Thursday, December 23, 2010

Healthy Holiday Makeover, Part 2

And away we go...

I originally wanted to make macaroons, but I didn't have enough coconut (silly me, only bought one bag).  I decided to use oats make some balls! (Inspired by Mama Pea).  Verdict:  Conditional pass.  They taste pretty good, but turned out a bit doughy.  Perhaps I will make them a bit smaller next time.  Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Chocolate Raisin Oat Balls (Makes 25)

1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/8 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup coconut milk
3 tsp honey
2 tsp maple syrup
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2/4 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.

Mix flour, oats and salt.  Add milk, honey and maple syrup.  Batter will be very sticky.  Add raisins and chocolate chips.  Mix up by hand.

Use hands to form 1.5 inch balls and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Allow to cool and enjoy!

Nutritional Information (Approx)
81 calories
3.1 g fat
12 g carbs
2 g protein
1.2 g fibre

It was my job to make something for Chrismas dessert this year.  I wanted to bring something uber Christmasy:  aha, gingerbread!  Cookies just didn't seem special enough so I decided on a cake.  This recipe was super easy and I make a few minor adjustments :)  A little bit higher in calories and fat, but it is Christmas! I will give you the verdict next week and let you know what the family thought. 


Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 
 (Makes 20 slices)

1 1/4 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat bran
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup low fat butter milk*
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup molasses
2 flax eggs

Preheat oven to 2350 degrees and lightly grease a 9x13 pan/

Combine flour, bran, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and baking powder.  In a separate bowl, mix milk, applesauce and molasses until smooth.  Add flax eggs.

Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated.

Pour batter into greased pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Allow to cool and top with icing.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light cream cheese

Nutritional Information (Approx)
181 calories
7 g fat
28 g carbs
2 g protein
1 g fibre
*No buttermilk, no problem!  Add 1 tbsp of vinegar to 1 cup of skim milk and allow to sit for 5 minutes.

Happy Holidays!

Stay Healthy, 


  1. Good question! You can use flax eggs to replace a regular egg in many recipes. It works well in cookies, cakes and muffins. Just use 1 tbsp ground flax and 3 tbsps of water for every egg called for.

  2. Here,you have great questions for the live fit.
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  3. Oh my, my! These look delicious, Tracy!

    If you have extra gingerbread that you need to get rid of, you know who to call ;)




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