Go Sugar-Free & Still Indulge
It’s the holiday season, and while you may be excited to gift and give and bake your heart out for holiday celebrations and family parties, it can be tough to please everyone. Your niece doesn’t like cranberries and your son won’t eat gingerbread. Your brother’s allergic to peanuts, and catering to different dietary restrictions can become stressful.
Fear not. We’re here to help with a collection of easy sugar-free recipes perfect for holiday get-togethers, and none of them use refined sugars! Luckily, many sugar-free recipes are also vegan or gluten free, and are also safe for your relatives on other special diets to eat, too.
So this year, they can’t say you didn’t try to make something that appeals to everyone.
Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars via The Roasted Root
To me, pumpkin is a pleasing fall and winter flavor, and these maple pumpkin cheesecake bars, featured as our top image as well as above, look amazing – and they feature heart healthy olive oil and are sweetened with maple syrup. And since they’re already individual servings, they’re ideal for sharing at holiday get-togethers.
Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies via An Edible Mosaic
It may seem boring — too basic, too easy, too expected — but when have you ever seen anyone turn down a chocolate chip cookie? I’m betting almost never. It would be a shame to exclude such a crowd-pleasing classic from this holiday roundup. Isn’t making your loved ones happy what it’s all about? These would work wonderfully in a care package, too.
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls via Tasting Page
I always like to add little bite-sized morsels to my holiday cookie platters. Truffles, candies, and these chocolate peanut butter balls are perfect for when you want a little something sweet, but you’re not ready to commit to that next cookie. The honey complements the peanut butter beautifully.
Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge via Blissful Basil
I feel much the same way about fudge. You can’t let cookies and blondies and brownies and cakes steal the show. Sometimes, you just need something rich and sweet and dense, like a piece of fudge. And don’t you love how simple this recipe is? Three, yes, three ingredients!
Peppermint Drizzled Chocolate Fudge Brownies via Amy’s Healthy Baking
Some people are prejudiced against sugar-free desserts and claim they’re not the same without the sugar. This looks like the perfect holiday recipe for fooling everyone into eating something sugar-free. When was the last time you saw a brownie that looked so fudgy and delicious?
Dark Chocolate Chestnut Cake via Seasonal & Savory
This dark chocolate chestnut cake looks divine, especially with that cocoa powder dusted on top. If you’re feeling extra festive this year, try roasting the chestnuts over an open fire yourself. If you’re feeling only marginally festive, just tell people you roasted the chestnuts over an open fire. No one has to know.
Healthy Apple Spice Muffins via Overtime Cook
These beautiful no frills, no fuss apple spice muffins are great if you’re having a holiday brunch. They’ll make a tasty early-morning Black Friday snack. And they’ll be perfect when the kids decide to wake you up at 5:30 on Christmas morning.
Poached Pears with Coconut, Oatmeal, and Vanilla via Petite Allergy Treats
If you’re trying to be really good this holiday season, or your baking for people who really love fruit, give this recipe for poached pears a shot. They’re beautiful, and how can you beat the natural sweetness of a pear?
Oatmeal Cookie Bars via Yummy Healthy Easy
I love the idea of these oatmeal cookie bars, especially if you’re partaking in a holiday cookie exchange. Not wild about M&Ms in a sugar free recipe? Substitute for your favorite sugar-free candies — you can even find sugar-free M&M-like candies out there! If you’re going to have a hard time getting kids to eat such a healthy-looking dessert, just remind them Santa’s reindeer eat oats, and therefore eating oats is cool.