Weekly Mix: The Lighter Side

That beauty is a Salted Caramel Cupcake from Cupcake Crew, who was in my neighborhood earlier this week. Obviously, I haven’t made a strong dieting resolution for 2013.

As Julia Child said, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” I firmly believe that we all need a little dessert in our lives. Granted, I bake a lot more than most, but I try to keep things in check by having my sample and moving the remainder along to willing taste testers.

If you’re among those who are trying to do a little less indulging in the new year, here are three recipes to bring dessert back into your life.

First up are these Cherry Oatmeal Bars. Dried cherries, oats, cinnamon, and sour cream make for a delicious treat. Whether you’re dieting or not, this one’s a keeper.

Next, we have a Bundt cake that features some of my favorite flavors. This Sour Cream Hazlenut Bundt Cake is a fabulous anytime cake. The cake itself is delicious, and it’s made even more so by the addition of a swirl of Nutella.

I’ve saved my favorite for last! You all know about my weakness for all things sweet and salty. I credit these Sweet and Salty Peanut Chocolate Chunk Cookies for fostering my obsession. This is just about the most flavor you can hope for in 60ish calories.

Do you have a favorite light dessert? Share a link in the comments below.

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  1. Jess @ OnSugarMountain January 13, 2013 Reply

    I cannot say I have been good at healthy eating in 2013 either, but I use the excuse that I bake and blog heehee 😉 and I have plenty of taste testers as well. Love that nutella swirl bundt cake though! 😀 yum.

  2. Tv Food and Drink January 13, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the post. The frosting on top of that caramel cupcake looks like a hat one of Sarah Ferguson’s daughters would wear to a wedding.

  3. vanillasugarblog January 13, 2013 Reply

    that cupcake!
    you know if i lived in nyc my dieting would be way off
    i mean all those cupcake shops
    and allllll those pizza joints.

  4. Kendall Stark October 12, 2013 Reply

    Hi there! I saw this “Lighter side” post and decided to take a look, and found the hazelnut nutella Bundt cake. It says to use fat free sour cream, but I live in Spain and can’t find that here. Could I just use regular sour cream, or even a fat free yogurt? I recently bought myself a silicone Bundt pan and need a recipe to debut it! Thanks!

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      Jennifer McHenry October 13, 2013 Reply

      Hi, Kendall. Yogurt may or may not work, depending on its acidity and texture. I think sour cream is your best bet. Enjoy your new pan!

      • Kendall Stark October 16, 2013 Reply

        OK, I’ll give it a try!

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