Healthy Holiday No-Bake Maca Cookies

Holiday cookies are unapologetically my favorite part of the holiday season! Growing up, I would start making cookies with my mom about mid-December. We baked anywhere from five to eight different kinds. We gave them as gifts to anyone we visited, we left them on neighbor’s doorsteps, and of course, we kept covered platefuls in the kitchen so anytime during the day I could float over and grab a little something to feed my sugary festive appetite.

But ever since I began working at BumbleBar, I’ve admitted just how unhealthful and harmful all of that refined sugar and gluten-filled flour can be. My sweet tooth can’t be stopped, though. That’s the truth. So now I just try to make my sweets with natural sugars—and a little less of it—and ingredients that actually provide some nutrients.

Every ingredient for your healthy holiday maca cookies in a beautiful circle.

Add maca powder to help with stress management.

These no-bake cookies are not only easy to whip up, but they also have stress-reducing maca powder in them. How wonderful, your cookies can actually help bring down your holiday stress levels!

Studies have shown maca to reduce anxiety and depression, boost your energy, and increase libido. It even has a nice amount of protein, vitamin C, iron, and copper. The cranberries give you some extra vitamin C, antioxidant vitamin E, and vitamin K. The almonds and pumpkin seeds pack some protein, healthy fats, and magnesium.

Feel free to adjust the maca powder amount to you’re liking. If you’re used to consuming maca, you might want to increase it a little. For those who aren’t used to it, you might want to bring it down to 1 tbsp. Some people experience a little jitteriness or a slight tummy ache the first time they eat maca if the amount is too high.

No-bake healthy holiday maca cookies on a cutting board.

Let’s jump in!

Maca Cookies

1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup dark chocolate chips (We used 70%, but unsweetened is even better!)
1 cup almond butter
2 cups gluten-free oats
1.5 tbsp maca powder
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
A couple pinches of salt

Instructions:

    1. Put all of your dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them together.
    2. Add the almond butter to the top of the mixture and set aside.
    3. In a pot on the stove, heat up the honey and maple syrup until it bubbles softly.
    4. Add the hot liquid to the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients and stir until everything is wet and combined.
    5. Scoop out cookies on a tray and place in the fridge for an hour or so to harden.
    6. Nom nom nom!

Here’s an estimate of the nutrients you’ll be getting in each cookie:Nutrition facts for no-bake healthy holiday maca cookie

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