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Healthy Holiday Desserts

Save Room for These Delicious Desserts That Pack Flavor and Nutrition

Ginger, pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, chocolate, peppermint. The flavors of the holidays are comforting and the perfect end to a wonderful meal. These recipes include nutrition-packed ingredients that turn holiday favorites into healthier treats the whole family will love.

Pumpkin Gingerbread
Adding pumpkin to traditional gingerbread gives it a healthy twist with just a hint of pumpkin flavor to complement the cinnamon and ginger.

Apple Hand Pies
Apples are fresh and delicious throughout the holiday season. Celebrate their sweet flavor in these simple single-serving pies.

Apple Crisp
Apples are the star of this traditional fall and winter favorite. They pair perfectly with the healthy oats used in the topping.

Petite Pecan Tarts
With built-in portion control, a light crust and healthy pecans, these tiny tarts have a ton of flavor in a two-bite treat.


Peppermint-Dark Chocolate Cookies

Like Christmas in your mouth, these delicious cookies combine healthy dark chocolate and whole wheat flour for a yummy, good-for-you treat!

Mint Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies
These lower-fat chocolate chip cookies get a nutritional kick from oat flour and whole wheat flavor, plus a holiday twist with the addition of mint.


Cranberry-Orange Crème Brulee
Elevate your holiday dinner to a new level with this elegant dessert lightened up with the use of skim milk and flavored with fresh cranberries and orange juice.

"Blintz" Pancakes
These delicious pancakes make a perfect dessert or breakfast treat. They pack in all the flavor of a blintz with healthy cottage cheese, oatmeal, egg whites and applesauce.


Frozen Cheesecake Tarts
Get your annual cheesecake fix with these delicious tarts that put low-fat cream cheese and 1% milk to excellent use!

Cranberry Nut Rugelach
These traditional holiday cookies are packed with healthy nuts and dried fruit.

Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts
The small amount of oil in these donuts is just enough to make them delicious without overshadowing healthy ingredients like applesauce, egg whites and whole-wheat flour.

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Member Comments

  • Water is the only beverage your body needs.
  • We tried the mint chocolate chip-oat cookies and they were good. A little strange to me b/c I'd never seen the green mint chips before! Definitely a seasonal type of cookie and it helps if you like mint flavors.
  • Perfect list .. love it! I see several I can use all year.
  • These look good... but I was really interested in a healthier version of the adorable cookies featured with the title of the article. Why not post this list with a photo of one of the healthier treats? Instead of teasing us with regular iced gingerbread cookies in adorable shapes?
  • will definitely try the pumpkin gingerbread one.
  • Thanks, CHERIEPIE69! We've fixed this link :)
  • For anyone looking for the Pumpkin Gingerbread recipe, since it's not linked up properly in the article above, I googled and found it here:
  • Was looking forward to trying the pumpkin gingerbread recipe, but it links back to the image file instead of an actual recipe. :(
  • They all look and sound great! Thanks.
  • Thanks so much for the tips.
  • I have no intention of doing any of these things but it's a nice list for those who want to. For myself, I do believe that this is a special holiday and I want to be grateful for having food but the real thing i.e., dark meat turkey, gravy, stuffing,since we are eating out. Later when I cook for the rest of the weekend at my leisure, then I will make some substitutions. I want what I really enjoy - just watch the portions and cut back from what I used to eat(which was thirds) of most things.
  • THANKS so much for the plethora of possibilities. I'll have to do the best I can with Thanksgiving, but I'm hosting Christmas, and I'm determined to do it as tasty and healthy as possible with LOTS of help from SP!
    I love home made goodies. Hard to say no. This Thanksgiving I am buying desserts for my family that they will love and I will be out of the kitchen and away from the the hot chocolate chip cookies and all those pies.
    Thanx you guys,this is much needed.I was stressing so bad about the holidays.This definitely takes the load off.

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Megan Patrick Megan Patrick
Megan Lane Patrick has been a professional writer and editor for the past 16 years, and was a chronic dieter for at least 30. A combination of weight-loss surgery, mindful eating and daily exercise finally allowed her to maintain a weight loss of more than 100 pounds. When she's not lifting weights at the gym, you can find her walking shelter dogs as a volunteer for the SPCA.