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9 Holiday Desserts that Are Diet-Friendly

These recipes use the fat releasers from our book, The Digest Diet, that research shows will really help you lose the weight. Even with dessert!

Poached Chocolate Pears

A gorgeous baked pear turns into dessert when you pour this creamy chocolate sauce—with its hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg—on top.

Fat releasers: pears, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, milk

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Triple Berry Cobbler

An unexpected, seasonal fruit (cranberry!) makes this treat as perfect for fall as it is for summer.

Fat releasers: cinnamon, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, milk,

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Makeover Apple Cake

This classic cake got a light makeover: less sugar, more apples, and good-for-you additions like flaxseed and walnuts.

Fat releasers: walnuts, apples, cinnamon, flaxseed, eggs

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Angel Peach Melba

Combine store bought angel food cake, canned peaches (no syrup), and raspberries in parfait glasses to make this festive, colorful dessert.

Fat releasers: raspberries, peaches

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Baked Stone Fruits

Broil peaches and nectarines (plus a sprinkle of brown sugar) to create a dessert that’s healthy.

Fat releasers: peaches, nectarines

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Fruit Party Platter

Serve this fruit salad with a yogurt dip and thin chocolate crisps for a fun, light, and memorable holiday dessert.

Fat releasers: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, mint, honey, yogurt, dark chocolate

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Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce

This elegant dessert features seasonal ripe pears and a light, sweet sauce that lets you control the portion size.

Fat releasers: Pears, raspberries

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Slow Cooker Fruit Compote

This fancy-sounding, creamy dessert is made entirely in the slow cooker—so you can prep it before guests come over, and free up space in the oven.

Fat releasers: apples, peaches, pineapple, banana, cinnamon, honey, lemon, almonds

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Makeover Pumpkin Cake

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a sweet pumpkin treat—and this version cuts the sugar, fat, and calories while adding extra pumpkin and fall spices.

Fat releasers: pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, pecan, reduced-fat cream cheese

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