Is it possible to enjoy holiday treats and still maintain your health? Absolutely! If you want to kick up the nutrition in your sweet treats, try recipes for healthy holiday desserts that contain ingredients with beneficial nutrients such as protein, fibre, healthy fats, natural sweeteners, key spices and vegetables. Yes, vegetables in dessert! It also helps when you whip up treats that are gluten-free and dairy-free, as gluten and dairy can be detrimental to a wide range of health conditions.
Here are some of our favourite gluten-free, dairy-free and healthy holiday desserts. We hope you invite us ’round if one of these goodies will be appearing on your dining room table!
And if you’re looking for more healthful holiday recipes or resources to help you bake sweet treats:
- Free Happy Holiday Treats! Cooking Class
- 30 Best Healthy Holiday Recipes
- 25 Best Healthy Holiday Sides and Appetizers
- 20 Best Healthy Mocktails
- Our 9 Favourite Dairy-Free Baking Substitutions
- Culinary Nutrition Guide to Natural Sweeteners
- Gluten-Free Flour Guide
- Our 5 Favourite Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Combinations
- Culinary Nutrition Chocolate Guide
- How to Make and Use Egg Replacers
20 Best Healthy Holiday Desserts
Chocolate Beet Cake With Avocado Frosting
Guests will never know this gluten-free and vegan cake contains antioxidant-rich beets and beneficial fats from avocado.
Orange-Scented Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you haven’t tried baking with buckwheat flour, you really must – and this orange-kissed cookie recipe is a great place to start. Try adding more holiday-inspired spices too like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg!
Vegan Coconut Matcha Ice Cream Cakes
These adorable mini ice cream cakes are simple to make: no ice cream maker required.
Earl Grey Infused Lavender Cheesecake
A raw, dairy-free cheesecake infused with earl grey tea and lavender leaves. This one will nourish and calm you at the same time.
Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse Cups
Vegan and Paleo Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares
Another no-bake dessert that harnesses the nutritional power of pumpkin. You won’t be able to resist these!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Cake
This fudgy cake is packed with protein and fibre-rich almond flour, plus we love piling fresh berries on top.
Paleo Cranberry Crumb Bars
These grain-free, gluten-free and vegan bars look extremely festive and will fill your guests with holiday cheer.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
This dairy-free mousse/pudding uses avocado as the base – but you won’t even notice it!
Flourless Chickpea Blondies
This healthy treat will give you an extra boost of protein and fibre, and deliciousness of course.
Date Caramel and Pecan Baked Pears
This simple and elegant 5-ingredient dessert is an ultra refreshing way to end a meal.
Soft and Chewy Vegan Gingersnaps
Chewy cookie lovers will go bananas for these gluten-free and vegan gingersnaps filled with a luxurious macadamia nut frosting.
Pomegranate Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bark
A very simple and very festive-looking chocolate dessert that only has four ingredients.
Do you ever wish you could eat sweet potato pie in a jar with a spoon? Well, with this sweetly spiced vegan recipe, now you can.
Paleo Plantain Apple Cake
A gluten-free cake you can whip up using only your blender. No mixing bowls needed – so you’re one step closer to the sweet deliciousness.
Almond Cinnamon Holiday Nog
For those who want an alternative holiday sipper, this alcohol-free and egg-free festive nog fits the bill perfectly. This bevvy matches perfectly with all your favourite healthy Christmas treats and gatherings!
Paleo Carrot Cake
A gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free carrot cake slathered with rich cashew frosting. Yum.
Sunbutter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies
These gluten-free, grain-free and vegan cookies have only seven ingredients and are little bites of heaven.
Chocolate Magic Custard Cake
A gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate cake spiked with an eensy weensy bit of rum.
Paleo Banana Bread
A stunning loaf that reportedly ‘tastes like a cloud’. We’re in.
No more sugary store-bought chocolate bars, or overpriced vegan nog. There’s a new healthy holiday dessert maker in the kitchen. It’s you!