The holidays are often an excuse for making poor food choices and packing on a few pounds. But what if after the holidays our clothes didn’t fit a little tighter? What if we didn’t feel obligated to go on a diet or make a resolution to go to the gym? What if we didn’t feel sluggish and regret all the awful things we ate? Well, I’m here to tell you all of that is possible!
Holiday treats are a huge part of the season, so instead of avoiding them, healthify them! We did just that with the 10 holiday treats listed below. You will find that all the recipes below have a short list of whole food, plant-based ingredients. You won’t find table sugar in any of the recipes. We used dates to make date paste, which provide the necessary sweetness but also the many other nutrients (including tons of fiber) that make up this fruit. You won’t find butter or oil in any of the recipes either. Instead of refined carbohydrates and processed fats, you’ll find nuts and nut butter, quinoa, coconut, chickpeas, fresh and dried fruit, and no shortage of flavor.
Click any of the links listed below to see the recipe.
Choosing the Right Chocolate
When melting chocolate for your Christmas treats we recommend 100% Cacao Baker’s baking chocolate.
If you are looking for something sweeter then its best to find a dairy-free brand and the higher percent of cocoa the better. Here are some dairy-free brands, although, depending on the percentage, many will still have sugar.
- Green & Black’s
- Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate
- 70% and up of Lindt products (70%, 85%, 90% and 99% bars)