It’s time to snuggle up and enjoy your favourite tummy-warming winter treats again, but this time around, let’s do it in a smarter and healthier way. Here are 5 healthier winter dessert/treat swaps to substitute the traditional versions.

1. Apple crumble

They say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. What better way to enjoy apples than with a well-done apple crumble and a cup of tea? The classic apple crumble can be loaded with sugar. Here’s a healthier version that uses less sugar and substitutes flour with oats.

Image source: Healthy fitness meals


  • 3⁄4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1⁄4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1⁄2 Tbsp coconut oil

Visit the healthy fitness meals website for instructions on how to make it.

2. Chocolate muffins

What beats a warm cup of coffee or tea with chocolate muffins as a tummy-warming afternoon snack? Not much. Here’s a healthier chocolate muffin recipe to try. What’s more? This recipe is flourless!

Image source: Lisa Raleigh blog


  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 5 tbsp raw cacao powder / regular cocoa powder
  • ½ t bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp sweetener of your choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts plus 1 tbsp for topping
  • Optional: 1/3 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips (recommended)

Visit the Lisa Raleigh blog for recipe instructions.

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3. Rusks


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter natural and organic
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds

Visit Aninas-Recipes for the rest of the ingredients and recipe instructions.

4. Malva pudding

Image source: Lizanne Maar blog


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice malt syrup
  • 1 egg 3 tablespoons no-added-sugar apricot jam
  • ¼ cup milk (almond/rice/soy/cows)
  • 1 cup wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb of soda

Visit Lizanne Maar’s blog for the sauce ingredients and recipe instructions.

5. S’mores

Image source: Fit Mitten Kitchen


  • Graham crackers
  • Dates
  • Cinnamon
  • Almond butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows

If you can’t find graham crackers at your local grocery store, here’s an easy recipe you can follow to make your own at home. Visit the Fit Mitten Kitchen for recipe instructions.

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You may also want to see this post on some of our favourite delicious winter soup recipes.