31 Easy And Delicious Healthy Holiday Recipes (Your Whole Family Will Enjoy!)

Use this Healthy Holiday Recipes list to create a healthy holiday menu. The list consists of easy healthy holiday recipes including holiday dishes, sides, and healthy desserts that are easy to make and able to please everybody’s tastebuds.

Healthy Holiday Recipes

Christmas is just around the corner. We can almost touch it.

Are you excited? I really hope you are excited and not stressed. I know the holidays can be stressful. So many things to do and not enough time – cooking, baking, and struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle when there are so many temptations around. I want you to be able to enjoy the holidays without the added stress and I also want you to be healthy. So let me take care of the healthy holiday recipes for you.

I made this list for all of you who need a resource of healthy holiday recipes that are easy to make and taste just as good, if not better, than the traditional recipes that are anything but healthy.

Holiday meals are usually loaded with sugar, fat, carbs, and ingredients that are not nutritional and good for you. Well, not anymore. I’ve got you covered! These Christmas recipes are healthy, clean eating approved, and light. While still being totes delicious. Obviously.

Oh, this list is perfect for last-minute planning and it will save you a lot of time. There’s everything for everybody here so you won’t have to do research to find convenient options and healthy alternatives. You have them all in one place.

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Shall we begin now?

All four ingredients, the fresh cranberries, orange zest, raw honey, and orange juice, are in a sauce pan to be cooked down to make the best homemade cranberry sauce.Fresh Pumpkin Ice Cream | Smooth, creamy, sweet, vegan, and clean eating pumpkin ice cream. So much goodness. | A Sweet Pea Chef

TOOLSET FOR CHRISTMAS RECIPES

In case you’re wondering what tools and kitchen essentials you need to make your holiday meals, here’s the list of tools I use. I think it will help you too.

  • Let’s start with a baking sheet because you will need it more than ever during this time of the year. For cookies, of course. But also for roasting veggies.
  • Get your saucepan ready because the holiday season requires hot drinks and… cranberry sauce. And cinnamon apples. YUM.
  • You’ll need mixing bowls for pretty much anything baking and cooking related.
  • Mason jars for breakfast in a jar or for storing healthy cookies.
  • Loaf pan for ice cream (yes, you can make ice cream in a loaf pan!) and breads.
  • During the holidays, you’ll probably rely on casserole dishes to prep sides for the entire family so you’ll definitely need a casserole dish.
  • Is your blender ready for all the holiday meals and desserts? It should be!
  • To make some of these holiday dishes, you’ll need a large fry pan or a large skillet.
  • You’ll probably have turkey leftovers after the holidays so make sure you have a stock pot because turning those leftovers into a delicious soup is the best way to enjoy them.
  • I really recommend putting your food processor to work. It’s very useful and it makes baking and cooking very easy.
  • For healthy homemade pies, a pie plate is in order.

Mixing bowl filled with the steamed sweet potatoes, ground cinnamon, and pure maple syrup, being mashed by hand using a potato masher.

3 BONUS TIPS FOR MAKING HOLIDAY MEALS EXTRA DELICIOUS

Before discussing the Christmas recipes, I have to share with you my favorite tips for making holiday meals healthy and delicious.

  • If you’re hosting Christmas dinner, choose easy holiday dishes that are quick and easy to prep.
  • To make the holiday dishes healthy, look for healthy alternatives. Coconut sugar is a great alternative to white refined sugar. Coconut oil is way better than butter. Whole wheat flour or paleo flours such as coconut flour and almond flour are healthier than all-purpose flour and they are great in Christmas recipes. Particularly in desserts.
  • Make a list of healthy holiday recipes and stick to it. It will make prepping and cooking the holiday dinner recipes easier and stress-free. The holiday recipes on this list are all easy to make BTW so it’s a great starting point.

Butterless & Flaky Pie Crust | A clean, easy, and delicious flaky pie crust. | A Sweet Pea Chef

HEALTHY HOLIDAY RECIPES

This healthy holiday recipes list has everything you need in terms of holidays dinner recipes – side dishes, main dishes, desserts, and drinks so it’s great for last minute planning. All the Christmas recipes included here have a short description plus important info about the recipes including prep time, cook time, and calories count. So you can easily build your Christmas menu with recipes from this list alone.

1.      HOW TO ROAST ACORN SQUASH

How To Roast Acorn Squash | Learn how to roast acorn squash for an easy autumn fall side dish.  This easy roasted acorn squash is sweet but without any refined sugars and just 4 ingredients. | A Sweet Pea Chef

Let’s start the Christmas recipes list with How to Make Roasted Acorn Squash. Technically, this is a Fall dish but I think it makes a great holiday dish too. It’s easy to make as well. And it requires only 3 ingredients.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 50 mins
  • Total time: 1 hr
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 21 kcal

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2.      PARMESAN MASHED POTATOES

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes cannot miss from the holiday table. Not in my house at least. Because I love them and because they are a great side dish for holiday meals. They are creamy, fluffy, and, in this case, packed with parmesan. Perfect holiday side dish.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 20 mins
  • Cook time: 10 mins
  • Total time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 306 kcal

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3.      5-MINUTE PUMPKIN PIE OVERNIGHT OATS

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats | pumpkin spice + oatmeal for a wonderful Fall breakfast. | A Sweet Pea Chef

Breakfast shouldn’t be optional ever but I would really recommend not to skip it during the holidays when you will be very tempted to eat unhealthy foods if you get hungry. Instead, prep this 5-Minute Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats and you’ll have a delicious helthy pie to enjoy the next morning.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • Cook time: 4 hrs
  • Total time: 4 hrs 5 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 335 kcal

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4.      FRESH PUMPKIN ICE CREAM

Fresh Pumpkin Ice Cream | Smooth, creamy, sweet, vegan, and clean eating pumpkin ice cream. So much goodness. | A Sweet Pea Chef

I don’t know about you but for me ice cream is a year-round favorite dessert. I like it fruity and refreshing during summer and rich and fresh during winter. If you agree, I believe you’ll love this Fresh Pumpkin Ice Cream. It is perfect for Fall and Winter.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Cook time: 4 hrs
  • Total time: 4 hrs 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 158 kcal

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5.      HEALTHY PECAN PIE

Healthy Pecan Pie | Clean, easy, and super delicious - this pecan pie is free of refined flours and sugars! | A Sweet Pea Chef

If you can’t go a holiday season without a slice of pecan pie, try my Healthy Pecan Pie and you won’t have to! It’s clean, healthy, and yummy. You won’t compromise your healthy diet but you will still be able to enjoy your fave dessert.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 35 mins
  • Total time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 414

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6.      EASY HOT APPLE CIDER RECIPE

When switching to a healthy lifestyle most people focus on the food and forget about the drinks. I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t but also to share this Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe with you. It makes a great hot drink for the holidays.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • Total time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 126 kcal

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7.      EASY TURKEY NOODLE SOUP

Overhead shot of one bowl of easy turkey noodle soup that is topped with fresh italian parsley and sitting next to raw carrots, which are also sliced and cooked into the soup.

If you have turkey leftovers after the holidays, turn them into an Easy Turkey Noodle Soup. It’s delicious, it’s comforting, it’s warm, and it’s perfect for lunch or a light dinner.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 1 hr
  • Total time: 1 hr 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories:  273 kcal

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8.      EASY SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole | A healthy take on a family Thanksgiving favorite. www.asweetpeachef.com

Sweet, dense, crunchy = texture and taste PERFECTION. In case you don’t know I’m talking about the Easy Sweet Potato Casserole. Mine is also healthy by the way.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 25 mins
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • Total time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 487 kcal

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9. SOUTHERN SWEET POTATO PIE

Tis’ the season to… make pies. After the pecan pie, it’s time for a delicious Southern Sweet Potato Pie that is, of course, healthy and made with unrefined ingredients.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 20 mins
  • Cook time: 55 mins
  • Total time: 1 hr 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 329 kcal

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10. HEALTHY GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

Healthy Green Bean Casserole | Healthy, easy, delicious, and so much better than the original! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Make this Healthy Green Bean Casserole with homemade crispy onions and replace the canned mushroom sauce with a delicious homemade one that will make your Green Bean Casserole taste even better than usual.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 20 mins
  • Cook time: 25 mins
  • Total time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 221 kcal

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11. BEST HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE

A Jar of cranberry sauce, one of the 4 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes.

My favorite side dish ever for Thanksgiving and Christmas is Cranberry Sauce. It might sound a little strange but I’m sure you’ll get me once you taste this sugar-free Homemade Cranberry Sauce.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • Total time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 78 kcal

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12. 5-INGREDIENT COCONUT OIL PIE CRUST RECIPE

Butterless & Flaky Pie Crust | A clean, easy, and delicious flaky pie crust. | A Sweet Pea Chef

This 5-Ingredient Coconut Oil Pie Crust is the secret behind my healthy pie. You can use it to make all kinds of pies including cherry pie and pumpkin pie. It’s dairy-free, vegan, and easy to make.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 25 mins
  • Cook time: 25 mins
  • Total time: 50 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 182 kcal

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13. HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY BANANA NUT BREAD (WITHOUT ADDED SUGAR!)

Close up of a serving plate with 2 slices of banana bread garnished with slices of fresh bananas and walnuts.

Learn How to Make Healthy Banana Nut Bread (Without Added Sugar!) and make your holiday mornings or your afternoon snack delicious. This banana bread is healthy but it’s also moist, sweet, and it has just the right amount of walnuts to make it taste even better.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 7 mins
  • Cook time: 50 mins
  • Total time: 57 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 202 kcal

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14. NON-ALCOHOLIC EGGNOG

Light & Healthy Non-Alcoholic Eggnog (Non-Dairy!) | Introducing Light & Healthy Eggnog – this homemade, delicious, non-alcoholic eggnog can be enjoyed all season long without the guilt. | A Sweet Pea Chef #nonalcoholiceggnog #eggnog

During this time of the year, eggnog is requested daily in my house. If it happens in your house too, try my Non-Alcoholic Eggnog. It’s kid approved, healthy, and very easy to make. And you can use it to make ice cream, too.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 15 mins
  • Total time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 304 kcal

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15. NO-FAIL THANKSGIVING TURKEY

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

No holiday recipes list is complete without my No-Fail Thanksgiving Turkey. It says Thanksgiving there but really this recipe works for any holiday and special occasion.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Total time: 2 hrs 40 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 194 kcal

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16. HOW TO MAKE CINNAMON APPLES

How To Make Cinnamon Apples | Easy, clean-easting, and fast cinnamon apples. www.asweetpeachef.com

Learn How To Make Cinnamon Apples and make your home smell amazing while cooking Cinnamon Apples. They make a great topping for pancakes and waffles and they can easily transform classic recipes into delicious and festive holiday recipes.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 10 mins
  • Total time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 191 kcal

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17. THANKSGIVING STUFFING

Thanksgiving Stuffing

Another Thanksgiving recipe that works for Christmas too – Thanksgiving Stuffing. In fact, most of my Thanksgiving recipes are great as holiday recipes as well.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 30 mins
  • Cook time: 40 mins
  • Total time: 1 hr 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 234 kcal

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18. HOW TO COOK ROAST BEEF

Roast Beef

Learning How To Cook Roast Beef will allow you to make a juicy, tender, and tasty beef roast. The roast beef recipe is one my most popular recipes and it definitely deserves a spot on your holiday meals list.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Cook time: 1 hr 15 mins
  • Total time: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 421 kcal

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19. HOMEMADE TURKEY GRAVY

Homemade Turkey Gravy

This Homemade Turkey Gravy is one of those easy holiday recipes that will get you finger-licking delicious results. Homemade gravy is the best gravy and the perfect pair for the turkey we talked about earlier.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • Total time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 168 kcal

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20. ROASTED SWEET POTATO RECIPE

Roasted Sweet Potato Recipe

Speaking of easy holiday recipes, this Roasted Sweet Potato Recipe fits right into that category too. And the Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a great side dish for holiday meals.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 8 mins
  • Cook time: 25 mins
  • Total time: 33 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 141 kcal

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21. MASHED SWEET POTATOES

Up close bowl of mashed sweet potatoes recipe which is topped with crushed pecans and ground cinnamon.

Made with just 3 ingredients, these Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a healthy and clean holiday recipe and they are super easy to make.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • Total time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 84 kcal

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22. SWEET CORNBREAD

This Sweet Cornbread is the perfect accompaniment for all healthy holiday meals – breakfast, lunch or dinner. And, you guessed it, it’s healthy and tasty.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 8 mins
  • Cook time: 16 mins
  • Total time: 24 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 109 kcal

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23. HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte | Low calorie, high in protein, low carb, cream-free pumpkin spice latte without an espresso maker! www.asweetpeachef.com

Since I mentioned a list of healthy holiday recipes for Christmas is not complete without festive drinks, I think it’s time to introduce you to my Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s perfectly flavored, easy to make, and definitely healthier than Starbucks’ lattes.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 2 mins
  • Cook time: 5 mins
  • Total time: 7 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 290 kcal

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24. EGGNOG LATTE

If pumpkin spice lattes are not really your thing, you might fancy this Eggnog Latte. It’s made with non-alcoholic eggnog and no sugar so it’s not only festive and perfect for Christmas but also clean and healthy.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 5 mins
  • Total time: 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 227 kcal

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25. GARLIC PARMESAN GREEN BEANS

Do you have a favorite holiday side dish? This Garlic Parmesan Green Beans is one of my faves. It’s not only a great side dish for holiday meals but it’s healthy and it tastes so, so good.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • Cook time: 10 mins
  • Total time: 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 81 kcal

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26. HEALTHY HOMEMADE EGGNOG ICE CREAM

Hand scooping some of the homemade eggnog ice cream that is topped with ground cinnamon and is next to whole cloves.

Did I tell you I like ice cream year round? Yeah, I did. I also told you, I love ice cream with seasonal flavors. So this Healthy Homemade Eggnog Ice Cream happens quite a lot during this time of the year in my house.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • Cook time: 10 mins
  • Total time: 3 hrs 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 188 kcal

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27. QUICK AND EASY QUINOA PEANUT BRITTLE

No butter, no sugar, and no corn syrup involved in the making of this Quick and Easy Quinoa Peanut Brittle. Such an easy holiday recipe. A classic with a healthy upgrade, I’d say.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 15 mins
  • Total time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 123 kcal

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28. PALEO 7 LAYER BARS

Easy paleo 7 layer bars that are layered with coconut flakes, dark chocolate, almond meal crust, salted caramel sauce, and paleo coconut condensed milk! | A Sweet Pea Chef

These Paleo 7 Layer Bars should be on everybody’s Christmas recipes list! It’s magic bars but not any type of magic bars, they are healthy 7 layer bars that are also paleo and vegan.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 40 mins
  • Cook time: 45 mins
  • Total time: 1 hr 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 329 kcal

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29. THE BEST LEMON BARS

Best Lemon Bars | These lemon bars are so great that you'd never know they're healthy! | A Sweet Pea Chef #ad

Loving all the Christmas recipes that make holiday desserts so far?  That’s good because I have more! The Best Lemon Bars (That You’d Never Know Were Healthy!) are the perfect sweet treat.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 30 mins
  • Cook time: 40 mins
  • Total time: 1 hr 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 298 kcal

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30. 3 INGREDIENT PISTACHIO DARK CHOCOLATE BARK

3 Ingredient Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bark | Save your $$$ on those high end dark chocolate bars and make your own at home for way cheaper! | A Sweet Pea Chef

This 3 Ingredient Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bark is such an easy holiday recipe. Plus it’s a mix of pistachios and dark chocolate. <- LOVE

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 20 mins
  • Cook time: 25 mins
  • Total time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 172 kcal

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31. GINGERBREAD WHOOPIE PIES THAT ARE DAIRY-FREE

Dairy-Free Gingerbread Whoopie Pies | The perfect holiday treat for everyone, including dairy-free peeps! | A Sweet Pea Chef #ad

I was nervous when I first made these Gingerbread Whoopie Pies That Are Dairy-Free! not gonna lie. But I shouldn’t have been. And you shouldn’t be either because they are very easy to make. The Gingerbread Whoopie Pies are refined sugar-free and dairy-free.

Recipe notes:

  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • Total time: 35 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 182 kcal

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

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