This time of year is magical and the dinner spreads are mouth-watering. But if you have allergies, are counting calories, or just prefer a specific kind of diet, it can feel a little hard to navigate all of the tasty treats. It is possible to let your taste buds enjoy this time of year without compromising your restrictions. Here are a few recipes for healthy holiday desserts to indulge in during this holiday season.
If you are looking for cookie recipes, here are 4 Christmas cookie recipes.
Pecan Pie is a holiday staple, and you don’t have to miss out just because you’re monitoring your munchies. These pecan pie bars are satisfyingly sweet but free of refined sugar. They also are pretty simple, using only 8 ingredients and don’t require much prep and cook time. The other nice thing about them is that you can cut them into small pieces for portion control. Enjoy the chocolate-y pecan crunch!
Pumpkin is the preferred ingredient of the holiday season, and traditional pumpkin pie is a no-brainer for your holiday dessert spread. This recipe sweetens the pumpkin with dates, keeps it smooth and creamy with non-dairy milk, and creates a crumbly crust with oats and pecans. Even better, there is no added sugar of any kind. Prepare to wow you friends and family with pumpkin pie perfection!
You can make delicious, creamy cheesecake with only 6 ingredients and none of them contain grains, dairy, or added sweeteners. Almonds and dates create the scrumptious crust, while coconut milk, cashews, and dates provide the mouth-watering filling. This recipe only takes 15 minutes to make the guiltless cheesecake of your dreams.
Sweet potato pie- you either love it or hate it. These miniature sweet potato tarts are so delicious and adorable, it’s hard not to love them! This recipe is not totally vegan, as it does require an egg and an egg yolk. However, you can always sub for a flax egg or chia egg if you prefer. These are sweetened perfectly with maple syrup and are so easy to pop into your mouth, it will be hard to have just one.
This refreshingly flavorful recipe does require more ingredients than the other recipes, but it is well worth it. Peppermint is a winter holiday classic so it can be disappointing to decline the candies and treats when you’re eating whole foods. With this recipe, you use peppermint extract to get that same cool taste. These cupcakes are so moist and sweet, everyone will be shocked at how healthy they are. If you prefer a peppermint cookie instead, check out this recipe for Perfect Paleo Peppermint Cookies.
Whether you’re trying to live a healthier lifestyle or not, everyone will love these healthy holiday desserts and won’t even know they’re slightly healthier!