The holiday season is upon us and there are tempting Christmas treats in supermarkets and shops everywhere you go. It’s also a favourite time of year for families to do some Christmas baking. And for good reason, as nothing says ‘Christmas time’ more than the smell and taste of freshly baked cookies or other Christmas treats. Baked goods also make great little stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts to give to friends, teachers, co-workers, and family.
While Christmas is often a time for indulgence, there are plenty of alternatives to enjoy all your favourite Christmas treats in a healthier way.
5 Healthy Christmas treats to enjoy this holiday season
Here are five simple recipes for healthy Christmas treats that you and your family can enjoy baking (and eating) together.
Refined Sugar-Free Shortbread Cookies
If you’re looking for a quick and easy shortbread recipe this Christmas, you can’t go past this super simple, four-ingredient refined sugar-free version. Shortbread is one of those recipes that has to be baked at Christmas time in my household. While there is plenty of store-bought shortbread out there, nothing compares to freshly baked shortbread cookies straight out of the oven.
If you want to make your shortbread extra Christmassy, add some flair by gently pressing in some red and green sprinkles before you bake them. When they come out of the oven you’ll have a healthy classic treat and your home will be filled with the aroma of freshly baked cookies and remind you of Christmas as a child.
Check out the full recipe here.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
This healthy Christmas recipe is a family favourite in my household and is so easy to make. Unlike most cookies, these ones are gluten-free, nut-free, and can easily be made dairy-free so that everyone can enjoy them.
If you’re looking for a crowd favourite, chocolate chip cookies are always a hit, so they’re perfect for bringing to a Christmas party or to butter up your co-workers. As soon as you serve them up they will be gone in seconds!
Click here for the full recipe.
Healthy Gingerbread Cookies
What list of Christmas goodies would be complete without the all-time Christmas classic, Gingerbread cookies? The best thing about gingerbread is that, with all the tasty spices that make up this cookie, you really don’t need the vast amounts of refined sugar found in the traditional recipes to make them taste great.
Check out this healthy recipe we created for gingerbread cookies which can be found over at The Organised Housewife.
Not Quite Healthy Rum Balls
Christmas time wouldn’t feel the same without the all-time classic treat, rum balls. As the name suggests, this one isn’t made up of 100% wholesome goodness, but the reality of rum balls is that you can’t have them without rum and I promise that every other ingredient in there is good for you.
These rum balls also make a perfect after-dinner treat with a cup of coffee or tea. They bring that loved, festive flavour without all the gluten and sugar that wreaks havoc on our tummies. If you have little ones, don’t worry, they can enjoy these holiday favourites too. Just omit the rum and voila, a Christmas treat for all ages.
Find the full recipe here.
Mango & Macadamia Ice Blocks
Take a break from tradition and introduce a new family favourite Christmas recipe with these fresh and seasonal Mango Macadamia Ice Blocks. Perfect for a hot, Aussie Christmas, these treats are so easy to whip up and serve for a cooling afternoon snack.
Based on the irresistible but sugary Weis Bars, these bring the same delicious flavour with none of the harmful refined sugars. What’s more is that they are bursting with vitamins, healthy fats, and have no dairy or gluten in sight.
Make your own with the full recipe found here.
Christmas is a time of indulgence, and with these simple and healthy recipes, you can indulge in a healthier way by making a few small changes. If you’re looking for more healthy treats make sure you browse through our healthy Snack & Treats recipes. Merry Christmas!