Deceptively delicious Valenteine's and Fat Tuesday treats

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Fat Tuesday and Valentine's Day, all in one week. During Heart Month. There goes the heart healthy diet, right?

Maybe not. Grace Derocha from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has two great treats that will get you through these two holidays guilt free.

First, the paczki substitute- a delicious doughnut with a raspberry glaze. No kidding, they taste like diet-wreckers.

How about a raspberry cheesecake, drizzled with chocolate for your Valentine?

It sounds good, is delicious, and heart healthy.

May sound too good to be true, but this is real.

Hey, we even have recipies:

Baked Nutmeg Donut Recipe with Berry Icing

Ingredients

• 1 cup all-purpose flour

• 1 cup oat or almond flour (You can use 2 cups of all-purpose flour or easily make your own oat flour by food processing oatmeal until flour consistency)

• 1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar (you can also use granulated sugar as a substitute)

• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 3/4 cup kefir (you can also use yogurt or buttermilk as a substitute)

• 2 large eggs

• 1/4 cup honey (or agave)

• 2 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil

• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Berry Icing

• 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries

• 2 tablespoons of sugar

• 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425°. Grease doughnut pans.

2. Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

3. Combine kefir, eggs, honey, butter, and vanilla, stirring well with a whisk. Add wet mixture to flour mixture; whisk until just combined.

4. Spoon batter into doughnut pans, filling two thirds full. Bake in middle of oven until doughnuts spring back when touched and are golden on bottom (7-9 minutes). Let cool in pan slightly (about 4 minutes). Cool on a wire rack.

5. While donuts are baking, make the berry icing. (See below)

6. Dip into berry icing before serving.

For Berry Icing

1. Over the stove, cook berries with sugar and a couple tablespoons of water over medium heat until the berries are cooked down to a sauce (10-15 minutes).

2. You can strain into a bowl to get rid of extra seeds.

3. Add 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Mix well.

4. Dip baked donuts into berry icing.

For more recipes and health and wellness tips, visit AHealthierMichigan.org.


Raspberry Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust

Ingredients

• cooking spray

• 1/2 cup crushed chocolate graham cracker crumbs

• 1 tbsp. light butter, softened

• 8 oz. package reduced fat cream cheese, softened

• 1/4 cup sugar

• 6 oz. fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt

• 2 large egg whites

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour

• 1 oz. Baker’s semi-sweet dipping chocolate

• Raspberries

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray.

2. Mix together graham cracker crumbs and butter with a fork until mixed through. Press evenly into bottom of prepared pan.

3. Use food processor or fork to crush raspberries into puree. Strain through strainer to get rid of seeds.

4. Gently beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth using an electric mixer. Gradually beat in fat free yogurt, egg whites and flour., do not over beat. Gently stir in pureed raspberries. Pour over graham cracker crust.

5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool to room temperature then chill a few hours in the refrigerator.

6. Drizzle with dipping chocolate. Cut into desired shapes. Top with fresh raspberries. Enjoy!

For more recipes and health and wellness tips, visit AHealthierMichigan.org.



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