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Healthy Holiday Dessert Recipes

Bring holiday cheer - without the calories - to the table with these tasty treats.

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By: Ana Lopez

 

Watching your waistline this winter? Don’t let sugar-loaded holiday snacks get you off track. Try these nine healthy recipes that will indulge your sweet cravings without packing on the pounds. 

Eggnog Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 / 10 Eggnog Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.

 
Perfect Pumpkin Pie

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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.

 

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

4 / 10 Flourless Chocolate Cake

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.
 
Berry Nectarine Trifle

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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.   

 
Outrageous Chocolate Brownies

6 / 10 Outrageous Chocolate Brownies

Christmas came early: These delicious brownies have no sugar but all the chocolatey flavor. So fight belly flab and swap out your usual carbohydrate sugar bombs for this low-carb alternative.

 
Apple Pie with Oatmeal Cookie Crust

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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.

 

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Chocolate Cherry Pudding

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You’ll have everyone crowded around the snacks instead of under the mistletoe with this easy to make dessert. In addition to being diabetes-friendly, one serving is only 105 calories. So go ahead -- have your pudding and eat it too.  
 
Ginger Cream Banana Pie

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Help yourself to this luscious pie. Heart-healthy bananas deliver potassium, while the gingersnap crust adds a spicy touch. Light enough to have seconds, too.
 
Sweet Chocolate Mousse Crêpes

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Satisfy your sweet tooth and lose weight at the same time with these belly fat busting crêpes. Topped with whipped cream and grated dark chocolate, this dish will be one of your go-to recipes all year.