20 cleaner appetizer and cocktail recipes to celebrate the new year! These recipes are easy to prepare last minute to share with your guests.

20 Cleaner Appetizer and Cocktail Recipes to share at any gathering

What are you getting yourselves into this New Years Eve? If you’re anything like me, you’re scrambling to put together a plan. But never fear: whether you’re going out or staying in, I have 20 {{cleanerish}} appetizer and drink recipes for you to enjoy to kick off the New Year. All of the recipes require easy-to-find ingredients and are also easy to whip up at a moment’s notice.

Let’s dive in!


Loaded Sweet Potato Skins :  Tender shredded chicken stuffed sweet potato skins with goat cheese, pecans, and bacon. A comforting appetizer to share with friends and family.

Loaded Sweet Potato Skins with Pecans, Chicken, Bacon, and Goat Cheese - a healthier take on the classic appetizer

Roasted Beet and Vegan Herbed Ricotta Crostini : This roasted beet crostini includes a homemade herbed vegan “ricotta” cheese for a dairy-free, nutritious appetizer. A balsamic reduction and honey drizzle makes for the perfect bite.

Roasted Beet Herbed Vegan Ricotta Crostini with balsamic reduction drizzle - this delicious and nutritious appetizer is plant-based and dairy-free!

Maple Spiced Pear and Walnut Baked Brie :  Warmly-spiced maple caramelized pears with walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and golden raisins atop gooey baked brie. This ultra tasty appetizer is packed with flavor and perfect for sharing during all of your festivities

Maple-Spiced Pear Baked Brie with Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds, and Golden Raisins - a lovely fall-inspired appetizer

Meat and Cheese Board :  How to make a fall-inspired meat and cheese board using seasonal ingredients that you can find at any grocery store. You don’t need to jump through hoops to pick up easy-to-find and sure-to-please ingredients for your charcuterie!

Fall Harvest Cheese Board - how to make an awesome fall-inspired charcuterie board using ingredients you can find at any grocery store

Classic Halibut Ceviche :  A classic Peruivian ceviche recipe using halibut, tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno, lime juice, and avocado. Serve it up for a healthy appetizer!

Classic Halibut Ceviche - raw halibut "cooked" in lime juice and mixed with tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno, and avocado. A healthy appetizer that's gluten-free and paleo friendly!

Hummus Flatbread with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pesto :  A beautiful appetizer to celebrate any occasion – hummus flatbread with sun-dried tomatoes, feta, spinach, pine nuts, and pesto sauce makes for an easy-to-prepare snack.

Hummus Flatbread with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Spinach, and Pesto is an easy appetizer perfect for a healthy snack

Caramelized Onion and Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers : Cream cheese-stuffed peppers with caramelized onions and herbs. This crazy tasty appetizer recipe requires only a few ingredients and only about 16 minutes of bake time!

Caramelized Onion and Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers | TheRoastedRoot.net #appetizer #recipe #glutenfree

Mashed Avocado Finger Sandwiches :  Herby mashed avocado finger sandwiches with cucumber and sprouts are a fresh and healthy appetizer for any occasion.

Mashed Avocado Finger Sandwiches | TheRoastedRoot.net #glutenfree #appetizer #healthy #vegetarian #vegan

Mexican Street Corn Chipotle Hummus :  Fully-loaded Mexican street corn hummus with queso fresco, grilled corn, cherry tomatoes, red onion, black beans, and cilantro.

Mexican Street Corn Spicy Chipotle Hummus | TheRoastedRoot.net #recipe #appetizer @beanitos

Ahi Poke :  Fresh ahi tuna marinated in fresh ginger, liquid aminos, garlic, rice vinegar (and more) for a flavor-packed raw appetizer.

How to Make Ahi Poke - soy-free and paleo-friendly | TheRoastedRoot.net #glutenfree #appetizer #primal

Hummus-Marinated Chicken Satay  Tender grilled chicken satay marinated in hummus, coconut milk, and yellow curry powder – an easy and delicious appetizer.

Hummus-Marinated Chicken Satay | TheRoastedRoot.net #healthy #recipe #appetizer #NationalHummusDay #UnofficialMeal @sabradippingco

Spinach and Caramelized Onion Dip : A flavor-blasted take on the classic Spinach Onion Dip. Caramelize the onion for an ultra amazing appetizer for your parties and gatherings.

Spinach and Caramelized Onion Dip | TheRoastedRoot.net #cheese #appetizer #glutenfree

Roasted Beet and Garlic Hummus : Super smooth superfood hummus with roasted beets and roasted garlic – a unique, delicious, and nutritious dip or spread!

Roasted Beet and Garlic Hummus | TheRoastedRoot.net #superfood #appetizer #recipe #healthy


Tropical White Sangria :  A beautifully tropical recipe for white sangria for all your gatherings. This naturally sweetened cocktail recipe is packed with fresh fruit and tropical citrus flavor!

Naturally Sweetened Margaritas :  Made with nothing more than fresh squeezed lime juice, tequila, and pure maple syrup, these naturally sweetened sugar free margaritas are easy to shake up any time you feel the urge.

Naturally Sweetened Margaritas for a clean cocktail. Made with only 3 basic ingredients!

Cranberry Dark and Stormy :  A classic dark and stormy cocktail, spruced up with homemade cranberry simple syrup using fresh cranberries – a fun and festive beverage to share with your buds at your holiday celebrations.

Cranberry Dark and Stormy cocktails | TheRoastedRoot.net #drink #beverage #Thanksgiving #friendsgiving #recipe

Blackberry Basil Mojitos :  Fresh and clean blackberry basil mojitos sweetened with pure maple syrup. An easy-to-customize cocktail for any of your cocktail needs.

Blackberry Basil Mojitos - clean and naturally sweetened | TheRoastedRoot.net #cocktail #recipe #drink #sugarfree

Lemon Thyme Bourbon Cocktail  – a classic bourbon cocktail with citrusy lemon and herby thyme for a balanced, flavorful naturally sweet drink.

Winter Sangria with Pomegranate Blood Orange and Apple  – citrusy winter sangria with fresh oranges and apples – a naturally sweet take on sangria for a cozy winter beverage.

Winter Sangria with Pomegranate, Blood Oranges, and Apples | theroastedroot.net #cocktail #wine #recipe @roastedroot

Hot Buttered Rum with Cider : The sugar-free hot buttered rum code has been broken! Can you guess  the key? Spoiler alert: apple cider’s the answer!

3-ingredient Hot Buttered Rum with Cider

Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living, Brit.co, etc.

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  1. Well, now I have plenty of ideas of what to bring to my New Years party I’m attending! These look great, thank you!