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.

Healthy baked oatmeal

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 Healthier Recipes to Try

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!)

Honey Garlic Shrimp

Honey garlic shrimp comes together in just 20 minutes. I love serving with brown rice and vegetables, over salad, or grilled on skewers.

Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

Ready in under 35 minutes, honey garlic salmon is one of my favorite healthy and satisfying dinners.

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. Serve with corn black bean & avocado salsa as a side salad.

4 healthier recipes including light creamy chicken noodle soup, citrus chicken quinoa salad, crispy quinoa patties, and whole wheat pizza dough

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!

4 healthier recipes including baked sweet potato fries, easy breakfast casserole, crustless veggie quiche, and Greek yogurt zucchini bread

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.

4 healthier recipes including no bake chewy coconut granola bars, whole wheat banana bread, blueberry almond power muffins, and chocolate peanut butter snack bars

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.

4 healthier recipes including whole wheat waffles, berry vanilla cashew snack bars, whole wheat double chocolate banana muffins, and whole wheat banana pancakes

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!

4 healthier recipes including baked oatmeal, Greek yogurt lemon poppy seed pancakes, double chocolate zucchini bread, and peanut butter trail mix bars

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!

4 healthier recipes including peanut butter banana muffins, glowing skin smoothie, sunshine smoothie, and vanilla almond granola

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.

4 healthier recipes including morning glory muffins, chocolate coconut almond tart, baked cinnamon apple chips, and peanut butter banana chocolate oatmeal bars

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.

4 healthier recipes including breakfast cookies, Greek yogurt fruit tart, dark chocolate almond truffles, and peanut butter Greek yogurt frosting

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.

4 healthier recipes including raspberry swirl cheesecake bars, dark chocolate almond butter cookies, maple vanilla baked pears, and Greek yogurt lemon bars

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!

no bake peanut butter trail mix bars

Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars

These chewy peanut butter trail mix bars are filled with healthful, wholesome ingredients like almonds, oats, nut butter, and raisins. They’re no bake, easy, and totally customizable based on what you have or like!

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


  1. Right on time for New Year’s Resolutions, Sally! 😉
    These all look so good – I’ve always loved that you include some healthier recipes on your blog as well as all the sugary sweet stuff. My favourite from this list is Vanilla Almond Granola, but Cinnamon Apple Chips come a close second, and I also love Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread and Baked Oatmeal! Great list, Sally – thank you!

  2. This is what I did yesterday and today- made a ton of your healthy recipes to freeze and store and save for the new year and it has solidified my adoration for your site- not a single recipe you post is anything less than a homerun and that is unreal. You’re really going to skyrocket in popularity, there is NO other place you can go where you know you’re going to make something incredible from scratch whether you made it once or a 100 times, whether it’s fancy or simple, healthy or sugar sweet. A rare offering. Can you tell I’m a fan girl ok I’ll stop but seriously God bless you you’ve made my food prep life so much easier… I’m a super busy mom and I provide food for a never ending flow of occassions and is so.darn.appreciated. to never be let down in that department! All hail the kitchen queen.

    1. What incredibly kind words, Janel! Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for trusting my recipes. It’s such a joy to share them here on SBA! I hope your year is off to a wonderful start 🙂

  3. Susan Anders says:

    I’ve tried the baked oatmeal, breakfast cookies (3 kinds), pb and banana oatmeal bars and the almond blueberry power muffins. They are all favorites on a continuous cycle for my family!

  4. The peanut zucchini noodles with chicken is one of my all time favorite dinners to whip up!! The peanut sauce is SO good!!

  5. I love your recipes but my absolute favorite the double chocolate zucchini bread. I’ve made it many different ways, but my favorite was as chocolate orange muffins with the zest of 1 orange and 1 tablespoon of juice added.

  6. Great list and I’m looking forward to trying lots of these recipes as we are trying to incorporate some healthier options in our diet.

    The peanut butter oatmeal chocolate banana bars are delicious! We also enjoy your honey shrimp recipe. I add the broccoli right in the stir-fry.

  7. I’ve made probably half of the recipes here! So many yummy choices.
    The quinoa patties are our favorite! The first time I made them my kids weren’t quite sure what to make of them. Why did I just give them a plain hamburger patty shaped thing and how were they supposed to eat it? I started making them a little smaller and shaped them to look like chicken nuggets. Now they love them! Sometimes we dip in salsa or top with avocado. Other times they just dip them in ranch or bbq sauce. They freeze well and to reheat I put them in the oven at 400 for 8-10 minutes so they stay crisp. I keep them in the freezer at all times.

    1. What a fun idea, Stefaney!! Love it!

  8. Thank you for sharing these awesome recipes. I’ll be trying some of them soon.

    1. I hope you enjoy them, Jean!

  9. This post was right on time, Sally! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthier, and that can be super hard when you love love love baking; but all these recipes look delicious, and I’m glad that they don’t have a bunch of weird ingredients that I wouldn’t normally buy or have in the pantry. Naturally healthy recipes have got to be even better, right? 🙂

    1. You’re so right! Hope you enjoy these, Erin!

  10. This is a great list! I make the baked oatmeal almost every weekend so we have breakfast for the whole working week. I’m also in love with your chicken noodle soup (and so is my family)! The black bean burgers are great as well and I’m going to make them again soon because my sister, who is a vegetarian, will be staying with us for a few weeks. I’ve made more of the recipes on this list but then I could go on for ages! I’ll be trying the whole wheat pizza dough soon, so many people are saying great things about it and I’d love to make pizza a little bit more healthy!

    1. I’m so glad your family enjoys so many of these recipes, Tessa! Hope you love the whole wheat pizza dough- let me know if you end up trying it 🙂

  11. I’ve made the black bean burgers and they’re just awesome. Thanks Sally!

  12. The Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars are my favorite on this list! I’ve made this recipe 100s of times. I used to ship them by the box loads to my college wrestler for him to have as energy food at wrestling tournaments. And I’ve used all kinds of combinations of fruits, but the best combo is still your original recipe of cranberries & raisins. I should just trust you and stop messing with things! Thanks for a great list!

    1. So sweet! Thank you for your positive feedback, Sharon 🙂

  13. Thanks so much, Paige!

  14. I make your alphabet soup all the time now that the cooler temps have arrived. It’s so amazing! My husband can’t get enough of it, he says I never make enough.

    1. I’m so happy that you both enjoy the soup so much, Alicia!

  15. I recently joined your email list and received these recipes a few days ago. I’ve been gathering ingredients to make several recipes. I entered your #SallysBakingAddiction Stromboli challenge the first weekend of the year and they were such a hit that I made
    FOUR more today that I’ll freeze. I made the Homemade Alphabet Soup in this article earlier this week and it was also a hit, so today I tried several more: Light Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup (YUM!), Light Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup, No Bake Chewy Coconut Granola Bars, Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars, Berry Vanilla Cashew Snack Bars and the Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars.

    The snack bars are in the freezer and we’ll be trying those over the next several days. Thank you, Sally, for sharing these delicious recipes. I appreciate you!

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Denise, you’re so sweet to leave this kind message, it makes our day. Thank you so much for making and trusting so many recipes. Happy baking!

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