Healthy Holiday Desserts

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

Some of those adjustments work, other I would only use if I hated the person I was going to give the "treats" to. Report
Good need-to-know information. YUMMY! Report
What amazing ideas thank you Report
Love all the healthy holiday recipes! Report
Love all the healthy treats! Report
I'm better off avoiding the sweets altogether. Report
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Thanks for the great article! :) Report
Those all look so good!!! Report
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Thanks so much. I will definitely try to make a few of these. Report
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Making the treats smaller will help with calories. Report
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About The Author

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.