It’s no secret that candy and other sweet treats abound during the holidays. It would be unfair—not to mention unrealistic—for me to tell you to avoid eating them altogether. But I do strongly encourage you to do your best not to overindulge and keep in mind that moderation is always best.
Also, if you have an opportunity to make and share your own sweet treats, here are a couple of healthier dessert recipes you can try.
Makes 9 servings
- ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup almond flour or almond meal
- 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup refined coconut oil, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup xylitol or xylitol brown sweetener
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut
- ¼ cup finely chopped almonds
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8” x 8” baking pan with cooking spray and dust lightly with flour.
In a small bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, almond flour or almond meal, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, mix the coconut oil, eggs, xylitol, coconut extract, and vanilla. Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture until well combined. Stir in the unsweetened coconut. Pour into the baking pan. Sprinkle the top with the chopped almonds.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool in the pan on a rack for 30 minutes. Cut into 9 bars.
Per serving: 184 calories, 4 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 16 g fat, 3 g fiber.
Makes 8 servings
- 4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (if frozen, thaw and pat dry)
- ½ cup tapioca
- 4 tablespoons xylitol
- 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 3 tablespoons butter (preferably organic), softened
- 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Mix blueberries, tapioca, and 2 tablespoons of xylitol in a medium bowl. Let sit for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Pour blueberries into an 8- or 9-inch pie pan.
In a small bowl, mix flour, butter, remaining xylitol, brown rice syrup, and nutmeg with a fork until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle over blueberries.
Bake until berries are bubbly and topping is golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve with light whipped cream, if desired.
Per serving: 135 calories, 1 g protein, 30 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 3 g fiber.
Now it’s your turn: Do you have any healthy holiday recipes you’d like to share?