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Brownies

No one but the baker will know that extra-light olive oil replaces most of the butter in these intense fudge-like dessert bars.

Baked Bananas

Delicious just as they are, these baked bananas could be converted into a banana split by topping them with a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt and a sprinkling of toasted almonds or walnuts.

Orange-Currant Waffles

Soy protein powder often comes slightly sweetened and sometimes in flavors, such as vanilla or chocolate. Although this recipe was created with an unflavored soy protein powder, you could certainly use a vanilla-flavored one.

Chocolate-Raspberry Buttermilk Cupcakes

Raspberries and chocolate have a natural affinity, but cherry jam or orange marmalade would work equally well here.

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

Brussels sprouts, in addition to looking like mini heads of cabbage, are in the cabbage family, making them cruciferous vegetables. The earthy, cabbage-y flavor of sprouts is nicely complemented by chestnuts. If you’re not up for cooking and peeling chestnuts, look for cans of whole cooked chestnuts. Thyme is a sweet yet savory herbal underscore for the dish.