Low-Calorie Holiday Desserts: Caramel Apple Softies, Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cheesecake

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You decorate your house for the holidays -- why not let your DESSERTS get into the holiday spirit too? These new seasonal treats ROCK!

Caramel Apple Softies

1/6th of recipe (1 softie): 142 calories, 3g fat, 125mg sodium, 25.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 11.5g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Caramel + apple + cookie. What's not to love?

4 cubes chewy caramel (like Kraft Traditional Caramels)
1 cup peeled and finely chopped apple
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar (not packed)
2 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated), or HG Alternative
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown), room temperature
2 tbsp. no-sugar-added applesauce
2 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Vertically cut each caramel cube in half, and cut each half into 3 evenly sized pieces.

In a microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle apple with cinnamon and 1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar, and stir to coat. Microwave for 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Mix well.

In a medium-large bowl, combine Splenda with remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar. Add butter, applesauce, egg substitute, and vanilla extract, and thoroughly whisk.

Add flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir until smooth. Fold in oats and apple mixture.

Spoon batter onto the sheet in 6 evenly spaced mounds. Use the back of a spoon to spread and flatten into 3-inch circles.

Place 4 caramel pieces on top of each softie, toward the centers.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a softie comes out clean, about 10 minutes.

Enjoy... They're best warm! (Refrigerate leftovers.)


HG Alternative: Swap out the Splenda for the same amount of granulated white sugar, and each softie will have 155 calories, 29.5g carbs, and 15.5g sugars (PointsPlus® value 4*). 

Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cheesecake

1/8th of cake: 187 calories, 3g fat, 378mg sodium, 29g carbs, <0.5g fiber, 24.5g sugars, 11.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Sure, candy canes are typically associated with December holidays... But this criminally delicious cheesecake is worth making TODAY!

16 oz. fat-free cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated white sugar, or HG Alternative
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 oz. (about 2/3 cup) fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt, room temperature
1/2 cup liquid egg whites (about 4 egg whites), room temperature
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 standard-sized candy canes or 8 mini candy canes, crushed
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Optional topping: Fat Free Reddi-wip

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform cake pan with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth with an electric mixer set to medium speed, 1 - 2 minutes.

Continue to beat while gradually adding yogurt, egg whites, and flour. Beat until thoroughly mixed, about 2 minutes.

Stir in half of the candy canes. Evenly pour mixture into the cake pan.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake until firm, 40 - 45 minutes.

Sprinkle with remaining crushed candy canes. Let cool completely. Refrigerate until chilled.

Release springform, slice, and serve!


HG Alternative: Swap out the sugar for the same amount of Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated), and each serving will have 144 calories, 18g carbs, and 12g sugars (PointsPlus® value 4*).

Hungry for More?

Don't miss tomorrow's email! We're rounding up our best Thanksgiving recipes... and you KNOW that includes a dessert section! For even more sweet stuff, check out chapter 16 of HUNGRY GIRL TO THE MAX!, appropriately titled... "Sweet Stuff"! Some of our favorite newbies include the Peppermint Cannoli Cones and the Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins. Mmmmmm...


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