During the holidays it can sometimes be difficult to eat healthy. Holiday events and parties usually have lots of sugary desserts. It is possible to eat healthy sweets during the holidays! Eat healthy by substituting certain ingredients for recipes or having the light-version of it. Ingredients that are non-fat and unsweetened are great alternatives. While some of these healthy sweets are ok while on a diet, others may still be a bit too calorie intensive. Check your Basal Metabolic Rate to give you an idea of where your daily calorie consumption is for your body type. Otherwise, here are the top healthy sweets for the holidays:

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

This is a healthy sweet, just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving. The ingredients required are:

  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of canned unsweetened pumpkin
  • 1 3/4 cups of 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 large egg

In a saucepan set to medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch and 6 tablespoons of sugar. In a bowl, add milk and the egg, mixing well. The milk mixture should be added to the sugar mixture. Stir the mixture until it boils. Leave it cooking for 1 minute and then remove from heat. In a bowl, combine vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, salt, ground nutmeg, and the pumpkin. Add the pumpkin mixture to the milk mixture. Cook it for 3 minutes, stirring often and do not let it boil. Pour the pudding into dessert bowls and cover with plastic wrap. Let it chill.

Chocolate Fondue

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This recipe is quite simple to make. Ingredients needed are:

  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/3 cup of half-and-half
  • 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of hazelnut flavored liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons of dark corn syrup
  • 8 ounces of semisweet chocolate
  • 4 cups of angel food cake
  • 2 cups of strawberries

Combine the half-and-half, milk, and chocolate in a saucepan. Cook it for 5 minutes and stir it often. Add the syrup and the sugar. Cook and stir it for another 10 minutes. Add the liqueur and pour into a fondue pot. Serve the chocolate fondue with strawberries and cake.

Peach, Apricot, and Plum Crisp

This recipe is for a healthy sweet that uses fresh fruit. The recipe calls for:

  • 4 1/2 cups of sliced peaches
  • 2 cups sliced plums
  • 2 cups of sliced apricots
  • 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 4 cups of low-fat vanilla ice cream

Combine the sliced peaches, plums, apricots, granulated sugar, flour, and nutmeg in a bowl. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spoon the fruit mixture into a baking dish. Bake it for 35 minutes. Meanwhile in a bowl, combine the oats with the brown sugar, flour, and salt. Add the butter slowly. The oat mixture should get sprinkled over the fruit. Bake it for 15 more minutes and serve with ice cream.

Holiday Bark

This fruit and nut bark treat is healthy and sweet. Ingredients required are:

  • 3/4 cup of dried cherries (or other fruit)
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup of crystallized ginger
  • 7 ounces of dark chocolate

In a bowl combine the cherries, ginger, and pistachios. Using heavy duty foil, line a baking sheet. The chocolate should be cooked in a heatproof bowl until it is melted. Add the fruit mixture to the chocolate. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet. Let it chill for 10 minutes and break into pieces.

Butterscotch Pudding

To make this butterscotch recipe the ingredients needed are:

  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of nonfat dry milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 can of fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1 egg. Mix the sugar
  • cornstarch
  • dry milk in a saucepan

Add the evaporated milk and the beaten egg slowly. Stir constantly and cook it for 5 minutes. When it thickens, remove from heat. Add the vanilla extract and let it cool. If you like pudding, you should also try some weight loss shakes.

What Are Your Favorite Healthy Sweets For The Holidays?