Bake healthier holiday treats

Bake healthier holiday treats

The holiday season is filled with festivities, family, friends and…food. So much food. Especially all of the sweet, decadent cookies, cakes and other assorted desserts that seem to be everywhere this time of year.

So how can you indulge your sweet tooth without overwhelming it?

Try these five healthier holiday recipes!

Magic Cookie Bars
Who doesn’t love a gooey, layered home-baked cookie bar during the holidays? This version reduces the butter content by half and replaces sweetened condensed milk with fat-free condensed milk. You’ll save 24 calories and 4g of fat per serving (3g of saturated fat).

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls
Next to snowballs, what could be better than peanut butter cookie dough balls this time of year? Actually, sorry snowballs, we’ll take these sweet and salty morsels instead! Peanuts, peanut butter ad dates come together for a protein-filled punch of yumminess.

Vegan Monkey Bread
Applesauce replaces the butter in this popular ooey-gooey holiday classic. While the butter may be gone, this sweet cinnamon and sugar pull-apart treat is just as comforting and decadent tasting as ever.

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Tart
The intense chocolate flavours in this gluten-free tart will satisfy you with just a small portion. Delicious heart-healthy pistachios will help keep you filled up too. A little of this decadent dessert goes a long way!

Soft and Chewy Vegan Gingersnaps
The holidays just aren’t the same without a good dose of gingersnaps. These vegan versions are especially good because they are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and they’re gluten and refined-sugar free! Make them with the creamy nut filling to take things to a whole new level.

Baking and sharing your favourite holiday treats is a great way to spread the love this time of year. By making a few small tweaks, it’s easy to enjoy healthier holiday recipes that are every bit as satisfying. Happy holidays and happy snacking!