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Don't Avoid the Dessert Table

Being healthy doesn't have to mean missing out on decadent holiday desserts. Our recipes pack some surprising health benefits to help you enjoy your favorite treats guilt-free.

red velvet

Red Velvet Cupcakes

These vibrant cupcakes don't need artificial dyes to give them their red hue. Beets add the perfect coloring and pack manganese and potassium. They're also full of folate, a B vitamin that is essential for producing and repairing DNA and may play a role in cancer protection.


ginger spice biscotti

Ginger Spice Biscotti

These biscotti make great gifts for everyone on your list. Ginger is full of antioxidant compounds and at just 60 calories per cookie, you can satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking the belt.


chocolate strawberries

Chocolate-Dipped Fruit

Fruit is a great healthy go-to for dessert. Research has shown that diets high in fruit may help protect against certain cancers, including mouth, esophageal, lung and stomach. Use a little dark chocolate for an extra boost of antioxidants.


square apple pie

Square Apple Pie

Our apple pie recipe is a staff favorite. It cuts down on sugar and butter and adds nutrition with fresh apples and a whole wheat pie crust. Apples are full of quercetin, a compound that shows anti-inflammatory properties.


black bean brownies

Black Bean Brownies

Be bold with this unique brownie recipe. Pureed black beans replace butter and excess oil and add fiber to this classic dessert. AICR's expert report and its updates link fiber to lower risk of colorectal cancer.

Even the pickiest members of our tasting group loved them!



Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce

Pears are one of the season's most succulent fruits, with fiber and vitamin C. This recipe uses a low-fat chocolate sauce for added decadence without the added guilt.


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More Healthy Holiday Treats

For more information on the science, tips and more recipes:

Foods that Fight Cancer

Holiday Recipes from the AICR Test Kitchen

Healthy Treats for Holiday Gifting

Tips for Holiday Health

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