Healthy Holiday Dessert Recipes

Donna’s recipe is kind of a "desserty holiday punch drink". In a large
bowl, combine a mixture of chopped fruits. She likes to use strawberries,
bananas, and either mango or pineapple. Top off the bowl with a fruit juice of
your choice. She likes to use pineapple or orange juice. Make sure that there
is enough liquid so that the fruit is "swimming" in the bowl. Drop in a
cinnamon stick or two for holiday flavor. Pour desired amount into a cup and
enjoy! To make more festive, spike it with vodka.

Susan’s recipe from is Gooey Caramel Coconut Brownies

One 18.25-oz. box moist-style devil’s food cake mix

One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin (Libby’s is best!)
1 sugar-free caramel pudding snack with 60 calories or less (like the kind by
Snack Pack)
1/4 cup light or fat-free caramel dip (like the kinds by Marzetti) 

2 tbsp. finely chopped pecans
2 tbsp. shredded sweetened coconut, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9" X 13" baking pan with nonstick spray
and set aside. 

In a large bowl, combine cake mix with pumpkin. Stir until blended. (Batter
will be thick.) Spread into the baking pan and smooth out the top. (See HG

Bake in the oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20
– 25 minutes. Let cool completely.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine pudding, caramel dip, pecans, and coconut.
Mix well. Cover and refrigerate until brownies are ready to serve.

Evenly spread pudding mixture over brownies. Slice and enjoy! (Refrigerate


HG Tip! Spray a spatula with nonstick spray and use to smooth out the batter in
the pan; the spray will keep the batter from sticking to the spatula.

(Jack Witt is a Health and Fitness Coach providing In Home Personal Training, Personal Training at Private Fitness Centers in the North Hollywood, Burbank, Studio City, Sherman Oaks areas, as well as Worksite Health Programs, Corporate Wellness, Life Coaching Products, and Group Exercise Classes)

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