didn’t dabble in veganism for “traditional”” reasons.

It wasn’t about being an animal rights activist or on trend with celebrity culture.

| I wanted to see if eliminating meat and dairy would improve my yoga practice.

And I had recently watched the documentary Forks Over Knives . . .

| I spent weeks scouring Pinterest for the perfect dishes.
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“”}|{“”image””:”” I took plenty of pleasure prepping vegan-friendly Thanksgiving dishes at home.

My abbreviated menu was simple| fresh| and full of flavor.

| But everyone was a little . . . confused . . . when I showed up to the meal with vegan eats.

And brought plenty to share.

| The temptation was unlike anything I had encountered.

While the prior two months had been relatively easy| it felt like those dairy-laden side dishes| that big| beautiful bird| and my mother’s famous brisket were taunting me.

| My additions to the meal were not exactly well received.

Because who doesn’t want to try kale salad with tempeh on Thanksgiving u2014 am I right?!

| There was some of this . . .
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“”|””large_link””:”” But I made the most of my filling salad| dairy-free mash| and roasted root veggies.

And answered a ton of questions about what I could and couldn’t eat.

| When it was all said and done| I left the meal with a huge sense of accomplishment.

I had exhibited true self-control and held up the commitment I made to myself.

Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies You’ll Want to Hoard to Yourself

If you’re looking for a holiday treat that won’t pack on more calories than your holiday meal, look no further. Our friends at Sprouted Routes have an appetizing recipe for the perfect after-dinner treat.

These are officially my new favorite treat. Let’s start with the cookie, shall we? Vegan, gluten free, paleo, AND refined sugar free, these little guys taste exactly like pumpkin pie filling. The insides are gooey and decadent, with a crispy crunch on the outer edge.

They’re then stuffed with the creamiest, most divine chocolate cinnamon frosting ever. Full disclosure: all of the frosting most definitely did NOT make it into these cookies. My fianc¨¦ looked over at one point when I was guiltily licking my fingers and chastised me to stop; “you’ll have none left for the photos,” he said. “Arghwagabugga,” I said, my mouth full of cinnamon chocolate goodness. I swallowed, cradling the bowl protectively against my chest. “Go away.”

Spices add a ton of amazing flavor to this recipe, but they also have INSANE health benefits. I’ve always considered spices to be the original superfoods (OG, wha?!), and I seek them out often in even my healthiest recipes, like green smoothies, for their potent effect of both my tastebuds and my body.

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Sandwiches With Chocolate Cinnamon Filling

From Sprouted Routes

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Sandwiches With Chocolate Cinnamon Filling

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients

Cookies:1 cup creamy, unsalted almond butter1/2 cup pumpkin puree1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 teaspoons ground cinnamon2 teaspoons ground ginger1/2 teaspoon ground allspice1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/8 teaspoon ground cloves1/2 teaspoon saltChocolate Cinnamon Filling:1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 1 hour then drained well1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon3 teaspoons maple syrup2 tablespoons cocoa powderPinch of salt

Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies You’ll Want to Hoard to Yourself

If you’re looking for a holiday treat that won’t pack on more calories than your holiday meal| look no further. Our friends at Sprouted Routes have an appetizing recipe for the perfect after-dinner treat.

These are officially my new favorite treat. Let’s start with the cookie| shall we? Vegan| gluten free| paleo| AND refined sugar free| these little guys taste exactly like pumpkin pie filling. The insides are gooey and decadent| with a crispy crunch on the outer edge.

They’re then stuffed with the creamiest| most divine chocolate cinnamon frosting ever. Full disclosure: all of the frosting most definitely did NOT make it into these cookies. My fianc¨¦ looked over at one point when I was guiltily licking my fingers and chastised me to stop; “you’ll have none left for the photos|” he said. “Arghwagabugga|” I said| my mouth full of cinnamon chocolate goodness. I swallowed| cradling the bowl protectively against my chest. “Go away.”

Spices add a ton of amazing flavor to this recipe| but they also have INSANE health benefits. I’ve always considered spices to be the original superfoods (OG| wha?!)| and I seek them out often in even my healthiest recipes| like green smoothies| for their potent effect of both my tastebuds and my body.

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Sandwiches With Chocolate Cinnamon Filling

From Sprouted Routes

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Sandwiches With Chocolate Cinnamon Filling

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients

Cookies:1 cup creamy| unsalted almond butter1/2 cup pumpkin puree1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 teaspoons ground cinnamon2 teaspoons ground ginger1/2 teaspoon ground allspice1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/8 teaspoon ground cloves1/2 teaspoon saltChocolate Cinnamon Filling:1 cup raw cashews| soaked in water for 1 hour then drained well1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon3 teaspoons maple syrup2 tablespoons cocoa powderPinch of salt