35 Healthy Desserts sure to impress

We are so close to the end of the holiday season! Parties are in full swing and family gatherings are happening. Cooking and eating are part of the great memories we make during holiday time. Who doesn't remember Grandma's cooking or that certain dessert that your cousin always makes for the holiday party? If you are following a healthy lifestyle, this time of year may cause some anxiety and stress. You want to continue to follow your routine but are tempted to splurge. My advice: go for it and indulge!

No one can follow a healthy lifestyle 100% of the time. That is unrealistic! We must indulge at some point to connect with our family traditions and create memories. But this is also a time to try a new recipe and maybe it becomes a new family favorite. I always look for new ways to create a healthy dish for a party and sometimes it is a hit, other times, it isn't. That is OK! Not everyone wants to follow a healthy lifestyle. Some people want to keep eating the way they eat and not worry about their health (until it is gone). That is another topic for another day.

I'm going to share with you 35 healthy desserts that are easy to make. They cover cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies and bars. Depending on the party and size of the crowd, you can pick the recipe you want to try. If you make any of the below, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @heather_lee_hurst and use the #heathershealthhabits hashtag. I love seeing your takes on the recipes I share!


Holiday's call for cakes! I rarely bake cakes but when I know that there is a large crowd to feed, it feels like the perfect time to bake a cake. Here are some healthy options to try.

Healthier Chocolate Cake from The First Year Blog.

Skinny Chocolate Bundt Cake from Yummy Healthy Easy.

Healthy Zucchini Cake from Show Me The Yummy.

Healthy Carrot Cake from A Sweet Pea Chef

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cake from Crazy for Crust

Healthy Yellow Cake from Erin Lives Whole.

Vegan Gingerbread Bundt Cake from Eat Drink Shrink


Like little pieces of heaven! Cupcakes are more my style since they are already proportionately sized. I even found recipes using quinoa that I can't wait to try.

Healthy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes from Desserts with Benefits

Mega Healthy Triple Chocolate Cupcakes from Daring Gourmet

Gluten-Free Chocolate Quinoa Cupcakes from Flavour & Savour

Vanilla Quinoa Flour Cupcakes from Feasting on Fruit

Healthy Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes from Amy's Healthy Baking


The ultimate party food is the cookie. People can graze on several kind and not feel like they have to commit to one dessert. There are plenty of recipes to try below - why not make two?

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Healthy No Bake Cookies with Chocolate and Peanut Butter from Well Plated

Healthier Sugar Cookie from Don't Waste the Crumbs

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod

Healthy Soft Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies from Fit Foodie Finds

Healthy Peanut Butter Blondies from Joy Food Sunshine

Soft and Fluffy Almond Cookies from Southern In Law

Gluten-Free Skinny Peanut Butter Cookies from Veggie Balance

Vegan Tahini Cookies from The Loopy Whisk

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies from Build Your Bite


Pies are fun to make and there usually aren't a lot of them. That makes a pie stand out when it is on the dessert table.

Healthy Apple Pie Minis from Jar of Lemons

Healthier Pumpkin Pie from Sugar Free Mom

Mixed Berry Pie from Skinny Taste

Healthy Lemon Meringue Pie from That Cake Chick

Rich Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie from Healy Eats Real


Similar to a cookie, a dessert bar allows people to sample a little of everything. There certainly isn't a shortage of healthy recipes to try.

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars from Live Well Bake Often

Healthy No Bake Sugar Cookie Bars from The Big Man's World

Chocolate Pecan Bars from Evolving Table

Monster Cookie No Bake Bars from Dinners Dishes and Desserts

Trim Healthy Mama Buttery Lemon Bars from Margeaux Vittoria

Healthy Pumpkin Bars from Simply Tara Lynn

Healthy Gingerbread Cake Bars from Veg Annie

Skinny Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars from Julie's Eats and Treats

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and it inspires you to bake something healthy this holiday season. If you would like to receive free holistic living tips and recipes, follow my blog on Bloglovin.

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