The holidays can be lonely when you want to eat healthy. Christmas cookies are everywhere, easy to overeat, and rarely good for you. But what do you do when you want to eat something festive, but not overload on refined sugar and flour? Make a batch of these Paleoish Candy Cane Cacao Cookies.

Now, these aren’t necessarily a health food, and with the addition of crushed candy canes, aren’t technically Paleo. If you want to omit the candy canes, leave them out and add a half teaspoon of peppermint extract. But even with the candy canes, these are miles above traditional cookies. Made with Ava Jane’s Kitchen Caramelized Cacao, these have rich chocolate flavor and less refined sugar than almost any other cookie on your holiday table. And you’ll see that they actually taste good too, so you may not miss out on regular cookies anyway. Or maybe not?

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