Traditional Christmas Desserts (Just Healthier!)

Cooking Advice, Food, Meal Prep + Plans

By: Chris Freytag, CPT // November 16, 2022

Baking and enjoying something sweet around the holidays is a must but when traditional Christmas desserts are full of sugar, calories, and allergens it might feel like you have to avoid Christmas treats.

But not this year! Bring on the holiday cheer with these healthy Christmas cookies and better-for-you Christmas treats to prove you really can have a holiday with all the sweetness you love without getting added to the naughty list!

Healthy Christmas Cookies

Keto Snickerdoodle Shortbread Cookies

Who doesn’t love a good snickerdoodle?! Dish took inspiration from one of their favorite cookies for this keto shortbread, with the addition of shredded coconut and coconut flour for a hint of tropical flavor. We’re in love.

gingerbread men

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

These Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies are sweet, perfectly spiced, and made with easy-to-find ingredients! If you’re on a gluten-free diet you can still enjoy classic gingerbread cookies at Christmas with this easy cookie recipe.

Whole-Wheat Spritz Cookies

Grandma’s spritz cookies are always the best, but Grandma, we’re sorry. We’ve made a few healthy changes this year: whole-wheat, egg-free, and pink!

Flourless Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

The recipe eliminated the flour, cut the sugar in half, and swapped milk chocolate kisses for dark chocolate without sacrificing taste or sweetness. These cookies won’t last long at a party so come prepared with a double batch.

Healthier Christmas Cakes/Cupcakes

Individual gluten-free christmas pudding on plate

Gluten-Free Christmas Pudding

You’ll be humming along to the tune of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” while eating this delicious gluten-free Christmas pudding.

Skinny Gingerbread Cupcakes With Icing

Everyone loves gingerbread and holidays sweets! These skinny gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese icing have all the flavors of the full fat recipes and weigh in at well under 300 calories. These cupcakes are the perfect size portion for a delicious holiday treat. The rich cream cheese icing cuts the calories and keeps that nice

Mini Apple Walnut Bundt Cakes

These mini apple walnut bundt cakes are about the cutest things we’ve ever seen. Not to mention they’re guilt free and delicious! Made with whole wheat flour, coconut oil and applesauce, the mini cakes are super moist and flavorful making them a perfect dessert (or dare we say, breakfast?!). And don’t worry, if you don’t

Better For You Christmas Candy

yum earth holiday candy

Yum Earth Candy

If you’re looking for a store-bought Christmas candy you can feel good about, look no further. No high fructose corn syrup, no artificial dyes, non-GMO, and made with simple ingredients. YumEarth organic treats are free from the top 8 allergens making them classroom friendly.

Candy Cane Fudge

Want to be upgraded from friend to best friend? Give the gift of candy cane fudge—Vegan, gluten-free, festive, and most importantly, easy. You can’t go wrong with this recipe.

Raw Holiday Fudge

This fudge looks like the holidays and is a great way to dress up your Christmas dessert table. It’s packed with iron-rich ingredients and uses a base of almond butter so you can feel good about indulging in more than one piece…

Raw Peppermint Patties

This recipe can be any kind of peppermint cookie you could hope for. Thin mint, peppermint patty, mint chocolate wafer…you name it. It’s the perfect sweet treat to match the holiday peppermint mocha that’s in your other hand.

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