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9 Healthy Holiday Treats

Nine healthy holiday treats collage.

Surprise!

Just popping in on Saturday to share with you a little collection of healthy holiday treat recipes. Say what?  It’s true. Since doing the sugar free thing for a full 60 days earlier this year, I am looking at the cookie eating season a little differently this year.

Not to say I’m not eating cookies. Christmas for me is sort of inseparable from cookies and fun treats. You saw my cookie baking day with my mom and sisters, right? We had a blast and I made lots of cookies with lots of chocolate and almond bark and it was as it should have been. No regrets! Also, per the seasonal requirements, I have a standing 4pm date with peanut butter blossoms throughout the month of December.

But. But but but. In general, we’re still trying to have less sugar, more whole grains, and all that stuff that made us feel good during our 60 days of super healthful, sugar free eating.

That being said, here’s a quick and dirty list of 9 healthy holiday treats that ARE 100% NORMAL AND DELICIOUS. Can I get an amen? These are normal things with no secret weird ingredients (well, dates? do those count?) and these treats can help you celebrate the season of treats while still keeping your feel-good glow about you.


#1: CRANBERRY DARK CHOCOLATE BISCOTTI

Biscotti with chocolate drizzle.

Nothing better than cuddling up with crunchy, chocolate-y, cranberry biscotti + Christmas morning coffee. These pretty treats have less sugar, whole wheat, and the cranberries + dark chocolate will give you a little antioxidant boost.

#2: DARK CHOCOLATE COCONUT BITES

Dark chocolate bites.

Basically like eating a happy little snowball. Plus they’re dipped in dark chocolate, so… yeah.

#3: PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE DOUGH BALLS

Peanut Butter cookie dough bites.

Inside that peanut butter bomb is a healthy cookie-dough-esque mix with 3 main ingredients: peanuts, peanut butter, and dates. This is basically a protein snack that tastes like dessert.

#4: HEALTHY GINGERBREAD MUFFINS

Muffins in a muffin tin.

Just, if nothing else, do this one for the good house smells.

#5: HEALTHY DARK CHOCOLATE SEA SALT BARS

Dark chocolate bars.

Snackable, giftable, dessertable. You might as well make a thousand of these. Healthy Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Bars for everyone!

#6: PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE DOUGH BITES

Peanut butter cookies.

 This is an oldie – the picture might be a dead giveaway – but it has stood the test of time! Swap your regular peanut butter blossoms for these cuties. No sugar added and lots of the peanut butter taste we NEEEEEED.

#7: NO-BAKE MINI FRUIT PIZZAS

Mini fruit pizza with raspberries.

Fancy and fruity! Top these off with winter fruit and fun colors – think pomegranate seeds, mint leaves, orange slices, or grapefruit to be extra holiday-happy.

#8: INNER GODDESS CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Chocolate truffles.

Every thing about these truffles is a win. They’re healthy, fun to make, and sort of adorable. They’re made with dates and five other healthy ingredients, like a boss.

#9 FIVE MINUTE SINGLE SERVING APPLE CRISP

Apple crisp in a white dish.

Apple crisp can be enjoyed anytime the temperature falls below 60. This one you don’t even have to share.

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I made your healthy gingerbread muffins last week (subbing some applesauce for most of the coconut oil) and they were a huge hit at the office. Thanks for posting such a reliable recipe — the did, indeed, puff up beautifully!

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    Thank you so much for sharing these recipes and then compiling them into a handy post like this! I’ve definitely bookmarked it. I feel like I’ve eaten so many treats in the last little bit (from office exchanges, holiday parties, etc.) that I could literally turn into a cookie, so these recipes are welcome and needed!

    Kathryn
    http://www.throughthethicket.ca

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hey Lindsay and Bjork! I have loved following your blog for the past year and just wanted to share that I finally started my own blog thanks to all of your great advice, resources and Food Blogger Pro. Bjork– love the classes, thanks!
    I can’t wait to get everything up and rolling, right now I’m just really excited 🙂
    Thank you again for the much needed information!

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    Stephanie

    I made the dark chocolate coconut bites this year and I love them! I can feel better about eating 2 or 3 🙂 Definitely will be making these again soon!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I haven’t eaten yet for the day, so looking at this makes my stomach rumble and mouth water lol. Thank you for sharing these EASY recipes! I can’t wait to try them (: