Recipes for healthy and non-traditional Christmas sweets

Christmas time is inseparably connected with the preparation of Christmas cookies. This period, when the smell of delicacies ingredients beautifully scented apartment, loves almost everyone. Christmas, like every great celebration, is usually associated with good food and drinks. In addition to classic Christmas candy recipes we can be inspired by less traditional, healthier and with a minimum of calories, or be inspired from various corners of the world. Why not try a different kind of Christmas candy and surprise family and friends with new flavours?

Healthy Christmas cookies with minimal calories

Carrot Christmas candy

Carrot is not wholly normal part of Christmas cookies. Some of us, however, may have already met with carrot as ingredients in the preparation of refreshing desserts. Carrot Christmas candy belongs to the category of healthy Christmas sweetness.

  • 180 g finely grated carrots
  • 300g wholemeal flour
  • 250 grams of fat
  • baking powder (use half a bag)
  • powdered sugar with vanilla to coat
  • sliced almonds

Carrot Christmas cookies - preparation

Mix finely fat with grated carrots a add flour sifted with baking powder and create a dough. Roll the dough out and make some shapes, based only upon your imagination. It looks good as ordinary slices or squares, so we can also feel free to experiment and get into shape downright Christmassy - trees, stars, bells, etc. Decorate this pieces with sliced almonds. Then bake in oven for 10 minutes at 180C. Hot carrot Christmas cookies wrap in powdered sugar.

Wholemeal vanilla rolls

Even such a big Christmas classics as a favourite vanilla rolls can be prepared in a healthier alternative. You'll be surprised by how they taste. Definitely try it!

  • 250g spelt or wholemeal flour
  • 50 g fine corn flour
  • 50 g powdered sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g ground nuts
  • 1 egg yolk
  • lemon peel
  • milk as needed
  • powdered sugar, vanilla sugar for sprinkling

Wholemeal vanilla rolls – preparation

Mix bolted flour with sugar and with ground nuts, grated lemon peel, softened fat, egg yolk and create a tough dough, which we leave to stand overnight in a cool place, preferably in the refrigerator. The second day we prepare form the dough rolls. Put them on a baking paper on baking sheet. Bake until golden brown in a preheated oven at 160 °C. Sprinkle cold wholemeal vanilla rolls slightly with sugar (powdered mixed with vanilla). Like with most of the Christmas candies is good before eating them to leave wholemeal rolls to rest for a week or two, then they are tastier and more tender.

Recipes for healthy and non-traditional Christmas sweets

Raisin hearts

  • 30 g wholemeal flour
  • 80g raisins
  • 70 g of nuts
  • 50 ml lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 egg yolk for smearing

Raisin hearts – preparation

Liquidize the raisins with nuts, add flour, egg white and lemon juice. Knead the dough until it will stick to the bowl. Then leave it in the bowl, cover with cling film and leave to cool in the refrigerator until the next day. Roll out the dough and cut cookies in a shape of heart or other shapes according to our imagination. Finished cookies brush with whisked egg yolk. Bake biscuits at 180 ° C for about 10 minutes. You can decorate ready raisin hearts with dark chocolate, or you can slightly sugar it or you do not have to decorate it at all.

Christmas sticks with maple syrup

Quick and healthy recipes for Christmas cookies, of which preparation will not take you more than half an hour during the pre-Christmas preparations.

  • 250 g of oat flakes
  • 110 g butter
  • 50 g sugar cane
  • 90 to 100 grams of maple, which can by replaced with honey

Christmas sticks with maple syrup - a process

Mix all ingredients on the pan and heat it slightly until the dough is created, which we then stretch in a pancake, cut it into sticks and put it on baking paper on baking tray in the oven until golden brown. After removing from the oven, let it stand and serve.

Oatmeal balls (non-baked Christmas cookies)

Recipes for healthy and non-traditional Christmas sweets

Did you let preparation of Christmas cookies for the last moment? So you can make oatmeal balls, which can be done in a quarter of an hour, and the recipe is not only good, but it is also very healthy.

  • 150 g of oat flakes
  • 150 g butter
  • 100 g cane sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of carob or cocoa
  • 1 vanilla sugar
  • coconut or grounded walnuts to coat the balls

Oatmeal balls – preparation

Mix the above ingredients and prepare a paste from which we form the balls. After finishing you can wrap them in coconut, ground nuts, sesame seeds, etc. according to your taste. Let the coated balls cool to harden and you are done.

Coconut Oatmeal pancakes

  • 100 g of oat flakes
  • 100 g grated coconut
  • small pieces of sliced apple
  • 50 g of sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 3 egg whites (whipped egg whites)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

Coconut Oatmeal pancakes - preparation

Mix all ingredients, as the last add stiff whipped egg whites. From the dough shape pancakes, which then bake on a baking sheet with baking paper at 150 °C till it is pink. This Christmas sweet is also very healthy and preparing takes only a moment.

Healthy Mendiants (traditional French Christmas sweets)

  • 100 to 120 g quality dark chocolate (min. 70% cocoa) - you can also use white chocolate
  • little bit of butter
  • 150 g mixed dried fruit and nuts (for example bananas, raisins, apricots, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds)

Mendiants – preparation

Put water in a larger pot and pieces of chocolate into smaller one. Pots should not fit into ach other. Use steam for melting chocolate with butter and stir constantly. The chocolate must dissolve slowly. If necessary, add butter, but not too much, because the chocolate should be thick even after melting. Put the baking paper on the baking tray, pour each portion of the melted chocolate with spoon and then sprinkle with a mixture of dried fruits and nuts. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 180 °C. Leave to cool and after its solid then we can manipulate with the pieces.

Apricot pancakes

  • 200 g dried apricots
  • 150 g peeled almonds or walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • Teaspoon of sunflower seeds, a teaspoon of poppy seeds and sesame seeds
  • Little bit of cinnamon and cloves
  • 80 g of honey
  • ¼ litre of milk
  • 60 g shortening
  • 40 g coarse flour

Apricot pancakes - preparation

Mix the milk, shortening, honey and flour in saucepan, bring to a boil and add the chopped apricots, nuts, spices and seeds. Stirring continuously, simmer for 5 minutes. Put the baking paper on the baking tray and place plate smaller patties from the mixture and bake it for about 15 minutes at 170 °C. Take the apricot pancakes after baking from the baking tray and let them cool on a flat surface so that do not shrivel up.

Inspiration for Christmas sweets from abroad

Rock cakes from Irish whiskey with almonds and raisins

We expect that this Christmas sweet, inspired by harsh Northern Ireland, will be popular especially by gentlemen.

  • 240 g plain flour
  • 120 g butter
  • 120 g sugar
  • one and a half eggs
  • 40 g of crushed almonds
  • 30g raisins
  • 0.4 ounces of Irish whiskey
  • little bit of grated lemon peel
  • pinch of salt
  • chocolate sauce for garnishing

Rock cakes from Irish whiskey - a preparation

In a bowl with the softened butter, whip sugar until its foamy, mix in the egg, salt and whiskey. Add to the mixture finely chopped raisins, almonds and lemon peel, at the end stir in the flour. Prepare a firm dough and make from it rolls with a diameter of about 3 cm, wrap it in cling film and leave to rest for a while. Then cut it into slices about 2 cm, spread on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake until golden brown in the oven at 170 ° C. Remove rock cakes from baking tray immediately after removal from the oven and let them cool. We can also decorate with layers of chocolate.

Dutch pancakes

This inspiration comes from the Netherlands, where the dark and light pancakes are favourite traditional Christmas sweets.

Bright dough for pancakes:

  • 250 g flour
  • 100 g sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • Sachet of vanilla sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Granulated sugar to coating

Dark dough for pancakes:

To this recipe for pancakes, we just add 30 g of cocoa and 1 tablespoon of extra water

Dutch pancakes - preparation

Knead well raw materials for each of the dough. Make rollers from light and dark dough with a diameter of 2-3 cm, wrap it in sugar and let cool. After solidification, cut rolls into slices about half a centimetre and spread it on a baking tray lined with baking paper and sprinkle the top of them with sugar. Bake for 13-15 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 °C. After baking, take it off the baking tray and let it cool on a flat surface.


You certainly know famous Viennese Sachertorte. This Christmas sweet is inspired by its taste and look.

  • 240 g plain flour
  • 120 g softened butter
  • 35 g of cocoa
  • 30 g sugar
  • ½ egg
  • flour on the counter
  • apricot jam for bonding
  • dark chocolate sauce for smearing
  • white chocolate for decorating

Sachrs - preparation

Mix flour, sugar and cocoa in a bowl add the softened butter and eggs and prepare a smooth dough. Roll out it on floured surface into a sheet thickens of 2 mm and cut out from it trefoils or other smaller shapes. Spread these shapes on a baking tray lined with baking paper and put in the oven preheated to 170 ° C and bake for 12-15 minutes. Then remove the baked pieces of the baking tray and let them cool. Spread half of the pieces with apricot jam and stick the remaining pieces on them. Decorate with a dark glaze and lines of white chocolate.

French hazelnut balls

  • 180 g of grounded almonds or hazelnuts
  • 80 g of fine granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grounded cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • powder sugar to coat

From these ingredients you can prepare about 15 balls, if you want more Christmas cookies, mount up amount of ingredients.

French hazelnut balls - preparation

Mix the almonds (or nuts), sugar and cinnamon in the bowl. Whisk egg whites until it start thicken, put in a few almonds. With a slightly wetted hands shape the balls in your hands and place them at the baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven at 180 °C. Excessive baking makes balls to hard. They should be soft inside even after baking. After baking, remove the balls from the baking tray, let it cool a bit and then wrap them in powder sugar. Keep it freeze or store them in an airtight container.

British biscuits

To prepare this Christmas candy we need to forms as a saddle of venison or something similar.

  • 6 egg whites
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 200 g granulated sugar
  • 100 g hazelnuts
  • 100 g almonds

British biscuits - preparation

Whisk together egg whites and sugar, which should have solid consistency, stir in flour, nuts and almonds. Take two saddles of venison forms and put in baking paper, pour evenly inside the dough. Bake until golden brown at 180 °C and live it to cool till another day. The next day, cut into thin slices and place them on the baking tray lined with baking paper and bake it again. Still warm Christmas cookies can be wrapped in sugar.

Do you have a recipe for another non-traditional Christmas sweets, after which you will not get fatter? Share in the comments below the article.

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