Healthy Desserts for the New Year

Even when you make your resolutions for the New Year, you’re sure to want something sweet. We cut back out the unhealthy elements of many desserts (artificial flavorings, empty calories, preservatives, and colorants) to give you treats that you won’t feel quite as guilty about snacking on.

These healthy desserts made with honey will do the trick!

These light, low-calorie desserts definitely don’t skimp out on flavor, though! Packed with yummy things like cocoa, fruits and veggies, nuts, coconut, and Eastern Shore Honey, you’ll enjoy these healthy dessert recipes all year long.

chai tea cookies with ginger turmeric tea in red pot and wildflower honey
Honey Chai Tea Cookies

Some things to keep in mind when “healthing” it up:

  • Try reducing dairy in your desserts (you won’t believe how this improves your complexion!)
  • Taking out all fats is not a good idea-your body needs them! Instead, cut out animal-based fats, trans and saturated fats.
  • Add lots of fruits to your dessert menu (caramelized pears, anyone?)
  • When shopping, avoid sweets high in sugar, fillers, preservatives, and artificial flavors.

Healthy Desserts for a Happy Waistline

For breakfast, try a piece of this Healthy Coffee Cake. We developed this recipe over the summer, and after a few trial-and-error attempts, we came up with something very beautiful and delicious. Our recipe calls for a candied nut topping, feel free to leave it out or replace it with a little melted dark chocolate drizzled over top.

Healthy coffee cake set with honey, espresso and fresh picked wildflowers with bowl of fresh blueberries on wood stump table

Healthy Coffee Cake

This is a delicious alternative gluten-free, yeast-free healthy coffee cake that actually contains coffee.

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If you’re a chocoholic, you’ll die for these Beetroot Brownies. As strange as they may sound, the ingredients come together surprisingly well-you’ll never know there are beets in here!

Homemade Beetroot Brownies on table with almonds and raw beets

Beetroot Brownies

Say what you must about using beets in sweets until you've tasted these beetroot brownies, you'll never know how delicious they are!

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These easy, quick, and sweet Honey Grilled Peaches are light and so good for you.

All you need is the fruit, honey, and a little oil to get cooking! You can use your griddle indoors if it’s too chilly outside to fire up the BBQ. This is one healthy dessert recipe you won’t want to miss out on.

Honey Grilled Peaches

Take advantage of summer's peach harvest by trying these Honey Grilled Peaches. Caramelized on the grill with our Honey, the fruit becomes soft, warm, and pairs perfectly with ice cream.

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I am big on fruit, I put fruit in everything, even our beauty products. That’s what happens when I just can’t get enough of all the good that comes from putting it into and onto my body. This Cherry Cobbler is 100% guilt-free!

cherry cobbler that's been partially served on grey striped napkin

Cherry Cobbler Recipe

This Cherry Cobbler Recipe is gluten-free but you'd never know. This is such an easy dessert to make, your family will enjoy the treat!

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Try these cookies for a gluten-free and mostly guilt-free after-dinner treat. These cookies are heavenly made with egg whites and coconut. Plus, it’s easy to make these chocolate coconut macaroons with a little cocoa powder.

Coconut Macaroons and coffee maker on kitchen counter with our Spring honey from Chesterhaven Beach Farm

Coconut Macaroons Recipe

These light cookies are gluten-free and delicious. They are actually good for you.

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For a portable sweet treat, bake up these Honey Carrot Cake Bars. They are bright and beautiful, and perfectly sized for an on the go snack.

Honey Carrot Cake Bar on a plate

Healthy Carrot Cake Bars

There are lots of ways to bake with carrots these days but the good news is these healthy carrot cake bars contain honey as an alternative to sugar, and overall, contain less sugar and a healthier oil than most carrot cakes.

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Another healthy sweet we know you’ll like is our Caramelized Pears recipe.

These are just as sweet as the grilled peaches but have the special addition of a deliciously light caramel sauce.

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How to Make Caramelized Pears

Try sweetening up these caramelized pears with a little Eastern Shore Honey. You can serve this dish for breakfast on top of a little greek yogurt and accompanied by granola and nuts, or at the end of a special meal with almost no effort.

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This two-ingredient Fruit Sorbet is packed with vitamins without any artificial colors or flavors. Even if the weather is cold outside, whipping up a batch of this icy goodness may be well worth the effort.

two ingredient sorbet

Process Sugar Free Sorbet

This process sugar free sorbet combines the idea of ice cream with summer fruit into one creamy, healthy treat.

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Surprise vegan pudding, anyone? Nobody has to know the secret ingredient, well, at least until AFTER it’s all gone.

It'd be a shame if you had boycotters of this vegan chocolate pudding just because the main ingredient is green. Save the surprise for after it's gone.

Raw Chocolate Pudding

Here’s the plan, get everyone excited about dessert, present these beautiful pudding cups that you’ve perfectly garnished with your favorite nuts, hemp hulls, whatever you wish, and after everyone’s all finished, let them know the surprise chocolate pudding is made with avocado!

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While we are on the subject of healthy chocolate desserts, I present this chocolate chia seed pudding. Seriously good and good for you!

Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding, chia seeds, waxing kara honey and raspberries on the table

Chocolate Chia Pudding

If you've never used chia before, you might be a little leery. Don't be! The fine seeds add body and texture to dressings and breakfast bowls and are packed with minerals and fiber.

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If you decide to try these fantastic recipes, be sure to take a photo and share them with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

About the Author


Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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1 thought on “Healthy Desserts for the New Year

  1. This is a great idea if you have a sweet tooth and want to behave a bit without missing dessert!

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