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Traditional Holiday Cookie Balls

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Brighten your holidays with food upgrades like this that are free of refined flour (gluten and grain-free) and are refined sugar-free.
Add these to your healthy mix of holiday recipes. They taste so good and go great with a cup of tea or hot chocolate.
These don’t last very long in our house!
If you are trying to be mindful about your sugar intake, even honey, and maple syrup which still raise blood sugar levels (but not as much as white sugar) I love using (and I’ve tested) monk fruit sweetener, and love it.
I can notice a difference in how I feel afterwards and it is equally as tasty.

Traditional Holiday Cookie Balls

Makes 12-15 balls

1  1/2 cups almond flour

⅛ teaspoon sea salt

⅛ teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons vegan shortening (Spectrum or Nutiva brand)

2 tablespoons honey (or use Classic Monk Fruit Sweetener for a zero calorie, sugar-free option)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1/2  cup organic powdered sugar (or use Powdered Monk Fruit Sweetener for a zero calorie, sugar-free option)

 

In a food processor combine almond flour, salt and baking soda.

Pulse in shortening, honey (or Classic Monk Fruit sweetener) and vanilla.

Mix in pecans by hand.

Scoop dough out in tablespoons.

Use your hands to form cookies into balls, pressing very firmly.

Place balls on parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes.

Dip cookies into organic powdered sugar once cooled (or powdered Monk Fruit Sweetener)

Serve.

 

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