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100+ Healthy Christmas and Holiday Dessert Recipes

by Jeanette on December 16, 2013 · 33 Comments
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Enjoy your holidays with one or more of these Healthy Christmas and Holiday Dessert Recipes. Cookies, cakes, tarts and sweet treats never looked so good! 

100 Christmas and Holiday Desserts

(Pictured from Top to Bottom, Left To Right: Skinny Berry Cheesecake Trifle, Cherry Coconut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Tart, Chocolate Peanut Butter CupsGluten-Free Spritz CookiesStrawberry Whipped Cream Santas, Chocolate Mint Brownies, Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies, Insanely Good Chocolate Brownies, Cranberry Clementine Coconut Bars, Cranberry Apple Maple Crisp, Prosecco Soaked Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Almond Chocolate Thumbprints, Pomegranate Poached Pears, Triple Ginger Gingersnaps, Mini Vegan Chocolate Chip Berry Pies, Peanut Butter and Jam Bars,  Apple Pear Crisp, Peanut Butter Cookies with Dark Chocolate Drizzle, Cranberry Gingerbread Upside Down Cake, Crockpot Peppermint Fudge)

Today, I’ve got a HUGE roundup of 100+ Healthy Christmas and Holiday Dessert Recipes from lots of fellow foodie bloggers. Each of these recipes has a healthy twist, whether it’s using whole grain flour or nut flour in place of white flour, unrefined sugar in place of white sugar, applesauce in place of butter/oil, or using lighter versions of ingredients in place of full-fat ones. In addition, many of these recipes are allergy-friendly and specific diet-friendly, meaning they are gluten-free or gluten-free adaptable (e.g., when oats are called for, use gluten-free oats), dairy-free, egg-freevegan (dairy and egg-free), or paleo-friendly. I’ve made a note of recipes that fit any of these special dietary considerations.

No one wants to feel like they’re missing out during the holiday season, so treat yourself to some of  these healthier desserts. Even better, make extras to give away to friends and neighbors. After all, the holiday season is all about giving.

Gluten-Free Holiday Cookies

  1. Cranberry Coconut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (gluten-free, vegan), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  2. Peanut Butter Cookies with Dark Chocolate Drizzle (gluten-free, vegan), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  3. Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies (gluten-free, dairy-free), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  4. Currant Cookies (gluten-free), Foodie Crush
  5. Thin Mints (gluten-free, vegan, paleo friendly), Elana’s Pantry
  6. Mini Vanilla Macaroons (gluten-free, dairy-free), Everyday Maven
  7. Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies (gluten-free, egg-free), An Edible Mosaic
  8. Triple Ginger Gingersnaps (gluten-free, vegan optional), The Recipe Renovator **
  9. Classic Gingerbread Men (low carb, gluten-free, dairy-free), All Day I Dream About Food
  10. Cranberry Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies (low carb, gluten-free), All Day I Dream About Food
  11. Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo friendly), Gourmande In The Kitchen
  12. Double Chocolate Cookies (gluten-free), Gourmande In The Kitchen
  13. Gingerbread Cookies (gluten-free, vegan), The Healthy Apple
  14. Eggnog Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten-free), Family Fresh Cooking
  15. Oatmeal Cookies (gluten-free), Feed Me Phoebe
  16. Fudgey Flourless Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (gluten-free, dairy-free), Sugar-Free Mom
  17. Chewy Magic Peanut Butter Middle Cookies (gluten-free, vegan), Lexie’s Kitchen
  18. Spritz Cookies (gluten-free, vegan), Lexie’s Kitchen
  19. Brown Sugar Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies (gluten-free, vegan), Gluten Free Goddess
  20. Teff Peanut Butter Cookies (gluten-free, vegan), Beard and Bonnet
  21. Grain-Free “Oatmeal” Cookies with Marshmallow Filling (gluten-free, dairy-free), Deliciously Organic
  22. Eggnog Coconut Macaroons (gluten-free, dairy-free), Food For My Family
  23. Gluten-Free Orange-Almond Snowballs (gluten-free, dairy-free), Recipe Girl
  24. Healthy No-Bake Cookies (gluten-free, vegan), Two Peas and Their Pod
  25. Chocolate Dipped Marcona Butter Cookies (gluten-free, vegan), Spabettie
  26. Grain-Free No-Bake Gingerbread Cookie Balls (gluten-free, vegan), Tasty Yummies
  27. Chocolate Cashew Cookies (gluten-free, dairy-free), Running To The Kitchen
  28. Chocolate Chunk Molasses Gingerbread Cookies (gluten-free, dairy-free), Running To The Kitchen
  29. Almond Chocolate Thumbprints  (gluten-free, dairy-free), Running To The Kitchen
  30. Pumpkin Almond Butter Cookies (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free), The Gracious Pantry
  31. Grain-Free Peanut Butter Cookies (gluten-free), Life Made Full
  32. Raw Brownie Bites (gluten-free, vegan), Jew Hungry
  33. Jam Thumbprints (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free), With Food And Love

More Holiday Cookies

  1. Cranberry Flax Cookies (egg-free), An Edible Mosaic
  2. Rustic Orange Pistachio Biscotti with Cranberries (dairy-free), Liv Life
  3. Cocoa Cookies with Chia and Anise Seeds and Lemon-Yogurt Glaze, Beyond The Peel
  4. Whole Wheat Biscotti with Dark Chocolate and Cherries (dairy-free), Cookin’ Canuck
  5. Wake and Bake Breakfast Cookie (vegan), Because I Like Chocolate
  6. Healthier New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies (dairy-free), Texanerin Baking
  7. Cowboy Cookies, She’s Cookin
  8. Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Cookies, The Messy Baker
  9. Vegan Molasses Crinkles (vegan), Kim’s Cooking Frenzy
  10. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies (vegan), Whole Pure Recipes

Holiday Cookie Bars

  1. Peanut Butter and Jam Bars (gluten-free, vegan), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  2. Insanely Good Chocolate Brownies (gluten-free, dairy-free), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  3. Raspberry Almond Bars (gluten-free, vegan), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  4. Grain-Free Fudge Pumpkin Brownies (gluten-free, dairy-free), Angie’s Recipes
  5. Buckwheat Jam Bars (gluten-free), Angie’s Recipes
  6. Cocoa Caramel Bars (gluten-free, vegan, paleo friendly), 80 twenty
  7. Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars (gluten-free, vegan), Ambitious Kitchen
  8. Chocolate Mint Brownies (gluten-free, vegan optional, paleo optional), 80 twenty
  9. Healthier Lemon Bars (gluten-free, dairy-free), Texanerin Baking

Holiday Cakes and Cheesecakes

  1. Skinny Berry Cheesecake Trifle, Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  2. Almond Sorghum Pumpkin Cupcakes (gluten-free, dairy-free), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  3. Orange Persimmon Cake (gluten-free, dairy-free), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  4. Cranberry Gingerbread Upside-Down Cake (gluten-free, dairy-free), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  5. Low-Sugar Whole Wheat Apple Pear Cake with Cinnamon and Pecans, Kalyn’s Kitchen
  6. Applesauce Ginger Cake (dairy-free, egg-free), FatFree Vegan Kitchen
  7. German Chocolate Cupcakes (gluten-free, dairy-free), Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free
  8. Gingerbread Cake (gluten-free, vegan), The Kitchn
  9. Gingerbread Layer Cake with Bourbon Pecans & Caramel Sauce (gluten-free, paleo friendly), Wicked Good Kitchen
  10. Quinoa Chocolate Cake (gluten-free), Angie’s Recipes
  11. Apple Cranberry Bundt Cake (gluten-free, vegan), Sarah Bakes Gluten-Free Treats
  12. Pumpkin Swirl Pecan Crumb Cake (gluten-free), Cupcakes and Kale Chips
  13. Hazelnut Yogurt Cake with Honied Berries (gluten-free), The Tomato Tart
  14. Moroccan Chocolate Cake (gluten-free), MarocMama
  15. Orange Walnut Cake with Cardamon Cream (gluten-free, dairy-free), The Nourished Caveman
  16. Spanish Almond Cake (gluten-free, dairy-free), Oh, The Things We’ll Make
  17. Gingerbread Cake with Chocolate and Coffee (gluten-free, dairy-free), The Baking Beauties
  18. Banana Cake with Toasted Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting, The Law Student’s Wife
  19. Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes (gluten-free, dairy-free), 80 Twenty
  20. Vanilla “Cheesecake” with Chocolate Chip Crust (gluten-free, vegan), Beard and Bonnet
  21. Mini Lemon Cheesecakes, The Law Student’s Wife
  22. Good For You Strawberry Tiramisu Cheesecake Cups (gluten-free, egg-free), Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Holiday Pies, Tarts, and Crisps

  1. Mini Chocolate Chip Berry Pies + Coconut Milk Whipped Cream (gluten-free, vegan), Jew Hungry
  2. Sweet Potato Pie with Maple Quinoa Crust (gluten-free, vegan adaptable), Nosh and Nourish
  3. The Healthiest Pumpkin Pie Around (gluten-free, vegan), Strength and Sunshine
  4. Chocolate Tart with Blood Orange Caramel (gluten-free, vegan), The Tomato Tart
  5. Chocolate Date Caramel Walnut Tart (gluten-free, vegan), Gourmande In The Kitchen
  6. No Bake Chocolate Tart (gluten-free, vegan), She’s Cookin
  7. Sand Tarts (gluten-free), Real Food Whole Health
  8. Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart (gluten-free, egg-free), Cupcakes and Kale Chips
  9. Holiday Cranberry & Peach Galette (gluten-free, dairy-free), The Healthy Apple
  10. Paleo Chocolate Pecan Tart (gluten-free), Paleo Fondue
  11. Apple Pear Crisp (gluten-free, vegan), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  12. Low-Sugar Apple Cranberry Crisp (gluten-free, vegan), Kalyn’s Kitchen
  13. Cranberry Apple Maple Crisp (gluten-free, vegan), With Food And Love

More Holiday Sweet Treats

  1. Strawberry Whipped Cream Santas (gluten-free, egg-free), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  2. Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters (gluten-free, vegan), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  3. Skinny Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits (gluten-free, egg-free), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  4. Pomegranate Poached Pears (gluten-free, vegan), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  5. Chocolate Mousse with Pomegranate Gelatin (gluten-free, vegan), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  6. Dark Chocolate Dipped Dried Apricots (gluten-free, vegan), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  7. Cocoa Dusted Dark Chocolate Coated Almonds (gluten-free, vegan), Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  8. Prosecco Soaked Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries (gluten-free, vegan), Everyday Maven
  9. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (gluten-free, vegan), An Edible Mosaic
  10. Double Fudge and Fig Truffles (gluten-free, vegan), Spabettie
  11. Almond Coconut Chocolate Truffles (gluten-free, vegan), Gluten Free Easily
  12. Almond Butter Pumpkin Pie Truffles (gluten-free, egg-free), Slim Palate
  13. Crockpot Peppermint Fudge (gluten-free, dairy-free), Sugar-Free Mom
  14. Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mousse, (gluten-free, vegan), Oh My Veggies
  15. Pomegranate Chocolate Mousse (gluten-free, egg-free), Kitchen Tested
  16. Dark Chocolate, Orange & Pistachio Greek Yogurt Cups (gluten-free, egg-free), Cupcakes and Kale Chips
  17. Easy Pots de Chocolat with Greek Yogurt (gluten-free, egg-free), Cook The Story

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of Healthy Christmas and Holiday Dessert Recipes and find some healthy holiday inspiration in these recipes!

** For more cookie inspiration, check out my friend, Stephanie Weaver’s, new Christmas Cookie e-book with 12 gluten-free, vegan recipes for just $2.99.

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  1. THIS IS AN EXTENSIVE and wonderful list of healthy treat for Christmas! I love you! Thank you for sharing some of my recipes too! Merry Christmas Jeannette!

  2. wow OMG what a list

  3. Thank you so much for including 2 of my recipes darling!!! You are so thoughtful; happy holidays. Hugs from NYC. ooxox Love ya!!!

  4. This list is amazing! Thank you so so much for including two of my recipes. Hope you have a very happy holiday with family and friends :)

  5. I’m so glad you decided to put together this extensive roundup of healthy indulgences, Jeanette – and thank you for including 2 of mine! Sometimes I have to avert my eyes to what is going on in the food blogosphere at this time of year :) Happy holidays to you and yours!

  6. Such a great collection all in one place!

    • Thanks Shaina – I had no idea how long this list was going to be when I started – so great to be find so many healthier treats that almost anyone can enjoy!

  7. That is the most amazing list of goodies. I will be spending the afternoon looking at the links.

  8. Hi Jeanette – thanks so much for adding my {grain free} Jam Thumbprints + {grain free} Cranberry Apple Maple Crisp! What an awesome round up of so many yummy treats. Happy Holiday!

    love + l i g h t,

  9. Such an awesome list! I’m going to refer to this when I’m assigned dessert for Christmas dinner!

  10. Wow, this is quite a list. Which recipes have you personally tried, and are your favorite?

    • Tess – I’ve made the Skinny Berry Cheesecake Trifle, Cranberry Coconut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies w/ Dark Chocolate Drizzle, Peanut Butter Jam Bars, Insanely Good Chocolate Brownies, Raspberry Almond Bars, Almond Sorghum Pumpkin Cupcakes, Orange Persimmon Cake, Cranberry Gingerbread Upside-Down Cake, Apple Pear Crisp, Strawberry Whipped Cream Santas, Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters, Skinny Strawberry Parfaits, Pomegranate Poached Pears, Chocolate Mousse w/ Pomegranate Glaze, and Dark Chocolate Dipped Apricots.

  11. Wow Jeanette! So many great ideas and thanks for including my recipe :)

  12. What a list! This is incredible, Jeanette! I will be referring back to this list several times this week as we plan our menu. Thank you so much for including me!

  13. Wow! Now that’s a healthy list of holiday treats! Thank you for putting this fabulous list together for everyone mindful of being healthy during the holidays, Jeanette. So sweet of you. :) And, thank you for including Wicked Good Kitchen’s paleo Gingerbread Layer Cake with Bourbon Pecans & Caramel Sauce! Happy Holidays! xo

  14. Wow what a list, this is a great resource!

  15. This is a CRAZY awesome list!! I’m feeling much less anxious about finding something to make for Christmas and Christmas eve now!

  16. Holy cow…this is an amazing list, Jeanette! What a fantastic resource for those who either have dietary restrictions or are just trying to be a little more conscious about what they eat over the holidays.

    • Thanks Dara – it was truly amazing to find so many healthier and allergy-friendly recipes – no one will feel left out this holiday season!

  17. Whoa, that’s one heck of a list! I definitely see a few I need to make. :)

  18. G’day and WOW! WHAT a list indeed, Jeanette, true!
    I will be savoring each link, photo and recipe! Voted for you! Good Luck! Will pin later too! Thank you for inspiring me too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  19. Jeanette, that’s a beautiful and great roundup of wonderful treats.
    Will definitely be checking your links. Thanks for a lot of work and effort put into creating this list.
    Happy Holidays!

  20. Wow this is an amazing comprehensive list!! Thanks so so much for including me. Happy Holidays!

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