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Low-Calorie Christmas Cake Recipes Your Family Will Love

Traditional Christmas cake recipes are high in sugar and fat, says Wikipedia. However, that’s unacceptable if you are trying to either lose weight or simply switch your family to a healthy diet. On the other hand, these low-calorie cake recipes are delicious and will be a great addition to your Christmas feast.


Christmas Cake Recipes You Can Enjoy While on a Diet

Low-Fat Christmas Cake with Tea and Polenta

This delicious recipe is as close as you can get to the traditional Christmas fruitcake. However, it’s also the kind of cake you can eat when working to begin your family’s healthy food habits. The holiday season is a good time for that and you can celebrate with the sweet goodness made mostly from dried fruits and banana. Note that this cake keeps well. You can wrap it in foil and leave for up to 3 days. As you can freeze it, this is one of the best Christmas cake recipes for busy moms who have to cook the feast in several sessions.


  • 1 banana

  • 8 oz. dates

  • 14 oz. dried fruit mix

  • 10 ½ fl. Oz. herbal tea (choose one with ‘Christmas spices’)

  • 4 oz. fine polenta

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 egg whites


  1. Let dried fruits soak in 1/3 of the tea for an hour.

  2. Meanwhile, put dates in a saucepan, add the rest of the tea and spices of your choice. Let simmer for about 5 minutes.

  3. Once the dates are cool, take them out and puree in a blender along with banana. After that, add about ½ cup of the reserved liquid used for ‘cooking’ dates.

  4. Transfer the date-banana mix into a bowl and add dried fruit and polenta. Finally, add baking powder and mix carefully.

  5. Whisk egg whites until into foamy peaks and fold into the batter.

  6. Either make small cakes in muffin baking forms or one big one. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes in a heated oven.


Gingerbread Tea Cake

If you are looking for ‘lighter’ Christmas cake recipes, this will be perfect for you. In fact, this is the best option for those who are trying to lose weight but don’t want to miss out on the holiday feast delights. You can easily fit it into an intense diet to lose 10 kg in one month because it only values at 83 calories per serving. That kind of diet is rather limiting, but the treat that only gives you 83 calories per serving is allowed if you skip the snack.


  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup sugar (granulated or substitute)

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • 2 eggs

  • 2/3 cup molasses

  • 1 ¼ cups cold water


  1. Firstly, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground spices in a bowl. Stir together thoroughly. Secondly, whisk together oil and sugar in a large bowl.

  2. Add lightly beaten eggs, cold water, and molasses to the oil-sugar mix and whisk until combined evenly.

  3. Add flour and spice mixture to the other bowl. Put it all at once and stir to combine.

  4. Pour the batter into an oiled pan and bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes. However, don’t forget to preheat the oven. Note that the cake will need less time baking if you use sugar substitutes.



Christmas Fruitcake with Orange

If you are looking for traditional low-fat recipes for Christmas cake, you’ll love this one. Above all, it requires very little preparation, but over an hour of baking. Plan your time well when making this cake. You can use this recipe in case surprise guests drop by as you’ll be able to enjoy conversation while the delicious dessert is in the oven.


  • 23 oz. dried fruits (you can use a mix or choose your favorite)

  • 1 orange (peeled)

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 4 ¼ oz. coconut oil (melted)

  • 3 ½ oz. wholemeal flour

  • 2 ½ oz. walnuts

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 3 eggs


  1. Blend together orange, spices, and egg until smooth.

  2. Pour the mix over dried fruits in a bowl.

  3. Add butter and mix.

  4. Add flour and baking soda and mix again until combined.

  5. Transfer batter to an oiled cake tin and decorate with walnuts.

  6. Bake for 60-90 minutes at 300F.

Photo by Alireza Etemadi on Unsplash

Low-fat Christmas cake recipes are sweet, tasty, and bursting with flavor. Whether you go for the more traditional fruitcake or other options, you definitely need to use cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. That’s because this spice mix will enhance your festive mood and ensure that your dessert does taste like a traditional Christmas treat.

Best of all, these recipes are rather simple and making those cakes doesn’t take much time. You can find more quick recipes for busy moms here. Note that you can store all these Christmas cakes in the fridge for a couple of days.

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Agatha Singer

I’m Agatha Singer, a working-from-home mom of two little nuggets. I left my 9-to-6 job behind to prove that there can be a perfect balance between family, work, and personal fulfilment. Every day I discover new ways to become stronger mentally and physically and want to share these discoveries. Read my posts on http://www.agsinger.com.

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