It’s that time of the year! Yes, the holidays are here and you know what that means. Family time, friends, get-togethers… and cakes, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, and all the delicious desserts that come with the season.
But, if you’re trying to stay healthy, this can be a challenge. Because this time of the year also represents a struggle for many with weight. You might find yourself feeling like your healthy diet is out the window.
Doesn’t it suck to be the one left out of eating the yummy treats at the Christmas party? It’s even worse when the party’s at your place and then you have leftovers. They call your name -the next day, and the day after that until it’s all gone.
But not this year!
You wanna know why? Because this year you’ll have healthy options of baked goods that are so delicious you’ll prefer them over the unhealthy stuff.
15 SWEET HOLIDAY BAKED GOODS (REFINED-SUGAR-FREE GLUTEN-FREE)
I’ve gathered 15 Sweet Holiday Baked Goods for you that I know you’re gonna love. And don’t worry, you’ll have variety in terms of flavor and type of diet.
I’ve included low carb, gluten-free, and paleo options. So please, enjoy this holiday to the fullest!
And if savory foods also get you during this season, check out these 16 delicious low carb healthy holiday meal recipes to stay on track overall.
#1 GRAIN-FREE GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES
Chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. These Grain-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies by Recipes to Nourish are the perfect start for your healthy holiday. It’ll feel like Christmas morning every time you bite into one of these cookies.
#2 PALEO CHOCOLATE OLIVE OIL BUNDT CAKE
This holiday season (or any season, really) wouldn’t be complete without some chocolate options. I Heart Umami’s Paleo Chocolate Olive Oil Bundt Cake are perfect for the occasion. And these mini bundt cakes are just so cute!
I love the idea of making them look like a really fancy dessert. Serve them on a pretty plate with a mint leaf as garnish and you’ll look like a professional.
Have you seen how many cool mini bundt cake pan designs there are now? If you haven’t, check them out here.
#3 KETO LOW CARB PUMPKIN SPICE CUPCAKES RECIPE
When I think of the fall and holiday seasons, I think of pumpkin. My PCOS Kitchen’s Keto Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes Recipe is the perfect embodiment of the holiday aromas.
#4 GINGER PEAR LOW CARB MUFFINS
I came up with this recipe when I had three Taylor Gold pears on hand and was craving the spiciness of ginger. Between the chunks of pear and the light gingery flavor of these Ginger Pear Low Carb Muffins, you’ll be happy you made these.
All you need is one pear for a batch of 12 ginger pear muffins.
#5 MOLASSES-FREE GINGERBREAD CUTOUT COOKIES
Raia’s recipe has taken your classic gingerbread cookies and created these Molasses-Free Gingerbread Cutout Cookies. The kids aren’t just gonna love the flavors, they’ll love helping you make them and cutting them out in different shapes.
#6 GINGERBREAD QUINOA COFFEE CAKE
Talk about a nutritious coffee cake for breakfast! This Gingerbread Quinoa Coffee Cake recipe by Strength and Sunshine is not only extra nutritious, but it’s also delicious.
#7 DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COCONUT BUTTER COOKIES
Chocolate and more chocolate…it makes people happy. And I want you to be happy during the holidays too, so I’ve included Eat Beautiful’s Double Chocolate Coconut Butter Cookies.
#8 FLOURLESS PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES WITH DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS
Chocolate chip cookies should always be a part of your repertoire of dessert options. We all grew up with them! But, The Rising Spoon has elevated the flavor of these with peanut butter and maple syrup. Oh my, I want some Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies With Dark Chocolate Chips now!
#9 HEALTHY CHRISTMAS COOKIES WITH SUGAR-FREE ICING
Oh, the kids will really love to make these Healthy Christmas Cookies With Sugar-Free Icing with you! Not only can they cut these in different shapes, but they can also decorate them.
#10 GLUTEN FREE HONEY GINGERBREAD COOKIES
I love to use local raw honey as a sweetener for my baked goods. And that’s exactly what Emily did at Recipes to Nourish with this delicious Gluten Free Honey Gingerbread Cookies recipe.
#11 CINNAMON CRUMB GRAIN-FREE COFFEE CAKE
You know what I love about this Cinnamon Crumb Grain-Free Coffee Cake recipe by Whole New Mom? You can make this recipe for breakfast, as a snack, or as a dessert. You can also make it paleo, low carb, or vegan. Love all the options!
#12 RUSTIC GLUTEN-FREE CINNAMON BUNS
Ahhh, the aroma of cinnamon buns filling your home on Christmas morning… This year you can eat them too! Try Strength and Sunshine’s Rustic Gluten-Free Cinnamon Buns.
#13 CINNAMON CRANBERRY COFFEE CAKE
Raia’s Recipes adds a nice tart twist to this Cinnamon Cranberry Coffee Cake by adding cranberries. Another great Christmas morning coffee cake option.
#14 KETO PALEO PUMPKIN BUNDT CAKE
After watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding, I’ll never look at a full-size bund cake the same way again. The picture of a plant in the center of the cake will always come to mind.
Make this Keto Paleo Pumpkin Bundt Cake recipe by My PCOS Kitchen as mini bundt cakes or as a big one, but definitely try it. (Plant decoration optional 😉)
#15 EGGNOG CHEESECAKE
While this cheesecake recipe by Eat Beautiful is a no-bake version, the crust is baked, so I added it to the list. And frankly, how could I leave an Eggnog Cheesecake out??? I can’t wait to try it.
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READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
Are you ready to tackle the holidays with healthy and delicious dessert options? With this list of 15 sweet holiday baked goods, you have many refined-sugar-free and gluten-free options.
Now it’s your turn… What healthy holiday dessert are you making this year? Comment below to let me know.
And don’t forget to download the Free Fit and Healthy Conversions Cheat Sheets for healthy measurements and substitutes for sugar and flour.