3 Healthy Holiday Desserts
Eating healthily during the holidays is a challenge for even those of us with the staunchest nutritional goals. While it’s perfectly fine to indulge in a few full-calorie holiday treats, offering healthy options with meals makes it easier for everyone to fill up on healthy choices first. Last year we posted three recipes for healthy side dishes to serve with your holiday meal, and this year we’re tackling desserts. Here are three delicious desserts your family – and their health – will enjoy this holiday season.
Angel Food Fruit Cake
1 box Angel Food cake
1 pineapple, cored and diced
1-pint strawberries, washed and sliced
1-pint blueberries and/or blackberries, washed
¼ tub sugar-free Cool Whip
Prepare angel food cake according to package directions, but in a square cake pan. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees, or until a fork pulls clean from the center. Let cool and cut into squares. Top generously with fruit and a teaspoon of Cool Whip.
The ingredients for this recipe depends on how many people you are serving, but it’s so easy to make that your kids can “cook” most of it. Each pomegranate serves two people. Slice it length-wise and save the seeds. Use a spoon to hollow out the pomegranate. Wash with cool water and pat dry. Scoop a sugar-free chocolate pudding cup into each half of the pomegranate. Top with a teaspoon of sugar-free Cool Whip and garnish with a generous tablespoon of pomegranate seeds. This is also a great dessert to serve Type II diabetics!
1.5 lbs. Honeycrisp apples (Golden Delicious or Granny Smith are also good choices)
2 eggs (or half-cup unsweetened applesauce)
1 teaspoon liquid Stevia
Zest of 1 lemon, grated
1 cup white whole wheat flour, sifted
¼ cup Almond milk
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch pie dish with non-stick cooking spray, then coat with a light dusting of white whole wheat flour. Peel, core and thinly slice apples.
Combine eggs, Stevia and lemon zest and beat until creamy. Then add flour, baking powder and milk. Mix until well-combined. Add two-thirds of the apples to the batter and mix with a wooden spoon or a spatula. Place the batter in the prepared pan, then arrange remaining apple slices over the top of the batter. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until a fork pulls clean from the center. Dust with brown sugar after the cake is cool.
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