The holidays are a time for family, celebration, and tasty food. While this can be a great time to unwind and relax, many people tend to overindulge in many of the wrong foods, sending them several steps back in their health. Here’s the thing, you can make super tasty desserts with ingredients that don’t leave you in a hazy fog of inflammation. These sugar-free holiday dessert recipes are loaded with healing nutrition that you are sure to love.
Many people will choose to forgo the healthy eating for a few days and deal with the consequences later. I know many people however, that would love to substitute traditional recipes for very similar ones that are more conducive to health. Here are some of my favorites and I think you will be surprised at how delicious healthy desserts can be!
My goal is to arm and equip you with a lot of great healthy dessert recipes so you never feel deprived during this part of the year!!
Vanilla Almond Christmas Cookies
Most sugar cookies are almost pure sugar and highly processed flours. These are a ketogenic friendly version that are absolutely delicious. Not only are they sugar-free, but they also contain plenty of fiber and healthy fats.
Without the grains, sugar, and processed ingredients, most people will find that making cookies this way leaves them satisfied without the sugar rush and digestive complications.
These also only take about 30 minutes to make!
Recipe Here: Keto Vanilla Almond Christmas Cookies
Snickerdoodles are a classic holiday cookie. They are somewhat similar to the Vanilla Almond cookies, but with a winter spice added. The fiber and healthy fats make this a blood sugar friendly dessert recipe with the added anti-oxidant and blood sugar stabilizing benefits of cinnamon!
If you are looking to make this holiday more of a ketogenic style, these are another great option.
Recipe Here: Sugar Free Snickerdoodle Cookies
This one is both nutrient-packed and festive. Combining a few simple ingredients and forming into shape makes for a simple, raw nutrition dessert that resembles a snowball! I would suggest forgoing the snowball fight with these, however.
These use a combination of ground chia seeds, coconut flour, raw cacao powder, and natural sweeteners. Combined, these ingredients provide a powerful combination of omega 3 fats, plenty of fiber, and antioxidants.
Recipe Here: Sugar Free Snowballs
Marshmallows & Hot Cocoa
What is winter-time without some soul-warming hot cocoa? Using the right ingredients, you can turn this typically high-sugar drink into a super-nutritious, healing experience.
For the hot cocoa, you can use a milk of your choice (almond or coconut are my favorite), raw cacao powder, natural sweeteners, and coconut cream for an indulgent homemade whipped topping.
I always loved putting marshmallows in my hot chocolate until I realized how much sugar was in them. Luckily, we have made a blood sugar friendly version that contains the healing benefits of collagen! This is one decadent hot chocolate that you can sip on throughout the winter without worrying about blood sugar ups and downs.
Hot Chocolate Recipe: Almond Milk Hot Chocolate
Collagen Marshmallows: Sweet Collagen Sugar Free Marshmallows
For many people, Christmas fudge is a tradition. I even know people who have had a family recipe passed down for generations. To them, this is a big deal. I personally love fudge (and anything chocolate, really) so when I figured out how to make a blood sugar friendly version, I was excited.
This is a simple recipe loaded with healthy fats and anti-oxidants. The addition of goji berries kicks the nutrient density of this dessert up to a whole other level, great for the immune system and overall health. If you are looking for a more traditional fudge, simply forgo the goji berries.
Recipe Here: Super Fat Burning Fudge
Carrot cake has the potential to be a super-nutritious dessert. Unfortunately, most forms that you find in the store are completely devoid of natural, healing ingredients. But there is good news in that with a few ingredient swaps you can make this as one of your tasty holiday dessert recipes.
This recipe is loaded with nutrition and real carrots! It also uses healthy fats, high-fiber coconut flour, and natural sweeteners that will not send you on a blood sugar rollercoaster. It even has a rich cream cheese frosting.
If you are carrot cake fan, this one is quite tasty.
Recipe Here: Sugar Free Carrot Cake
While this dessert is technically not sugar free, it is absolutely delicious and much healthier than what you could buy in a store. Made with whole-food ingredients, it is loaded with fiber, healthy fats, clean protein, and delicious flavor.
If you are a banana bread person, definitely give this one a try this holiday season. It will fill your home with a delicious soul-warming smell that is perfect for the holidays. If you love banana bread and are concerned about the extra sugar, you can even substitute keto maple syrup or liquid stevia for the honey and maple syrup.
Recipe Here: Grain Free Banana Bread
Pumpkin Spice Fudge
I personally love the warming flavor of pumpkin spice during the colder months. Instead of running for the sugar-filled pumpkin spice lattes, doughnuts, and everything else they have at the store. I make my own versions.
For example, you can take this Fat Burning Breakfast Latte and add pureed pumpkin and a dash of pumpkin spice to taste. This is a delicious liquid meal replacement with the pumpkin spice flavor you are after.
Another one of my holiday favorites is Pumpkin Spice Fudge. This flavor combination is incredible and it only takes 5 ingredients.
Pumpkin tends to be higher in carbs so it is not keto friendly, however it is blood sugar friendly due to pumpkin’s low-glycemic value.
Recipe Here: Pumpkin Spice Fudge
Coconut Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread cookies are a holiday favorite. This recipe is ketogenic and super simple, only 4 ingredients! Take your white sugar and wheat flour, replace it with natural sweeteners and high-fiber coconut flour, and you’ve just made a much healthier cookie.
These make a healthy and versatile dessert that can be combined with vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit, or a low-carb chocolate topping.
Recipe Here: Coconut Short Bread Keto Cookies
Wait, did you read that right? You can eat Nutella, and it’s healthy?? Well, now you can. This homemade version of the classic treat is an excellent alternative to the real thing. Real Nutella is loaded with sugar and highly processed vegetable oils which do nothing but spike blood sugar and drive up inflammation.
This is a whole-food based recipe that won’t let you down. The combination of hazelnut and chocolate is out of this world and it can serve as a topping for many of the other recipes mentioned here so far. In contrast to the real thing, this recipe has got lots of healthy fats, antioxidants, and important minerals.
Recipe Here: Sugar Free Nutella
Chocolate Drizzled Cake
This is a high-fiber, high-fat cake recipe with moderate amounts of clean protein and a delicious chocolate drizzle. Unlike most cakes around the holidays, this one is loaded with nutrition.
If you like a richer chocolatey flavor, you can even add cacao powder into the cake batter. I personally like to add the cacao into the frosting to keep from damaging the antioxidant nutrients.
This one is also ketogenic friendly!
Recipe Here: Sugar Free Chocolate Cake
Coconut Milk Ice Cream
If you are looking for a sugar free companion for your cake, cookies, brownies, and pie; coconut ice cream is the way to go. This is one of the simplest dessert recipes I know and it is so tasty!
3 ingredients is all it takes and you’ve got ketogenic ice cream. There are so many ways you can tailor it to your preference too. We have a vanilla, chocolate, and berry (higher in sugar) ice cream. You can even add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to turn your ice cream into a meal!
If you are looking to make this holiday season a bit healthier, these are some of my personal favorite dessert recipes. Instead of throwing you on a rollercoaster of blood sugar highs and lows, these desserts will leave you nourished and satisfied.
Don’t feel discouraged this holiday season as there are so many great healthy dessert recipes in this article and on our website that you can use to enjoy the great flavor you are accustomed to this time of the year!
We’d love to hear your favorite holiday dessert recipes!