We are very close to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then it’s Christmas! If your family is anything like mine, we enjoy fun foods and baking together. However, what I don’t enjoy is the hefty increase in sugar.
Sugar is detrimental to our health in many ways. I believe the copious amounts of added sugars (in all of it’s various names) to even benign foods, like pasta sauce and vitamins have lead greatly to the obesity epidemic in our country. While it is under our control to purchase different food products, become aware of the added sugar and adjust appropriately, it still can be a dilemma when we are ready to enjoy the holidays. We want the traditions and the fun in the kitchen.
My team and I have compiled a recipe round up of some of our favorite dishes that are tasty, fun, and festive.
The things we look for when deeming a recipe “healthier” is whether or not it is, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and lower in glycemic impact. The beauty of the internet, smart home-cooks and bloggers, means that we have some great recipes that fit these criteria and taste absolutely amazing.
Sweet Recipes Without All The Sugar
What we like about this recipe: these lemon bars are gluten free, grain-free and only sweetened by pure maple syrup. They look amazing.
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding:
Here’s what we love about this recipe… it’s so easy to make! Simply stir up the ingredients and refrigerate!
Pumpkin Pie Pudding:
Is there anything better than the filling of a pumpkin pie? There might be, but right now we can’t think of anything. This pumpkin pie pudding tastes just like pie filling. To make this even better it is dairy- free and paleo, win-win!
Salted Tahini Fudge:
This fudge tastes like raw cookie dough, has roughly four ingredients and requires no baking! I think this is a perfect quick treat to mix up with kiddos. Allow them to eat “raw” cookie dough without any worries.
Avocado Chocolate Mousse:
The avocado in this recipe doesn’t change the flavor and only creates a silly smooth mousse that everyone will love!’
Slow Cooker Chocolate Brownies:
These fun brownies are made in the slow cooker and are grain-free and gluten-free! I can just imagine my whole house smelling like brownie as these cook and that sounds pretty awesome especially on a cool fall day home with the family.
Paleo ‘Nilla Wafers:
Everything you love about the original but without all the crud. These are paleo friendly, buttery and delicious. Give them a try and add to your favorite paleo desserts!
Almond Coconut Fudge Bars:
Last but not least, this recipe is worth the click. This makes delicious two layer fudge very reminiscent of your favorite peanut butter and chocolate fudge. These are gluten, dairy and sugar free, but not short on flavor!
As a bonus we also thought we’d share our favorite clean chocolate company from HU. They have multiple chocolate bars but two of our team favorites are Hazelnut Butter Dark Chocolate and the Salty Dark Chocolate. You can find them at most grocery stores and also online, HERE.
I hope you find this recipe round up helpful! We believe fun foods don’t have to cost you your health or completely derail your dietary efforts.
Let us know what one is your favorite in the comments below.