The holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. What it lacks in warm weather it makes up for in family time, and more importantly, DESSERTS. With so many family get together’s focused around eating, I know I struggle with maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle during the holidays. My whole motto in life is to never completely restrict myself but instead try to read for healthy alternatives, which led me on a quest to find some delicious desserts that are made with whole ingredients.
For the past 2 and a half years or so, I have made a conscious effort to swap out some of my more processed ingredients for healthier ones. For me personally, these small changes have made a significant difference in how I feel! Cutting out processed foods in favor of whole, organic options gives me more energy, better sleep, helps me maintain a healthy weight, and provides proper nutrition for my muscles following a training session.
BUT, I still love sweets. Slight problem to some, but I believe that everything is better in moderation. When I first started out on this healthy eating journey I cut out everything. To the point of excess, and while many would argue it was great for me physically I know mentally it was not good for me. I grew to have a bad relationship with food, and carried enormous guilt any time I indulged. Trust me, that is not healthy!! These are some recipes I’ve found and tried that I feel satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthier way, and include less processed ingredients to help you stay on track.
If you’re like me and love baking/bringing a dish to a family get together, then these are worth giving a go this holiday season!
Vegan Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake viaBlissfulBasil
Packed with protein, this cheesecake uses a cashew based filling sweetened with medjool dates, and an oat flour based crust.
Vanilla Chai Cupcakes via Baking-Ginger
These adorable Chai cupcakes only take 35 minutes to make and use flax eggs as a vegan alternative.
Chocolate Monkey Bread viaFeastingOnFruit
Monkey Bread is a childhood favorite, and this version packs the same great taste with guilt free ingredients like almond flour, medjool dates, and almond milk.
Vegan Lemon Bars viaOhMyVeggies
I’m a sucker for anything lemon, and these refreshing lemon bars are perfect to enjoy with a hot cup of tea.
Aquafaba Chocolate Mousse viaVanillaCrunnch
A deliciously sweet sugar alternative, this Aquafaba mousse is made of only three ingredients; Aquafaba, raw chocolate, and coconut nectar.
Mini Pumpkin & Cinnamon Donuts viaWallflowerKitchen
This post wouldn’t be complete without some form of pumpkin dessert! These pumpkin & cinnamon donuts use coconut sugar (one of my favorite sweeteners) to give it them an caramel flavor.
PIN FOR LATER