Fresh, Flavorful and Festive: 20 Christmas Fruit IdeasArticle posted in: Diet & Nutrition
One of the best ways to add healthy options to your holiday table is with fruit! Fruit is packed with vitamins and antioxidants but it’s also sweet and delicious. We’ve rounded up 20 Christmas fruit ideas that cover appetizers, salads and desserts.
These little Strawberry Santa Hats are super simple to assemble and make an adorable addition to your Christmas dessert table. You could also serve them on mini pancakes for a fun Christmas morning breakfast. All you need to whip up these festive treats are strawberries, white chocolate chips, shaved coconut and mini marshmallows.
Chopped strawberries and pomegranate seeds are added to cups of red gelatin for a red-themed, Christmas fruit treat that is oh-so-easy to make! And at just 28 calories per cup, these Easy Holiday Fruit Cups are a guilt-free indulgence that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Whether you’ve got kids or kids-at-heart to feed, these Snowman Fruit Kabobs are fun for everyone! You can even have some fun with the assembly, giving your kids a chance to “decorate” their own snowmen. Each snowman comes together from three banana slices, an apple slice “hat,” some mini chocolate chips, sprinkles and pretzel sticks.
As far as pretty desserts go, Christmas fruit tarts always make an attractive and tasty addition. While this is a popular bakery item, you can make a much healthier version with our recipe, which uses a whole wheat crust. On top of that, a filling made from low-fat cream cheese and sugar-free pudding keeps the fat and calories low. Finally, you’ll top this Easy Fresh Fruit Tart with chopped fruit and/or berries to finish it all off.
You’ve probably heard us talk about how much we love air fryers. This Air Fryer Cranberry Pecan Pie recipe is a great example of its versatility! This Christmas fruit pie starts with a five-ingredient, homemade crust made from oat flour, almond flour, cinnamon, brown sugar and applesauce. A delicious filling with pecans and cranberries finishes it all off with a big burst of flavor.
You’ll be sure to impress your holiday guests with this Baked Blackberry Brie Baguette appetizer that is as fancy as it is delectable. But here’s a secret you don’t have to let them in on—it’s quite simple to make! All you need is a whole wheat baguette, some brie cheese, a cup of blackberries, a sprig of fresh thyme, and a teaspoon of honey. The complex flavors of Brie and blackberries come together in an appealing way.
One of the best ways to stay on track at holiday parties is to fill up on fruit and veggies before the meal. Bring this Healthy Fruit Salad to your next gathering and enjoy a bowl before choosing any dinners or desserts. You’ll fill up on “nature’s candy” and avoid overeating less healthy options.
If a cannoli is your go-to guilty pleasure, then you’ve got to try these guilt-free Cannoli Stuffed Strawberries. They pack a creamy cannoli filling into strawberries instead of a pastry shell. The low-fat filling is made from part-skim ricotta cheese, stevia and vanilla extract, then it’s all topped with mini chocolate chips. The result is a Christmas fruit treat that looks as good as it tastes.
Here’s one of our favorite creative and easy Christmas fruit ideas! These simple Grinch Fruit Kabobs are assembled with just three ingredients: green grapes, banana slices and strawberries! All stacked on a toothpick, the result is a treat that looks like the “Mean One”—Mr. Grinch. They’ll make a fun and healthy addition at your next holiday gathering.
This is the perfect dipping sauce for strawberries, bananas, apples and your other favorite fruits. Simply combine heated milk, chocolate chips and peanut butter, then dip your strawberries (or fruit of choice). Assemble a fruit tray to put out at your next party with this dip at the center. With these Strawberries and Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce, you’ll feel good about providing a healthy option you can snack on, too.
While pies are a holiday favorite, most are usually packed with fat and calories. Fortunately, our Crustless Cranberry Pie uses healthful ingredients like whole wheat pastry flour, fresh cranberries and nonfat Greek yogurt. Pies can sometimes be a lot of work. But without the crust, this one is pretty simple. You can whip it up in no time for your next get-together.
Healthy Honey Poached Pears look and sound like a fancy treat, but they are so simple to make. You’ll boil your pears with water, ginger, honey, cinnamon and some spices. Once tender, the pears are plated and drizzled with honey. It’s quite easy and the result is a delicious and healthy Christmas fruit dessert that everyone will enjoy.
Cranberries are certainly one of the favorite Christmas fruits of the holiday season. This No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake Parfait recipe is such a fun and delicious way to use them! It brings together the tart flavor of cranberries with the sweetness of cheesecake filling and crunchy graham crackers—all in a parfait cup that is simple to assemble.
One of our favorite things about making this Easy Air Fryer Baked Apple dessert is that it fills the house with a delightful smell that’s better than any candle you could buy. It’s another air fryer recipe that makes baking dessert easy and healthy.
Filled with slices of oranges and grapefruits, pomegranate seeds, pistachios and cacao, this Cacao Citrus Salad is complex in flavor but very easy to make. Using blood oranges and ruby red grapefruits can give you more of a reddish hue to this already colorful fruit salad, making it more seasonally appealing.
This simple appetizer starts with a sliced whole wheat baguette. You’ll melt some brie on each baguette slice and then top with a mixture of cranberries, honey and orange zest. Chopped basil adds a finishing touch while also incorporating some festive green coloring to the red and white. These Cranberry Brie Baguette Bites look super fancy but we’ll keep the secret of just how easy they were to actually make!
Liven up your holiday snack table with a delicious, creamy Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip! This tart and creamy appetizer is a crowd favorite and is sure to impress your dinner guests. The best part? It’s easy to make and made from simple ingredients like cream cheese and fresh cranberries for a light yet tangy flavor in every bite.
Whether you’re looking for a new snack idea or an appetizer for your next holiday party, Fig and Goat Cheese Toast is a great option. They recipe can be prepared in just minutes, so it’s perfect for the busy holiday season.
Pomegranates are one of our favorite holiday superfoods. They’re the star of this simple appetizer or side dish, which features pomegranate, lentils, red onions and sunflower seeds. Serve this Pomegranate Lentil Caviar with slice whole wheat pita bread or over mixed greens for a Christmas fruit salad.
This unique, holiday-inspired twist on a classic chicken salad will be a new family favorite during Christmastime. It’s sweet, savory and super simple to prepare. We love Pomegranate Chicken Salad in lettuce wraps, but you could also serve it with crackers or on whole grain buns.