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25 Healthy Christmas Desserts

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These healthy Christmas desserts are all wonderful recipes to celebrate the holiday season! We have some traditional Christmas desserts, festive cookies, and holiday treats the whole family will love.

These healthier options are not lacking in flavor and deliciousness - they'll be welcomed at every holiday table.

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and enjoy delicious food together. These recipes are classics in our family, and hopefully, you'll find a new family favorite on this list!

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Treats and Cookies

These healthy Christmas desserts are not only cute, but make delicious treats throughout the holiday season. 

Healthy Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

A stack of three healthier chocolate thumbprint cookies.

Made with almond flour and sweetened with maple syrup, these gluten-free holiday cookies are the perfect addition to your Christmas season. This recipe includes a simple chocolate ganache to give you all the chocolate flavor. These cookies are a must make!

Dark Chocolate Christmas Trees

An overhead shot of dark chocolate and pretzel Christmas trees.

With only three ingredients, these adorable, sweet treats make a great dessert or snack on Christmas day. The sweet and salty chocolatey taste will cure any sweet tooth and the little trees are so cute, they're sure to please everyone. 

Healthy Dark Chocolate Treats

dark chocolate treats on a parchment paper

These colorful chocolate treats are a healthier alternative to the packaged chocolate covered fruit you find at the grocery store. They're delicious, fresh and easy to make. They set in just 30 minutes. 

Healthy Dark Chocolate Popcorn

popcorn balls with chocolate drizzle

There's something so Christmassy about sweet popcorn. But most of the products you find at the store are made with corn syrup, unhealthy fats, and loads of sugar. This popcorn is not! It's even better and made with peanut butter and sweetened with honey. This popcorn makes a delicious dessert and a tasty Christmas snack. 

Healthy Sugar Cookies

Healthy sugar cookies with white icing and green sprinkles.

Made with whole wheat flour and sweetened with the help of applesauce to help keep the sugar content lower, these healthy Christmas cookies are sure to be a delicious hit! Use your favorite cookie cutters and frosting and serve these at this year's holiday parties, or keep them all for yourself. 

Healthy Edible Cookie Dough

Healthy edible cookie dough in a ramekin.

Let's be honest - we all love to eat cookie dough as much if not more, than the actual cookies. So why not just make some edible dough? This edible dough doesn't include eggs, and all ingredients are safe to eat raw. Use red and green M&Ms instead of the chocolate chips to give the dough some amped-up Christmas spirit. 

Dark Chocolate Figs

A closeup of dark chocolate dipped figs on a plate.

If you haven't tried figs dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with Himalayan salt, you're in for a real treat. These chocolate-covered treats are decadent and taste so special, but only take about six minutes to make. It's the perfect holiday treat to make while you're busy with Christmas preparations. 

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

A gingerbread cookie being dipped into a mug of milk.

Nothing may capture the magic of the Christmas season more than a gingerbread cookie. These cookies are made with wholesome ingredients like coconut oil and whole wheat flour and sweetened with maple syrup and molasses for a delicious treat. These cookies are so cute and sweet; they also make great edible gifts for friends and family. 

Healthy Rice Krispie Treats

Peanut butter rice krispie treats with chocolate drizzle on parchment paper cut into nine pieces.

A three ingredient dessert has our heart. Using peanut butter instead of marshmallows and a little maple syrup to sweeten makes these Rice Krispie treats a healthier option than traditional Rice Krispie treats. But still so full of delicious flavor. Add one more ingredient with the chocolate drizzle for an irresistible dessert. 

Peanut Butter Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Peanut butter cookies on a cooling rack.

These tasty treats are made without any eggs and use almond flour instead of wheat flour, making them gluten free and vegan. But certainly not free of any flavor. These cookies have all the taste and sweetness you expect in a peanut butter cookie and do not disappoint!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Chocolate chia seed pudding topped with raspberries in a glass.

This Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is the healthiest of healthy treats! The chia seeds include healthy fats and fiber, making this pudding the perfect dessert after indulging in Christmas dinner. The combination of chocolate and fresh raspberries is a delightful treat!

Pomegranate Dark Chocolate Bites

three pomegranate dark chocolate bites on a white background

This holiday treat comes together with three simple ingredients and less than 10 minutes of time. You can't beat that! This is one of those delicious, chocolatey healthy Christmas recipes you don't want to miss! 

Hot Chocolate on a Spoon

Hot chocolate on a spoon being dipped into a mug of milk.

Hot Chocolate on a Spoon is such a fun treat! This is a great winter recipe to make for kids and hostess gifts. Pair the spoons with a candy cane for an extra peppermint-y hot chocolate.

White Chocolate Christmas Trees

An overhead shot of a light green plate with four chocolate Christmas trees.

These White Chocolate Christmas Trees are a great festive and simple dessert. It's such a cute recipe to make and have around for guests and kids. The saltiness of the pretzels pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the white chocolate. 

Pies and Crisps

These pies and crips are healthier versions of some traditional Christmas desserts. They're full of flavor and most are simple to make. 

Healthy Sweet Potato Pie

A slice of sweet potato pie on a white plate with a fork.

This pie is perfect for the holidays! It's packed with nutrients from the sweet potatoes and full of delicious flavor. The pie includes seasonings like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to bring in all the holiday flavors. Packed with one and a half pounds of sweet potatoes, this pie is a must try!

Blueberry Blackberry Galette

A blueberry blackberry galette with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Loaded with fresh (or frozen) berries, this galette makes a sweet and tasty healthy dessert. This recipe includes a super simple homemade pie dough, but you can also buy a premade dough and make this even easier. Top this galette with vanilla ice cream or yogurt to make it extra special. 

Healthy Apple Crumble

An oat apple crumble in a baking dish.

With lots of cinnamon and apple flavors and a crisp topping, no one will know this recipe is easy to make. This crumble is gluten-free (when using gluten free oats) and vegan (if you use vegan butter) and so delicious. Enjoy this crumble as a light dessert or even a breakfast!

Sour Cherry Crisp

Sour cherry crisp being spooned out of a pie plate.

This delicious crisp is light and just sweet enough. A little brown sugar in this recipe helps to balance the sour flavor of the cherries but still allows the tasty sour cherry flavor to shine. The crisp can be made with fresh fruit, or add the frozen sour cherries to the mix and just bake the tart a little longer. 

Rose Apple Tart

This Rose Apple Tart is such a beautiful dessert! Made with fresh apples and spices to taste like winter, this tart is simple to make into the rose pattern. You just need a sharp knife. You're going to love this one!

Healthy Pumpkin Pie

Healthy pumpkin pie in a pie plate.

Just as good, if not better than the traditional version of pumpkin pie, this one uses coconut sugar and skim milk instead of brown sugar and heavy cream resulting in a delicious pie that won't make you feel like you've overdone it. Serve with your favorite vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for a really special treat. 

Muffins and Cakes

These muffins and cakes are healthy Christmas desserts that will not disappoint. You and your guests will love these ones!

Healthy Raspberry Cake

A raspberry cake on a white plate with a piece cut out on a cake scooper.

This cake is a lovely one to serve after your Christmas dinner. It's bursting with beautiful red raspberries and simple ingredients. It's easy to make, but it looks and tastes so impressive. 

Gluten-Free Flourless Brownies

A stack of gluten-free brownies with pistachios and raspberries.

The rich flavor and chewy texture of these brownies are heavenly. You're going to love them whether or not you need to be gluten-free. Top these brownies with crushed pistachios and fresh raspberries for green and red festive colors and delicious compliments to the rich chocolate. 

Persimmon Bread

This bread includes wintery persimmons that are naturally sweet and so tasty! It includes all the winter flavors that would be delicious after a Christmas dinner. With just a handful of ingredients, this bread can be made with little hands-on time. 

Mandarin Orange Bundt Cake

This beautiful fresh-tasting cake has the perfect balance of sweet, holiday spice and citrus freshness. It looks really impressive and makes one of the best healthy holiday desserts!

Chai Spiced Muffins

Chai spiced muffins on a cooling rack.

These cozy chai muffins are a perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of coffee or spiced wine. They are richly flavored and can be made with or without the glazed topping. Enjoy them as a dessert or for Christmas morning breakfast!

It's always tricky to decide which desserts to have around Christmas time. We have so many healthy Christmas desserts it's easy to choose healthier options. This time of year is filled with so much excitement and delicious food. You're sure to find the perfect dessert everyone will love in this list of healthy Christmas desserts that have been tested for deliciousness. 

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I hope you enjoy these healthy Christmas treats!


Yield: 20 to 24 cookies

Healthy Christmas Desserts

Healthy sugar cookies on a doily.

Try one of our favorite healthier Christmas desserts - these sugar cookies are made with whole wheat flour and sweetened with just a little sugar and applesauce.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut sugar or cane sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the coconut sugar and apple sauce in a large mixing bowl. Stir till thoroughly combined. 
  2. Add the egg and vanilla to the bowl and stir till combined. 
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl until combined. 
  4. Pour the flour mixture into the wet mixture and stir till fully combined. 
  5. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  7. Dust a clean surface with flour and roll the dough to ½-inch thickness. Cut into shapes as desired. 
  8. Place cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until they are golden brown.
  9. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2 to 3 minutes before removing them to fully cool on a wire rack. 
  10. Decorate as desired with icing or sprinkles.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

I hope you enjoy these healthy Christmas treats!

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