11 Must-Make Healthy Holiday Treats

Try these simple, delicious, and healthy holiday treats that are crowdpleasers! They are all dairy free, gluten free, and made with unrefined sugars. Perfect for this festive time of year! 

Healthy Dark Chocolate Turtles, Vegan, Gluten Free

Healthy Holiday Treats…you have got to try! 


When it comes to the holiday season there is definitely never a shortage of goodies. Cookies, bars, cakes, pies, bite-sized goodies, and more and while it’s always nice to indulge in a little bit of the festive goodness, too much can leave you feeling pretty yucky. I know I’m not the only one to have overdone it with the sweet treats during the holidays and ended up with a queasy stomach! Today on the blog I’ve lined up 11 of my own exclusive healthy holiday treats to give you some more options to balance out the less healthy delights that might end up at, or in, your table/office/counter/car/diaper bag/purse/pockets…ha, you get the point!

These delicious and healthy holiday treats are all made with unrefined sugars, have no dairy and gluten, and still taste sweet, festive, and mouthwatering. They also happen to be made with whole food ingredients giving them even more nutritional value including added healthy fats, protein, and vitamins and minerals!

The Healthy Holiday Treats List: 


Healthy Dark Chocolate Preztel Bark - Gluten Free, Dairy Free,

Healthy Dark Chocolate Bark with Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter and Pretzels

This amazing bark is a combination of sweet, salty, and oh-so-decandent flavour, made with gluten free pretzels, dark chocolate and the perfect peanut butter swirl, it’s an absolute must-make healthy holiday treats recipe! 



Mini Dairy Free Vegan Cheesecakes with Chocolate and Orange and added protein

Vegan Chocolate Orange Mini Protein Cheesecakes

These tasty mini cheesecakes are flavoured with orange and drizzled with dark chocolate for that perfect festive flavour combination, and they have added plant protein for extra nutrition!



Healthy Dark Chocolate Turtles, Vegan, Gluten Free

Healthier Dark Chocolate Turtles

A healthy and simple vegan take on traditional “turtles”, this recipe is sure to please and great for those with dairy or gluten allergies who still want to enjoy this holiday treat favourite! 



Healthy Gingerbread Smoothie, dairy free, gluten free, vegan, with protein

Silky Gingersnap Smoothie

This healthy protein-packed smoothie takes the flavour of gingerbread and adds it to a smoothie with crushed healthy gingersnap cookie! Who needs a gingerbread cookie when you can drink it instead?! 



Healthy Gluten Free Gingersnap Cookies

Healthy Gingersnap Cookies 

Not into a gingerbread smoothie but like the idea of a sweet and healthy gingersnap cookie? Try this recipe for gluten free, dairy free gingersnaps that’s sure to please!



Delicious Dark Chocolate Truffles, Raw, Vegan, with Orange

Superfood Chocolate Orange Ginger Truffles

These beautiful truffles may look like a labor of love but they are actually so easy to make! Made with superfoods, orange, ginger, and of course chocolate, they have all the festive flavours in one healthy bite!



5-Minute Apple Cinnamon Bun (Roll), dairy free, gluten free, egg free, vegan

5-Minute Apple Cinnamon Rolls

If you want a break from the chocolate but still want to enjoy a healthy holiday treat that has a festive flair, try these incredibly easy vegan cinnamon rolls that come together in just 5-minutes! 



Gluten Free and Dairy Free Double Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

These grain free cookies may look super decadent but they are actually really great for you with healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and added fibre!



Healthy Frosted Raw Walnut Brownies

No-Bake Frosted Walnut Brownies

Most of the treat bars around the holidays are loaded with refined sugar, dairy, and gluten but these delicious no-bake walnut brownie bars are made with only whole foods and have tons of rich chocolate flavour! 



Healthy Hot Chocolate, dairy free, vegan, gluten free

Rich & Creamy Super Healthy Hot Chocolate

If you love hot cocoa or hot chocolate around the holidays but want to skip the cream or milk, try this super healthy hot chocolate made with dairy free plant-milk, chia seeds, and antioxidant-rich cocoa powder!



Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups, gluten free, dairy free, vegan

Easy Homemade Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Last, but definitely not least, this recipe is one you can enjoy all year around, and especially during the holiday season as everyone loves peanut butter cups, right?? These homemade cups are dairy free, gluten free, and taste just like the real thing! Can’t eat peanut butter? No worries! Swap the peanut butter for another nut butter or a seed butter for a nut-free option!



I hope you have enjoyed this mouthwatering list of must-make healthy holiday treats! Which one will you make first? Have you tried any of these recipes yet? I’d love to read about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below to save this list for later!


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 Try these 11 healthy holiday treats that are sure to please during the Christmas (and New Years!) season! They are healthy recipes that are good for kids and adults alike, great for snacks, desserts, and those who are following a clean eating diet. Gluten free, dairy free, plant based, vegan, paleo, and no sugar options!



Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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