20 Healthy Holiday Treats (and some news!)

20 Healthy Holiday Treats

Ok, so before I get into the cookies and stuff, can I just drop all humility for a moment and share with you some really amazing, totally overwhelming news? The 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards announced their winners last night, and…WE WON! This seems like the perfect time for a big fat OMG! That’s right, (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean took first prize in the Food & Drink category and second prize in the Family & Parenting category. Holy wow.

Guys, I started this blog a couple of years ago having no idea how to design and build a blog or take a food photo (like honestly, my photography skills were cringe-worthy at best). I started it as a creative outlet from my long lawyering days and  to spare my poor friends the daily “Guess What I Made for Dinner!!” emails. There have been (many) days when I’ve asked myself whether it’s REALLY worth the time and soul-baring embarrassment, when I’ve shed a few (or lots) of tears over 759 spam comments, hacked files, recipe fails and accidentally-deleted photos, and when I’ve considered just packing it all in and taking up stamp-collecting.

But today is definitely not one of those days. I am honoured, chuffed and totally thrilled that two years in, I can call this (mostly) happy little corner of cyberspace my *award-winning* food blog. Squee!

And now onto the stuff you actually came here to read: 

MORE healthy Christmas treats! I know I’m totally overdoing it with this healthy Christmas goodie thing. As if Black Bean Sweet Potato Fudge Bars and Good-For-Ya Gingerbread Cake were not enough, I’m back this week to share a whole bunch more healthy holiday treats from some of my favourite bloggy folks. I’m determined not to spend the entire month of December in stretchy pants and a sugar coma.

Dark chocolate cake packed with beets, apple crumble bars doused with an applesauce-based salted caramel, maple syrup sweetened chai-spiced cupcakes topped with real whipped cream, chocolate truffles made from avocado, and peppermint brownies made of black beans. Ya sure they are healthy (or healthier at least) but just as importantly—they sound delicious, right? And they look pretty great, too.

Here are 20 awesome alterna-treats for the festive season. If you’ve got others to recommend, please share them in the comments below!

Salted Caramel Apple Crumble Bars, from Love Me Feed Me

Salted-Caramel-Apple-Crumble-Bars-with-caramel-made-from-applesauce-vegan

Chai Cupcakes with Maple Whipped Cream, from Naturally Ella

Chai Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Beet Bundt Cake, from Simple Bites

Chocolate-Beet-Bundt-Cake

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chocolate Fudge Bars, from (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean (aka, ME!)

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chocolate Fudge Bars | www.kiwiandbean.com

Pecan Cranberry Cookies (4 ways), from Our Fresh Kitchen

cranberry-pecan-cookies

Peppermint Black Bean Brownies, from The Healthy Maven

Peppermint-Black-Bean-Brownies

Paleo Chocolate Truffles, from The Primal Desire

Paleo-Christmas-Schweddy-Balls-05

Pumpkin Pie Squares, from Oh She Glows

Pumpkin Pie Squares

Raw Gingerbread Cookies, from The Healthy Maven

Raw Gingerbread Cookies

Good-for-ya Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cake, by (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean

Vegan Gluten-Free Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cake

Almond Linzer Cookies, from Fearless Dining

Almond Linzer Cookies

Christmas Spice Balls, by Good Baby Kitchen

Christmas-spice-balls

Easy 5-Ingredient Peppermint Fudge, from Whole New Mom and Don’t Waste The Crumbs

Peppermint-Fudge

Mint Chocolate Cookie Cups, by Southern In-Law

Mint Chocolate Cookie Cups

MORE!!

5 Ingredient Hazelnut Cookies, from Eye Candy Popper

Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies, from Eating Bird Food

No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons, from Oh She Glows

World’s Healthiest Shortbread Cookies, from Feeding My Addiction

Healthy No-Bake Cranberry Jam Tarts, by Coconut and Berries

Healthy Biscochos (Mexican Wedding Cookies), by Tried and True

4 Responses to 20 Healthy Holiday Treats (and some news!)

  1. Jayne December 22, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    Hi there! Congratulations on your award. Well-deserved! Just yesterday I tried Detoxinista’s Healthier Peanut Butter Balls and they’re great! Obviously not such a winner recipe for those with nut allergies, but we’re lucky not to have any of those in our house, so my son and I had fun making them. Here is a link to the recipe: http://detoxinista.com/2012/02/healthier-peanut-butter-balls/ Happy Holidays!

    • Sarah December 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

      Thanks so much! And we unfortunately have peanut allergies in our house, but I could probably make this with a substitute! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Davida @ The Healthy Maven December 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!!! Pinned!

    Congrats, lady! So well deserved.

  3. Jan @ Family Bites December 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    You go, Sarah! Congratulations on your much-deserved awards. My favourite healthy holiday snack? Chocolate dipped clementines with pistachio sprinkles.

    http://mixingbowlkids.typepad.com/family_bites/2013/12/dark-chocolate-dipped-clementines.html

    Happy Holidays!

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