These 30 Healthy Holiday Desserts are perfect for your holiday baking. From healthy Christmas cookies to cakes & pies -there’s something yummy for everyone!
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Who’s excited for holiday baking?! I look forward to this ALL year.
I’ll be honest and say that when it comes to holiday treats, I prefer to go the unhealthy route. We have so many classic family recipes that I love SO much.
However – I totally get that you might want a healthier holiday dessert – so I’ve got a bunch of options for you!
We have amazing healthy dessert recipes on our site that are perfect for any occasion, but I wanted to round up some of my favorite healthy holiday treats from some of my food blogging friends.
They were nice enough to let me share them here. Not only do these recipes look outstanding.. there’s something for everyone here. Paleo, vegan, gluten free, dairy free.. you’ll find it all and more below!
Most of these recipes have less sugar and fat than regular holiday desserts. We hope you enjoy them!
If you’re still building your holiday menu, be sure to check out these Paleo Holiday Side Dishes too!
Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes
Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles (Dairy Free, Nut Free) from Fit Mitten Kitchen are a healthier twist on a classic cookie.
Chewy Gingerbread Cookies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free) from my friend Physical Kitchness are everything you could ask for in a healthy Christmas cookie
Healthy Anginetti Cookies (Gluten Free) are my healthy twist on a cookie I grew up eating. They’re SO easy and fluffy!
Easy Chocolate Macaroons (Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free) from Confessions of a Fit Foodie are definitely making an appearance on my cookie tray this year. They only have 8 ingredients!
Fudge Dipped Almond Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo) from Fooduzzi not only taste delicious, but are so pretty!
Healthy Gluten Free Gingersnaps (Gluten Free) – Another holiday staple made healthier!
Healthy Holiday Bar Recipes
Healthy Lemon Bars (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free) are SO delicious. They have a rich, luscious center with a buttery cookie base.
Paleo Pecan Pie Bars (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free) from Allergy Alaska are seriously calling my name. I love pecan pie and seeing it in a healthier bar form – yes please!
Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars (Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free) from Bakerita are a must make. She is a paleo/vegan baking mater and these bars are seriously amazing!
Dairy Free Millionaire Bars (Gluten Free, Dairy Free) from One Wholesome Life need to be added to your holiday baking list. Millionaire bars are typically loaded with refined sugar and fat – these are a much healthier version!
Healthy Holiday Truffle Recipes
Healthy Chocolate Truffles (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free) – Our own recipe 🙂 Might be biased but they’re pretty darn amazing.
Peppermint Truffles (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan) from Downshiftology look incredible. Chocolate + mint are a delicious combo!
Cherry Chocolate Walnut Truffles (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan) from Veggie Inspired are the perfect healthier truffle. I love the nut/fruit combo!
Healthy Holiday Cake/Breads
Vegan Cinnamon White Chocolate Cheesecake (Vegan, Gluten Free) from Contentedness Cooking is made with just 6 ingredients and a few steps!
Avocado Mint Cheesecake with a Brownie Bottom (Gluten Free) from Food, Faith, Fitness is one of my favorite treats. It is SO rich and decadent!
Healthy Holiday Pies:
Vegan Pumpkin Pie (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free) from Texan Erin looks AMAZING. I can’t believe it’s paleo!
Chocolate Pudding Pie (Vegan) from Emile Eats. I mean.. chocolate pie.. need I say more?
Paleo Apple Pie (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo) from A Clean Bake is definitely happening at my holiday table. It looks so tasty!
Other delicious holiday desserts:
Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Blondies (Paleo, Gluten Free) from Eat the Gains look so fudgey and delicious!
Healthy Apple Crisp is such a delicious treat. We make this year round!
Healthy Gingerbread Cashew Butter is the perfect homemade holiday dessert! It’s easy to make+ yummy!
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark from Stephanie Sain is a super simple holiday dessert that you can enjoy for yourself or share as a DIY gift!
Vegan Rice Pudding is a dairy free twist on a classic holiday treat. So creamy + rich.
Healthy Holiday Drinks to enjoy with your treats:
Let’s be real, no dessert is complete with out something warm + cozy to enjoy with it! These are some of our favorite holiday drinks.
Whole30 Gingerbread Latte – Just like Starbucks, but better and with WAY less sugar!
Healthy Peppermint Mocha – Another Starbucks copycat drink – this has less than 1/8 the sugar and is so creamy!
Collagen Hot Chocolate from Eat The Gains is perfect for when you want something cozy + delicious, with a little extra protein!
Ta-da! Now get to baking! You know you want to 🙂
If you struggle balancing it all during the holidays, check out my 5 Tips for a Balanced Holiday.
If you’re looking for last minute gifts, check out my gift guides!