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13 Healthy Holiday Treats

From cookies to candy bars, you do not want to miss out on these nutritious and delicious holiday treat recipes this year!

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Sweet treats are to be expected and typically desired come holiday season. 

Although healthy holiday desserts may seem like an unlikely pairing, these 13 holiday treats are nothing short of tasty and sure to keep weight loss goals in check this year!

13 Healthy Holiday Treat Recipes

From cookies to candy bars, you do not want to miss out on these healthy holiday treat recipes this holiday season!

1. Gingerbread Cookies

Welcoming the best dressed holiday men to the party... We are talking those notorious gingerbread men! 

Along with gingerbread men, this healthy cookie recipe can also be transformed into other shapes. So dust off your cookie cutters and have fun with your loved ones in the kitchen!

2. Maple Cranberry Orange Yogurt Parfait

The warm delectable taste of maple syrup is rejuvenated to this cool, citrusy treat

The total package of protein-packed Greek yogurt and fiber-rich cranberry and orange not only makes the parfait a healthy holiday treat, but even a well-balanced breakfast or snack option.

3. Cranberry Greek Yogurt Bark

The love of cranberry and Greek yogurt does not stop at a parfait. In fact, this festive cranberry Greek yogurt bark is just another reason to relish the versatile flavors of each.

The holiday treat is crunchy, creamy, and nutritious. Truly, what more could be desired?

4. Homemade Twix Bar

The delicacy of caramel is a holiday classic across the board. But with this homemade Twix bar recipe, the sugar-loaded caramel is dismissed with a unique, yet nutritious component... Dates! 

Give the unique healthy holiday recipe a worthy try this season for ample health benefits, including digestive and heart health. 

5. Brazil Nut Bites

Chocolaty, crunchy, healthy, convenient, and simple... With only five ingredients, you can bring those five characteristics to existence! 

These Brazil nut bites can act as a nutritious snack or a small holiday treat with many health benefits.

6. Apple Walnut Crisp

Though apples are commonly perceived as a fall flavor, the flavors and spices of this apple walnut crisp will certainly transport you into the holiday season! 

The healthy holiday dessert offers warmth and comfort without packing on calories like most crisps.

7. Mint Ice Cream

Even if it is chilly outside, let it resonate indoors with this untraditional ice cream! Using avocados, the creaminess is heightened without all the unnecessary ingredients, including all that added sugar! 

Let mint extract or fresh mint leaves freshen your taste buds and offer noteworthy health benefits this "minter season!"

8. Honey Drizzled Grapefruit

Drizzled honey lightly sweetens this juicy grapefruitBut it is not the natural sweetness that is solely enticing, but the cooking method that heightens to its appeal. Broiling the grapefruit offers warmth and a caramelized crunch.

The grapefruits are also completely customizable, too. Allow your holiday guests to add their choice of toppings, including cinnamon, Greek yogurt, and toasted coconut and pecans.

9. Apricot and Pistachio Crumble

Crumbles are typically loaded with sugar and fat, but this apricot and pistachio crumble offers a healthful spin this holiday season. 

The apricots and pistachios not only pair well, but each provide more potassium than a banana!

10. Sugar Cookies

Any recipe calling for sugar is almost certain to pack on calories. 

But with this healthier sugar cookie recipe, sugar and calorie content is reduced, without bargaining the sought-out, sweetened flavor!

11. Lemon Squares

Not all treats out to be purely sweet...

For a mildly sour and sweet but majorly flavorful holiday treat, prepare these healthy lemon squares!

12. Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Eat a healthy holiday dessert for breakfast this season! 

Not only is this pumpkin bread pudding recipe flavorful and nutritious, but is gluten-free and accommodates to individuals with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity.

13. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last but not least... Those special treats (with a glass of milk) often sat out for Santa each year. 

With these chocolate chip cookies, both you and Saint Nicholas will remain both healthy and jolly!

Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on November 14, 2017. Updated on December 17, 2019.

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