December 25, 2017 · Written by Foodtolive Team
3 Healthy Winter Desserts to Enjoy This Christmas Season
Holiday season can’t do without delicious sweet treats, so adding a few healthy winter desserts recipes to your collection is a must. Our ideas are low in fats, tasty, and sure to impress your guests. They are easy to make too, so everyone can enjoy them.
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Ingredients for meringues:
- 4 egg whites (room temperature)
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg (grated)
- 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ingredients for cranberry sauce & almonds:
- 1/3 cup cranberry juice
- 2 cups cranberries (fresh, frozen, or reconstituted dried)
- 1/3 cup honey
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ tablespoons fresh ginger (finely chopped)
- 1/3 cup blanched slivered almonds
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon spiced rum
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Additional: whipped cream (vegan or regular)
- Preheat the oven to 225F and prepare two baking sheets lined with parchment.
- Beat egg whites using an immersion blender or stand mixer for 1 minute. Then, add nutmeg and sugar. Beat until the mixture becomes smooth, shiny, and stiff.
- Remove the mixer/blender and add vinegar, cornstarch, and vanilla extract. Gently mix with a spatula.
- Dollop the mix onto baking sheets about 6 dollops onto 1 large sheet. They will spread, but not much.
- Put both baking sheets into the oven, one near the bottom and one near the top. Swap them halfway through (top to bottom and front to back). Bake for 1 ½ hours.
- Do not open the oven when done the baking! Leave meringues there for 30 minutes
- While meringues are baking, make sauce by combining all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Toss almonds in rum and sugar and roast them in an oven for about 7 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so to prevent burning. You can do this while meringues cool.
Although time-consuming, these pavlovas are sure to become one of your family’s favorite healthy winter desserts. Serve with whipped cream, topped with sauce and almonds.
- ½ loaf whole-wheat bread
- 1 ½ cup applesauce
- 1 ½ cup coconut milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 apple (diced, unpeeled)
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg (grated)
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup walnuts
- Combine eggs, coconut milk, applesauce, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a bowl and whisk together a little until combined.
- Add bread (cut in cubes), walnuts, apples, and raisins.
- Transfer to a casserole dish, cover, and put in the fridge for an hour.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes at 350F.
It’s one of the easy and healthy winter desserts that are best served cold, so leave it in the fridge overnight.
Pecan, Oats, and Blueberry Crisp
- 4 cups frozen blueberries
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup pecans (chopped)
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ½ cup almond meal
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- Combine pecans, oats, coconut, almond meal, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.
- Add olive oil and honey. Mix thoroughly.
- Grease a baking dish and put blueberries into it.
- Top with the pecan and oats mixture.
- Bake at 350F for 25-35 minutes.
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