8 Healthy Holiday Desserts that Don’t Taste Healthy

Holiday desserts lean toward the rich-and-sugary, but you can have holiday sweets without giving up your healthy eating goals. These healthy holiday desserts still taste rich and delicious without the refined sugar and refined oil.

These healthy holiday desserts still taste rich and delicious without the refined sugar and refined oil.

Before we get to the desserty goodness, let’s talk about refined sugar and refined fat versus natural sugars and fats. Sugar and fat are what make desserts taste rich and decadent, so these recipes aren’t sugar and fat free. What they are free from are highly refined sugars, like white sugar and refined oils.

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Instead, they get their sweetness from fruit and sometimes from natural sweeteners, like maple syrup. Their richness comes from whole fats, like avocado or unrefined coconut oil. That means you’re getting the sugar and fat, but you’re also getting the whole food, which comes with lots of healthy fiber and vitamins.

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding from Veggies Save the Day

1. Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding – Chia pudding is the ultimate healthy vegan dessert. Chia seeds plump up, giving the pudding a tapioca-like consistency. This one from Veggies Save the Day is fruit sweetened and packed with holiday flavors.

Carob Pudding Cake by Unconventional Baker

2. Carob Pudding Cake – Can you believe that this decadent cake is oil free? Audrey uses glutinous rice flour to add rich decadence and dates to sweeten this recipe.

Pumpkin Cheesecake from Contentedness Cooking

3. Pumpkin Cheesecake – To make this recipe completely refined oil and sugar free, skip the shaved white chocolate topping and use this homemade, oil-free cream cheese. I’ve made this cream cheese many times, and it’s delicious! Maybe make extra, for spreading on bagels.

Christmas Tree Brownies from Feasting on Fruit

4. Christmas Tree Brownies – Feasting on Fruit is the queen of fruit-sweetened desserts, and these soft, rich vegan brownies are perfect for the holiday table.

No Bake Coconut Orange Cake from Green Evi

5. No-Bake Coconut Orange Quinoa Cake – Quinoa for dessert might sound a little strange, but Green Evi’s recipes are always on point. This healthy cake is no exception!

Caramel Apples from Vegan Family Recipes

6. Raw Caramel Apples – Nothing says fall to me like a caramel apple. Vanessa’s raw version couldn’t be simpler to make—you can even let the kids help with these delicious holiday treats!

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie from Vegan FamilyRecipes

7. Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie – This is another amazing healthy holiday recipe from Vanessa at Vegan Family Recipes. It’s beautiful, rich, decadent and so much healthier than a conventional holiday pie recipe.

No Bake Cookies from Glue and Glitter

8. No-Bake Raisin Cookies – These easy cookies are kid-tested, and you can tweak the ingredients to make them allergy friendly, if needed.

Image Credit: All images via recipe authors, used with permission.

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