For many of us, it just doesn’t feel like the holidays without cookies and sweets. But just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean we have to abandon a healthy diet. Gorging on traditional baked sweets made with dairy and gluten can not only lead to an unwelcome tummy ache, it can also cause inflammation, constipation and unnecessary weight gain. Instead, opting for vegan, raw, and dairy-free alternatives will satisfy that sweet tooth without busting your resolution to squeeze into those skinny jeans. Read on for 8 tasty raw, vegan and paleo holiday dessert recipes you’ll want to try:
This Christmas or New Year’s Eve, surprise Santa and friends with a plate of these twists on a traditional treat – gingerbread morsels that won’t add to their waistline.
3. No-Egg Eggnog. Toast the holidays and ring in the New Year with this creamy, no-dairy no-egg eggnog. After tasting Vegan Man’s recipe, you’ll never want to drink the bought stuff again. Watch him make it here:
You won’t think twice about figgy pudding once you indulge in this superfood packed version of an old holiday treat, rich with heart-healthy antioxidant chia seeds.
5. Chocolate Mousse. If you consider yourself a a die-hard chocolate fiend, you’ll go ga-ga over Vegan Man’s thick, creamy and chocolate-y mousse recipe, made with a special superfood ingredient you won’t guess.
6. Matcha Dessert Bites. Energize your yuletide festivities with these sweet green tea dessert bites made with the perfect balance of raw cashews, coconut flakes and a healthy dose of Japanese matcha tea.
7. Chocolate Brownies. Show the special elves in your life how much you love them with these nutty, chewy brownies – serve them square and plain or roll then dip in raw cacao nibs or coconut flakes for an extra dose of flair. Watch the recipe here.
8. Strawberry Cheesecake. Whether served by itself or topped with a sweet and tangy strawberry coulis, this scrumptious cashew-based raw vegan cheesecake recipe will make you wonder why you took so long to go vegan.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bianca is the Creative Director and EMMY© winning host of Conscious Living. Bianca is a certified yoga instructor and energy healer (2nd degree Reiki master). As a raw/vegan eco-fashionista and world traveler, she is committed to being on the life-long journey towards Conscious Living, one day at a time.