Rich Carob Balls & Allergy-Friendly “Sugar” Cookies {Healthy Holiday Treats with Allergy-Friendly Options!}


Shannon has declared a Christmas edition of Works-for-me-Wednesday, so here are a couple of great cookie recipes. They are both quite healthy, and very adaptable to different diets and allergies (wheat free, gluten free, egg or dairy allergy, etc.)! Enjoy!

Rich Carob Balls
Recipe type: Desserts and Sweets
  • ¾ cup peanut butter (the original recipe uses tahini, I like peanut butter better; almond butter would be great, too!)
  • ¾ cup carob powder (again, you could substitute cocoa powder)
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ½ cup raisins (or some dates, or dried apricots, although raisins work really nicely)
  • ½ cup favorite chopped nuts and seeds (this time I used ½ almonds, ¼ pumpkin seeds, ¼ sunflower seeds)
  1. Process the dried fruit and nuts first, in a food processor. Once well chopped, add in other ingredients. Add a bit of water if you need to make it more moist.
  2. Shape into balls, and if you like, roll in dried coconut.

This is one of our favorite little treats! The recipe originated from Rejuvenate Your Life, and I just adapted it. We like to keep these in the freezer, but they’re also good out of the fridge.


Allergy-Friendly "Sugar" Cookies {Healthy Holiday Treats with Allergy-Friendly Options!}
Recipe type: Desserts and Sweets
  • 1¼ cups butter (if you must substitute the butter out, please use coconut oil, not margarine!)
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups flour (your choice- wheat, spelt, rice, millet, etc.) (I first tried this recipe when my sis-in-law made it with brown rice flour, and they were great! Slightly crumbly, but overall very good!)
  1. Blend the butter and honey and vanilla
  2. Stir in the flour until well mixed
  3. Chill until dough is firm
  4. Roll out and press into fun Christmas shapes! My daughter and I are making these tomorrow and we intend to make Christmas trees, stars, wreaths, and a cross (I know, different holiday, but we had to get Jesus in there somehow!).
  5. Edit: Bake at 350 F for just under 10 minutes. Depending on your oven, you may need to lower the temperature, or cook for more like 6-8 minutes, so just keep a close eye on the first batch or two. (Silly me- I forgot to mention how to bake them when I first posted. Hmm, maybe midnight is not a good time for posting...)

The final step is just an add on, from my childhood. My step-Mom would always melt chocolate and dip shortbread cookies in halfway. Sooo, I am going to melt some grain-sweetened carob chips (for pete’s sake, it’s Christmas- use chocolate if you want to!!!), and I will dip these yummy little cookies in it. I think I will have to add a bit of milk or cream to get a nice texture, and melt the chocolate (carob, whatever) in a double boiler so it doesn’t burn.

Top image by Petite Family

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Great recipe!I am going to try these tomorrow but I am glad to see that there isn’t 3 cups of sugar and 2 sticks of butter in this recipe.I foound your site while googling healthy christmas cookies and so glad I found your blog!Merry Christmas

  2. Hi Stephanie! Have you tried substituting applesauce for any of the honey? We’re trying these this year, sounds yummy!

  3. We will be trying both recipes…thanks!!

    I wanted to make “sugar” cookies and dip them in chocolate and then sprinkle some tiny bits of candy cane on them and give them as Christmas gifts to friends.

  4. Oops- sorry Kellie! Yes, the carob is 3/4 cup. Thanks for pointing that out. Hope you enjoy them!

  5. I really want to make the carob balls – YAY – and am wondering if the carob powder is in cups? Thank you!

  6. You’re welcome, Sarah! We have a lot of food allergies and restrictions in our family, for various health issues, so we just love finding or figuring out good recipes that help us to feel like we’re not missing out. I hope your son enjoys the cookies!

  7. I love this! My eldest deals with bipolar and is totally off refined cane sugar, white flour and caffeine- this is a tough time of the year for him and we try to keep foods out of our home that he cannot have. I will be making these very soon! Thank you!

  8. Oh good, I’m glad they look yummy to all of you!

    fullheartandhands, yes, I forgot the baking instruction for the “sugar” cookies! Thanks for noticing! I’ve edited it now to include that info!

  9. Looks like something I’d be able to do with my grandkiddos! Blessings to you this day! lylah

  10. These look great. What are the instructions for baking? Did I miss that? Thanks for sharing some holiday treat alternatives.

  11. I have tons of food allergy recipes that I adapt but have never tried either of these. They look wonderful and I can let my oldest make them herself (she is almost 10 and loves to bake.)


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