Pudding Perfection: 10 Indulgent Desserts for Healthy Holidays

Healthy Desserts | Sweet Potato Pecan Pie


This might come as a surprise to you, given the headline, but I’ll be the last person to convince you to “eat clean” during the holidays.

Ok, embracing every opportunity to satisfy your cravings throughout November and December is not a good idea for your health. But stuffing yourself with turkey or eating one too many ‘oliebollen‘ (Dutch doughnuts) on New Year’s Eve? That’s not such a big deal! Eating isn’t just about nutrients, calories and feeding your body. It’s also about feeding your soul, by sharing a delicious meal and laughs with your loved ones.

And please, if you choose to let go of your food philosophy for those two or three days of the year, don’t feel guilty about it. Make sure you enjoy every bite! You can make healthier choices the next day.

But maybe you have diabetes or irritable bowel syndrome or another health condition, and having sugar-laden desserts with enormous amounts of butter, cream and white flour is not an option. Maybe you simply prefer (the taste of) whole food ingredients like bitter chocolate, raw honey, dates and fragrant spices in your pudding. Whatever the reason, when you like to keep up your healthy food habits during the holidays and still satisfy your sweet tooth, check out these 10 indulgent desserts from my favourite food bloggers.


Warm Apple Pie Pots by Roost Blog 

Healthy Desserts - Apple Pie Pots


Chocolate Dipped Pears with Almond Crunch by Bakers Royale

Healthy Desserts - Chocolate Dipped Pears


Salted Caramel Ice Cream by Wallflower Girl

Healthy Desserts - Salted Caramel Ice Cream


Cranberry Pear Tart by My New Roots 

Healthy Desserts - Cranberry Pear Tart


Avocado Cacao Mousse by The Kitchn

Healthy Desserts - Avocado Cacao Mousse


Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies by Love and Lemons 

Healthy Desserts - Vegan Pumpkin Pies


Apple Spice Sorbet by My New Roots 

Healthy Desserts - Apple Spice Sorbet


Yoghurt Panna Cotta with Walnuts and Honey by Smitten Kitchen 

Healthy Desserts - Yoghurt Panna Cotta


Raw Carrot Cake Slice with Tangy Citrus Frosting by The First Mess 

Healthy Desserts - Raw Carrot Cake


Not Your Traditional ‘Pepparkaka’ by Green Kitchen Stories 

Healthy Desserts - Gingerbread Cookies


What’s your most satisfying healthy dessert recipe?

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