Healthy Christmas Treats Collection

by Kristine on December 2, 2013

in Breads, Muffins, Cookies, Desserts, Gluten Free, Healthy "MAKEOVERS", Recipes

Healthier Christmas Treats

* This post is an on-going list of my healthy Christmas treats. I will be editing this post frequently with new recipes! So remember to bookmark it! *

Squares, cookies and festive breads. They all put me in the holiday spirit!  But if you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle, its hard to bake up all those high fat and high sugar goodies without feeling guilty eating them. Well there is a way, without adding the typical 10 pounds over the holidays. These Christmas-themed treats are a great snack or treat that fill your sweet craving, but without all the calories.

Healthy Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

If you’re looking for a yummy and healthy gingerbread cookie, this is it! The dough is great to work with, and is the perfect base for your favorite gingerbread cut out cookies.

Cut Out Sugar Cookies {Grain Free & Sugar Free}

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These are the ideal cut out cookie. Great flavor, an easy dough to roll out, and your cookies will keep their shape. Perfect cookie to decorate.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

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These are so addictive and an amazing soft cookie. What’s even better? At only 68 calories each, you can definitely have more than one without feeling guilty about it!

Cranberry Bliss Bars {Healthier Starbucks Copycat}

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Those delicious Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks…good, aren’t they? Why not make these instead as they’re gluten-free, contain no artificial ingredients, and are 1/2 the calories, 1/2 the fat and 1/2 the sugar as the Starbucks version. Yes please!

Gingerbread Loaf {Healthier Starbucks Copycat}

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My version is gluten-free (can be dairy-free) and each slice is 147 cals, 4 g fat, 25 g carbs, 12 g sugar…that’s WITH icing. Guess what a slice of the Starbucks one has? 440 cals, 14 g fat, 74 g carbs & 52 g sugar (OMG!). Make this instead!

Gingersnaps

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These healthy gingersnaps are a delicious, chewy and healthy replicate of regular gingersnap cookies. I like my gingersnaps chewy, so these really hit the spot. A great fake out, as they don’t taste as low calories as they are.  Just 58 calories each!

Eggnog Cookies

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Soft pillow-y cookies with a hint of eggnog flavor. Gluten free and could be dairy-free. Perfect for the holidays.

Eggnog Bread

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A great bread to have for breakfast or a snack. Hint of eggnog flavor in a soft and chewy bread. Perfect served slightly warm. Gluten free and could be dairy-free.

Peanut Butter Balls

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These peanut butter balls are super easy to make, no-bake, and will totally fix your peanut butter craving. They also contain extra protein, so they make a great healthier snack…why wait for dessert!

Shortbread

shortbread

Shortbread is one of those recipes that are very tough to make healthier, considering they are pretty much butter and sugar. I made these healthier by making them sugar free. They aren’t gluten free as I use spelt flour and rice flour, but I hope to come up with a gluten free version soon.

Fudge

Fudge - BusyButHealthy

A delicious and decadent fudge. Its also dairy-free, gluten-free, but just as yummy as traditional fudge…really!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Slightly crispy on the outside, but chewy on the inside.  If you’re a chocolate crinkle fan, you will love this healthy alternative. Gluten-free and dairy-free.

Snowballs

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Another holiday treat I grew up on. I include the recipe my Mom made, and my healthy alternative, which is gluten-free and much lower calorie and carbs.

Pecan Pie Bars

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Like pecan pie, but without all the carbs and sugar? Great recipe to try. The base is made from coconut flour and almond meal, so its a grain-free recipe too!

Cut Out Cookies

I need to re-make this recipe to add a photo. The only difference with these vs regular sugar cookies is that when baked, I found they lost the design of the cookie cutter a bit.  They spread out a bit more than regular cookies, but this is due to no gluten content. Made with oat flour and rice flour.

Oatmeal Turtle Bars

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A Christmas bar that tastes like those delicious Turtle chocolate bars! Gluten-free and could be dairy-free.

Low Fat Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

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These Peanut Butter Cup Blondies are so delicious and great for anyone that’s a chocolate & peanut butter fan. Would be great packaged up and given to a friend.

Date Squares

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A healthier version of Matrimony Cake. Another favorite treat I grew up with. Identical to the original, but without all the fat, and is also made with whole grains.

Raspberry Squares

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These raspberry squares are similar to the date squares, but with a different filling. Festive for the holidays!

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I'm Kristine Fretwell, busy mom of 2 little girls, author, blogger, and former pro fitness competitor. I love almost any kind of cookie, anything coconut or pumpkin flavored, and Thai food. A perfect day for me is enjoying my family, getting to the gym, and whipping up a new healthy recipe. I've got a collection of over 300 healthy recipes, and other tidbits like fitness and health tips. My recipes have been featured on websites such as Huffington Post, Savvy Mom, Shape and Skinny Scoop.
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  • http://tastespace.wordpress.com/ janet @ the taste space

    What a wonderful collection of treats for the holidays. Totally bookmarking it, thanks! 🙂

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