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45 Healthier Recipes for the New Year

Find 45+ sweet & savory healthier recipes below including baked oatmeal, simple dinners, gluten free options, on-the-go snacks, desserts, and quick healthy breakfast ideas.

Sally’s Baking Addiction is a baking blog. I specialize in baking and love sharing all my tips, tutorials, and recipes for bakers of any skill level. However, as a 30-something mother who enjoys running and staying active, I can’t survive on chocolate and homemade bread alone.

Ahh, to dream.

I actually have a pretty sizable Healthy Recipes category. There’s truly no balance on this website– it’s mostly baking and desserts– but I also enjoy sharing the healthier recipes I make to fuel my family and I. Below you’ll find 45 healthy recipes ranging from quick dinners and breakfasts to on-the-go snacks and healthier dessert options.

If you’re looking to add some healthier recipes to your diet, I hope you find a few below!

45 Healthy Recipes to Try

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Homemade Alphabet Soup

This alphabet vegetable soup recipe is easy, homemade, and satisfying. It freezes wonderfully, too! Add your favorite spices and vegetables. Alphabet pasta is really fun, but any small shaped pasta works.

Black Bean Burgers

With 5 star reviews from taste testers around the world, I’m confident you’ll be satisfied with these black bean burgers! They’re big, thick, and hearty and even meat eaters LOVE them.

Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

These peanut chicken zucchini noodles are my go-to when I’m in a dinner slump. Filled with vegetables, chicken, and a sweet/salty absolutely addicting peanut sauce, you’ll gobble up the entire recipe within 1-2 days. (Even if it’s only you eating it!)

30 Minute Teriyaki Shrimp

Teriyaki shrimp is quick, easy, and always satisfying. I always serve with brown rice.

Honey Garlic Shrimp

One of the most popular recipes on Sally’s Baking Addiction, honey garlic shrimp comes together in just 20 minutes. I love serving with brown rice and vegetables, over salad, or grilled on skewers.

Fresh Summer Rolls

Packed with fresh veggies, fresh summer rolls are light and refreshing. My favorite part of this recipe? The peanut dipping sauce– it’s so so good!

Honey Ginger Glazed Salmon

Ready in under 35 minutes, honey ginger glazed salmon is one of my favorite healthy and satisfying dinners. This Asian-inspired dish has tons of flavor in each bite thanks to honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger.

Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini fritters are golden brown, crispy, and light with a garlic herb yogurt sauce. I make these about every other week because they’re simple and delicious.

Light Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

This light creamy chicken noodle soup has only 200 calories per serving! It’s my very favorite chicken noodle soup recipe– made with the addition of potato, fresh thyme, and convenient rotisserie chicken.

Citrus Chicken Quinoa Salad

If you love lots of texture in your salads, citrus chicken quinoa salad is for you. It’s hearty and healthy made with creamy avocado, nutty quinoa, chicken, fresh cilantro, and lots of bright citrus flavors.

Crispy Quinoa Patties

These crispy quinoa patties are a wonderful meatless option. They’re super versatile, so customize them with your favorite vegetables, spices, and cheese.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

My whole wheat pizza dough is soft, chewy, and crispy with lots of delicious flavor. Load up your pizza with fresh or roasted veggies for a healthier twist on pizza night!

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

You can feel good about eating these baked sweet potato fries! With crispy edges, soft centers, and plenty of spice, you’ll fall in love at first bite.

Easy Breakfast Casserole

This easy breakfast casserole is infinitely adaptable– use your favorite seasonings, vegetables, meats, cheeses, or make it vegetarian. The best part is that you can prepare it ahead of time so breakfast is a breeze in the morning.

Crustless Veggie Quiche

Healthy and hearty crustless veggie quiche is heavy on the flavor and light on the calories– only 110 calories per enormous serving. Mix it up and use your favorite vegetables and spices!

Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread

Made with zero refined sugar, orange zest for brightness, and protein-packed yogurt, greek yogurt zucchini bread is so nice to have around when you want something a little sweet that’s not dripping with oil nor overloaded with sugar. And hello! It sneakily has vegetables in it. You’re winning already.

No Bake Chewy Coconut Granola Bars

These no bake chewy coconut granola bars are made with wholesome ingredients for awesome flavor. I love them straight from the freezer. They taste just like candy bars!

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

No dry or bland whole wheat banana bread here! You’ll love how flavorful and moist this is. No butter, no oil, 100% whole wheat, and 100% actually tasting good.

Blueberry Almond Power Muffins

Homemade blueberry almond power muffins are a mega flavorful, highly delicious, feel-good food. Made with oats, greek yogurt, almond butter, honey, blueberries, and not much else. They’re best right out of the fridge with a slather of almond butter on top.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars

These 8 ingredient chocolate peanut butter snack bars taste just like dessert– but without refined sugar, gluten, or grains.

Whole Wheat Waffles

Light and fluffy whole wheat waffles are made with easy healthy ingredients. Best way to start your morning!

Berry Vanilla Cashew Snack Bars

Wholesome and grain free berry vanilla cashew snack bars are packed with whole, real foods. They’re chewy, satisfying, and easy to make!

Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Fudgy like brownies and moist like chocolate cake, these decadent tasting whole wheat double chocolate banana muffins are actually on the lighter side. Only 175 calories per muffin!

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

These whole what banana pancakes are made with protein-packed greek yogurt, sweet banana, hearty whole wheat flour, and not much else– so I feel great starting my day with a small stack. Don’t even taste healthy!

Baked Oatmeal

1-bowl baked oatmeal is bread pudding for breakfast! Made with a handful of healthy ingredients, this easy recipe leaves you satisfied all morning. It’s a great recipe for busy mornings, too. Make a batch of it on the weekend and enjoy all week long. Try my baked oatmeal cups, too.

Greek Yogurt Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

What I love most about these greek yogurt lemon poppy seed pancakes is that they don’t taste dense or dry like some healthier pancakes can. There’s no way around it, whole wheat flour weighs pancakes down to hockey puck status– so we make up for it with other ingredients. These are light, bright, and totally delicious!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This moist and fudgy double chocolate zucchini bread will raise a huge question. How on earth are there vegetables in it?!

Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars

Skip the store-bought granola bars and make these peanut butter trail mix bars at home. They’re less expensive and you have complete control of what ingredients you use!

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

These lightened-up peanut butter banana muffins are packed with flavor, moisture, and warmth. Lightly sweetened, cinnamon-spiced, and enough peanut butter flavor to make a peanut butter cup jealous.

Glowing Skin Smoothie

Energy boosting and delicious, this glowing skin smoothie has dramatically improved my skin tone and actually tastes good!

Sunshine Smoothie

Bright citrus flavors are paired with creamy banana, sweet mango, and a splash of orange juice in this sunshine smoothie. Use frozen bananas for the healthiest, purist, creamiest base for a super thick smoothie.

Vanilla Almond Granola

Sweet, sticky, and crunchy vanilla almond granola is exploding with flavor. Ditch the store-bought varieties and make your own. I love a sprinkle on top of yogurt or oatmeal with fresh berries.

Morning Glory Muffins

Hearty and simple morning glory muffins taste like spiced apple cake and moist carrot cake combined for breakfast! We have apples, carrots, honey, brown sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, and ginger to thank for the incredible flavor.

Chocolate Coconut Almond Tart (GF)

Naturally gluten free and vegan, this chocolate coconut almond tart is made with 7 ingredients. It’s rich, decadent, and ridiculously simple to prepare.

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

Pure apples– it doesn’t get much healthier than this. Extra crisp and crunchy baked cinnamon apple chips are a delicious anytime snack. My daughter & I love these!

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Use up your ripe bananas in these 1 bowl peanut butter banana chocolate oatmeal bars! The peanut butter packs a huge flavor punch and the oats add a nice chewy texture, while the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips bring it all together. Ready in just 20 minutes, you’ll welcome this quick and easy snack.

Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast! Not just any cookies– whole grain, all-natural, gluten-free, and vegan breakfast cookies you can feel good about eating. No refined sugar, no oil, no butter. 100% delicious.

Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart

Greek yogurt fruit tart is made with a gluten free two ingredient crust, protein packed greek yogurt, and plenty of fresh fruit. A tasty anytime treat– try it for breakfast, a midday snack, or dessert.

Dark Chocolate Almond Truffles

A healthier alternative to a box of chocolates– dark chocolate almond truffles are made with a few power ingredients, all dunked in chocolate. Miraculous things happen when almonds, dates, and dark chocolate come together!

Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Frosting

Use creamy, thick, protein-packed peanut butter greek yogurt frosting on top of all your favorite healthy (or not-so-healthy) treats. It’s delicious with my skinny double chocolate muffins.

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Easy raspberry swirl cheesecake bars have all of the flavor and texture of regular cheesecake, but are lightened up with yogurt and egg whites. I used a natural raspberry jam for the swirl– feel free to use any kind of jam and any flavor. Peach or apricot jam would be delicious!

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies

You won’t miss the butter and flavor in these 6 ingredient dark chocolate almond butter cookies. I have no self control when it comes to these!

Maple Vanilla Baked Pears

Super simple maple vanilla baked pears are cooked until warm and soft, completely infused with maple and vanilla, and topped with crunchy granola. Texture paradise on a plate.

Greek Yogurt Lemon Bars

Greek yogurt lemon bars are tangy and creamy, with enough flavor, buttery graham cracker crust action, and healthy protein to keep you satisfied, which– let’s face it– is not typical for light desserts. Only 130 calories per bar!

Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites

Healthy, wholesome, and naturally sweetened chocolate truffle energy bites are made with good-for-you ingredients. Get your chocolate fix without the sugar crash!

Q: Which of these recipes have you tried? Do you have any favorites?

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