Yesterday I was watching Dr. Oz. Alton Brown was talking about he’d lost 50 pounds and kept it off for over 2 years now. It was a good segment. At the end he and Dr. Oz put together a Chocolate Pie recipe that was actually GOOD for you. Minimal calories and protein to boot. It got me thinking, how many other recipes are there out there for healthy sweet treats?
Apparently, quite a few! Even on Dr. Oz’s site I found tons of yummy sounding sweet recipes, that were healthy as well.
Here’s the Alton Brown Chocolate Pie Recipe: (it’s dairy free by the way)
Makes 8 servings
13 oz semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup coffee liqueur
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb silken tofu
1 tbsp honey
1 (9-in) prepared chocolate wafer crust (store-bought is fine)
Place enough water in the bottom of a 4-quart saucepan to come 1 inch up the sides. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Place the chocolate chips and liqueur in a medium metal mixing bowl, set over the simmering water, and stir with a rubber or silicone spatula until melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
Combine the tofu, chocolate mixture, and honey in a blender or food processor and spin until smooth (about 1 minute).
Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until the filling sets firm.
EggNog Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
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 ounces (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.
Holiday Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup of all-natural applesauce and 1/2 stick of margarine (softened)
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup natural sugar substitute
2 tbsp of flaxseed (in place of the eggs)
1 tsp of vanilla
1 1/2 cups of all-natural whole-wheat flour
1 tsp of baking soda
2 tsp of cinnamon
3 cups of oats
1 cup of craisins
Combine all the ingredients. Drop 1 inch balls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 11 to 12 minutes
again, courtesy of Dr. Oz.
It’s so easy to just jump into what we’ve always done, but even one resource can provide us with a bunch of alternatives. What about you? What healthy sweet treats have you made for the holidays? Please, share them in the comments or drop by the Facebook community and share them there!
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