The holiday season is now in full swing, and if you’re anything like me, you love to bake this time of year! For years now I have been baking a variety of cookies and treats to eat and give as gifts. It started with traditional white flour, white sugar-containing cookies. Once on my journey to health, I started using natural sweeteners and gluten-free flours for my Christmas baking. Now, I do the same, but will opt-out of using sugar (I’m kind of loving how Lakanto sweetener works) and go grain-free when possible.
To help you do the same so you can feel healthy during the holidays without gaining 10 pounds and throwing your hormones for a loop, I’ve made a list of 7 Diva-approved recipes below!
What Should I Look For in a Healthy Dessert Recipe?
If you don’t like the recipes I’ve suggested below, I want to help you locate your own. Below are a few tips to watch out for when scanning recipes. Pinterest is a great place to find healthy dessert recipes, and if you’re not following me there- you should! I’ve got a whole board just on desserts, and you can find me on Pinterest by clicking here.
#1: Natural Sweeteners
Whether you have eliminated sugar or are looking to use less, natural sweeteners are the way to go. Many times, these sweeteners wil contain nutrients along with the sugar- like iron in molasses, or minerals and vitamins in honey and maple syrup.
Here’s a list of some Diva-approved sweeteners to use during the holidays:
- Raw, local honey
- Grade B maple syrup
- Yacon syrup
- Blackstrap molasses
- Coconut sugar
- Stevia drops or powder
- Lakanto sweetener (monk fruit sweetener)
#2: Gluten-Free or Grain-Free
Both excessive grains and gluten in the diet are a big Happy Hormones no-no. They create mucus, inflammation, stagnation and an overactive immune response in some. Not to mention that white flour products are devoid of all nutrients and do crazy stuff to your blood sugar.
Here’s a few gluten and/or grain-free baking items to look out for in good recipes:
- almond flour/meal
- coconut flour
- gluten-free all-purpose flour (like Bob’s Red Mill)
- brown rice flour
- sorghum flour
- tapioca flour
- arrowroot flour/starch
- cashew flour/meal
#3: Nutritious Extras
Beyond the base of all desserts (sweetener and floury-type ingredient), there are some other bonus ingredients that could add extra nutrients to your holiday baking.
Here’s a list of good ones to include in your own baking:
- coconut oil
- cinnamon and ginger
- organic butter
- raw cacao powder
- canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
- dried, fruit juice sweetened cranberries
- Zests of oranges, lemons
- various nuts and seeds
- grated/pureed veggies like carrots and zucchini
- unsweetened applesauce
- mashed banana
7 Low-Sugar Holiday Dessert Recipes for Balancing Hormones
Now that you know what to look for in a recipe, let’s get on to my suggestions!
- Chocolate Pudding by The Hormone Diva
- Low Carb Carrot Cake by Ditch the Carbs
- Cranberry Orange Bars by Primally Inspired
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by My Natural Family
- Grain-Free Gingerbread Cookies by My Natural Family
- Chocolate Peppermint Coconut Macaroons by My Natural Family
- Chai-Spiced Sugar Cookies by Kelley and Cricket