Rudolph Nutella Donuts & Other Healthy Holiday Desserts

Happy Christmas Eve Eve!

Here it is, a compilation of all my holiday desserts! I hope you find some inspiration for last-minute Christmas treats or even last-minute gifts?! Suggestion: fill a beautiful box with a loaf of pumpkin bread, truffles and cut-out cookies, then add a gift card for your friend/relative’s favorite restaurant! You could even add a copy of your favorite cookbook in there. It’s the ultimate foodie gift.

Now enjoy these Christmas desserts, plus a new recipe at the end. 🙂

Easy Holiday Truffles

I posted these truffles earlier this week and they’re the perfect addition to your holiday feast! They’re probably the healthiest and easiest truffles you’ll ever find. They’re made from only 3 ingredients, then rolled in beet powder, coconut flour or cocoa powder to give them a festive look.

Get the recipe here.

Easy Holiday Truffles seen from the side as a great holiday desserts

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles

More truffles! Those are almost as easy and SO tasty! It’s like eating a healthy version of Thin Mints, without all the added sugar. Add a dark chocolate drizzle and you’ve got yourself a fancy bite-sized holiday treat.

Get the recipe here.

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles seen from the side as great holiday desserts.

Chai-Spiced Cut-Out Cookies

A different version of the classic gingerbread man. These cookies are perfect for dipping in hot chocolate or in your morning coffee or tea. Sweetened with dates only and made with spelt flour, they’re healthy AND fun to decorate. They would make a great gift with my Dark Chocolate Truffles.

Get the recipe here.

Chai-Spiced Cut-Out Cookies seen from the top as great holiday desserts

Pumpkin Bread (Gluten-free, No Added Sugar)

This pumpkin bread has to be one of my all-time favorite recipes. Everyone loves it and you could never tell that it’s gluten-free or sweetened with dates only! Try it and you’ll know what I mean. It would be a great addition to your Christmas brunch!

Get the recipe here.

Sliced Pumpkin Bread (Gluten-free, No Added Sugar) seend from the side as great holiday desserts

Easy Date Caramel Pecan Pie

Now this is probably the most popular recipe on my blog. It’s SO easy. Top this Caramel Pecan Pie with coconut whipped cream and pecans for a healthy, yet fancy dessert!

Get the recipe here.

Easy Date Caramel Pecan Pie slices seen as great holiday desserts

Creamy Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate

You can’t eat a Christmas cookie without enjoying a steaming cup of hot chocolate. This sugar-free version pairs perfectly with my cut-out cookies! It’s better (in my opinion) than any sugar-filled hot chocolate. And it doubles as a great glass of chocolate milk when chilled in the fridge. I haven’t tried adding any alcohol in this drink, but that could definitely be an option. 😉

Get the recipe here.

Creamy Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate seen from the top as part of the great holiday desserts on the blog

Rudolph Nutella Donuts

If you follow me on Instagram or if you liked my Facebook page, you might of seen the recipe for my Rudolph Nutella Donuts. However, I never shared it on this blog. So here it is, the recipe for my healthy vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free Rudolph Nutella Donuts. Trust me, you need to serve these donuts at Christmas.

Three Rudolph Nutella Donuts seen from the side as great holiday desserts

Rudolph Nutella Donuts

Kids (and grown ups) will love these festive donuts! Made from hazelnuts, dates, cocoa powder and vanilla, they're gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan! They're ready in less than 45 minutes and they're fun to decorate. Add a dried cranberry for a little Rudolph nose and pretzels for antlers. They would make a great healthy Christmas eve project!
Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened or dark chocolate
  • Pretzels and dried cranberries for decorating


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Roast your hazelnuts on a baking sheet for 6 minutes.
  • Add your hazelnuts, dates, vanilla, cocoa powder and salt in a food processor. Process for 1-2 minutes until the dough holds together when pressed.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Form 6 donuts by making cylinders with the dough and sticking both ends together. Place them on the prepared sheet. Set in the freezer 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a small bowl (I used the microwave).
  • Dip the top of each donuts in the chocolate. Top each of them with a dried cranberry (Rudolph nose) and stick two half pretzels on top of each reindeer (see picture).


Store in an airtight container in the fridge or in the freezer.

If you try this recipe, make sure to tag your photo #unsweetenedcaroline on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Don’t forget to also tag me @unsweetened.caroline on Instagram so I can see your creations!

Happy holidays! 😀

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