Healthy Holiday Cookies

The TENA Kitchen Recipe

Healthy Holiday Cookies


  • 75 mL Canola oil
  • 75 mL Pure maple syrup
  • 50 mL Apple juice
  • 5 mL Pure vanilla extract
  • 5 mL Almond extract
  • 250 mL Whole almonds
  • 375 mL Whole Wheat flour
  • 125 mL All-purpose flour
  • 10 mL Baking powder
  • 2 mL Salt
  • Garnish: mini chocolate chips, orange marmalade, raspberry jam


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup, apple juice, vanilla and almond extract. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, whirl almonds to chop finely.
  3. Add almonds to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Stir in flours, baking powder and salt.
  5. Stir in the oil mixture. Using your hands to mix dough together, adding an additional 6 tablespoons of apple juice to help the dough stay together.
  6. Form 24 balls and arrange on two cookie sheets that are lined with parchment paper.
  7. Using your thumb, make a small indent into each ball.
  8. Drop a small amount of either chocolate chips, orange marmalade or raspberry jam into the indents.
  9. Bake at 180°C for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool and if desired, dust with icing sugar.