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?


Makes 1 dozen cookies
Prep time: 20 minutes



1/2 cup liquid sweetener, such as maple syrup or honey, or combination

1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 egg

1 cup blanched almond flour

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon Colima Sea Salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 candy canes, crushed

1/4 cup Ava Jane’s Kitchen Caramelized Cacao, crushed



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk the sweetener, vinegar, vanilla, and coconut oil in a bowl until combined. In a larger bowl, add the almond flour, coconut flour, salt, and baking soda.

Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes and then add the candy canes and cacao, stirring well.

Roll the dough into balls, 1-2 tablespoons each and put on your cookie sheet.

Bake for 12-13 minutes, until cookies puff up slightly. Cool on a wire wrack completely.