Healthy Holiday Desserts

Healthy holiday dessert recipes are here! These easy recipes for cranberry oat balls and dark chocolate peppermint bark are simple to make, require minimal ingredients, and make for incredibly yummy and festive bites. You and your family will love them!




Health Benefit: Oats are a great source of whole grains and fiber, which helps keep you full and supports bowel health. Dried cranberries and dark chocolate are rich in antioxidants which fight damage in the body and promote overall wellness. Nut butter is an excellent source of healthy fats which provides brain fuel. 






  • Large bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Large spoon
  • 2 Baking sheets
  • Parchment paper

Cranberry Oat Balls

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup nut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp ground ginger (optional)

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

  • 1 bar dark chocolate (75% or higher)
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • crushed peppermint candy canes (optional)

You can substitute any of the ingredients for some of your favorites, and/or add others as you see fit! 

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Measure ingredients for cranberry oat balls; Melt dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted

Step 2

Add all cranberry oat ball ingredients to a bowl; Spread dark chocolate on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Step 3

Mix ingredients until well combined; Add peppermint extract and/or crushed candy canes to dark chocolate bark

Step 4

Form into small balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet; Refrigerate for 1 hour; Place peppermint bark in the freezer until set

Step 5