how to :: make my favorite cheat meals healthier | xmas desserts edition

Merry Post Xmas Santa Babies !!!!

Here are some of my go-to ingredient swaps to make desserts just a lil bit healthier, so you don’t feel SO bad about it ; ) You can use these swaps in the recipes listed below, and I included some extra ones that aren’t a part of the recipes just fa fun! I listed the original recipes below, so you can decide if you wanna make these swaps or not!

  • instead of regular sour cream, use light sour cream
  • instead of regular cool whip, use light cool whip
  • instead of butter, use avocados
  • instead of white eggs, use brown eggs
  • instead of regular flour, use whole wheat flour or coconut flour
  • instead of regular peanut butter, use natural peanut butter
  • instead of an Oreo cookie crust, use graham crackers
  • instead of regular sugar, use stevia
  • instead of regular M&M’s, use dark chocolate M&M’s

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Snickers Pie has been my all time favorite dessert recently. I made it for Thanksgiving for Kc because it was his favorite dessert and I wasn’t even planning on eating any because I’m not a huge cream cheese or cool whip person, so I figured this wouldn’t be up my alley … I was wrong. If you love sweet desserts, then this is for you! It’s the perfect combo of crunch, chocolate and fluff! Give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

Snickers Pie:

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ingredients:ย 

  • 8 oz light cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz fat free cool whip
  • 6 snickers bar | chopped
  • 1 graham cracker pie crust

instructions:ย 

  • combine cream cheese, peanut butter and powdered sugar in a bowl
  • mix together and combine in cool whip ย and the snickers – mix
  • pour mixture into graham cracker crust and refrigerate for 4 hours

Caramel Chex is always a crowd pleaser. It’s quick, easy and yummayyyy. There’s so many different things you can do with it! I just added pretzels and Christmas mini M&M’s this year, but you can do any nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc. Caramel is a perfect Christmas flavor!

Sweet & Salty Caramel Chex:ย 

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ingredients:ย 

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 (14) oz box of Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 1 cup M&M’s

instructions:ย 

  • on the stovetop, bring butter, brown sugar and corn syrup to a boil
  • remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla
  • in a large bowl or sack, add cereal and coat with mixture from the stove top
  • shake / stir caramel so it is coating the cereal evenly
  • let cool on wax paper
  • once cooled, add your choice of add – in’s (M&M’s, pretzels, etc.)

IF YOU’RE UP FOR A CHALLENGE :: these raspberry, chocolate cheese cake bites are perfect for you! I LOVE cheesecake and was feeling a little adventurous so I gave these bites a go. If you love cheesecake, Oreos and white chocolate, give dis dessert a try ๐Ÿ™‚

raspberry, white chocolate cheese cake bites:

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ingredients:

  • 22 oreos crushed without the cream centers
  • 6 TBSP melted butter
  • 6 oz white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 12 oz light cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large brown eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 oz frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 3 TBSP water
  • mini cupcake tins
  • mini cupcake pan

instructions:

  • to make the crust: mix cookie crumbs with butter
  • scoop 1 tsp crumb mixture into tins and press down to form crusts
  • preheat oven to 325F
  • to make the raspberry sauce: combine raspberries, sugar, and dissolved cornstarch in a saucepan and boil — stir often
  • once it has thickened, remove from heat and set aside
  • to make the white chocolate filling: in a saucepan :: melt the white chocolate chips and half and half on low heat — stir often and remove from heat
  • in a bowl mix together almost melted cream cheese and sugar until it is smooth
  • combine in eggs and add vanilla and the melted white chocolate combo
  • scoop 1 TBSP filling into mini tins and add 1/2 TSP raspberry sauce and swirl the sauce with a knife or fork
  • bake for 20 minutes or until the tops are not sticky to touch — ended up being like 17 min for me!
  • let cool and refrigerate & enjoy dem gooooods

*I got most of these recipes off of Pinterest – I’m not a dessert goddess … unfortunately. So these are not my recipes! Some of them I tweeted a lil bit here and there, but the bulk of them was found somewhere else : )

Happy Sunny Monday | XoxoX

Paigeย 


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