Four Seasonal, Healthy Holiday Desserts

In the midst of office and family holiday parties, it might feel like you’re constantly surrounded by unhealthy foods. While it might be easy to overindulge knowing that your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier is just around the corner, why not start practicing some healthier habits today? We have some great tips for you in our previous post, “Healthy Through the Holidays,” but today we have four delicious, Registered Dietitian approved’ desserts that are easy to make and oh-so-delicious. They’ll make a great addition to any holiday party!

1. Pucker Up Lemon Polenta Cookies from Real Living Nutrition

These cookies still contain all of the deliciousness that butter and sugar provide, but they have the excellent addition of cornmeal. This whole grain flour not only adds a hearty, flakey texture, but adds some extra fiber to make these cookies a tad more filling than the traditional lemon cookie.

2. Quinoa Chocolate Chip Apple Crumble from Bucket List Tummy

This crumble recipe is low in refined sugars, but the apples and chocolate chips provide all of the sweetness this dish needs. It swaps out the traditional flour and butter crumble with quinoa and oats, two grains that are not only high in fiber, but high in protein as well. This dessert is sure to fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth!

3. Wild Blueberry and Brie Pastry Bites

This versatile recipe can be served as a more savory dessert or as a bright appetizer. The wild blueberries provide a burst of antioxidants, while the brie provides a savory filling of fat to make this the perfect bite. These are easy to make (using frozen pastry cups), and since they’re small, you don’t need to stress about finishing a large portion and you can decide how many you need to feel satisfied.

4. Cool Weather Cobbler

This hearty cobbler is filled to the brim with seasonal pears, and topped with anti-inflammatory spices like ginger and cinnamon. The topping is a mixture of oats, whole wheat flour, and almonds (amongst other things) that are loaded with fiber and protein. You can certainly serve this cobbler for dessert, but it’s healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast!

Which one of these will you try? Let us know in the comments below!

Jessi Haggerty, RD