The holidays are here — ‘tis the season for treats and cheer!
Are you looking for healthy Christmas treats to celebrate this time of year?
If you and your family have made the real food commitment, or you have food allergies to work around, I’ve compiled a list of tasty morsels just for you.
With a few ingredient swaps, you can make delicious, wholesome, and healthy Christmas baking recipes and no-bake desserts to fill any family tradition
- In place of refined white flour: Use almond, coconut, cassava, or arrowroot flour.
- Replace white sugar: Use natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or dates.
- Avoid artificial food dyes: Use plant-based food coloring instead.
Here is our family’s recipe roundup of healthy Christmas goodies. They make great DIY neighbor gifts, cookie exchange options, and party treats.
Which recipes will become your new family favorites?
Pistachio Raisin Cookies
Who knew that pistachios and raisins could bring a cookie to life! This Pistachio Raisin cookie recipe uses flax and almond meal, and a small amount of coconut sugar as a base for other ingredients to shine.
Make these healthy Christmas treats to share and enjoy, or follow Primal Peak’s directions for DIY cookie jar gifts (free tag printables included)
Oatmeal Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
A unique twist on an oatmeal raisin tradition, these Oatmeal Chocolate Cranberry cookies will keep you reaching for “just one more.” Gluten-free oats, almond flour, and yummy mix-ins, combine to create a holiday must-have.
We usually make a batch for ourselves, and DIY cookie jar gifts for others with Primal Peak’s instructions and downloadable tags
Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
These are a family favorite for sure in our home! Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and chocolate — yes, please! This recipe uses an almond and coconut flour base with molasses and coconut sugar to sweetly deliver the gingerbread spice combination we know and love.
This Chocolate Gingerbread cookie batch never lasts long and is always a DIY cookie jar gift favorite from the holiday gift series.
Swedish Style Spiced Nuts
If you are looking for the perfect holiday party nibble, we have just the recipe for you. Swedish Style Spiced Nuts are a healthier sweet snack compared to store-bought versions.
Using maple syrup and egg whites to sweeten and secure cinnamon, cardamon, and allspice to your favorite raw nuts is simple and delicious.
Pomegranate Pistachio Bark
I fall for chocolate bark any time of year. It is one of the easiest treats to make and comes together as a beautiful gift, or late-night indulgence to get you through your gift wrapping sessions.
This Pomegranate Pistachio Bark recipe offers fun textures, bursts of flavor, and takes only fifteen minutes to make!
Almond Butter Blossoms
Is your cookie plate missing the traditional peanut butter cookie with the chocolate kiss in the center? Add this flourless, primal eating version of a healthy christmas treats — Almond Butter Blossoms will not disappoint!
These real food, nutty treats are super simple to throw together. They bake quickly, are fun for the kids to help with, and are ready to satisfy your family’s holiday sweet tooth in no time!
Almond Joy Truffles
Soft velvety chocolate ganache, coated in almond butter, and topped with toasted coconut! These melt in your mouth Almond Joy Truffles will raise anyone’s holiday spirit.
Leave the classic candy bar on the shelf and make this healthier recipe instead.
Despite not having any sugar, these Paleo Truffles will satisfy your sweet tooth! They are easy-peasy to put together. Rich, smooth, chocolatey goodness.
Chocolate Gingerbread Cookie Bites
No bake Chocolate Gingerbread Cookie Bites are a nice alternative to preheating the oven. They easily qualify as both a healthy treat and a healthy after school snack for the kids this time of year.
Cranberry Macadamia Bites
When I think of the holidays, I think of red berries… including cranberries. Cranberry Macadamia Bites make for nourishing and satisfying healthy Christmas snacks that easily replace overly sweet cookies.
Made with sunflower seed butter, ground macadamias, and lightly sweetened with honey.
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Cookie Dough Bites
Who didn’t sneak a dollop of raw cookie dough as a kid? This Cookie Dough Bite recipe is a no-bake, clean ingredient, and safely raw version of your favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.
Green Christmas Cookies
When I think of Christmas as a kid, I think of the Green Christmas Cookies that my mom made every year! They were your traditional snowball cookie with green food coloring. Now we know that artificial dyes are best avoided, as well as refined white flour and processed powdered sugar.
This version uses cassava flour, coconut sugar, and plant-based food coloring as alternative ingredients. No, the green color isn’t nearly as vibrant, but the green tint and cookie flavor brings back all the Christmas love.
Grain-Free Apple Crisp
Sometimes you just need a treat besides cookies and pie during the holidays. This Apple Crisp recipe is one that our family turns to. Full of fresh apples, raw nuts, and coconut — not too sweet and a delicious cold weather treat.
Creamy decadence! This Pumpkin Custard recipe is like pumpkin pie in a jar with a twist of cocoa. This one always gets the approval of the neighborhood kids at our house — the true test of taste.
Creamy Spiced Parsnip Cupcakes
Parsnips in cupcakes? Yes! Paired with bananas and dates, shredded parsnips are the secret ingredient. Put a new spin on carrot cake and try these Creamy Spiced Parsnip Cupcakes this season.
Grain-Free Magic Cookie Bars
As a little girl, I remember leaving Magic Bars and a glass of milk for Santa! This recipe from Meaningful Eats uses cleaner ingredients with the same level of ooey-gooey richness. Grain-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free.
Ever need a break from chocolate? These Mind-Blowing Lemon Cookies from Paleo Grubs are perfect for changing up your holiday flavors.
I love the shredded coconut texture, and the fresh lemon flavor.
GingerSnaps were one of my favorite cookies growing up and this recipe from Primal Palate nailed it!! Bringing me right back to my obsession. The ginger and the “snap” with each bite is just right.
My kids always love to roll out cookie dough, use cookie cutters, and decorate Christmas cookies, as I’m sure yours do too.
I’m always on the lookout for dough recipes with alternative flours and less junk, and this Vegan & Paleo Iced Sugar Cookie recipe from Detoxinista has won our vote.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
What puts a bigger smile on Santa’s face than finding Chocolate Chip Cookies and a glass of milk at your house on Christmas Eve? This cassava flour recipe from What Great Grandma Ate is not too sweet and full of healthy fats to help fuel his busy night!
Pecan Pie Cookies
The filling in these Gluten-Free Pecan Pie Cookies from Allergy Free Alaska is incredible. The cookie itself is just the right vehicle to transport the mixture right to your mouth for a delicious experience.
Peanut Butter Fudge
Texanerin got this Peanut Butter Fudge recipe just right! The consistency, the taste, and the simplicity of making these yummy morsels will put them on your list of favorite healthy Christmas treats. Yum yum!
Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
Tasty bites of raspberry with a deliciously textured cookie, these Raspberry Thumbprints from Elana’s Pantry are a very healthy alternative. They have very little sugar, especially if you can find a no-sugar-added raspberry preserve, with big flavor.
Infamous Bacon Cookies
Primal Palate’s Chocolate Chip cookie is our family’s anytime treat. My youngest son is a pro at making them brownie style from start to finish by himself. But, when it comes to the holidays, their Infamous Bacon Cookie recipe comes out!
Yep, you heard that right… BACON and CHOCOLATE together for a sweet and salty taste bud party.
Citrus Funfetti Cookies
Citrusy cookies with buttery frosting and colorful sprinkles — a kid’s delight. This Funfetti Cookie recipe from Simple Roots will leave you with a chewy bite and the surprising crunch of funfetti along the way. Find naturally colored Christmas sprinkles for extra holiday flare.
Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Truffles
I have made these Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Truffles as neighbor gifts for many years. They are so easy to blend up in the food processor, quickly roll together, and will not disappoint!
Toasted Cashew Ginger Bites
Toasted Cashew Ginger Bites also pull together in a snap. They look beautiful in a mason jar for a unique gift, or holiday family treat.
Choose Healthy Christmas Treats for the Holidays
No excuses now — put your real food kitchen to work and bring on the holiday cheer with any of these healthier treat recipes. Which will be your new family favorite?