Healthy Winter Desserts

Enjoy these healthier versions of delicious autumn and winter desserts. Try a few over the holiday season, or as a light way to finish a meal any time of the year.


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Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies
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Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies

    These cookies are every bit as hearty and spicy as their original counterparts, but the fat and the calories have been reduced.

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Apple-Mango Crisp

    If you like, substitute refrigerated mango slices for the fresh mango in this comforting crisp.

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Peanut Butter Macaroons

    Mmmm good! That's the perfect description for these marvelous macaroons. Egg whites give these cookies their one-of-a-kind characteristic -- airy with a chewy goodness. Munch one morsel, and you'll be asking for more!

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Cardamom Cranberry Rice Pudding

    Evaporated fat-free milk makes rice pudding taste rich and creamy without added fat.

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Apple-Pecan Upside-Down Cake

    Leaving the peel on the apples not only saves time, it also adds flavor, texture, and fiber -- a nutrition boost to your diet.

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Must-Have Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Oats, raisins, and peanut butter add a nutrition bonus to the all-American favorite.

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Country Apricot Tart

    This fresh apricot-filled tart takes on a rustic appearance when rimmed by a folded-over cornmeal crust.

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Apricot Coffee Cake

    The flavors of apricots and cardamom pair nicely in this coffee cake.

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Tropical Coffee Cake

    Mango and coconut give this delicious coffee cake an island flair. If you can't find mangoes, substitute nectarines or peaches.

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Apricot-Pumpkin Bread Pudding

    Another time, try this bread pudding with raisins or dried cherries in place of the snipped dried apricots.

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Light and Luscious Pumpkin Pie

    If pumpkin pie is a must for the holidays, this version will fulfill that holiday tradition without derailing your meal plan.

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Mini Cranberry Phyllo Tarts

    Fresh cranberries, canned whole cranberry sauce, and lemon yogurt make these delicate tarts simply scrumptious.

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Citrus-Sweet Potato Pie

    The tender, oil-based crust complements this lemon-accented cousin of pumpkin pie.

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