Watching your waistline over the holidays? Don’t let sugar-loaded holiday snacks get you off track. Try these five healthy recipes that will indulge your sweet cravings without packing on the pounds.
Santa gets cookies, so why not have some yourself? These healthy morsels are loaded with – surprise! – chickpeas to provide fiber and even boost your brain health. Eggnog and a sprinkle of cinnamon make them the perfect holiday treat.Get Recipe
Creamy silken tofu is the secret ingredient that makes this traditional dessert a healthy contender for a new holiday favorite. Coupled with whole wheat flour and oat bran, this pie packs healthy nutrition in every bite.Get Recipe
Be the talk of the holiday party with this decadent chocolate cake that’s as rich as its flour-filled cousins but much lower in sugar and carbs. A slice of regular chocolate cake with icing contains around 250 calories. With less than 165 calories per serving, this is a guilt-free sweet swap for any occasion.
Not only is this classic English dessert loaded with colorful fruits and flavor, but it’s also packed with nutrients. One serving gives you three grams of fiber, vitamin C and folate -- leaving you energized to finish off your gift shopping.
Feeling like the Grinch? One bite of this twist-on-traditional-pie will leave you in a happier mood. The healthy oatmeal crust is filled with fiber – which is great for digestion and lowering cholesterol.
Eggnog Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies ( Back to Top )
The secret ingredient to this holiday treat is chickpeas, which fills these cookies with fiber. Add some holiday cheer by sprinkling on some cinnamon – you’ll pump up your metabolism along with the festivity. Makes 2 dozen cookies
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
7.5 oz (half of a 15-oz can) chickpeas
1/4 cup soy eggnog (or light eggnog)
2 tbsp agave nectar
3 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup dark chocolate morsels
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine chickpeas and eggnog in a food processor; blend until smooth. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl along with the chickpea-eggnog puree and mix well.
Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Roll batter into 1-inch balls and flatten on baking sheet about 1-2 inches apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes until cookies start to lightly brown. Remove from oven and cool before serving.
Perfect Pumpkin Pie ( Back to Top )
Makes: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 30 min.
1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup oat bran
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
1 tablespoon mild olive oil
1/4 cup ice water
25 ounces Lite Silken Extra Firm Tofu, divided
3/4 cup Sucanat
2 cups Pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon pure vanilla
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Flourless Chocolate Cake ( Back to Top )
butter flavored cooking spray
5 egg whites
3-1/2 oz Baking Chocolate, bar, semi sweet, chopped
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup ground walnuts (or almonds, hazelnuts)
1/2 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, granulated
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Lightly coat 9-inch springform pan with butter-flavored cooking spray.
3. In bowl of electric mixer, beat egg whites on high until stiff, glossy peaks form.
4. Microwave chocolate in microwave-safe bowl on high for 1- 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
5. Scrape chocolate into medium size mixing bowl.
6. Stir in cocoa, nuts, Splenda®, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla extract.
7. With spatula, fold in egg whites.
8 Spoon batter into prepared springform pan and gently smooth top.
9. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand until cool.
10. Loosen edges of pan and remove cake. Cake will deflate.
11. Slice, dust with powdered sugar, and serve.
Makes 8 servings
Amount Per Serving
Note: Optional items are not included in nutritional facts.
Total Carbs 11.1 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Sugars 7.1 g
Total Fat 11.3 g
Saturated Fat 4.8 g
Unsaturated Fat 6.5 g
Potassium 104 mg
Protein 6.4 g
Sodium 57.2 mg
Easy Old Fashioned Apple Pie Recipe ( Back to Top )
2 9-inch pie crusts (one for the top crust, one for the bottom crust)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash of salt
2 tablespoons butter
6 cups thinly sliced and cored apple