Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipe: Med Meringues

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Looking for a new Christmas Cookie Recipe? Meringue cookies are usually just egg whites, flavoring, and sugar. What if we could put a healthy twist on that holiday favorite? These unbelievably delicious Med Meringues use the technique of beaten egg whites combined with nuts and seeds for a meringue with Mediterranean influences, healthy fat, and low sugar. You can use any combination of nuts and seeds that you prefer for these. If you use small or medium eggs, add an extra egg white. Be sure to use unsalted nuts and seeds.

Med Meringues

Ingredients
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
½ cup old fashioned oats
½ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large egg whites
½ cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or stir-fry pan until hot but not smoking.
  3. Add the sunflower seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, oats, and salt. Toss for several minutes until toasted. Keep the mixture moving and reduce heat so it does not burn.
  4. Put the nut mixture in a large bowl and refrigerate until cool.
  5. Beat the egg whites using a hand or stand mixer until foamy. Continue to beat and slowly add the sugar, beat until thick.
  6. Combine the nut mixture and egg whites. Fold together until combined.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoon on to parchment lined baking sheet (you can also use a baking mat or lightly greased cookie sheet).
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until slightly brown. Cool on a wire rack. Store in airtight container at room temperature.