My family made the switch to clean eating this year and, well, it’s so tempting to cheat during the holidays. But I don’t want to reverse all of the good I’ve done — and the inches I’ve lost — since we made the change. So I’m excited to have a few clean holiday dessert recipes in my back pocket.
The best part? You can’t even tell that these are paleo, vegan, or Whole 30-friendly desserts. They’re just that yummy. So I can bring them to parties and serve them at my own without feeling like a holiday party pooper.
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A bundt cake is such an easy and pretty dessert to bring to a party — no decorating required! This Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake at Peanut Butter and Fitness is gluten-free and paleo-friendly. Switching out the egg for flax egg would make it vegan too. Whoo!
Hmmm, what could possibly taste better than a warm tray of brownies? Oh, how about warm brownies with cookie dough slathered on top? OMG, this is so brilliant! And it’s grain-free (with dairy-free options too). Trust me that this recipe for Cookie Dough Brownies at Get Inspired Everyday is worth bookmarking. And here’s a tip from my experience making this: Make sure that you get the superfine almond flour, not almond meal, if you want that cookie dough to turn out correctly.
There’s nothing like gingerbread during the holidays, and these decadent Gingerbread Coffee Cheesecake Bars at Food, Faith, Fitness are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo. So, we can eat the whole tray. Right?
They had me at Nutella, but the fact that these Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Pies at Desserts with Benefits are vegan, too, is just the icing (or whipped coconut cream) on the cake. These bite-sized desserts are perfect for a party, and I promise that no one will think of them as “clean eating.” I recently made them for a holiday party and they are now my super-easy, go-to dessert that will guarantee no leftovers. Life changing.
Molasses Cookies are my favorite holiday treat and this recipe at Hungry by Nature are AIP-approved, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and vegan. But, ooh, that chewy goodness is certainly still deliciously tasty.
These Chocolate Coconut Custard Tarts at the Keto Diet Blog have only 8.7 net carbs and more than 12 grams of protein. So they’re basically health food. Incredibly impressive, totally decadent health food. I’m so in.
If you’ve made the switch to a vegan diet this year, you don’t have to skip your traditional Buche de Noel! Tanks to this vegan Chocolate Yule Log recipe at The Veg Space, you can still have your chocolate cake and your to-die-for cream filling too.