Holiday Roundup: Healthy Dessert Options

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Written and Photographed by Amanda Glass, Lifestyle Staff Writer

After pulling twinkle lights out of storage boxes, hanging wreaths on our front doors and developing wish lists, everyone transitions into their favorite time of the year: the holiday season. Along with gift-giving, family reunions and festive music, this time of the year calls for a lot of home-made, irresistible desserts. It is hard to avoid the decadent pies, gooey cookies and rich cakes that line both bakeries and kitchens — and give you that sluggish, bloated feeling. Though seemingly impossible, there is a way to enjoy your favorite holiday foods without that post-Pecan Pie guilt. Thanks to the experts at The Food Network, these dessert recipes have a healthy twist and are the perfect addition to your holiday menu. 

Lighter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Made with oats and packed full of chocolate chips, these cookies are hard not to consume by the dozen. Leave them by your fireplace at night with a glass of cold milk and you never know — you might get an early visit from Santa.

Ginger Angel Food Cake

Angel food cake is notoriously known for a light, airy consistency. Opt for this healthier cake instead of rich chocolate. You will be feeling just as light as the cake after a slice (or three). The finishing touch is the raspberry coulis, which is very difficult to resist. 

Mini Date-Nut Snowballs

For something that takes roughly 10 minutes and has no actual baking involved, whip up a batch of these healthy cookie alternatives. You only need four ingredients: fruit, almonds, cinnamon and salt. That’s it!

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

Though gluten-free, these muffins will surely taste better than any gluten-filled muffins you have had before. Interchange blueberries for chocolate chips, cranberries or a mixture to keep the recipe exciting!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Halloween may have passed, but it is never too late for pumpkin-flavored desserts. Using low-fat cream cheese and Greek yogurt helps keep this recipe healthy, while pumpkin pie spice and real pumpkin puree adds delicious flavor. Though the cheesecake’s cook and prep time are longer than other recipes, the end result is worth the wait.

Healthy Carrot Muffins

“Healthy” andcarrot” in the name may make you skeptical on whether or not these muffins classify as a true dessert, but they definitely taste just as good as any cake or cookie.

Using these dessert recipes at your next family get-together will be sure to have everyone grabbing seconds. What are you waiting for — heat up the oven, break out the muffin tin and get baking!

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