Skip to content

30 Healthy Holiday Desserts You Need to Try

It’s heeeeere!!! As of today, Christmas is LESS than 10 days away. Say what?!

We’ve been on a bit of a hiatus, as we’re spending this awesome time of year with our friends and family getting ready to celebrate on the 25th! (And 24th.. and probably for a week or so after that. Cause’ we’re Italian and that’s what we do.)

I’ve spent all of my free time in the past few weeks shopping. I’m still not done buying gifts but oh well. (Are you in the same situation? .. Because we have a guide for that.. just sayin’)

Since I’m such a busy bee.. I haven’t had a single second to step into the kitchen and create a new recipe!

Thankfully, I have some super awesome blogging friends who just so happen to have created some of the best healthy holiday recipes I’ve ever seen! They were nice enough to let me share them here. Not only do these recipes look outstanding.. there’s something for everyone here. Got a cousin who’s gluten free? You’re covered. Aunt who’s vegan? No worries. Paleo brother-in-law? Rest assured. Obsessed with pumpkin, love peppermint, swear by gingerbread, go crazy for sugar cookies, or live for chocolate? WE’VE GOT EM’ ALL!

30 Healthy Holiday



Protein Gingerbread Cookies – Wife is a  Journey

Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles – Fit Mitten Kitchen

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookies (Vegan)- Pancake Warriors

Chewy Gingerbread Cookies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free) – Physical Kitchness

Fudge Dipped Almond Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo) – Fooduzzi

Oatmeal Honey Holiday Cookies (Gluten Free) – A Fit Philosophy


Ferrero Rocher Healthy Truffles



Clean Eating Dark Chocolate Truffles (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free) – Our own recipe 🙂 Might be biased but they’re pretty darn amazing.

Healthy Ferrero Rocher Truffles – Food, Pleasure, Health

Chocolate Mint Chip Truffles (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free) – Dani California Cooks



Choc Cranberry BallsBalls/Bites

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Balls (Vegan, Paleo)- Balance with B

Raw Coconut Ginger Amaretto Bites  (Vegan, Raw)- Healthy Helper

Gingerbread Protein Balls (Vegan)- Lean Green Bean Blog

Sugar Cookie Power Balls (Vegan, Gluten Free) – A Whisk & Two Wands

Cranberry Chocolate Energy Balls (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free)- The Blissful Balance


Avocado Chocolate CheesecakeCake/Breads

Monkey Bread – Fairy Burger

Gingerbread Quinoa Coffee Cake (Gluten Free, Vegan)- Strength & Sunshine

Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Bread (Vegan) -Emile Eats

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake – This Runner’s Recipes

Nutty Apple Cake – Nutrition Starring You

Avocado Mint Cheesecake with a Brownie Bottom (Gluten Free)- Food, Faith, Fitness




Pecan Pie Tartlets ( Gluten Free, Dairy Free) – Suz Lyfe

Chocolate Pudding Pie (Vegan) – Emile Eats

Perfect Pumpkin Pie – Jill Conyers



Random Desserts that are too delicious for a category 😉

Chocolate Gingerbread Cups (Paleo, Vegan) – Athletic Avocado

Healthy Cinnamon Rolls ( Vegan)- Live Fit Girls

Frosted Paleo Brownies (Paleo, Gluten Free) – Young & Rungry

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies – The Blissful Balance

Iced Gingerbread Bars (Vegan, Paleo) – Katalyst Health

Lentil Mint Fudge (Vegan)- Tasting Page

Coconut Ginger Biscuits (Vegan)- Chronicles of Passion


Ta-da! Now get to baking! You know you want to 🙂


Thanks to all my blogging friends who helped contribute to this post!


  1. Kat Kat

    What a wonderful list! Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it! 🙂
    Kat recently posted…Thinking Out Loud #65My Profile


      Thanks for sharing your recipe, Kat! I can’t wait to try the Gingerbread bars 🙂


      Thanks for letting us include them, Rachel. They look SO darn good!

  2. What a great round up of healthy desserts.
    I will definitely need to look into these because I am a dessert lover.

    xoxo, Jenny
    Jenny recently posted…Most Popular Posts of 2015My Profile


      Thanks, Jenny! I’m all about the desserts too!


      No problem, Emily 😉


      Thanks for letting us share it, Suz! You should definitely break them out…cause you can never have too much pie.

  3. great collection! i see several that i’d like to try right off the bat! holidays mean cooking like crazy around here, so it’s helpful to have some tried and true recipes to use. 🙂


      Thanks, Grace! I have a few recipes that I make every year, but I like to try new ones as well! Looking forward to taste testing these 😉

  4. These look delicious, Elizabeth, I can’t believe they’re healthy!


      Right?! Neither can I!!


      Thanks, Angela!

  5. I am vegan and gluten free, so I am pleased to see a round up that includes both!
    Willow recently posted…Tofu RicottaMy Profile


      Yay!! So happy I could share some ideas with you! Happy Baking 🙂

  6. Love this round up! We’re all about desserts at my house, so I’ll feel better about eating more of them when I know they’re healthier! 🙂


      We’re the same way at my house, Alexandra!!

  7. These are such great recipes! I think I will try to make something for my health nut co-workers!


      Thanks, Melrose! I’m sure they’ll love it 🙂

  8. What a great way to stay feeling good during the holidays!


      Exactly, Kari! Gotta love healthy treats 🙂


      Thanks, Julia!! I feel the same way.. I want to make them all!

  9. I’m making those dark chocolate truffles ASAP!! OMG they look amazing and I’m craving some chocolate today! Thanks for sharing my pumpkin gingerbread cookies – but this entire list is epic!!
    Sam @ PancakeWarriors recently posted…Smoked Salmon FritattaMy Profile


      They’re SO good. I could eat them all day long! And I’m so excited to make your cookies!!

  10. It is acceptable to make one dessert a day for a month?? I mean, there’s 30 for a reason right? 😉 Awesome roundup!! Thank you for the link love! xo


      I mean… I don’t see why not! You can never have too many desserts 😉


      You’re SO welcome, Chrissa! Love those Gingerbread cookies!!


      Right?!! I want one of each too!

  11. Needed this post! Maintaining a healthy diet around the holidays is so hard — I’m definitely going to do a trial run of the healthy cinnamon rolls this weekend!

    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay


      Totally agree, Kayla! Hope you enjoyed your cinnamon rolls 🙂

  12. Yay! So many tasty recipes! I haven’t had a chance to do any holiday baking yet, but hoping that it’ll get to happen sometime next week! :] Thanks for including my recipe! <3


      Thanks for sharing your recipe, Farrah! I’m doing all of my holiday baking this week.. I’ve been so busy!

  13. This was just awesome! I really try to eat healthy, balanced, and clean, and I’m all for healthy desserts during the holidays. I’m going to need to try these!



      Thanks, Cristina! I try to do the same.. I’ll be indulging in some sweets, but it is nice to have a healthier back up


      Me too, Lauren! They look so tasty!

  14. Amy Amy

    This is an awesome post! I’m excited to try some of these recipes out, especially the gingerbread cookies!!!!
    Amy |


      Thanks Amy! I tried them last week and they were delicious!!


      They’re one of my favorites too, Sara!

  15. Healthy treats! You’re speaking my language! Thanks so much for the great round up!


      No problem, Tiffany 😉

  16. Ashley Ashley

    So many delicious recipes! I can’t wait to start baking this weekend!

    xo Ashley


      I’m doing my baking this week. Hope yours went well, Ashley!

  17. Pinning some of these! This would make for great alternatives to heavier dishes often served this time of year.


      Totally agree! I pinned them all 🙂

  18. so much love in this post!! i just love healthy desserts!!! <3 Thanks so much for including my cookies 😀


      No problem, Ashley! Can’t wait to try them!!

  19. I have to share this post with my mom, she’s always looking for a way to make treats that aren’t so sinful!


      Definitely share it with her – there are so many yummy options here!

  20. Natalie @ A Fit Philosophy Natalie @ A Fit Philosophy

    Oooooooo these all look and sound to die for! Yummm! THanks for sharing my recipes too girl! 🙂


      No problem! Can’t wait to try them 🙂


      Thank you!!

  21. For the first year ever, my family was thinking about skipping Christmas baking because of the “clean eating” kick everyone’s been on. I’ll have to offer a few of these suggestions to make instead!!


      Whaaaat?! Craziness! You can’t skip out on Christmas baking! Be sure to test out some of these. 🙂


      I probably made your decision a little bit tough.. there are so many options here!

  22. Cat Cat

    Oh wow thank you for compiling such an extensive list!! I’ll have to check out some of these for this week.
    Cat recently posted…Prepped and PolishedMy Profile


      No problem, Cat! Enjoy 🙂


      Right?! I need to try it!!

  23. Nicole Nicole

    I have a horrible sweet tooth, so if I can have a healthy sweet I think you may have found the answer to my prayers!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home


      I do too, Nicole!! It’s so bad. Thankfully we have these recipes to help cure the sweet tooth 😉


      I feel the same way, Rachel 😉 So many goodies!

  24. Oh my gosh! I love these! Such a fun list of yummy eats! Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?! These recipes prove healthy treats do exist! Thanks for sharing! 🙂


      Exactly my thoughts, Cailee!! I’m alll for the healthy desserts 🙂


      Thanks, Presley!

  25. What a great list….and it has truffles too!


      Thank you! It’s got a little bit of everything 🙂

  26. All I can say is yum! I’m on the hunt for some recipes and this is a great list of desserts… we both have a huge sweet tooth, so this is great!


      Thanks, Eryn! I’m excited to try some of the recipes out 🙂


      Thanks, Kristin! I can’t wait to try some of the recipes!!


      Doesn’t that look heavenly!? I just want to take a big bite out of it!

  27. Wow, what a fantastic list of recipes! I will definitely be saving this post 🙂 Chocolate mint chip truffles sound amazing.


      Thank you!! Let us know if you try any of them.

  28. These may be healthy but they’re still desserts and I shouldn’t be reading about them. 😉


      LOL – don’t fight the feeling!! You know ya want to try them!


      Thanks, Jess!!


      Thanks! Even if you aren’t a dessert person, these are totally worth trying!

  29. I’ve pinned these for later. I can’t kick my sweet tooth and these are perfect!
    Leslie recently posted…See You Next Year!My Profile


      Thanks, Leslie!! Even though these were mostly holiday desserts.. I’m definitely going to be using them all year!


      Thank you!!

  30. I can eat healthy holiday desserts after the holidays, right?! 🙂 I seriously can’t wait to make your dark chocolate truffles, they sound so good!

  31. Thank you for this wonderful list. It looks delicious and I can’t wait to try some of it.
    Rolene recently posted…To all bloggersMy Profile


      Thank you! There are so many delicious options!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge