* This post is an on-going list of my healthy Christmas treats. I will be editing this post frequently with new recipes! So remember to bookmark it! *
Squares, cookies and festive breads. They all put me in the holiday spirit! But if you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle, its hard to bake up all those high fat and high sugar goodies without feeling guilty eating them. Well there is a way, without adding the typical 10 pounds over the holidays. These Christmas-themed treats are a great snack or treat that fill your sweet craving, but without all the calories.
If you’re looking for a yummy and healthy gingerbread cookie, this is it! The dough is great to work with, and is the perfect base for your favorite gingerbread cut out cookies.
These are the ideal cut out cookie. Great flavor, an easy dough to roll out, and your cookies will keep their shape. Perfect cookie to decorate.
These are so addictive and an amazing soft cookie. What’s even better? At only 68 calories each, you can definitely have more than one without feeling guilty about it!
Those delicious Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks…good, aren’t they? Why not make these instead as they’re gluten-free, contain no artificial ingredients, and are 1/2 the calories, 1/2 the fat and 1/2 the sugar as the Starbucks version. Yes please!
My version is gluten-free (can be dairy-free) and each slice is 147 cals, 4 g fat, 25 g carbs, 12 g sugar…that’s WITH icing. Guess what a slice of the Starbucks one has? 440 cals, 14 g fat, 74 g carbs & 52 g sugar (OMG!). Make this instead!
These healthy gingersnaps are a delicious, chewy and healthy replicate of regular gingersnap cookies. I like my gingersnaps chewy, so these really hit the spot. A great fake out, as they don’t taste as low calories as they are. Just 58 calories each!
Soft pillow-y cookies with a hint of eggnog flavor. Gluten free and could be dairy-free. Perfect for the holidays.
A great bread to have for breakfast or a snack. Hint of eggnog flavor in a soft and chewy bread. Perfect served slightly warm. Gluten free and could be dairy-free.
These peanut butter balls are super easy to make, no-bake, and will totally fix your peanut butter craving. They also contain extra protein, so they make a great healthier snack…why wait for dessert!
Shortbread is one of those recipes that are very tough to make healthier, considering they are pretty much butter and sugar. I made these healthier by making them sugar free. They aren’t gluten free as I use spelt flour and rice flour, but I hope to come up with a gluten free version soon.
A delicious and decadent fudge. Its also dairy-free, gluten-free, but just as yummy as traditional fudge…really!
Slightly crispy on the outside, but chewy on the inside. If you’re a chocolate crinkle fan, you will love this healthy alternative. Gluten-free and dairy-free.
Another holiday treat I grew up on. I include the recipe my Mom made, and my healthy alternative, which is gluten-free and much lower calorie and carbs.
Like pecan pie, but without all the carbs and sugar? Great recipe to try. The base is made from coconut flour and almond meal, so its a grain-free recipe too!
I need to re-make this recipe to add a photo. The only difference with these vs regular sugar cookies is that when baked, I found they lost the design of the cookie cutter a bit. They spread out a bit more than regular cookies, but this is due to no gluten content. Made with oat flour and rice flour.
A Christmas bar that tastes like those delicious Turtle chocolate bars! Gluten-free and could be dairy-free.
These Peanut Butter Cup Blondies are so delicious and great for anyone that’s a chocolate & peanut butter fan. Would be great packaged up and given to a friend.
A healthier version of Matrimony Cake. Another favorite treat I grew up with. Identical to the original, but without all the fat, and is also made with whole grains.
These raspberry squares are similar to the date squares, but with a different filling. Festive for the holidays!