Healthy Treats imageThe holiday season can be hard to navigate if you’re focusing on healthy foods; parties and get togethers often include carb-heavy foods that lead to weight gain as well as fried, processed and sugary foods that can lead to inflammation. Despite the tempting treats around every corner, you don’t need to give in! Instead of submitting to temptation, take control and try these delicious holiday recipes for guilt-free indulgence!

Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffin Recipe

Eating healthy doesn’t necessarily mean boring foods. Try making this Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffin recipe from Minimalist Baker for a healthy breakfast or tasty and portable snack. Looking at the ingredients below, you’ll see that this plant-based list is much more interesting compared to the run of the mill muffins from a box!

Ingredients

1 cup unbleached flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup old-fashioned oats (plus more for topping)

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon (plus more for apples)

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp avocado oil

1 batch flax egg (1 Tbsp (7 g) flaxseed meal + 2 ½ Tbsp (37 ml) water as original recipe is written)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 granny smith apples (peeled, cored and diced)

1 Tbsp non-dairy butter

Each serving has 20 g of carbs and 2g of fiber. Total net carbs = 18 g

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Prepare flax egg in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Sauté apples in a skillet with non-dairy butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon until soft. Set aside.
  4. Add pumpkin puree, almond milk, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla extract to the flax egg. Carefully place flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a sifter and sift over wet ingredients and stir.
  5. Add apples and oats and stir again lightly until just combined. Spoon into muffin tin until each liner is filled to the very top. Sprinkle oats on top (optional).
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and then store in an air-tight container and refrigerate to ensure freshness.

 

Walnut Cardamom Snowballs

This may be the only snowball that you don’t want to throw! All Day I Dream About Food’s Walnut Cardamom Snowballs recipe will definitely have you in the holiday spirit and is reminiscent of Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies. The ingredients below show how switching from regular flour to a combination of coconut flour and almond flour keep the carbs low and you healthy.

Ingredients

2 cups almond flour

1 cup finely chopped walnuts

2 Tbsp coconut flour

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp coarsely ground cardamom

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter softened

1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener or other granulated erythritol

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp stevia extract

3/4 cup powdered Swerve Sweetener or other powdered erythritol

Each serving has 5g of carbs and 2 g of fiber. Total net carbs = 3 g

 

Instructions

  1. For the cookies, preheat oven to 325 degrees F (163 C) and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, chopped walnuts, coconut flour, cardamom, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter with sweetener until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg, vanilla and stevia extracts.
  4. Beat in almond flour mixture until dough comes together.
  5. Form dough into 3/4-inch balls and place on baking sheets about 1 inch apart.
  6. Bake 18 minutes, or until just lightly golden brown.
  7. In a medium bowl, place powdered sweetener. While cookies are still warm, place in sweetener and roll around to coat.
  8. Sprinkle remaining powdered sweetener over cookies as they cool.

 

As you can see, it’s definitely possible to eat well and enjoy tasty treats during the holidays! Do you have any other favorite healthy recipes for this time of year? Share a link in the comments below!