Christmas, for those who celebrate it, is one of the major holidays when feasting and drinking merrily is basically a given. The delicious foods that consist of several rounds of courses overflow tables in households that celebrate the holidays. While that means being healthy and consuming the heartily prepared food and drinks, it can be problematic for those who are trying to keep trim and healthy.
Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to sneak in healthy fruits and vegetables in the dishes. It’s not a Christmas feast if there isn’t a finale of desserts to enjoy. Here are wholesome and healthy treats that you can eat even when your tummy is near bursting.
No-Bake Pumpkin-Pie Parfait
This vegan-friendly dessert is a delight to make because you don’t need to use an oven. The kitchen and appliances like the oven are almost always in use, so if you need to prep treats without using those, this dessert is your secret weapon. It makes use of fall’s symbolic pumpkin, and instead of serving it in pie form, you get this vegan alternative instead.
This treat is fairly easy to make with ingredients you can buy from the grocery store. While it can be served immediately after making it, you need to chill the canned coconut milk for 24 hours prior, according to the recipe page. If you expect many guests, you can make a batch ahead.
If you can’t find pumpkins at the farmer’s market, try kabocha squash. It’s a sweet Japanese winter pumpkin, and it works just as well as a suitable alternative.
Matcha Apple Pie
Apple is a favorite autumn and winter staple, and holidays feel empty without the classic American pie. If you want to switch it up, add matcha. It’s still the same apple pie, but it’s a lot better and healthier. Matcha is celebrated for its nutritional benefits and is one of those ingredients that deserve to be called a superfood.
If you want to make matcha apple pie from scratch, check out this recipe. The instructions are detailed enough that beginners and experienced pie makers can make it easily. Take note that the matcha powder needed is the ceremonial grade, which is much more potent.
Vegan Cranberry Crumb Bars
Canned cranberry sauce is a must for the holidays, and for those who love it so much, here is a dessert that will sate those cravings. This recipe is paleo, refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan, so there’s no need to feel guilty after a serving (or two). It’s also a great recipe to have if you’re wondering how to consume leftover cranberry sauce, especially after Thanksgiving.
Paleo, Dairy-Free Pecan Pie
Pies are a great holiday dessert, and pecan is one of the favorites this time of the year. According to this website, this version of pecan pie is healthier because it is free of refined sugars, butter, gluten, and even grains. To replace those, you get wholesome ingredients such as coconut oil, coconut sugar, and almond flour.
The pie crust is also special because it’s paleo. It’s still flaky, but it tastes even better. The combination of the crust and pecan filling is sure to be a winner in every pie lover’s heart.
Chocolate and Peppermint Bark
When everyone is too stuffed after filling themselves from the Christmas feast, dessert may be the last thing on everyone’s mind. And for those who have been cooking up a storm since dawn, you may be too tired to whip up a dessert to feed an army. Thankfully, you can try easy recipes that will satisfy those sweet cravings.
This recipe mainly uses candy canes and white and semisweet chocolates. The idea is to make chocolate bark with bits of broken-up candy canes. The treat is rich, minty, and creamy. They make perfect desserts because they’re not too heavy, and they’re interesting last-minute Christmas gifts too.
Vegan Cinnamon and White-Chocolate Cheesecake
This is another easy-to-make recipe that calls for only six ingredients. It is vegan, gluten-free, and no-bake. When all the ovens in the house are occupied, you can still make your magic in the kitchen, and this dessert is perfect for last-minute, after-feast treats.
Cheesecake lovers will hound you for the secret to making it creamy, and it’s because of cashews and coconut milk. The flavor is rich because of dates and cinnamon. It can be quite addictive, so expect to make a new batch right after the first one’s gone.
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