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10 surprisingly healthy treats

Making healthy choices doesn’t mean always saying no to dessert. Indulge your sweet tooth with these healthy treats

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Blueberry Cheesecake

Compared with most cheesecakes, this version of blueberry cheesecake isn’t particularly high in fat, as it uses low-fat cottage cheese instead of the traditional cream cheese, and is lightened by folding in whisked egg whites before baking.

Get the recipe: Blueberry Cheesecake

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walnut cake

Maple Walnut Coffee Cakes

Perfect with coffee, tea or milk, these mouth-watering mini coffee cakes offer a flavourful combination of maple, cinnamon and crunchy walnuts.

Get the recipe: Maple Walnut Coffee Cakes

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Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies

Both children and adults will love these crisp, melt-in-the-mouth oatmeal and raisin cookies. They are a wholesome treat, packed with oatmeal and raisins for extra flavour and nutrition. It’s worth making a double batch and freezing some.

Get the recipe: Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies

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carrot cake

Lower-fat (nut-free!) Carrot Cake

With orange juice and crushed pineapple acting as healthier substitutions for oil, this carrot cake is both deliciously moist and simple to bake

Get the recipe: Lower-fat (nut-free!) Carrot Cake

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Maritime Blueberry Apple Cobbler

Maritime Blueberry Apple Cobbler

Tiny Canadian blueberries are packed with flavour. Here they pair perfectly with tart apples in a simple yet delicious dessert. Dollop it with some sweetened whipped cream or ice cream for an extra special treat.

Get the recipe: Maritime Blueberry Apple Cobbler

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Candy Bar Cupcakes

Eating a cupcake has never tasted of felt so good, thanks to this trimmer version. They’re a perfect snack to share at your next festive gathering.

Get the recipe: Candy Bar Cupcakes

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banana carmels

Cinnamon Banana Caramels

Any fruit-fresh, canned or frozen-can be used to make this instant version of crème brûlée. In this recipe for cinnamon banana caramels, the fruit is topped with Greek-style yogurt-lower in fat than cream-then with golden brown sugar, and grilled to a rich caramel topping.

Get the recipe: Cinnamon Banana Caramels

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Mocha Ricotta Tiramisu

This delectable take on the popular Italian dessert includes the traditional sponge cakes soaked in coffee and liqueur for the base. Then a light and creamy mixture of sweetened ricotta cheese and yogourt replaces the whipped high-fat mascarpone cheese that usually layers the ladyfingers. A sprinkling of grated dark chocolate is the finishing touch.

Get the recipe: Mocha Ricotta Tiramisu

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Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

Most people’s ideal brownie is one that is moist in the centre, with a deep chocolate flavour. This recipe for fudgy chocolate brownies uses chocolate and cocoa powder to give plenty of chocolate flavour, and dark brown sugar for the desired texture.

Get the recipe: Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

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Sour Cherry Clafoutis

A clafoutis sounds fancy, but it’s just a big, baked fruit pancake. This version is loaded with antioxidant-rich sour cherries. The tart flavour is part of this dish’s character, but if you find it too sour, sprinkle with a little sugar or drizzle on some maple syrup.

Get the recipe: Sour Cherry Clafoutis

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