Low-Calorie Holiday Desserts: Hot Fruit Crumble, Eggnog Pudding Pie, Apple Cake

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You've been SO good all year long. Know what you deserve? Some amazing new dessert recipes that are low in calories and fat but through the roof in flavor... ya big sweetie!

"Happy Holidays" Hot Fruit Crumble

PER SERVING (1/9th of recipe, about 3/4 cup): 123 calories, 1.5g fat, 81mg sodium, 30g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 19.5g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

Saucy seasonal fruit + spiced crumbly topping = CELEBRATORY DELICIOUSNESS. Grab a spoon!

Fruit Mixture
3 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
3 pears, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup cranberries
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Dash salt

1/2 cup Fiber One Original bran cereal, lightly crushed
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
2 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown), room temperature
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

Put apple and pear slices in a large bowl and toss to coat with lemon juice. Add all remaining ingredients for the fruit mixture. Toss until thoroughly mixed. Transfer to the baking pan, and cover pan with aluminum foil.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until fruit mixture has softened. (Leave oven on after removing the pan.)

Meanwhile, in another bowl, combine all ingredients for topping. Stir until well mixed and crumbly. Set aside.

Once fruit mixture has softened, carefully remove foil from the pan and mix well. Smooth surface with the back of a spoon or spatula. Sprinkle topping over the fruit mixture.

Return pan to the oven and bake, uncovered, until top is slightly crisp, about 15 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly. Then dig in!


Eggnog Puddin' Pie

PER SERVING (1 slice, 1/8th of pie): 125 calories, 3.5g fat, 286mg sodium, 22g carbs, 3.75g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

"Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but this pie is SOOO delightful..."

1 cup Fiber One Original bran cereal
2 sheets (8 crackers) low-fat honey graham crackers, broken into pieces
3 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)

2 cups fat-free milk
1 small (4-serving) box Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free Vanilla Instant pudding mix
1 tsp. rum extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 dashes cinnamon
2 cups Cool Whip Free, thawed and divided
Optional: additional cinnamon, for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large pie pan lightly with nonstick spray and set aside.

To make the crust, place cereal and graham cracker pieces in a blender or food processor, and grind to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add Splenda and cinnamon, and set aside.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine butter with 2 tbsp. water. Microwave until just melted. Add to the medium bowl and stir contents until thoroughly mixed.

Evenly distribute crust mixture along the bottom of the pie pan, using your hands or a flat utensil to firmly press and form the crust. Press it into the edges and up along the sides of the pan.

Bake crust in the oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

To make the filling, pour milk into a large bowl. Add pudding mix, rum extract, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gently but thoroughly fold 1 cup Cool Whip into pudding mixture. Allow to thicken in the fridge for at least 5 minutes.

Once crust has cooled and filling has thickened, evenly spread filling into the crust. Spread remaining 1 cup Cool Whip over the filling. Refrigerate until completely chilled and set, at least 1 hour.

If you like, just before serving, sprinkle the top of the pie with a few dashes of cinnamon. Cut into 8 slices and enjoy!


Apple of My Cake

PER SERVING (1 slice, 1/8th of cake): 153 calories, 2.75g fat, 260mg sodium, 31g carbs, 0.75g fiber, 18.5g sugars, 1.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

A slice of moist, fruity-licious cake is a great way to finish up any chilly day -- it's a fact! (Okay, it's a fact that we just made up.)

2 sweet apples (like Fuji), peeled and thinly sliced, divided
1 3/4 cups moist-style yellow cake mix
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. plus a dash cinnamon, divided
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup no-sugar-added applesauce
1/2 cup club soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Add about 3/4 of the apple slices to the skillet. (Set the rest aside.) Stirring often, cook until apples have softened, 6 - 8 minutes. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, baking powder, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Mix well. Add applesauce and club soda, and stir until smooth. Stir cooked apple slices into the batter.

Spray a round cake pan with nonstick spray, and pour batter into the pan. Smooth surface with the back of a spoon or spatula, making sure all of the apple slices in the batter are covered. Lay uncooked apple slices on top and sprinkle with remaining dash of cinnamon.

Bake in the oven until toothpick inserted in center comes out mostly clean, 30 - 35 minutes.

Allow to cool. Then cut into 8 slices and EAT!



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