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Heart-Friendly Treats That Actually Taste Good

 

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It’s good to eat healthy, but sometimes it can be just plain boring. And unsatisfying. Even if you absolutely love the way healthy eating makes you feel (and you certainly should!), sometimes you just want a cookie.

 

Luckily, The Food Network and Pinterest have completely transformed the landscape of healthy cooking. Forget the sad, cardboard-tasting recipes of yore! Now you can have your treats and eat them, too and not worry about how you’re going to feel in the morning (or dread stepping on the scale).

 

For Traditionalists

When you hear the word “cookie,” what springs to mind? For most of us, nothing’s more quintessential than a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie. This recipe for the Heart Healthiest Chocolate Chip Cookies (a vegan recipe, natch) replaces butter and flour with oatmeal, walnuts and oat flour for a treat that’s chock full of deliciousness without sacrificing taste.

 

For Those Who Like To Show Off (No Judgement)

Whether you’re hosting a party or attending one, sometimes you want to whip up something that will make people ooh and ahh and say wow, how long did it take you to make those? These Bananas Foster Mini Pies definitely get that reaction. They look impressive, don’t take forever to make and give you a good dose of potassium and good fats. Plus, bourbon.

 

For The Health Conscious

Sometimes you just want a dessert that has a touch of sweetness and doesn’t go crazy with the calories. Each serving of these Caramel-Spiced Apples is less than 150 calories and treats the fruit as the star, with only a little bit of caramel and pecans to add some zing.

 

For the Gluten-Free

If gluten makes you groan, this Chocolate Nut Bark is simple to make, absolutely delicious and can be jazzed up with just about anything you want. Crush some Andes mints for a refreshing burst of flavor, or stir in some hazelnuts and raisins to add an extra whoomph of heart health.

 

For The Time-Pressed

Don’t have time to Martha Stewart it? With just three ingredients, Indoor S’mores are quick and easy to make and are a fun activity for kids and kids at heart. You can even put out additional toppings so everyone can suss up their s’mores to their liking.

 

With all the amazing recipes out there, you don’t have to subscribe to the theory that you can’t indulge every once in a while. Try it yourself! With just a little tweaking, you can probably heart health-ify your favorite recipes to put them on the Nice List. Bon appetit!