5 Better-For-You Holiday Sweets

By Khala Hurd December 11, 2020



5 Better-For-You Holiday Sweets

By Khala Hurd December 11, 2020

Whether you’re looking for quick information, or want something to impress your friends at dinner, here’s our Featured 5 of the Week!

The holidays are upon us and for many, it’s a time of love, peace, and eating too many sweets! We know the struggle of wanting to watch movies and eat cookies while not wanting to break your health goals. And, even though a treat is ok to eat once in a while, we have some holiday dessert ideas that won’t make you feel guilty the next morning:

5. Chocolate Banana Mug Cake

, 5 Better-For-You Holiday SweetsSometimes there is nothing better than a warm, chocolatey cake on a cold night.

This mug cake is perfect for those nights when we’re cuddled in a blanket, watching a Hallmark Christmas movie, and looking for something quick to satisfy a sweet tooth. It has nutritious ingredients, like ground flaxseeds and bananas, and no added sugar. It also requires no messy clean-up because all the ingredients are cooked right in a mug in your microwave!

So, forget processed sweets like sandwich cookies and candy — this mug cake is healthier and more delicious than them all. Find the recipe here.

4. No-Bake Chocolate Oat Cookies

, 5 Better-For-You Holiday SweetsNo-bake cookies get a serious upgrade with this recipe…

Honestly, what’s better than no-bake chocolate cookies? These cookies are chewy, chocolatey, and oh-so-delicious. Since they don’t require any baking time, they are fast and easy to make, and are perfect for your kids to help, too! These cookies are also free of any added sugar, using natural or sugar-free sweeteners such as pitted dates and Stevia.

Grab the family and have some fun making these no-bake cookies (and enjoy them without worrying about a sugar-high) and get the recipe here.

3. Naturally Sweet Pancakes

, 5 Better-For-You Holiday SweetsPicture this: it’s Christmas morning. The kids have just opened presents and now everyone’s hungry. What do you make? Naturally Sweet Pancakes!

These pancakes are perfect for Christmas morning because they are so versatile. You can add any of your favorite toppings and make them as festive as you’d like. They also get the day of overeating sweets off on the right foot because they don’t have any added sugar, but still taste great.

Forget sugary, processed pancakes, and give these a try. We promise you and your family won’t be disappointed!

2. No-Sugar-Added Chocolate Chip Cookies

, 5 Better-For-You Holiday SweetsEveryone’s favorite cookie but with less guilt…

We bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies every Christmas — it’s a staple sweet around our house during special times of the year. This recipe for chocolate chips with no-added-sugar makes such soft, gooey cookies that we don’t think we’ll ever go back to the original ones.

With only six ingredients and 12 minutes of baking time, these are so quick and easy to make that they can be done right on Christmas morning!

Check out the recipe and give them a try. However, these cookies do include nut butter, so be sure to avoid them if you have a nut allergy.

1. Nutty Coconut Balls

, 5 Better-For-You Holiday Sweets

What’s more festive than a cookie that looks like an actual snowball?

Nutty coconut balls are probably one of our favorite cookies of all time and we especially enjoy them around the holidays. They are packed full of nutritious ingredients like cashews, almonds, and unsweetened shredded coconut, and even get their sugar from pitted dates or stevia, so there are no unwanted calories.

These are the perfect holiday cookie with both their look and their taste, and will look great on any holiday dessert table. Find the recipe here.

The Bottom Line

The holidays don’t have to mean a time of unwanted guilt, overeating, and breaking our health goals. There are recipes everywhere for foods that are both healthy and satisfying for your sweet tooth!