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Make These Healthy Bite-Size Desserts This Holiday Season (or Whenever)

Candied Pistachio Ginger Cups

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These dessert cups are perfectly portioned at just 60 calories each. They're made with Wonderful Pistachios, which provide a trio of protein, healthy fat, and fiber to help keep you fuller for longer. The pistachios get their green color from antioxidants and are sweetened with a simple mix of pomegranate juice, unsweetened cocoa powder, and egg white—and then baked and combined with just-sweet-enough candied ginger.

Get the recipe: Candied Pistachio Ginger Cups

Photo: Amy Gorin Nutrition

Healthy Cookie Dough Bites

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This dessert has a secret healthy ingredient that provides fiber and protein. "You can satisfy your sweet tooth without overindulging with these bite-size cookie dough bites," says Julie Harrington, R.D., blogger at RDelicious Kitchen. "You would never even know there are chickpeas hidden in there!"

Get the recipe: Healthy Cookie Dough Bites

Photo: RDelicious Kitchen

Pomegranate Crunch Dark Chocolate Ricotta Cups

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Here's a mini dark chocolate cup that's sure to delight your holiday guests. At only 150 calories per cup, the dessert is filled with a mixture of ricotta and cocoa powder—and topped with crunchy POM POMS, ready-to-eat pomegranate arils that get their bright red color from antioxidants.

Get the recipe: Pomegranate Crunch Dark Chocolate Ricotta Cups

Photo: Amy Gorin Nutrition

Caramel Apple Raw Vegan Cheesecake

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"These easy raw vegan cheesecakes are made without any processed cream cheese or butter," says Abbey Sharp, R.D., blogger at Abbey's Kitchen. "Simply soak and purée raw cashews, and top with a sweet date caramel for an easy, better-for-you treat. You can make them in mini muffin tins for an even smaller bite of sweetness."

Get the recipe: Caramel Apple Raw Vegan Cheesecake

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Chocolate Mini Fruit Cups

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Did someone say chocolate and strawberries? "These fun and festive fruit cups are the perfect holiday treat," says Tammy Lakatos Shames, R.D.N., C.F.T., and Lyssie Lakatos, R.D.N., C.F.T., coauthors of The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure. "They're an elegant addition to any holiday party—and while they feel super indulgent and rich, they pack in antioxidants and fiber. At only 55 calories per mini cup, they offer a waistline-friendly, delicious choice."

Get the recipe: Chocolate Mini Fruit Cups

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Chocolate Olive Oil Fig Cakes

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"These mini cakes are made in a muffin tin, so they are automatically portion controlled," says Natalie Rizzo, M.S., R.D., owner of Nutrition à la Natalie. "With just one tablespoon of sugar in the entire recipe, you won't feel guilty about indulging in this chocolate dessert. Plus, the olive oil makes the cake moist while the figs add a nice holiday flavor."

Get the recipe: Chocolate Olive Oil Fig Cakes

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Chunky Cranberry and Matcha Green Tea Walnut Chocolate Clusters

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"This little sweet packs a nutrition punch, and it's easy to savor one slowly," says Vicki Shanta Retelny, R.D.N., founder of the blog Simple Cravings, Real Food. "These clusters are the perfect mini dessert for the holidays, as the bite-size morsel offers antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and cranberries, coupled with calming matcha tea and a blend of omega-3 fat goodness from chopped walnuts."

Get the recipe: Chunky Cranberry and Matcha Green Tea Walnut Chocolate Clusters

Photo: Simple Cravings, Real Food

Strawberry Basil Tarts

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Sweet, antioxidant-rich strawberries are the perfect addition to this dessert. "Fresh berries and ricotta cheese make these dessert bites a win-win," says Judy Barbe, R.D., blogger at LiveBest. "These are as pretty to look at as they are easy to make."

Get the recipe: Strawberry Basil Tarts

Photo: LiveBest

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Hemp Truffles

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"The perfect guilt-free, sweet treat for the holidays, these dark chocolate raspberry hemp truffles are packed with fiber, protein, and omega-3s," says Kara Lydon, R.D., R.Y.T., author of Nourish Your Namaste. "They contain no added sugar but taste super indulgent."

Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate Raspberry Hemp Truffles

Photo: The Foodie Dietitian

Flourless Nut Butter Cookies

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"A fun twist on the traditional peanut butter cookie, these almost bite-sized cookies are flourless and made with only five simple ingredients, including almond butter and peanut butter," says Shannon A. Garcia, M.D.S., R.D., blogger at Kiss in the Kitchen. The nut butter offers satiating healthy fat to help tide you over.

Get the recipe: Flourless Nut Butter Cookies

Photo: Kiss in the Kitchen

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Haystacks

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"These haystacks are perfectly portioned for a healthy holiday treat," say Ann Dunaway Teh, R.D., and Lesley Baradel, R.D., co-owners of My Menu Pal. "The haystacks are made with high-fiber cereal for an extra fiber boost, and the dark chocolate provides some antioxidants and flavanols, as well. The peppermint finishes it off nicely for some holiday cheer."

Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate Peppermint Haystacks

Photo: My Menu Pal

Apple Cranberry Mini Pies

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Yes, you can have your pie—in this delicious mini portion. "These mini pies are not only perfectly portioned but low in fat and naturally sweetened," says Lauren Sharifi, R.D., blogger at Bite of Health Nutrition. "Instead of butter, the crust is made with milk and vegetable oil, and maple syrup is used to sweeten the filling."

Get the recipe: Apple Cranberry Mini Pies

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Healthy Snowball Cookies

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"Everybody loves a crunchy, sweet treat!" says Elizabeth Shaw, M.S., R.D.N., C.L.T., owner of Shaw's Simple Swaps. "Dive into these festive cookies that are filled with heart-healthy walnuts and satiating peanut butter." Although they're lightly sweetened with powdered sugar, they have nearly 60 percent less sugar than a traditional Russian tea cookie.

Get the recipe: Healthy Snowball Cookies

Photo: Shaw's Simple Swaps

Chocolate Coconut Date Truffles

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"I love making these truffles for any holiday gathering because they're such an easy, no-bake treat to make with a short ingredient list of only real ingredients: dates, coconut, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a few chocolate chips!" says Chelsey Amer, R.D., owner of C It Nutritionally. "I think they're pretty, too. We do eat with our eyes first!"

Get the recipe: Chocolate Coconut Date Truffles

Photo: C It Nutritionally

Pumpkin Pie Mini Muffins

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"Rich in vitamin A and fiber, these secretly healthy mini muffins also happen to be grain-free and gluten-free, making them appropriate for any Paleo party guests or someone on a gluten-free diet," says Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., owner of Jessica Cording Nutrition. "The miniature size also helps keep portions in check."

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Mini Muffins

Photo: Jessica Cording Nutrition

Chickpea Gingerbread Buckeyes

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Here's another dessert that uses pulses as a secret ingredient. "These gingerbread buckeyes are made healthier with the use of chickpeas for added plant-powered protein and fiber," says Jamie Vespa, M.S., R.D., dietitian blogger at Dishing Out Health.

Get the recipe: Chickpea Gingerbread Buckeyes

Photo: Dishing Out Health


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