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Talking Food: How To Prepare Healthy, Holiday Desserts

Apple Crumble. Recipe from

Credit: Mike Carpenter

Above: Apple Crumble. Recipe from "Sweets In The Raw" by Laura Marquis.

Talking Food: Healthy Alternatives To Holiday Sweets


Laura Marquis, author, "Sweets In The Raw: Naturally Healthy Desserts"


Photo credit: Paulina La Scola

Author Laura Marquis, author of "Sweets In The Raw: Naturally Healthy Desserts"

All the temptation from pastries and desserts shared during the holiday season can make it challenging to eat healthy.

But there are healthful ways to satisfy even the most intense sweet tooth.

A new book by San Diego fitness expert Laura Marquis puts a healthy twist on your favorite desserts.

From apple crumble to pumpkin cheesecake, “Sweets in the Raw: Naturally Healthy Desserts” consists of 46 no-bake recipes using natural sweeteners.

Marquis, who owns a Pilates studio in San Diego, discusses Monday on Midday Edition, how to prepare raw desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth this holiday season.

Apple Crumble


1/2 cup walnuts

1 1/4 cup pecans

1/2 cup deglet noor dates

Apple Sauce

2 green apples (peeled and cut into chunks)

1/2 cup deglet noor dates

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 cup raisins

Apple Filing

2 green apples (peeled and sliced)

How to make crust

Process all ingredients in a food processor until you achieve a graham cracker-like consistency. Press 3/4 of the mixture into a parchment lined 4x4 inch pan or mini- springform pan. Set aside remaining crust mixture.

Apple Sauce

Process all ingredients until a smooth, even consistency in the food processor. Place sauce into medium mixing bowl.

Apple Filling

Fold apple slices into applesauce and evenly spread filling onto crust. Sprinkle the remaining crust mixture on top. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Uneaten dessert can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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