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Healthier Super Bowl desserts

By Matthew Thompson, January 27, 2012 - 12:23pm

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Here’s a little secret I try to keep around the office: I’m a huge football fan. Give me half a chance and I’ll talk your ear off about the benefits of a two tight-end set, the importance of open-field tackling and why the 2007 NFC Championship game was one of the greatest ever played. I read injury reports. I know the names of back-up punters. Simply put: if you get me going about football, I’m insufferable.

As a Giants fan, I’m ridiculously excited for the Super Bowl next weekend. Of course, there’s the obvious rematch of Brady vs. Eli, but let’s not forget the genius of Bill Belichick going up against the momentum of the Giants’ secondary. Add to that the importance of offensive line play and…Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

If you’re anything like my wife, you’re already asleep. Unless you’re a total football nut like me, the Super Bowl is way more about delicious food and a great gathering of people than it is about the Xs and Os. The game is, at best, secondary.

Recipes to Make: Healthy Super Bowl Appetizers

I love Super Bowl snacks, but don’t forget the desserts! While lots of the noshing is done at halftime, come the start of the fourth quarter, it’s time for a sweet treat to get me through to the end of the game. Check out these healthier EatingWell desserts: they’re a great option for Super Bowl fun, whether you’re watching for the game or just the commercials!

Rocky Road Brownies
These super-rich brownies made chocolaty with plenty of cocoa powder have less fat than other brownies, but stay extra gooey and good with marshmallows, nuts and chocolate chunks on top.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have the familiar flavors of brown sugar and chocolate, but get a sophisticated twist from tahini (sesame paste). Tahini helps to lower the saturated fat by more than 66 percent while adding a nutty flavor to an old classic.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
These vanilla-infused cupcakes are made with applesauce as a fat-replacer for butter that’s traditionally part of vanilla cake batter. Thickened evaporated milk works as a great base for the rich and creamy chocolate frosting.

23 More Irresistible Cookies, Bars & Brownies

What’s your favorite Super Bowl party dessert? Tell us what you think below.

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