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Healthy Eats: Holiday Treats

Try these healthy snack and dessert recipes from the kitchens of Gold’s Gym Brand Ambassadors.

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Satisfy your seasonal sweet (or savory) tooth with these healthy holiday desserts and snacks. With healthier ingredients than traditional recipes, these treats will help you continue your good eating habits during the holidays.

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Rosemary-Pumpkin-Hummus-Holiday-Recipe

ROSEMARY PUMPKIN HUMMUS

SERVES: 5
TIME: 30 minutes
FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Chef Roro, Gold’s Gym Brand Ambassador

INGREDIENTS

1    can garbanzo beans
½    cup pumpkin puree
2    tablespoons tahini
2    tablespoons lemon juice
2    tablespoons olive oil
1    garlic clove, minced
1    tablespoon maple syrup
1    teaspoon cumin
½    teaspoon rosemary, minced
Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS

  • Drain and rinse chickpeas, and then add all ingredients to a food processor except the minced rosemary.
  • When hummus is creamy, fold in the minced rosemary and serve with pita bread, carrots or apples.

Monk-Fruit-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-Holiday-Recipe

MONK FRUIT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

SERVES: 10
TIME: 25 minutes
FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Tim Welsh, Gold’s Gym Brand Ambassador

INGREDIENTS

2    cups blanched almond flour (the finer, the better)
⅓    cup monk fruit sweetener
½    teaspoon baking soda
¼    cup melted unsalted butter
2    tablespoons olive oil
1    large egg
1    tablespoon vanilla extract
¾    cup chocolate chips
Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Blend dry ingredients together (minus chocolate chips) in a bowl and then add the eggs, butter, olive oil and vanilla extract.
  • Mix chocolate chips into the dough.
  • Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and then slightly flatten them on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 13 to 15 minutes.

apple doughnuts holiday recipe

APPLE “DOUGHNUTS”

SERVES: 5
TIME: 25 minutes
FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Laura Micetich, Gold’s Gym Brand Ambassador

INGREDIENTS

3    Apples, cored and sliced in ½-inch thick O-shape
Coconut oil
Greek Yogurt
Nut butter
Assortment of toppings: shredded coconut, blueberries, strawberries, raisins, banana, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Use coconut oil to grease a baking sheet and then place apple slices on the sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for 35 minutes.
  • Spread a layer of yogurt as “frosting” and then add toppings.
  • Mix together equal parts nut butter and coconut oil.
  • Drizzle butter mixture over “doughnuts.”

baked stuffed apple holiday recipe

BAKED STUFFED APPLES

SERVES: 3
TIME: 45 minutes
FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Brianna Griebel, Gold’s Gym Brand Ambassador

INGREDIENTS

3    small apples
2    tablespoons butter
½    cup quick oats
½    teaspoon ground cinnamon
2    tablespoons organic coconut sugar or brown sugar

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Mix oats, cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
  • Add butter and mix until evenly spread throughout the oats.
  • Core each apple all the way through.
  • Stuff each apple with ⅓ of the oat mixture (pack it tightly).
  • Bake for 30 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Apples will be tender and bubbling.
  • Serve with your favorite ice cream.

peppermint protein puppy chow holiday recipe

PEPPERMINT PUPPY CHOW

SERVES: 12
TIME: 10 minutes
FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Kelsey Willey, Gold’s Gym Brand Ambassador

INGREDIENTS

6    cups rice chex
4    ounces dark chocolate chips
½    cup natural peanut butter
⅔    cup peppermint protein powder

DIRECTIONS

  • Pour cereal into a big bowl.
  • Melt chocolate in microwave, making sure to stir evenly to prevent burning.
  • Melt peanut butter in microwave.
  • Pour chocolate and peanut butter over the cereal.
  • Stir lightly to coat evenly.
  • Pour cereal into a gallon plastic bag and add protein powder.
  • Close and shake the bag to coat the cereal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTHY PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE PROTEIN MUFFINS

SERVES: 12
TIME: 20 minutes
FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Emily McKeon, Gold’s Gym Brand Ambassador

INGREDIENTS

6    scoops vanilla protein
½    cup coconut flour
1    tablespoon baking powder
1    tablespoon cinnamon
1    tablespoon nutmeg
1    tablespoon pumpkin spice
stevia to taste
1 ½  cups pure pumpkin
1 ¾ cup egg whites
1 cup plain non-fat Greek Yogurt
2 tablespoons sugar-free cheesecake pudding mix
DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix the dry ingredients for the muffins in one bowl and the wet ingredients for the muffins in another bowl.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until there are no clumps.
  • Either spray your muffin tin with avocado oil spray or use muffin tin liners.
  • Equally distribute the batter in the 12 muffin cavities.
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out without batter.
  • While the muffins are cooking, add the frosting ingredients to a bowl and stir together fully.
  • To make the swirl on top, add the frosting to a plastic ziplock bag and cut a fairly large hole in the corner, and squeeze the frosting onto the middle of the muffin in a swirl.

Top with cinnamon (optional)

banana chocolate chip holiday recipe

BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS

SERVES: 12
TIME: 45 minutes
FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Emily Knopf, Gold’s Gym Brand Ambassador

INGREDIENTS

2    ripe bananas
1    cup all-natural peanut butter or almond butter
2    eggs
2    tablespoons honey
2    tablespoons vanilla
½    teaspoon baking powder
Chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Place all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into lined mini-muffin pan.
  • Top with 4 or 5 chocolate chips per muffin.
  • Bake for 7 minutes.

pumpkin muffin holiday recipe

SUGAR-FREE PUMPKIN MUFFINS

SERVES: 12
TIME: 25 minutes
FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Dempsey Marks, Gold’s Gym Brand Ambassador

INGREDIENTS

2    cups old-fashioned oats
½    cup dates
1    15-ounce can pumpkin puree
1    egg
1    tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1    teaspoon cinnamon
1    teaspoon baking soda
1    teaspoon vanilla (optional)
½    cup raisins (substitute dried cranberries or golden raisins)

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Grease 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray (or use paper liners).
  • Place 1 cup of oats in a blender and blend to flour-like consistency.
  • Add dates, pumpkin puree, egg, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking soda and vanilla and blend until smooth.
  • Pour mixture into large bowl.
  • Stir in raisins and additional cup of oats.
  • Pour batter evenly into muffin tin.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until baked through. (Test by inserting a toothpick into the center of the muffin. If it comes out clean, it’s done.

pumpkin cheescake holiday recipe

PUMPKIN PROTEIN CHEESECAKE

SERVES: 12
TIME: 25 minutes
FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Jerica Bornstein, Gold’s Gym Brand Ambassador

INGREDIENTS

2    8-ounce packages fat-free cream cheese
⅔    cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2    scoops whey (any kind)
½    cup canned pumpkin
2    eggs
2    tablespoons almond milk
Liquid stevia
Cinnamon, to taste

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 250F.
  • Let cream cheese sit at room temperature until soft, and then stir until creamy.
  • Mix in whey, and then add the remaining ingredients (use 15 to 20 drops of liquid stevia).
  • Pour mixture into a baking pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to 300F and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Let cool for two to three hours before serving.

 

More about our Gold’s Gym brand ambassadors:

Brianna Griebel
Chef Roro
Dempsey Marks
Emily Knopf
Emily McKeon
Jerica Bornstein
Kelsey Willey
Laura Micetich
Tim Welsh

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