Few things are as comforting as indulging in tasty treats with your friends and family over the holidays. But it doesn’t mean that you should throw your health goals out the window during the festivities. Satisfy your sweet tooth—without derailing your healthy eating efforts—with these better-for-you dessert recipes that don’t sacrifice flavor:
- Fudgy Paleo Brownies: These delicious, melt-in-your-mouth brownies are made without any flour or sugar. Plus, the recipe requires just seven readily available ingredients and is super easy to put together. Pair it with homemade paleo ice cream and you’ve got a classic dessert to treat yourself to. Get the recipe here.
- Keto Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies: Made with almond flour, these sugar-free shortbread cookies use less butter than traditional shortbread. Since the dough freezes well, you can make it ahead of time and bake as needed. Here’s the full recipe. Add orange zest or dark chocolate to pack in more flavor. You might also want to check out this recipe for Gluten-Free Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies.
- Vegan Berry Chocolate Tart: This decadent vegan dessert features a delectable berry curd filling along with rich white chocolate ganache nestled in melt-in-your-mouth pistachio shortbread crust. Garnish with a crown of colorful, antioxidant-rich berries and you’re all set. Get the recipe here. This Dark Chocolate-Pistachio Tart recipe is also highly recommended.
- Beet and Zucchini Chocolate Bundt Cake: Sneak more veggies into your diet with this decadent chocolate cake that is made with good-for-you ingredients like dark chocolate, extra-virgin olive oil, Greek yogurt, raw red beets and zucchini. In addition, the recipe swaps in whole grain flour for some of the all-purpose flour to make it even healthier. Here’s the full recipe. These recipes for Low-Fat Gingerbread Cake and Tropical Fruit Bundt Cake are also highly recommended.
- 4-Ingredient Peppermint Chocolate Crunch Bars: These crispy, peppermint-flavored chocolate bars are the perfect last-minute treat to whip up during the holidays. Made with four simple ingredients, they require minimal culinary prowess to put together. Plus, they are vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free, what’s not to like? Check out the recipe here.
- Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: Made with seven simple ingredients, these chewy, fiber-rich cookies are a healthy twist on traditional peanut butter cookies. Though the recipe uses brown sugar, you can go with pure maple syrup or stevia to make the recipe even more healthy. Get the recipe here.
- Dark Chocolate Coconut + Cranberry Bark: This scrumptious holiday dessert is packed with the goodness of antioxidant-rich superfoods like cranberries, macadamia nuts and dark chocolate. Plus, you can assemble the whole thing in just ten minutes! You can swap macadamia nuts in the recipe with almonds, pecans or walnuts if you’d like. Check out the easy-peasy recipe here.
- Vegan Strawberry Peppermint Cheesecake: Packed with wholesome ingredients like magnesium-rich cashews, pure maple syrup, coconut milk and fresh strawberries, this no-bake cake is as scrumptious as it’s healthy. Here’s the gluten-free, dairy-free cheesecake recipe.
- Snowball Christmas Keto Cookies: These buttery shortbread cookies are made with better-for-you ingredients like almond flour and erythritol—a low-calorie sugar substitute. Plus, they can be put together in a snap. You can garnish the cookies with dried cranberries to make them look like cute Christmas ornaments. Nuff said. Get the recipe here. You might also want to check out these recipes for gluten-free Cranberry Coconut Macaroons and Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies.
- Cherry Chocolate Walnut Truffles: Satisfy your sugar cravings without packing on the pounds with these delish vegan truffles that are made without any flour, oil or added sugar. I like to use soy milk in the recipe for an added protein punch. Get the recipe here. You might also like these recipes for Almond Chocolate Truffles and no-cook Date Truffles.
What’s your go-to healthy holiday dessert? LMK in the comments below!