Cookies, cakes and candy are everywhere this time of year. But what if you can actually enjoy all your favorite desserts and feel a little better about it? If you are the one doing the cooking, there are lots of ways to make your favorite recipes healthier.

Use egg substitutes or egg whites instead of whole eggs, applesauce or prune puree instead of oil, add less sugar to your recipes- many call for too much anyway, pick fruit based desserts-they often have less calories and fat than chocolate or cream based ones. Look for things without a lot of butter, nuts or creamy frosting. We don’t have to stop eating desserts, we just need be smart about what to eat or bake. Here are some  delicious recipes you can feel good about, like vanilla bean angel food cake or lemon berry parfait! 



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    Strawberry Shortcake

    A lot of traditional desserts are loaded with fat. This sugary cake and whipped cream dessert may not seem like it fits into your eating plan. But with recipe, you can include it in your diet and you will not even notice the difference from this healthier one and the original. You will love it just as much as the fattier version. Plus, this recipe with cut the prep time.

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    Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies

    These gooey brownies may taste to good to be healthier for you!. However, thanks to smart substitutions, they deliver less than 3 grams of saturated fat intake per serving. The American Heart Association recommends that a person requiring 2,000 calories a day eat less than 16 grams of saturated fat a day. They key to eating these is just limit portion sizes.

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    Cinnamon Streusel Crisps

    Research has shown that cinnamon helps lower cholesterol. Cinnamon is a great substitute for butter and sugar to give your treats flavor. Try these cookies for a guiltless snack that’s easy on your heart and even easier to make.

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    Vanilla Lemon Berry Parfaits

    The perfect combination of lemon and fruit make this refreshing parfait a good choice for a light dessert or even for breakfast. The low-fat yogurt and fat-free vanilla pudding are used as an alternative to full-fat ice cream.

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    Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    There may be a lot of healthier versions of chocolate chip cookies, but this one ups the ante. This recipe uses rolled oats-a good source of fiber and whole grains, canola oil and soy milk as a substitution for butter and full-fat milk. This recipe also contains bananas, which adds another dimension of flavor. 

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    Vanilla Bean Angle Food Cake

    This angel food cake has 0.1 grams of total fat and zero cholesterol. The fluffy cake also offers a little bit of tang thanks to the lemon juice.

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