Better-for-You Holiday Desserts

We've got a baker's dozen better-for-you holiday desserts.

Food Network Kitchen's Holiday Berry Meringue Wreath.

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

Got a sweet tooth but trying to make sure your pants still fit after the holidays? Here are 12 sensible, yet magically delicious treats for all those holiday gatherings and cookie swaps.

Pies, Cakes and Other Goodies

Lower calorie version of crowd pleasing baked goods and candies can be just a scrumptious as their decadent counterparts. Cut back on some of the unhealthy fats with egg whites, fruit and plant-based oils. Adding a boost of inflammation fighting antioxidants from spices is also a nutritional bonus. 

Holiday Berry Meringue Wreath (pictured above)

Brownies, Cookies and Bars

Cookies allow for built in portion control…as long as you keep your hands out of the cookie jar after just 1 or 2. Since the staple ingredients tend to be butter and sugar, seek out recipes with healthier add-ins like oats, dried fruit and nuts. If possible try to mix it up with some gluten-free and other allergen friendly options like macaroons and so everyone can get in on the sweet action.

Chocolate Macaroons (pictured above)

Food Network Kitchen's Fruit Sweetened Hot Cocoa, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Hot Toddies

Instead of a high calorie dessert indulgence, combat a sugar craving with a warm and comforting drink. The extra fluid will also help keep you hydrated and make you feel fuller longer.

Fruit-Sweetened Hot Chocolate (pictured above)

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