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The Greatist Table: 10 Healthy Holiday Desserts from Around the Web
There are thousands of new recipes posted online every day. We love trolling sites like Pinterest, Gojee, and Tastespotting as much as the next person, but we realize that can be a huge time drain. Christmas and Hanukkah are not the healthiest of holidays (oh hey, Christmas cookies and fried doughnuts), but a party buffet laden with celery and carrot sticks doesn't feel super festive. This year, stock the dessert table with healthier options like raw vegan truffles, low-fat cookies, and fruity sweets. These ten recipes are decadent enough to feel like special treats, but not so indulgent as to make you wish you wore a sweatsuit to the office holiday party.
Low-Fat Gingerbread Cookies via SkinnyTaste
These cute cookies have less than half the fat of the traditional version, with applesauce subbing in for butter. Plenty of molasses and ginger flavor means you won't miss the extra calories.
Pistachio Sugarplums via Katie at the Kitchen Door Fun fact: sugarplums don't actually contain their namesake purple fruit. These lighter treats are made of dried fruit, nuts, and plenty of holiday spices. They also contain brandy, so keep these sugary treats at the adult table.
Candyland Peppermint Bark via Chocolate Covered Katie
Looking for a vegan, gluten-free candy to serve at the annual holiday party? This recipe gets its oomph from coconut butter. For a more chocolaty version, use the Hot Chocolate Butter on the recipe page.
Christmas Pudding via The Healthy Chef
Get all Dickensian this holiday season without needing a corset to hold it all in. These Brit-style puddings are made of chopped dried fruit, almond flour, and plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Candy Cane Surprise Meringues via Not Your Momma's Cookie
These festive meringues look complicated, but if you're handy with a pastry bag they're a breeze to make. The secret surprise is a Hershey's Candy Cane Kiss in the middle of each cookie.
Gluten Free Chocolate Fudge Crinkle Cookies via Bakerita
Pop these chewy chocolate cookies into the oven for a super-rich treat that's perfect for partygoers with allergies to gluten or dairy (just make sure to pick up some dairy-free chocolate chips!)
Healthier Sugar Cookies via Chocolate & Carrots
It's not Christmas without crunchy sugar cookies slathered in decorative icing. Use this lighter recipe and munch on iced snowflakes, Santas, or jingle bells to your heart's content.
Mini Snow Candy Apples via Le Zoe Musings
These adorable festive apples would make a great party favor or project for kids. Dip golden crab apples in candy apple mix (available seasonally at most grocery stores) and sprinkle with coconut flakes to resemble snow.
Cranberry Choco Chip Cookies via ManilaSpoon
These chewy oatmeal cookies are loaded with antioxidant-rich dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips. Add some whole-wheat flour to the rolled oats for an even healthier version.
Chocolate Covered Mint Patties via This Rawsome Vegan Life
These DIY candies are totally raw and super easy to make. To make them, blend together coconut, cashews, coconut oil, honey, and (obviously) peppermint oil in a food processor. The tasty chocolate coating is made of coconut oil, cacao powder, and honey. Practically guilt-free, right?
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