Should I make goodies for my friends and family this Christmas? I’ve been going back and forth about this. On the one hand, I love giving people homemade sweets. It’s even more fun now that I’m vegan because it’s a way to let my omnivore loved ones see that eating vegan can be delicious.
On the other hand, I’m busy. Not only am I dealing with the holiday hustle, but I’m also helping my sis get ready for her December 27th wedding and planning my upcoming vacation. What’s more, my Plant Strong diet doesn’t allow sugar, but I can’t resist goodies when they’re right in front of me.
What’s a chica to do?
My answer is quick, easy and healthy candy. Here are some recipes I found that meet most of these requirements. Some are easier than others and there are a couple that are not super healthy. On the whole, however; this is an easy, wholesome list.
1. Coconut Berry Chocolate Cups by Superfoodista
These cups look so pretty! Not only this, but they’re full of Superfood Cacao and are moderately good for you.
2. Zesty Christmas Snowballs by The Jolly Beetroot
This is another pleasing, but healthful recipe. I love that these snow balls are sweetened only with dates.
3. Rocky Road by Made of Stars
I’ve had my eye on Ally’s Rocky Road ever since she posted the recipe in mid November. Yum!
4. Chocolate Covered Peanut Brittle with Habanero by Olives for Dinner
This peanut brittle is not the healthiest recipe on this round-up, but it’s still a fab gift for spicy food lovers. And if you’re a non-spicy food lover (like me) you won’t devour most of it yourself before you give it away.
5. Healthy Eat More Fudge Chocolate Bars by Nutritionist in the Kitch (from a guest post on Chocolate Covered Katie)
Believe it or not, these melt-in-your-mouth chocolate bars are good for you! There is no refined sugar in this recipe, just dates, bananas and a touch of agave.
6. “Good Girl” Vegan Fudge by Chocolate-Covered Katie
This is a recipe that Rip, the hunky healthy fireman who wrote “My Beef with Meat” would love. If you know someone who’s following a plant based diet, this banana sweetened fudge is a great gift for him or her!
7. Raw Vegan Cheesecake on a Stick by Damy Programs
If the “Good Girl” fudge is too healthy for your tastes, then Cheesecake on a Stick might be more to your liking. These festive treats have coconut oil and agave nectar which makes them a bit naughty.
8. No Cook Fudge by Cookie + Kate
Kate says that this is “the easiest, healthiest fudge you’ll ever make! No thermometer, no marshmallow fluff or corn syrup required. It’s vegan and raw, too.” After looking at the recipe, I’d have to say that she’s right – this is a simple, healthful recipe!
9. Vegan Chocolate Truffles by Cloud Thyme
This super easy and moderately healthy truffle recipe is from one of my newest blogger buddies, Theresa. In addition to writing her awesome blog she’s getting her PhD in developmental psychology. I don’t know how she manages it all!
10. Decadent Vegan Truffles by Vegangela
If you want to splurge this Christmas, then these Decadent Vegan Truffles are the way to go. They’re not super healthy, but they’re so tasty that they just might convince an omnivore to go vegan.