Healthy holiday dessert ideas from Chocolate Covered Katie

Dreams really do come true. Holiday desserts can be healthy, as shown by food blogger Katie, of Chocolate Covered Katie. She believes in eating chocolate every single day. And we are here for that — especially around the holidays.

Recognized as a top healthy dessert blogger, Katie has been featured on the Today show, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, The Food Network and in Bon Appétit, Cooking Light and People magazines. Also, Amazon chose her debut cookbook, Chocolate-Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes That Are Secretly Good for You, as one of its top 20 cookbooks in 2015.

All that to say if you’re looking to keep your holiday desserts healthy and delicious, you’ve come to the right place. These recipes are a great way to get started.

Healthy gingerbread

Gingerbread desserts fill a very specific craving. It’s unlike any other flavor. Higgins uses three secret ingredients to make this healthy gingerbread good for you on top of being scrumptious. We will give you one of the secrets — carrot juice! It sounds weird, but it makes total sense. Give this recipe a try and watch as everyone eats it without knowing it’s also good for them.

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Healthy tiramisu

We admit we didn’t think this was even possible. But this recipe for healthy tiramisu is dairy-free, vegan and under 100 calories. But best of all, it’s decadently delicious. Higgins has a real knack for making what is good for you delicious, too! This classic Italian dessert is an absolute winner.

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Peppermint sugar cookie bars

There are few things worse than having to watch what you eat over the holidays. Now you don’t have to! These peppermint sugar cookie bars are Christmas-cookie-delicious, but they also hold a healthy little secret: yogurt frosting. Higgins makes tasty dessert accessible to everyone by finding creative ways to make sweet treats a little healthier. This dessert is no exception.

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Chocolate chip kale cookies

Yes. You read correctly, chocolate chip kale cookies. The benefits are twofold: the healthful nutrients of kale and the all-natural festive green flecks they provide in the cookies. Chocolate and kale are two ingredients we would never put together, but this is Higgins’s area of expertise. And we have to say, they are beautiful, delicious and good for you.

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Cranberry orange bread

Quick breads are a perfect fall morning dessert, uh, breakfast. But this recipe for cranberry orange bread uses twice the amount of cranberries as most comparable recipes. It also utilizes the sweetness of all-natural orange juice to achieve a moist tender bread with a lot less sugar and oil. If you’ve been looking for a fall-inspired bread to enjoy with coffee in the morning, then look no further. This bread is absolutely delicious and comes with zero guilt.

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Pumpkin workout brownies

Tired of the boring old protein bars? This recipe for pumpkin workout brownies will make you think you are eating dessert, but it also lets you feel good about being healthy. Higgins designed this recipe with pumpkin, which is packed with vitamin A, and protein powder. So there is nothing to feel guilty about post-workout. Give these brownies a try. They are as good as they are beautiful!

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