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Make Your Own Pie Crust

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, November 8, 2010
Paula's Sweet Potato PIe
Homemade Pie Crust

There’s something extraordinary about pastry. It’s the perfect combination of crisp, delicate, flaky and tender. Ready-to-bake versions from the store promise convenience but you can make your own in a matter of minutes. Something this special deserves a homemade touch — make yours now and freeze it for Thanksgiving.

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Spotlight Recipes: Homemade Treats

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, October 25, 2010
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls

Sweet treats abound throughout Halloween season. Our handmade goodies may not be sugar-free, but they sure will stand out – they are made with real ingredients and have that homemade touch.

Recipes to Try:

Pumpkin Caramels
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Chocolate-Dipped Fruit
Chocolate Dipped Clementines
Dark Chocolate Bark

Make Your Own Popsicles

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, August 10, 2010
Toby's Homemade Strawberry Popsicles
Toby's Homemade Strawberry Popsicles

My kids absolutely love frozen pops. Instead of buying store brands packed with more sugar and high fructose corn syrup than fruit, I make my own using the freshest ingredients. They’re easy and fun for the whole family.

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Spotlight Recipes: Granita

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, August 9, 2010
Granita
Giada's Strawberry-Mascarpone Granita

We’re celebrating frozen confections all week long on Healthy Eats. First up: granita! Reminiscent of an Italian ice, granita has less sugar and a harder texture than sorbets. You can easily make your own and flavor it up with coffee, mint, juice and wine along with fruit. The best part? No ice cream maker needed.

Learn how to make granita, plus 7 recipes to try »

The Veggie Table: Vegan Pumpkin-Banana Bread Pudding

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Valentine's Day, February 13, 2010

I just adore the month of February. I feel like we’re almost over the winter hump and can start looking forward to spring. Valentine’s Day is smack in the middle of the month and love is in bloom — plus,  it’s National Heart Health Month! As a dietitian, I encourage eating healthfully for your heart,  but at the same time, I have a sweet tooth. I just love all the heart-shaped sweet treats that line supermarket shelves this month.

This Valentine’s Day, I want to strike a balance between sweets and heart-healthy foods, so I’ll be making loved ones my Pumpkin Banana Bread Pudding. It’s made with fiber-filled whole-wheat bread, pumpkin and bananas, which are all heart healthy. Better still, this vegan recipe is free of saturated fat and cholesterol, which means it’s a treat for your ticker, too!

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Make Your Own Pudding

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, January 26, 2010

pudding
When I was a little girl, my dad’s specialty was chocolate pudding. Believe me, if my dad can make homemade pudding, so can you. Who needs the boxed stuff?

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Spotlight Recipe: Chocolate-Dipped Clementines

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, January 26, 2010

Chocolate-Dipped Clementines
We’ve got boxes of clementines around the house this time of year. Peeled and dipped in chocolate, this citrus fruit turns into a perfect dessert to serve with tea and espresso. A light sprinkle of coarse French sea salt heightens the flavor of the antioxidant-rich chocolate.

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Spotlight Recipe: Crispy Rice Squares

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 5, 2009

Holiday Crispy Rice Squares
My mom and I team up in the kitchen every December to tackle the holiday baking, but this year I’m on my own. Crispy rice cereal squares were the first cookies I ever learned to prepare, and these treats are definitely on my list this year. I love the festive dash of food coloring. You can choose red, green or whatever color says “holidays” to you. Better still, this version is lower in fat than the typical butter-soaked recipe. Because this is an egg-free mixture, there’s no harm in sampling as you go along.

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Spotlight Recipe: Ginger Pecan Oatmeal Crisps

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 4, 2009

ginger pecan oatmeal crisps
No cookie tray would be complete without an oatmeal option. These crunchy cookies combine vitamin E-rich nuts and high-fiber oatmeal with a touch of ginger — all for only 70 calories and 4.5 grams of fat (2 grams of saturated fat). We like the Food Network Kitchens’ presentation idea; just wrap them in some festive ribbon and you’ve got a take-home treat for party guests.

(P.S.: Don’t forget to give friends with allergies a heads up on the pecans.)

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Spotlight Recipe: Holiday Sugar Cookies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 3, 2009

hanukkah sugar cookies
When everyone thinks holiday cookies, they automatically assume Christmas, but Hanukkah can have its own special sweets, too. This year, I’m hosting friends and family for three evenings of candle lighting and desserts. Our spread will include these Star of David-shaped sugar cookies, which my family and I pep up with festive blue sprinkles; you can create any holiday theme by using your favorite cookie cutters and icing colors. These are chewy, not crunchy — perfect for the younger kids in the family.

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