Cross-section of a Maltese Style Christmas Log

6 Healthy Christmas Desserts you can make this December [with videos]

It’s officially December. Lights are up, trees are out, beautiful decorations already filling our days with some much-needed sparkle. It’s been a weird year, to say the least, yet the most wonderful time of the year 🎵 is now with us. 

If you’re anything like me, you’re already planning cosy afternoon teas with family and friends. And since the pandemic is still with us and we can’t celebrate in the usual ways, whipping up a batch of homemade goodies and sharing them over a glass of mulled wine, with the people we love most, sounds like a perfect plan this December. 

The good news is that with these healthy Christmas dessert recipes, you won’t be too scared to step on the weighing scales come January. These decadent goodies are not only gloriously delicious but also packed with clean ingredients and nutritious stuff that won’t leave you feeling like you’re going to fall into a food coma any minute. 

So without further ado, here are the top 6 healthy Christmas dessert recipes for you to try out this December! Be sure to tag @thehealthymalteser on Facebook and Instagram if you give these goodies a go! There’s nothing I enjoy more than seeing people enjoying healthy homemade treats guilt-free. 

1. Vegan Gateau Marie 

If you’re after a dessert that’s rich, decadent and chocolatey, yet couldn’t be simpler to make, this one’s your go-to! It seriously tastes like something coming straight out of a fancy French pâtisserie. Your guests will be blown away, thinking you spent hours on this one when in truth, it takes just 25 minutes to make. But shh, that will be our little secret! 😉

2. Baci Balls 

While we’re on the topic of simple, these guys couldn’t be easier to make. You just chuck all the Baci Balls ingredients into the food processor and coat in melted chocolate. Ta-Da! 🤷 You know what that means, right? You now have more time to make even more desserts and not just the one! And yes, they are the ‘Out. Of. This. World’ kind of good. Definitely not to miss out on! 

3. Pudina Tal-Hobz (Maltese Bread Pudding) 

Whether you typically like Bread Pudding or not, it doesn’t matter. This one’s closer to a chocolate fudge brownie in terms of taste and texture than the typical pudding you’re used to. It’s a solid favourite amongst us Maltesers and some even prefer it to chocolate brownies (for real! Read the article to find out more ✌️). This recipe requires a bit more prep and cook time, yet the result is absolutely worth it. 

4. Imqaret (Date Slices) 

What’s the first flavour that comes to mind when you think of Christmas? For me, it’s cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and the warm hearty fragrance of winter spices. And that’s the exact spice blend used to flavour Imqaret. A pastry parcel enveloping a sweet and a slightly spicy mixture of dates with orange undertones… I’m drooling just thinking of these already. 🤤 They really are something special. And in case you’re not convinced yet, this version is actually high in protein too. You know you want to try them, don’t you? 

5. Coconut Balls 

What’s not to like about balls? They’re easy to make, come in bite-size servings so you don’t over-eat (presumably 🙄), they’re perfect for sharing and totally giftable… need I go on?  These coconut balls make for the perfect accompaniment to the Baci Balls and really give off a festive vibe. 

6. Healthy Christmas Log 

Finally, Christmas wouldn’t really be Christmas without Christmas Log, right? 🎄 This Maltese version of the Christmas Chocolate Log is what dreams are made of – really! It’s like the perfect mash-up between yule log and chocolate salami. Honestly, what’s not to love? 

A slice of vegan Maltese Christmas Log decorated in colorful decorations

Whether you’re hosting guests, looking for healthy Christmas treats to give as gifts or simply want to indulge in something sweet without compromising your nutrition goals, these healthy Christmas dessert recipes are a must-try this festive season. 

If you need even more inspiration, check out this Vegan Banoffee Pie and my Healthy Vegan Chocolate Cake recipes. And in case you’re cooking for a vegan this Christmas, these vegan food recipes will certainly be a hit with your guests. 

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