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Thanksgiving Desserts: Something for Everyone

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Thanksgiving, November 10, 2011

carrot cupcakes
Cooking for a crowd this holiday? Stumped by how to accommodate family members with special dietary needs? We’ve got sweet ideas for everyone at your table.

Little fingers will love scooping up these tiny cupcakes. They’re portion controlled for the adults, too.

Recipe: Mini Carrot Cupcakes

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Holiday Baking Prep: Types of Wheat Flours

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, November 6, 2011


Flour 101

“Flour” is basically the ground meal of any grain. While wheat is most common, oats, corn and rice (among others) are also available. Wheat flours are the classic choice for most baked goods and also tend to have the greatest variation. Types will differ by the coarseness of the grain, amount of gluten (a protein with elastic “chewy” properties), and the presence of any additional ingredients.

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Make Your Own Peanut Butter Cups

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, October 19, 2011

peanut butter cups
There’s nothing wrong with a little trick-or-treating but some Halloween goodies can be downright spooky! Why not make a few of the classics on your own, and eliminate some of the preservatives found in store-bough treats? Here’s a recipe for one of our favorites: peanut butter cups.

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One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, August 19, 2011
banana ice cream
One-ingredient banana "ice cream" and assorted toppings.

There’s been quite a buzz over this frozen treat, so we tried our hand at the one-ingredient wonder – homemade banana “ice cream.”

Go Bananas
Banana muffins and banana bread are classic go-to recipes for over-ripe bananas, but there are some cooler options. When you’ve got more bananas than you know what to do with, slice them into large pieces and place in freezer-safe bag in the freezer for at least 4 hours (overnight is better). These frozen fruit chunks make creamy and frothy smoothies and a surprisingly similar dairy-free alternative to ice cream.

One medium banana totals about 105 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. You’ll also get healthy doses of vitamins C and B6 and potassium. Bananas are also free of fat and cholesterol.

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How to Make Gourmet Ice Pops

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, July 21, 2011
ice pops
Skip the freezer aisle and make your own ice pops in fancy flavors.

We covered the basics of making your own ice pops, now it’s time to get fancy. From sweet to savory and icy to creamy, grab some Popsicle molds (or paper cups and wooden sticks) and get chillin’.

Popsicle Basics
Ice pops are a healthy indulgence. They can be made with nutritious ingredients like fruit, fruit juice, herbs, milk and yogurt. A little sugar, honey, or even alcohol can make them extra special. Since they’re portion controlled, there’s no need to feel guilty.

You can freeze almost anything into an ice pop – use these simple tips for success every time.

  • Always use freezer-safe containers.
  • Allow at least 6 hours to freeze (overnight is ideal), then run molds under warm water to release.
  • Adjust amounts of sweeteners and other flavorings to taste.
  • Watch portions of alcohol – use too much and the pops won’t set up properly (you’ll have slush instead).

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Healthy Recipe Essentials: Fruit Crisp

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, June 10, 2011
Skillet Granola Apple Crisp
Learn the basic fruit crisp method, then use the recipe year-round!

If you’re a fruit crisp virgin, try baking this dessert classic using fresh seasonal fruit. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to get started and some fun combinations to try.

Make a fruit crisp today »

Why We Love Oatmeal Cookies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, April 30, 2011
Oatmeal Cookies
Celebrate one of our favorite food "holidays" with a homemade oatmeal cookie.

In honor of National Oatmeal Cookie Day (officially April 30!), we’re celebrating this classic cookie.  There are so many reasons we love this delectable treat — here’s how it can be part of a healthy diet.

Our best oatmeal cookie recipes »

Spotlight Recipes: Celebrate With Lemon Desserts

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Easter, Healthy Holidays, April 18, 2011
Mini Olive Oil Cakes With Lemon Glaze
Mini Olive Oil Cakes With Lemon Glaze - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

There’s just something special about the bright and tangy goodness of a lemon. Sprinkle in some sweet elements and your taste buds get a wake up call. Celebrate spring with any of these lemony Healthy Eats-approved treats.

TELL US: What’s your favorite lemon dessert?

Make Your Own Girl Scout Cookies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, March 9, 2011
Make Your Own Girl Scout Cookies, Sans The Artificial Ingredients

Whether you want to avoid some of the highly-processed ingredients (like trans fats and palm oil) or you just can’t wait for the annual cookie sale, we’ve got some simple ways to make healthier versions of these classic treats.

Make your own Girl Scout cookies »

Brownies, Lightened Up

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, February 7, 2011
Ellie Krieger's Healthy Brownies Recipes
Ellie Krieger's Double Chocolate Brownies

I’m a brownie kind of girl — my friends and family can vouch for me. Luckily, you can lighten up this uber-chocolatey favorite easily. What’s the secret? Read on to find out.

See how we lighten up brownies »