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Healthier Holiday Treats to Enjoy this Season Without Damaging Your Teeth

November 11, 2021

The holiday season is perhaps one of the most joyful times of the year. From television specials to parades, get-togethers with friends and family, and delicious treats, there’s so much to appreciate.

That said, an overindulgence in sweets can cause you to feel tired, gain weight, and harm your oral health. Sugar causes a breakdown of enamel, the hard mineralized surface of teeth, while sticky foods can loosen or destroy dental work, and hard candies pose a risk for chips and damage. The solution? Simple: Start by replacing these treats with healthier alternatives, and then go on enjoying the season.

Interested in finding a better way to partake in the joys of the season? Here are some healthier holiday treats in which to indulge.

Almond Flour Cookies

The first delicious holiday treat on our list is almond flour cookies. These cookies not only meet the cookie standard of chewy in the middle and crispy on the edges, but they taste absolutely delicious. Whether you are hosting a holiday party and want to serve these on a platter or indulge yourself while cuddled up watching holiday films, this recipe from The Big Man’s World is the perfect treat in which to partake this season.

Ingredients

  • 2 c. almond flour (blanched)
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ c. butter
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ c. chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, add the almond flour and baking powder. Mix well.
  4. Melt the butter.
  5. Add the butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to the mixture. Stir until well combined.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Form 12 small dough balls, place them on the lined baking sheet, and press lightly into a circle shape.
  8. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  10. Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Lemon Bundt Cake

Next up, we have something special for all of our citrus lovers. This gluten-free lemon bundt cake from Fearless Dining is a must-make on our list of holiday eats and treats. This is the perfect subtly sweet cake for brunch or morning get-togethers with friends and family. Additionally, it is gluten-free, which means more individuals get to partake in the flavorful joys of the season. Keep in mind that the more you mix, the denser the cake, so it is strongly recommended that you fold the batter only to the bare minimum to ensure the perfect flavor and texture.

Ingredients

Cake

  • ¾ c. almond flour
  • 2 c. gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ¼ c. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ c. almond milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice

Icing

  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1–2 tsp. lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, combine wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until just combined.
  5. Spray a bundt cake pan with cooking spray and pour in the mix.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  8. Mix the ingredients for the icing.
  9. Drizzle over the bundt cake.
  10. Enjoy!

Vegan Gluten-Free Oatmeal Banana Muffins

This delectable and healthier holiday treat from Beaming Baker is friendly for almost all diets. Vegan and gluten-free, these oatmeal banana muffins are sure to delight this holiday season. The muffins are perfectly moist and subtly sweet with a lightly crispy top, thanks to a dash of cinnamon and oats. Knock the stockings off of your holiday guests with this party snack that is sure to keep your guests in the holiday spirit.

Ingredients

Muffins

  • 3 bananas (mashed)
  • 1 ¾ c. gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 ¼ gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ c. coconut oil (melted)
  • ½ c. maple syrup
  • ¼ c. coconut sugar
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp. ground flax + 6 tbsp. water)
  • ½ c. unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Topping

  • 2 tbsp. gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F.
  2. Line muffin pan with paper liners.
  3. Add bananas, coconut oil, maple syrup, sugar, flax eggs, milk, and vanilla extract and mix well in a large bowl.
  4. Add oat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon, and whisk just until combined.
  5. Distribute batter evenly into muffin pan, filling each cup about three-quarters full.
  6. Sprinkle on the toppings.
  7. Bake for 22 minutes or until you can poke the top of a muffin and it springs back.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  9. Enjoy!

Vegan Mango Coconut Almond Balls

The final healthier holiday treat to enjoy this season is perfect for all health-conscious folk who still want to partake in a holiday treat. These mango coconut almond balls from Minimalist Baker are chewy, semisweet, and slightly nutty. Each bite is packed full of fiber, protein, healthy fat, and natural sugars to curb your sweet tooth. Even better, they are simple to make and even easier to share. For the best results, stick the balls in the freezer and remove them just before serving. Don’t miss the sleigh on this delightful seasonal favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ c. raw walnuts
  • 1 c. dried unsweetened mango
  • 10 pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp. hemp seeds
  • ⅓ c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 zested lime
  • 1 pinch salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Arrange nuts on a baking sheet and toast for eight minutes or until golden brown and fragrant.
  3. Add dried mango to a small bowl and soak in warm water for five minutes. Pat dry.
  4. Add nuts to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Add dates and mango and blend until a sticky dough forms.
  6. Add hemp seeds, coconut, lime zest, and salt, and mix well.
  7. Scoop tablespoon-sized balls and roll. Roll in shredded coconut and store in the freezer.
  8. Enjoy!

The holiday season is a wonderful time to enjoy the company of friends and family. Worry less about your health and wellness this year and get a jump start on a healthy diet for 2022 by trying the above recipes. These are not only fun to make but easy to share and provide a healthier alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth this holiday season.