Thinking Desserts at Healthy Neighborhood Stores this December!

December 1st, 2014 by Live Well Omaha Kids

The holiday season is upon us! Desserts certainly come up as a fifth food group, especially this time of year! So if you’re going to have them, you might as well pick a recipe brought to you by our friends at UNL Extension. This month during their Healthy Neighborhood Stores Food Demonstrations, UNL Extension is going to feature two delicious dessert recipes that should definitely be on the menu this holiday season. Click HERE to see when you can catch the food demonstrations. If you can’t make it, we’ve posted the recipes below. Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Mexican Wedding Cakes

60 servings


  • ½ c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. almonds or pecans, finely chopped or ground
  • 1 c. butter or margarine, softened
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla powdered sugar
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, beat ½ cup powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  3. Stir in flour, almonds, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until set, but not brown.
  6. Put powdered sugar into a shallow dish.
  7. Immediately remove from baking sheets. Cool slightly then roll in powdered sugar. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  8. Re-roll in powdered sugar.

*Serve with fruit

Nutrition Information per Serving: Calories 60, Total Fat 4 g (6% DV), Saturated Fat 2 g (10% DV), Cholesterol 10 mg (3% DV), Sodium 10 mg (0% DV), Total Carbohydrate 5 g (2% DV), Dietary Fiber 0 g (0% DV), Sugars 1 g, Protein 1 g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 2%.

Soft Granola Bars

21 servings


  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. raisins or chopped dates
  • 1 c. vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 c. regular oatmeal
  • 1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1½ c. whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ c. honey
  • 1 c. nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 15½x10½-inch jelly roll pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs, stirring until smooth.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients, except honey.
  4. Spread into prepared pan.
  5. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until done. Cool.
  6. In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook honey until heated through, stirring constantly. Drizzle honey on top of granola bars.

Nutrition Information per Serving: Calories 230, Total Fat 12 g (18% DV), Saturated Fat 1.5 g (7% DV), Cholesterol 25 mg (8% DV), Sodium 105 mg (4% DV), Total Carbohydrate 31 g (10% DV), Dietary Fiber 2 g (10% DV), Sugars 14 g, Protein 3 g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 6%.

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