Oranges, grapefruit, and lemons are readily available in the winter months and add a delicious pop of freshness to any dessert.
Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies
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Orange and chocolate is a surprising yet delicious combination. The acidic qualities of the orange extract and orange zest provide a pop to the heaviness of the dark chocolate. (Psst...Did you know dark chocolate could give you an edge at the gym?)
Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies
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Blood Orange Macarons
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This recipe calls for blood orange curd but a squeezed blood orange and icing sugar will work well too. The base of this macaron is almond meal, egg whites, and orange extract. Cacao nibs are sprinkled on top for decoration and a touch of chocolate.
Get the recipe: Blood Orange Macarons
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Lemon Sugar Baked Doughnuts
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Doughnuts are never going to be a healthy item, but this recipe is on the right track with a baked versus fried cooking method. Freshly squeezed juice and grated lemon zest give the doughnut a light taste. Chase with a sip of tea to take advantage of that lemon-y flavor.
Get the recipe: Lemon Sugar Baked Doughnuts
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Orange Cardamon Truffles
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Last-minute holiday party? This recipe is the perfect choice as it only takes minutes to make. Orange zest and freshly ground cardamon add a hint of freshness to the bittersweet chocolate and Grand Marnier.
Get the recipe: Orange Cardamon Truffles
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Grapefruit Tart with a Coconut Crust
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Graham cracker crumbs, butter, and coconut flakes form the basis for this crust. Grapefruit is slightly sweeter than its lemon counterpart and is readily available all winter long.
Get the recipe: Grapefruit Tart with a Coconut Crust
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Cranberry Orange Biscotti
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'Tis the season for cranberry! Dried cranberries and fresh orange zest give a tart flavor to the biscotti. Oat flour was used to keep the recipe nut- and gluten-free. Drizzle with white chocolate for a sweet topping. (See also: Cranberry Recipes to Warm You Up)
Get the recipe: Cranberry Orange Biscotti
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Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars
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Greek yogurt adds some protein to this cheesecake. Be generous with the lemon zest as it adds flavor without the calories.
Get the recipe: Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Photo: Spoonful of Flavor
Blood Orange and Ricotta Tart
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When winter seems never-ending, this tart will bring a hint of spring. The crimson color of blood oranges is due to the presence of antioxidants not found in traditional oranges and brings an almost raspberry-like flavor along with the citrus.
Get the recipe: Blood Orange and Ricotta Tart
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Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
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Spend a weekend making a batch, then freeze for grab-and-go breakfasts during the week. Eat without the cream cheese icing to save even more calories.
Get the recipe: Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
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Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices
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After an indulgent month (or two or three) of eating, your body is probably craving something a little lighter. Chocolate-covered mandarin oranges mean you get your fruit and dessert in one. Trust us, the sprinkle of sea salt on top is not to be skipped.
Get the recipe: Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices
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