This festive dessert is healthy and made with antioxidant-rich pistachios and candied ginger.
Let me start this post by saying that I love dessert. I love making it, and I love eating it. So I'm always up to the challenge of creating a healthy dessert to bring to a holiday party. I happen to have a few gatherings on my calendar for these upcoming celebratory weeks!
I decided to start this particular dessert with a base of lightly salted pistachios. They're one of my go-to snacks when I'm feeling hangry, since their fiber, healthy fat, and protein helps keep me full. So I figured my dessert could serve as a sweet treat and a mini satiating snack all in one. I also didn't want to add a lot of sugary ingredients so thought about what I could use that provides natural sweetness.
I combined the pistachios with a mixture of pomegranate juice, egg white, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Then I tossed everything together, making sure to evenly coat the pistachios. And then, patience (not my virtue!). I waited an hour to see what these babies tasted like. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait.
Once the pistachios were out of the oven, I tossed them with diced candied ginger. Then I put the mixture into little muffin cups so that the dessert would be portion controlled. Of course, you can also take a bigger serving to a Christmas Day movie.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, combine juice, egg white, and cocoa powder. Spray a medium baking sheet with cooking spray oil, then place nut mixture on the sheet in a single layer. Cover with remaining liquid. Cook for 1 hour, tossing every 15 minutes. Once cooled, combine with ginger and place in mini muffin containers. Serves 20.
Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 60 Fat: 4 g Sat fat: 0 g Pro: 2 g Carbs: 5 g Sugar: 4 g Fiber: 1 g Chol: 0 mg Sod: 50 mg
What are your thoughts on this topic? What are your favorite healthy desserts?
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