The Holidays are steadily approaching which means family dinners, office parties, and social outings with friends. And what do all three of these special occasions have in common you ask? Food, Food and more Food! According to the good people of Metabolic curve, the average American typically gains 5-8 pounds from October 31st to January 2nd. YIKES– But don’t panic just yet! There are still ways to indulge in all the goodness that this season brings! Mindfully and in moderation-we recommend that you try these yummy holiday treats from Spark Recipes that are all under 100 calories.
Mint-Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies
1/3 cup low fat cream cheese (1/3 less fat)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large egg yolks
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup oat flour*
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
5 ounces dark chocolate and mint chips
*NOTE: To make oat flour, place oats in a food processor or blender until they achieve a flourlike consistency.
Prepare baking pans by spraying with canola oil spray. You may also line pans with parchment paper or use a silicone baking liner.
Cream the “butter,” cream cheese and brown sugar on high speed using a mixer. Once the mixture is fluffy, reduce the speed to low and add the egg yolks and vanilla. Mix until combined. Combine the the flours, baking soda, salt, and chips in a bowl. Add to the butter mixture and mix by hand until well blended.
Drop heaping teaspoons onto a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Flatten lightly with the bottom of a glass that has been moistened with water.
Makes 40 Cookies
1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers crushed
3/4cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup light rum
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/8 cup confectioners sugar
In a large bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, and cocoa. Mix in rum and corn syrup. Shape dough into 1 inch balls; roll in confectioners’ sugar.
Store rum balls in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days to develop flavor. Roll them again in confectioners’ sugar before serving.
Number of Servings: 24
Number of Servings: 1
Number of Servings: 41