10 Healthy Holiday Desserts

Here are 10 healthy holiday desserts everyone will love.
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Holidays are a special time to enjoy favorite dishes and especially dessert. However, you can enjoy a delicious and lightened dessert guilt-free. Here are 10 magnificent desserts you can whip up this holiday season.

Meringues (pictured at top)

Because meringues are made of egg whites with a touch of sugar, they won’t sabotage your healthy eating plan. These beautiful holiday meringues have 32 calories and 8 grams of sugar each.

The combination of orange-scented cheesecake and classic creme brulee topped with a caramelized cap of turbinado sugar is to die for. Your guests will never suspect each slice has only 300 calories!

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These thins are made from good-for-you ingredients like chia seeds, rolled oats, wheat germ and natural peanut butter.

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These delicious apples are glazed with a touch of brown sugar, warming spices and rum. The good news is that much of the calories in alcohol are destroyed by heat, but that yummy rum flavor remains.

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These mini cupcakes help satisfy your holiday sweet tooth while keeping portions in check. A two-cupcake serving will set you back only 83 calories — talk about feeling good about dessert!

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These doughnuts take 35 minutes from start to finish and are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

The rich flavor of coconut cream meshes perfectly with pumpkin in this mouthwatering, portion-controlled dessert.

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This unique combination of fig and ginger covered with dark chocolate is made with only five ingredients and is perfect to bring as a holiday party gift.

The secret to bringing out the flavor in these brownies is a tablespoon of cold brewed coffee. It’s an easy trick to allow you to cut back on chocolate without compromising deliciousness.

Cookies are always easy to make for a crowd. Enjoy these over a hot toddy when you catch up with friends and family.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

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