3 Tasty and Secretly Healthy Holiday Treats (Santa Won't be Able to Hold Back)

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Christmas is a time when all kinds of food and drinks are put in front of us, which is amazing! But if you’re trying to avoid eating absolutely everything you see during the holidays because you want to keep on track with your health and fitness goals, then it can sometimes feel like even walking through the supermarket is a full on workout for your willpower! These healthy holiday treats will totally save you!

One way to get around this and to help you feel like you’re not missing out and still indulging (in your own way) is to create healthier versions of the festive treats you enjoy. That way you can have a healthy balance where you eat some of your shop-bought treats and some of your homemade healthier goodies. Perfect!

You don’t have to completely refrain from eating all Christmas sweets and cookies – I’m the first to admit I have plenty of festive treats because, why not!? Being healthy doesn’t mean depriving yourself completely – a healthy balance means having everything in moderation and developing a healthy relationship with food without guilt attached in any way.

3 Healthy Holiday Treats That Won’t Kill Your Calorie Intake:

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1) Gingerbread Cookies

The ingredients needed to make these cookies, created by My Natural Family, are:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Tapioca Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Real Salt
  • 3 Tbl Coconut Oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tbl Molasses
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla

The full recipe can be found here!


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2) Spiced Orange Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The ingredients needed to make these cookies, created by Wallflower Kitchen, are:

  • 30ml / 2 tbsp soy or almond milk
  • 40ml /3 tbsp organic rapeseed (canola) oil or other neutral- flavored oil
  • 40g / 1⁄4 cup unrefined cane sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 tbsp zest from 1 organic/unwaxed orange
  • 70g / 3⁄4 cup rolled oats (quick oats, not jumbo)
  • 50g / 1⁄3 cup wholemeal (whole wheat pastry) flour
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1⁄4 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1⁄4 tsp baking powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 45g / 1⁄4 cup raisins

The full recipe can be found here!

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3) Coconut Snowballs

The ingredients needed to make these snowballs, created by Sweet as Honey, are:

  • 3 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 1 cups almond meal
  • 1/3 cup liquid sweetener of your choice – (honey/maple syrup/brown rice syrup)
  • 2 tsp coconut essence
  • 2- 4 tbsp water
  • Chocolate drizzle
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate

The full recipe can be found here!

These are just a handful of potential healthier versions of treat recipes you can try. Look online and in magazines for more healthy holiday treats and recipes so you can satisfy your sweet tooth this Christmas without ending up gorging on all the cookies in the house.


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Natalie is a qualified personal trainer and nutritional therapist who is enthusiastic about encouraging people to find ways to enjoy exercise and eating healthy food. A firm believer of everything in moderation, Natalie loves sharing her knowledge to help people create a sustainable healthy lifestyle without fad diets or ‘get fit quick’ schemes. Natalie’s blog can be found at happyhealthynat.com