It's easier than you think to keep delicious desserts at healthy levels. With a few simple substitutions, you can make healthier versions of the classics—and some innovative new dessert recipes—that don't sacrifice any flavor.

Dark Chocolate Bark

Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and studies have shown its tendency for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Read the recipe.

New Orleans Brown-Rice Calas

Calas—or rice fritters—are classic New Orleans street food. Our healthier version uses brown rice, whole-wheat and almond flours, and coconut oil. Read the recipe.

Hazelnut Meringues

Meringues are low in calories and made essentially of just protein rich egg whites and sugar, which make them a healthy holiday cookie alternative. Read the recipe.

Noodle Kugel

Apple juice soaked golden raisins, whole wheat egg noodles, a heavy dose of cinnamon, and low fat fiber rich Spelt Flakes keep this version of noodle kugel hearty and delicious. Read the recipe.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Substituting buckwheat for some of the all-purpose flour lends these cookies a rich, nutty undertone that complements the pumpkin and makes them healthier. Read the recipe.