Desserts are my favorite part of holiday dinners. There’s so many different flavors, textures, and colors… and I’m a big fan of the sweetness. But since I’ve begun treating my autoimmune disease, I have to stay away from sugar for the most part. it’s not fun, and I really miss eating sweets during this time of year. So for those of us that can’t have gluten and traditional sugar in our desserts, here’s a fantastic roundup of healthy holiday desserts that will have us feeling like we aren’t missing out at all!
Paleo, Keto, & Sugar Free No Bake Cookies
- Heat the peanut butter, syrup, cacao, vanilla, and coconut oil together on the stove over med-low heat.
- Stir it continually it so it melts quickly and blends well, but doesn't burn to the bottom or sides.
- Remove the mixture from the heat, and add in the shredded coconut.
- Gently stir in the shredded coconut, and mix well to ensure there are no clumps.
- Let the cookie mixture cool until it thickens, approximately 20-30 minutes. Stirring helps it cool faster.
- Using a large spoon, put scoops of the cookie mixture on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
- Put in the fridge until solid. Cookies may be refrigerated for an hour, or put in the freezer for 20 minutes.
- Store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Make sure they stay cold at all times, or they'll melt!
- I use parchment paper to keep the dough from sticking to the cookie sheet. It makes it very simple to remove them without breaking them.
- You can keep these cookies in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 1 week (but honestly I've never had them last this long).
- If you make a really big batch, you can keep them in the freezer in a sealed container for up to 1 month.
- Depending on the brand of nut butter, shredded coconut, and any substitutions you make, the macros may differ. However, with the ingredients that I used, these have 4 net carbs per cookie.
- Having no refined sugar in these cookies is great because they end up with a fudgy texture instead of a grainy one, and they melt in your mouth. However, they do melt at room temperature easily. If you need them to set quickly, you can just pop them in the freezer until they're solid again.
Healthy Holiday Desserts
Pear Fig Galette from Nikki at The View From In Here – The Holiday isn’t complete without fruit pies. This Pear Fig Galette is sugar-free, gluten-free and vegetarian, a fitting dessert to almost any diet. The flaky crust is filled with the tantalizing flavors of fall fruits; pear and fig. Serve as is or top with melted Brie Cheese and Honey. New family favorite.
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Balls from Kaila at Healthy Helper – Soft, delicious bites packed with the flavor of pumpkin pie! These festive balls are perfect for celebrating fall and enjoying sweet treat that’s good for you too. These balls are vegan, gluten and grain-free, high in plant-based protein, and full of fiber!
Pear, Apple, & Pumpkin Crumble from Priya at Masala Girl Travels– The perfect easy fall dessert, seasonal crisp pears and apples are swirled with pumpkin puree and warming spices. Your whole house will smell of sweet roasted cinnamon for at least a day!
Fig Jam from Nikki at The View From In Here – Jam packed (Pun Intended) with great nutrition. This spread is so versatile. Top your muffins or toast with the figgy fruity goodness, use in a fruit pie or serve over gooey Brie Cheese.
Pumpkin Cashew Pudding from Celeste at The Whole Serving – Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Sugar-Free. A smooth, creamy and delicious taste of Fall.