Healthy holiday desserts to try this season


Emily Wilmink

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, we all consume an abundance of sweet treats that add that special charm to the holiday season. However, this Christmas, the best gift you could ask for are healthy holiday desserts that leave you feeling satisfied, but eliminate the guilt. Here a few tasty treats to try:

Cranberry-Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are packed with whole wheat, fiber-rich oats and omega-rich walnuts. Also, each cookie is only 75 calories. The ingredients are: all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, regular oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, dried cranberries, walnuts, semisweet chocolate mini chips, brown sugar, butter, honey, vanilla extract and eggs.

Buttermilk Pralines

At 65 calories, this recipe contains only a fraction of the calories and fat of a traditional praline. The ingredients are: sugar, buttermilk, corn syrup, baking soda, salt, pecans, butter and vanilla extract.

Quick Baked Pears

These are great for a low-fat, antioxidant-rich dessert, and they are only 176 calories. The ingredients include: bosc pears, sugar, cinnamon, dried cranberries, low-fat granola, apple juice and low-fat frozen yogurt.

Baked Apple Fritters

This tasty treat is 214 calories, and the ingredients include: active dry yeast, one percent low-fat milk, all purpose flour, granulated sugar, honey, butter, salt, egg, apple, apple juice, ground cinnamon and powdered sugar.

Coconut-Lemon Minis

These low maintenance coconut-lemon minis are 142 calories. The ingredients include: cake flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, sat, flaked sweetened coconut, finely grated fresh lemon zest, unsalted butter, canola oil, low-fat buttermilk, egg, coconut extract and toasted coconut flakes.

Make sure to test out these healthy desserts, for they will leave you feeling full of joy this holiday season.

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