Often, the best part of a holiday meal is the dessert—but it also tends to be the least healthy part. And while it’s perfectly fine to indulge in a treat from time to time, plenty of holiday desserts are both delicious and healthy. So why not try something new this holiday season?
We have a few ideas to help you plan your menus. With these tasty treats, your guests won’t even know they’re secretly eating a healthy option. Try these 12 healthier holiday desserts.
Angel food cake is already known for being a light dessert option, but this ginger flavor makes it perfect for the holidays.
This traditional German holiday cake embraces the sweetness of roasted fruits.
Using whole-wheat flour makes these cookies more nutritionally dense than your typical sugar cookie—and they’ll still be fun for the whole family to decorate.
Though cheesecake is usually packed with fatty cream cheese, this recipe substitutes low-fat cottage cheese.
With just a few ingredients and no baking required, this pop-able dessert is as quick and healthy as it gets.
6. Baked pears
Baking pears brings out their natural sweetness. Once baked, you can top them with ice cream for a dessert that tastes way more decadent than it is.
Full of fall flavor, this recipe for pumpkin cookies doesn’t even need butter to be delicious.
8. Pumpkin pie
Speaking of pumpkin, it wouldn’t be the holidays without the most famous of Thanksgiving pies.
By baking your fritters instead of deep frying, you can enjoy a treat for only 214 calories.
Trifles are the perfect option for a lightened up dessert that isn’t light on flavor. With fruit, cake and cream topping—how can you go wrong?
This slimmed down bread pudding uses low-fat dairy ingredients and minimal sugar.
These holiday classics boast a short ingredient list and only 87 calories per cookie. You can even customize the flavor with your favorite jam.
With so many tasty healthy options, you may not even miss the butter and sugar-packed desserts you’re used to seeing around the holidays. Maybe you can have your cake and eat it, too.
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