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20 Lightened Up Holiday Treat Recipes

This time of year is wonderful for many reasons, but holiday treats have to be at the very top! Here are 20 lightened up recipes to make this holiday season! These recipes aren’t just for the Holidays, you can make them at home anytime of the year.

 If you’ve been on a wellness journey, I want you to be able to not only ENJOY the holiday season without stressing about losing all of your progress! There is so much to LOVE about the holiday season! Creating new traditions with your family, gathering with friends, and most importantly preparing and enjoying a few holiday treats!

Yes! You can live your best life, still enjoy the holiday parties, all while staying on track with your health goals! These lightened up holiday treat recipes will curb your sweet tooth while helping you stay on track!

Just like anything in life, preparation is key to staying on track with your health goals during the holidays. Here are just a few of my favorite holiday treat recipes that I prepare and plan for during the holidays! l enjoy hosting holiday parties and making these lighter recipes for my guests( and most of my guest have no clue that these recipes have been lightened up and are Macro and WW friendly!)

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!


Christmas Tree Appetizer Tray

Surprise your guests with this beautiful Christmas Tree Appetizer Tray this holiday season!

Cheese Christmas Trees

These Cheese Christmas Trees are Pinterest inspired and super simple to make! These are sure to impress your guests-with minimal effort-this holiday season! A quick and easy festive appetizer using just 4 simple ingredients!

Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

These Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles are bite sized treats-made with sugar free cool whip, peanut butter, and no sugar added chocolate chips-making them light yet decadent! Simple to make and perfect for the holidays!

Lightened Up Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip 

 Have you been looking for a new no-bake Christmas dessert or appetizer? Well, here you go! This Lightened Up Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip is full of holiday flavors like gingerbread, sweet molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg! It’s super creamy and is the perfect to dip with apples or graham crackers!

Easy Sugar Free Buckeyes 

These Easy Sugar Free Buckeyes are the ultimate homemade sugarfree treat! Smooth peanut butter, Lakanto’s Confectioners sweetener and chocolate come together to create a ball of deliciousness!

Lightened Up Holiday Chocolate Bark

This Lightened Up Holiday Chocolate Bark is pretty much the easiest treat you can possibly make. With endless flavor possibilities! This bark requires only a few ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to put together!

Two Point Chocolate Candy Cane Donuts

These protein packed Two Point Chocolate Candy Cane Donuts are sure to be a holiday favorite for both the kids and the adults! A Holiday treat or dessert for all winter long! They are the cutest donuts for Christmas!

Skinny Gingerbread Muffins

These Skinny Gingerbread Muffins are light and fluffy and filled with molasses flavor!  Perfect for the holiday season!

Skinny Orange Cranberry Crisp

This Orange Cranberry Crisp is sweet, tart and insanely delicious! This makes for an easy festive dessert for the Holidays!

Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are made with a few simple ingredients. They make for a tasty snack, dessert, or a fantastic treat to bring to your next potluck!

Lightened Up Muddy Buddies

These Lightened Up Muddy Buddies are a favorite treat during the holidays- also known as Puppy Chow- it’s a sweet crunchy, peanut buttery, chocolate treat that everyone loves!

Easy Rolo Pretzel Buttons

These Easy Rolo Pretzels Buttons are made with just 3 ingredients! The combination of sweet and salty treats are the perfect snack or treat! An easy holiday treat to make this holiday season! 

Weight Watchers Gingerbread Cheesecake

This Weight Watchers Gingerbread Cheesecake is hands down the BEST alternative cheesecake-It’s low in points, high in protein, and makes for a delicious guilt free dessert!

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

These Chocolate Peppermint Cookies have a texture similar to crinkle cookies, with a soft middle, and slightly chewy around the edges! 

Lighter Hot Cocoa Dip

This Lighter Hot Cocoa Dip is an easy no bake dessert dip that is perfect for holiday parties or family movie night!

Easy Three Ingredient Peppermint Bark

This Peppermint Bark is made with sugar free chocolate and peppermint white chocolate, then topped with crushed peppermint candy canes! It’s the perfect holiday treat for yourself, your friends, or neighbors!

Sugar Free Soft Sugar Cookies

There is nothing better than a classic sugar cookie. These Soft Sugar Cookie are a lighter version of the classic sugar cookie. They are soft, fluffy, and a perfectly sweet!

Easy Holiday Hot Cocoa Charcuterie Board with Sugar Free Hot Cocoa

This Easy Holiday Hot Cocoa Charcuterie Board with Sugar Free Hot Cocoa is always a huge hit during the holidays! This hot cocoa tray is fun, festive, full of variety, and is perfect for any holiday party or gathering!

Easy Rolo Pretzel Turtles

These Easy Rolo Pretzel Turtles are the perfect blend of salty and sweet! These are perfect for neighbors gifts, Holiday potlucks or gatherings! An easy Holiday treat-with just 3 ingredients!

Skinny Cranberry Orange Loaf or Muffins

This Skinny Cranberry Orange Loaf or Muffins are packed  with cranberries and flavored with fresh orange juice! An easy muffin or loaf recipe that’s sure to be a favorite

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Sunday 10th of December 2023

Some great recipes here. Some I have tried and will make again (little Christmas trees, and crinkle cookies) and some I will make this year - the hot chocolate charcuterie board and the bark. Always enjoy your recipes. Thank you and Happy Holiday Season!


Sunday 10th of December 2023

Wow! What a great variety of treats. I'll be making g several over the next t few weeks.


Sunday 10th of December 2023

What a great assortment! Thanks for putting it together for us!


Sunday 10th of December 2023

Nice assortment of recipes. Thanks! It saved me from having to cull through years of healthier scribbled recipes in a stuffed folder...