The Best Clean Eating Healthy Holiday Desserts



The best clean eating and healthy holiday desserts, sweets and treats EVER! Easy, delicious and simple desserts including no-bake bites, brownies, bars, flourless muffins and candied nuts! Many are made without oil, butter, excessive sugar or flour and paleo, vegan, and gluten free options! Bonus? They are perfect for the holidays, Christmas, parties or just anytime snacking! 

PSSSST- You will LOVE these new holiday-inspired recipes shared recently-

Healthy No Bake Snowball Cookies

Homemade Peppermint Patties

3 Ingredient No Bake Coconut Cookies

3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

3 Ingredient Coconut Crack Bars

4 Ingredient Chocolate Coconut Crack Bars

Clean Eating Holiday Desserts (V, GF, Paleo options)- The BEST Clean Eating and Healthy Holiday Desserts, snacks and sweets perfect for Christmas, the festive season, gifts or anytime- Flourless, muffins, bars, brownies, and sugar free options! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe options}-

I never thought I’d say it, but I’m officially over cookies.

After the goodness we shared last week (did you SEE some of those beauties? I’m stoked to hear many of you enjoyed them too!), followed by two delicious recipes, I think a cookie-vention (cookie intervention) needs to happen…for a week. I’ve often wondered what happens to those who receive a ton of cookies each year. Unless you’re a human form of cookie monster, how DO you go through so many cookies before they go rancid? I’ve tried freezing cookies before, but some really do need to be enjoyed within 3-4 days for optimum freshness. 

Okay, I just asked my sister what she would do if she got multiple cookies at Christmas time and she said she’d take it to Sur Bar and Restaurant and share it with the cast of Vanderpump Rules.

Silly girl.

They don’t eat cookies…

…Unless they are rimmed around a cocktail glass.


Instead, we’ll be seeing what OTHER offerings there are to satisfy the sweet tooth, with a healthier frame of mind! Outside of cookies, we can enjoy some flourless brownies, healthier candied nuts, oat based bars, flourless muffins, bakery style muffins and even granola!

The best part? Every single one of these recipes are NOT seasonally racist- You can enjoy them anytime of the year, but their flavor profiles are even more prominent now!

So….who is ready to satisfy their sweet tooth?

Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Pecans

Ready in 10 minutes and guaranteed to fill your kitchen smelling amazing, these candied pecans have no sugar or sticky sweeteners and are PERFECT for gifting!

Easy Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Pecans (V, GF, Paleo)- Just 3 Easy, healthy, cozy, comforting ingredients and ZERO sugar- No table sugar, no sticky sweeteners and less than 10 minutes and perfect for holidays, Christmas, gifts and DIY- Oven option too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Healthier Chocolate Cake via The First Year

Chocolate cake is a year-round classic, but at times, loses its place during the holidays. Not anymore. this beauty can be your pre-dessert snack! HollA! 

Healthy Chocolate Cake

Healthy No Bake Vanilla Bean Thumbprint Cookies

Ha, the oven. Who needs those? These cookies certainly don’t, and are packed with protein too! 

No Bake Vanilla Bean Thumbprint Cookies (V, GF, Paleo)- Secretly healthy no bake cookies LOADED with holiday flavor but made in one bowl and guilt-free! Refined sugar free and packed with protein! Perfect for Christmas, holidays, parties and events! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars via Sally’s Baking Addiction 

Chocolate and peanut butter are a classic marriage, and these bars want you to send them off…to your stomach. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

No Bake Brownie Batter Truffles via Running With Spoons

Brownies in truffle form and NO baking? These clean eating beauties can be perfect for gifting too! 

No Bake Brownie Batter Truffles

Stovetop Sugar Free Caramelized Nuts

A delicious mix of everyone’s favorite nuts made with zero sugar, butter, oil, sticky sweeteners or other artificial ingredients! 

Sugar Free Caramelised Nuts (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan, Sugar Free)

Blueberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars via Averie Cooks

Blueberries aren’t just for summer- These oat based bars are the perfect post-dinner treat… I mean, there is a reason why frozen blueberries are sold year long.

Blueberry Crumble Bars

The Best Healthy Brownies via Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Brownies which look as sinful as their traditional counterpart, but actually healthy? These beauties aren’t deceiving you! 

Healthy Brownies

No Bake Sugar Cookie Bars

A sugar cookie bar minus the sugar? This isn’t a joke and enrobes anything and everything about the holiday season! 

No Bake 'Sugar' Cookie Bars (V, GF, Paleo)- Secretly healthy no bake bars LOADED with holiday flavor but made in one bowl and guilt-free! Refined sugar free and packed with protein! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Healthy Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffins via Pinch Of Yum

Let’s give three cheers and a twirl for the fact that pumpkin is sold YEAR ROUND! These moist and fluffy pumpkin muffins have the most delectable glaze over the top- It’s perfection!

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Skinny Banana Chocolate Muffins via Ambitious Kitchen 

I’ve made these skinny banana chocolate muffins several times and I’m a fan- They are fluffy and made without excessive butter, oil or sugar, but you’d never be able to tell! 

Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Flourless Salted Caramel Brownies

These thick ,chewy and super fudgy brownies are made without any flour or butter, but taste BETTER than any boxed mix out there! It’s only six ingredients too!

Flourless Salted Caramel Fudge Brownies (V, GF, Paleo)- Healthier flourless fudge brownies using just 6 ingredients and with a clean eating caramel sauce! BETTER than any boxed mix and NO flour or butter! The perfect dessert, holiday treat or snack! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Copycat Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas via The View From Great Island

My all-time favorite snack from Trader Joe’s gets a copycat version- Easy, delicious and packs in a serving of fruit! 

Gone Bananas

5 Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt via Just A Taste

Just because the weather is cooler doesn’t mean we ignore all frozen treats- This frozen yogurt takes 5 minutes and a handful of ingredients! 

Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

Sugar Free Hot Cocoa Mix

Never buy packaged hot cocoa or hot chocolate mix again- This sugar free DIY version needs three ingredients and creates a creamy, warm and cozy beverage! 

3 Ingredient Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Cocoa Mix (V, GF, Paleo)- Easy, healthy, creamy hot chocolate mix perfect for gifting and made with NO nasties or fillers- Just add water or milk! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Homemade Twix Bars via Bakerita

Who knew that one of my all time favorite candy bars could be made in my kitchen? A healthier version AND totally paleo and gluten free too! 

Homemade Twix

Vegan Cotton Candy Cake via Feasting on Fruit

This vegan cake is STILL on my to-make list, purely because finding a good dairy free ice cream down under is like finding gold. In the meantime, I’ll muse over this beauty! 

Cotton Candy Cake

Gluten Free Spiced Fruit Cake via Cotter Crunch

All the flavor of a fruit cake, but based mostly off fruit and spices- This would be perfect over yogurt, ice cream, or even stirred through oatmeal! 

Hot Spiced Fruit Bake

No Bake Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Half cinnamon roll, half cookie, these no bake cookies are soft, chewy and secretly healthy- Even the double glaze is healthy! 

No Bake Cinnamon Roll Cookies (V, GF, Paleo)- Secretly HEALTHY no bake cookies LOADED with cinnamon flavor but made in one bowl and guilt-free! Refined sugar free and packed with protein! Perfect for Christmas, holidays, parties and events! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Dark Chocolate Detox Bites via The View From Great Island

This delicious chocolate treat can pass as a detox? You bet! Based off wholesome ingredients and healthy fats, these detox bites are super simple and super delicious! 

Dark Chocolate Detox Bites

The Ultimate Unbaked Brownies via Chocolate Covered Katie

Seriously, these brownies require NO baking and are super fudgy- The base is made of fruits, nuts and other healthy and wholesome ingredients! 

Unbaked Brownies

Maple Pecan Granola via Spiced Blog

Granola is an anytime snack or dessert, and what better way than to pimp it up with some seasonal add-ins? 

Maple Pecan Granola

Flourless Fudge Brownies

Another deceptive brownie- A healthy brownie base (with a hidden fruit!) and topped with a protein packed frosting! 

Healthy Flourless Chocolate Fudge Brownies- Just THREE ingredients in the base and a healthy fudge frosting- Absolutely NO butter, oil, flour or sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Paleo Pumpkin Bars via Hummusapien

These pumpkin bars use a tiny amount of ingredients and you can barely taste the pumpkin- It’s like a dessert bar packed with nutrients! You’d never guess they are grain free and paleo friendly too! 

Paleo Pumpkin Bars

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies via Hip Foodie Mom

This is a game changer chocolate chip cookie- Not only is it paleo friendly, but it also uses a flax egg to bind! 

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Honey Pecan Bran Muffins via Blessed Beyond Crazy

These fluffy muffins are packed with delicious flavors and added with holiday favorites- Cranberries and pecans! 

Cranberry Muffins

Peppermint Fudge

Fudge made with just FOUR ingredients and a hint of peppermint! Not a fan of mint? You can simply omit it completely! It’s paleo, vegan and gluten free! 

4 Ingredient Paleo Peppermint Fudge- Smooth, creamy and secretly healthy, it's made with NO condensed milk, NO dairy, NO white sugar, NO grains and ZERO butter- It's a quick, easy and healthy four-ingredient sugar free fudge treat! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Healthy Flourless Blender Muffins via Diethood

No mixing bowl and customizable, these blender muffins are made with no flour and are a wholesome, healthy snack or dessert- Chuck in some holiday spices like gingerbread or apple pie! 

Blender Muffins

Paleo Cookie Crumb Cranberry Bars via Paleo Running Momma 

Texture lovers, this one will make you drool! Cookie AND bar in one….It’s official, I’m Michele’s fourth child. 

Cranberry Crumb Bars

Healthy Pumpkin Puppacinos via Damn Delicious

Aaaaaaand we cannot forget our furry friends. A holiday favorite designed for all the pooches- It’s healthy too, so more energy for them! 

Healthy Pumpkin Puppacinos

Clean Eating Holiday Desserts (V, GF, Paleo options)- The BEST Clean Eating and Healthy Holiday Desserts, snacks and sweets perfect for Christmas, the festive season, gifts or anytime- Flourless, muffins, bars, brownies, and sugar free options! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe options}-

Clean eating desserts to enjoy anytime? Let’s raise a glass (of water) to that! 

What is your favorite holiday dessert? 

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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. Hey Arman! Thank you so much for including my cookies! Those No Bake Brownie Batter Truffles are calling my name! What a line-up! I want everything! Happy Holidays!

    1. No worries at all, Alice- Thanks for sharing the delicious recipe (and I made them after seeing you share it on IG stories!)

  2. Wooo! What an awesome collection of treats. Santa just got very happy looking at all of these. And Santa is 100% ok that these are not cookies. I mean he gets cookies everywhere else on Christmas Eve…sometimes he needs variety in his life. And for that, he’s coming to your house! You do have a big box of all of these treats sitting in your kitchen at all times, right? Ok, good. 🙂

  3. Hey Arman! Thanks so much for including our recipe for Cranberry Honey Pecan Muffins in your post! Love this list of recipes.

  4. Thanks so much for including my Twix Bars in this swoon-worthy recipe roundup – so much goodness here Arman! Thanks for the clean eating inspiration 🙂

  5. Im about over cookies too since I’ve been eating them every day since Thanksgiving. I think I need to take a little break. Maybe switch to donuts?

  6. Well thank goodness I just made brownies because perusing this post without would be just plain dangerous! Goal: take brownie photos even half as magical as those Best Healthier Brownie ones 😮 Wow!!

  7. I gotta get baking because my list is getting SOOOO LONG. I wanna make every single one of these. And the chocolate ones twice.

  8. I have not made any holiday desserts yet, whoops! I guess I don’t have much time haha. I did make some brownies for Riley, but I only had one of them, I think maybe he ate the rest. I suck at holiday food.

  9. Me: “I’m over sweet potatoes.”

    Brain: You’re lying.

    Most of the time, my brain is right.

    Anyways, the closest thing I made to holiday desserts were vegan sludge brownies I made with my friends from two gluten free brownie mixes using flax eggs and maple syrup! But hey, it was my birthday, they were delicious, and calories don’t count on your birthday. I say that’s a win! However, I do have to try many of these recipes out!