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Festive Dessert and Sweet Treat Recipes


Posted by Cags R under Nutrition on 20 December 2013 at 12:00 AM

Finally, the big day is approaching, work is slowing down and everyone is ready to get into the full holiday spirit.

To help you make the most of your break, here are some top festive desserts and sweet treats which have come direct from our awesome network of healthy bloggers!

Spice apple crumbleApple and spice and all things nice...

Holly J from Fit is the new black brings us this super simple and easy to bake crumble. Replacing the butter of traditional crumbles with coconut oil adds a subtle dynamic to the flavor of this festive dessert.

Coconut oil is a firm favorite with those who follow paleo diets and is a lighter option than butter without having to be brewed in the chemistry lab.

"Apple Spice Crumble may be one of my favorite holiday desserts. It's simple to make and high in fiber which can make it easier to resist seconds. Traditional crumbs call for butter but in this recipe I've substitued it with cocount oil, a healthier fat that's amazing for skin, nails and hair."

Check out the full recipe and fuel your holidays with apple spice crumble!

Power your last minute shopping Holiday energy bites AKA Reindeer droppings...

MaryRose from has whipped up these little balls of deliciousness - 10 ingredients go in to create a tasty bite packed with natural sugars (and a cheeky bit of white chocolate - well, it is the holidays after all!)

Holiday energy bites


  • 8 oz chopped & pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 1/2 cup dry oats
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips

MaryRose has written an excellent breakdown about each ingredient and why they're so amazing - check it out here.

Keep them sweet with Sweet thumbprint cookies...

Sweet Thumbprint Cookies

Need a little something to keep you going through the afternoon, these are the perfect sweet treat to stave off sugar lows plus they are dairy and gluten free so harder-to-feed guests can enjoy the same treats as you!

These little cuties, made with chia seeds and coconut oil, and are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan too, so you don't have to feel bad about having a little slightly sweet treat.

Bake yourself a batch using the recipe from Simply Real Health Blog

Make your Christmas morning brunch with cinnamon sugar muffins, a decadent addition to any breakfast table...

cinnamon sugar muffins

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas! These cinnamon muffins are packed with tasty raspberry jelly - baking these will fill the house with the festive smells which mean the holidays have truly arrived! This recipe was put together by Anjali AKA @thepickyeater and are really a sweet treat to enjoy with your loved ones this year.

Get the full recipe here

Jazz up your holiday season with Chaud's Spiced Christmas Juice...

There's not much in this world that Chaud can't make a juice for, and the spiced Christmas juice is no exception:

"This juice is perfect for the holidays because it's sweet,delicious and so good for you! Not only is it bursting with vitamin C, but it also contains several antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory phyto-nutrients to support your overall health and well being!"

Christmas juice

Antioxidants are definitely appreciated this time of year, rev up your juicer and get festive with fruit! Get the full recipe here.