20 Amazing Healthy Holiday Desserts

Is it possible to indulge in holiday treats and still maintain your health?

You certainly can if you choose to make desserts that contain ingredients with beneficial nutrients such as protein, fibre, good fats, healing 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 are 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!

The Pretty Bee

Vegan Chocolate Beet Cake

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.

Elephantastic Vegan

Gluten-Free Coconut Ice Cream Cakes

Vegan Coconut Matcha Ice Cream Cakes

These adorable mini ice cream cakes are simple to make: no ice cream maker required.

Rena Williams Wellness * Culinary Nutrition Expert *

Dairy-Free Earl Grey Cheesecake

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.

Sheena Scott * CNE Program Coach *

Sheena Scott Culinary Nutrition Expert

Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse Cups

Have some leftover pulp from making almond milk? Put it to good use with these ingenius superfood chocolate mousse cups. And, while you’re at it, take a peek at Sheena’s pumpkin spice ice cream pie.

Rachel’s Nourishing Kitchen * Culinary Nutrition Expert *

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares (Vegan and Paleo)

Another no-bake dessert that harnesses the nutritional power of pumpkin. You won’t be able to resist these!

That Clean Life * CNE Program Coach *

Healthy Brownie Bites

Coconut Brownie Bites

We recommend you make a double batch of these healthy, gluten-free and vegan ‘doughnut holes’ so everyone in the family can snag a taste.


Gluten-Free Vegan Cranberry Bars

Paleo Cranberry Crumb Bars

These grain-free, gluten-free and vegan bars look extremely festive and will fill your guests with holiday cheer.

Crave the Good

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse Parfaits

A three-layer healthy dessert that is a chocolate lover’s dream. Yep, that’s dairy-free mousse, vegan whipped cream and gluten-free crumble. It’s not a mirage!

Begin with Nutrition

Vegan Chickpea Blondies

Flourless Chickpea Pumpkin Blondies

This healthy treat will give you an extra boost of protein and fibre, and deliciousness of course.

Pure Ella

Vegan Baked Pears

Date Caramel and Pecan Baked Pears

This simple and elegant 5-ingredient dessert is an ultra refreshing way to end a meal.

Radiant Rachels

Gluten-Free and Vegan Gingersnaps

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.

Blissful Basil

Vegan Sweet Potato Pudding

Spiced Sweet Potato Pie Filling

Do you ever wish you could eat sweet potato pie in a jar with spoon? Well, with this sweetly spiced vegan recipe, now you can.

Goodie Godmother

Paleo Apple Cake

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.

Meghan Telpner

Homemade Almond Milk

Almond Cinnamon Holiday Nog

For those who want an alternative holiday sipper, this alcohol-free and egg-free festive nog fits the bill perfectly.

Nutrition Stripped

Turmeric Cake

Golden Savory Cake

A bright gluten-free cake that’s packed with healing, anti-inflammatory spices. You can sweeten things up by drizzling with honey, maple syrup or chocolate sauce.

Heart to Plate

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake

Raw Carrot Cake

A raw, gluten-free, vegan and grain-free carrot cake slathered with rich cashew frosting. Yum.

Sondi Bruner Consulting * CNE Program Head Coach *

Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

Sunbutter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

These gluten-free, grain-free and vegan cookies have only seven ingredients and are little bites of heaven.


Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Magic Custard Cake

A gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate cake spiked with an eensy weensy bit of rum.

Primal Gourmet

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Paleo Banana Bread

A stunning loaf that reportedly ‘tastes like a cloud’. We’re in.

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One responses to “20 Amazing Healthy Holiday Desserts

  1. What an amazing list! Thrilled to see my Chocolate Mousse Cups made the list, which reminds me…it’s time for another batch…

    Happy holiday dessert making everyone!

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