Let's face it, weight gain can be absolutely exhausting, especially around the holidays. Deliciously satisfying, but exhausting! The unfortunate end result is always the same, rather than thinking of how much fun you had, you obsess over the new filler renting space on your stomach and thighs. Nine times out of ten, the meal itself isn’t too bad for you, as long as you steer clear (Ok, a taste won’t hurt) of the fatty appetizers and side dishes. With that being said, it is safe to say dessert is the point of contention for most. Dessert options are always the same, between fat grams, too much sugar, carbohydrates, and of course, fruit. Even though you know you should opt for the fruit, some meals demand a sweeter finale.
Here are five delicious desserts you can enjoy during the holidays with family and friends. The added bonus will be apparent when these dishes follow you into the new year without the guilt and the weight gain.
Nearly Fat-Free Fudge Brownies
These delicious fudge brownies are only 85 calories each! But beware, since there is such a low calorie count, it may be the first time you truly enjoy a brownie. Reactions may vary, but extreme euphoria is almost guaranteed.
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups whole spelt flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup strong brewed vanilla hazelnut tea
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups honey
- 1 cup carob powder
- 11” baking pan
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, marry the carob powder, salt, baking powder, and flour.
- Use a separate bowl to combine the brewed tea, oil, eggs, and honey.
- Once both concoctions are completely mixed, combine the contents of both bowls into the larger bowl.
- The new batter needs to be beat until all the contents are meshed together.
- Gently pour the new mix into an 11” baking pan.
- Cook for about 45 minutes. You can tell this is done by doing the toothpick test. Carefully stab a toothpick into the center of the brownies. If it comes out with some gummy chocolate, that means it’s done.
- The brownies need to cool for an hour, then place them in the fridge and let them sit over night.
99 Calorie Cheesecake (8 servings)
Never feel guilty from a slice of cheesecake ever again! Now you can have a slice, but hold the poundage! This delicious treat is only 99 calories per serving, so indulge away! This is perhaps the most difficult recipe, but well worth the effort.
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 egg whites
- 1/3 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup white sugar, divided
- 9” baking pan
- large baking sheet
- Use parchment paper to line the bottom of a 9” baking pan.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Use a small pan to war the milk and cream cheese over a low-medium flame. Stir this mixture until the cream cheese is melted. Once it is, remove the pan from the flame.
- Mix the egg yolks and half the sugar (1/8 cup) in a medium sized mixing bowl. This needs to be done until the texture is consistent with light and fluffy. Think whipped cream.
- Slowly add the cornstarch and flour. This should be divided over two to three pours, thus making it easy to blend in.
- Beat the egg whites with cream of tartar in a separate bowl until they can hold a soft peak (as in can stand for a second then falls back on itself.
- Once the mixture is consistent with soft peaks, add in the remainder of the sugar and mix until the batter is consistent with that of hard peaks (can stand up on their own).
- Combine both mixtures in the larger bowl. Mix this thoroughly. Every ingredient needs to be blended together.
- Slowly drizzle the mixture into your cake pan and place this on the baking sheet.
- The baking sheet is now ready to go into the oven. Here’s a tricky part- pour water into the baking sheet until it is half full.
- Let the cake cook for 20 minutes, then the temperature needs to be lowered to 300. The cake should not be taken out of the oven. This still needs to cook for 15 minutes.
- Once the cake is removed, allow it to sit and cool for about 10 minutes, if not longer.
- Carefully flip the pan upside down on a serving plate. Choose this plate wisely, as the cake will remain on this plate. Remove the parchment paper to reveal your masterpiece.
Brown Sugar Cookies(36 servings)
Brown sugar is one of the first suspects when looking to place the blame for those added pounds. Every diet on the planet tells you to avoid it. Here is your free pass. These cookies contain brown sugar, and its dreaded partner in crime, butter, yet only 94 calories per serving!
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Use an electric mixer to blend the brown sugar and butter in a large bowl..
- Add the egg and vanilla extract. Keep mixing until everything is blended together.
- In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, and flour. Once that is all set, add to the butter/ brown sugar mixture..
- Roll the dough into a long round shape, think clutch, but rounder. Cover it with wax paper.
- Break time, the dough needs to chill out for about an hour in the refrigerator. The cookies should each be no more than what you can scoop from a table spoon.
- Once the oven is ready, slide in the cookie sheet. The average cooking time is 12 minutes, but varies due to the oven and how large the cookies are. When the ends are golden brown, the cookies are ready to come out.
- The hardest part is allowing them to cool, but they need to sit for at least five minutes before you serve (eh-hem, eat) them.
Chocolate Chip Cookies (serves 12)
We've welcomed the chocolate chip cookie back into our lives. Yes, that is a universal cheer you hear sounding off throughout the city. These cookies have a ridiculously low calorie count at a whopping 64 calories per serving!
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/8 cup brown sugar
- 1/8 cup applesauce
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- large baking sheet
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Join the flour, baking soda, and salt in one mixing bowl.
- Using another mixing bowl, stir the brown and white sugars, applesauce, egg whites, and vanilla extract,until everything is blended together.
- Marry the contents of both bowls into the larger bowl.
- Pour the chocolate chips into the batter.
- Ball up table spoon sized portions of the dough and place them on the baking sheet.
- Cook these until they take on a golden brown color. This should take only 8 to 10 minutes.
The Applesauce Trick
Not everyone has the time to make a dessert from scratch. Fear not, you don't have to eat a fattening dessert afterall. Pre-made mixes are quick, easy, and let’s face it, delicious. All you need to do is replace the oil with an equal amount of applesauce, and voila. You can now make a low fat dessert with very minimal effort. Be sure to keep an eye on this, as it tends to bake faster this way.
Guilt is not part of any food group and should not be served heartily with a meal. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Now you can impress your friends and family with these delicious desserts, while showing them you care about their health. Just because it's low fat does not mean it should taste like cardboard and these desserts are proof of that!