Homemade Holiday Treats!

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Our favorite Dietician, Jeanni Schwendtner, of King Soopers is here to share some tasty and healthy versions of holiday treats:

Peppermint Cheesecake Bars



½ cup raw almonds or walnuts (or sunflower seeds for nut-free)

½ cup pitted dates

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 Tbsp water

Cream Layer:

12 oz Kroger Greek yogurt cream cheese

¾ tsp pure peppermint extract

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

¼ cup mashed avocado

3 Tbsp honey

3 oz raw spinach (about 2 loosely packed cups)


Chocolate Layer:

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil

¼ tsp pure peppermint extract (optional)



Crust layer:

Process nuts, dates and cocoa powder in food processor until even crumbs form. Add water and process until mixture starts to stick together. Transfer to an 8-in square baking dish. Using a piece of wax or parchment paper, press into the pan until the crust evenly fills the bottom.

Cream layer:

Combine all ingredients in food processor, and process until completely smooth. Pour over crust and spread evenly.


Chocolate layer:

Melt the coconut oil if it is not already melted. Stir in cocoa powder to form a smooth sauce. Drizzle over cream layer, and use a knife to swirl chocolate and cream layer together. Freeze for at least one hour before cutting. After cutting, place back in the freezer to firm up completely.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 186

Total Fat: 10 g fat

Saturated Fat: 7 g

Cholesterol: 10 mg

Sodium: 120 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 16 g

Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g

Sugar: 12.5 g

Protein: 7 g


Black Bean Fudge:


1(15 oz) can no-salt added black beans
¼ cup honey
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (or try peppermint for minty fudge)


Line a small square or rectangle baking pan with parchment or wax paper.

Place all ingredients in a food processer and blend until completely smooth. Pour mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth the mixture with the back of a spoon or a spatula. Place in the freezer for 1-2 hours to set.

Remove from the freezer and cut into bite-size squares. These are best kept in the fridge, or even in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 20

Total Fat: 0.5 g fat

Saturated Fat: 0.4 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 20 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 4 g

Dietary Fiber: 0.7 g

Sugar: 2 g

Protein: 0.7 g



Mini Grinch Cupcakes


2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 oz ripe avocado,mashed (about ¼ cup)

1 egg

½ tsp cider vinegar

1 cup plus 2 Tbsp white whole wheat flour

1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

½ cup low-fat buttermilk


Honey Avocado Frosting:

2 oz Kroger Greek yogurt cream cheese, softened

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 oz ripe avocado, mashed (about 2 Tbsp),

2/3 cup powdered sugar

½ Tbsp honey

¼ tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350° F and line a mini-muffin tin with mini muffin liners.

In a large bowl, cream together sugar and avocado. Add the egg, vanilla and vinegar. Beat to incorporate. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour half of the dry ingredients and half of the buttermilk to the avocado mixture and mix to incorporate. Add the remaining buttermilk and dry ingredients and mix.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin so that it is about 2/3 full, about 1 Tbsp per cupcake. Bake until done and golden, about 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool to room temperature before frosting.

Honey Avocado Frosting:

Beat together the cream cheese, coconut oil, and avocado until fluffy. Beat in the powdered sugar, honey, and vanilla. Frosting can either be piped or spread onto the cupcake. Top with a hulled strawberry, hulled side down to look like a Santa hat.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 70

Total Fat: 2.5 g fat

Saturated Fat: 1.3 g

Cholesterol: 8 mg

Sodium: 61 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 12 g

Dietary Fiber: 0.7 g

Sugar: 8 g

Protein: 0.7 g


Cranberry Avocado Blondies:


1 egg

3/4 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. honey

¼ cup + 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce

¼ cup mashed avocado

1 cup white whole wheat flour

2 cups whole fresh cranberries or frozen cranberries, thawed

¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)



Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease 7x11 inch baking pan. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except walnuts. Pour into greased pan. Top batter with walnuts. Bake 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 137

Total Fat: 3 g fat

Saturated Fat: 0.4 g

Cholesterol: 15 mg

Sodium: 7 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 26 g

Dietary Fiber: 2.6 g

Sugar: 16 g

Protein: 2.5 g


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