It’s tricky enough trying to co-ordinate family gatherings at Christmas-time, isn’t it? Remembering which set of grandparents we see on Christmas Eve, whose turn it is to host Christmas lunch, and reaching a consensus on what the gift-buying protocol will be this year – finding healthy snack and dessert options shouldn’t be another headache on your to-do list.

21 Healthy Christmas Recipes

So here’s an early Christmas present for you: some gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free (and yet still oh-so-delicious!) ideas for your Christmas table.


  1. This Quinoa-Stuffed Winter Squash is a gluten-free vegan dish.
  2. The colourful Roasted Beetroot Walnut Salad can serve as a side dish or vegetarian main course.
  3. This Buffalo Chicken-Stuffed Sweet Potato is completely allergy-friendly.
  4. Try this Sweet Potato Pumpkin Soup as a dairy-free, gluten-free starter.
  5. For a main dish, try this Stuffed Turkey Breast.
  6. Or try this Cranberry Balsamic Roast Chicken.
  7. This Honey Roasted Cranberry Butternut is delicious option for a side.

Cakes and Cookies

  1. This Choco-Coconut Christmas Cake made with coconut flour and zucchini is gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free.
  2. What is Christmas without Gingerbread Men? These are gluten-free and dairy-free.
  3. If you prefer Sugar Cookies, here’s a gluten-free option for you.
  4. These no-bake Peppermint Fudge Bites are healthier than they sound.
  5. This sugar-free, dairy-free Hot Chocolate will go down well with cookies.
  6. Try these dairy-free, gluten-free Coconut Truffles (that also can be adapted to be sugar-free).
  7. If you need something for your chocolate fix, try this Dark Chocolate Bark.

Fruit and Vegetables

  1. This Fruit Christmas Tree does double duty as a table centrepiece and finger food platter.
  2. This gluten-free Spiced Fruit Bake is vegan-friendly. Eat it on its own, or use it as a topping for waffles or pancakes.
  3. This Vegetable Christmas Tree platter is a great starter idea.
  4. This Cucumber Christmas Tree can also be part of the décor.
  5. Your kids will love making (and then eating) these cute Strawberry Santas.
  6. This vegan, gluten-free Sweet Potato Pie is a great dessert option.
  7. These mouth-watering Baked Cranberry Pears are gluten-free and sugar-free.

What are your favourite healthy Christmas snack and dessert recipes?