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Healthy banana fritters and corn chowder? Yep, it's possible!

Joy Bauer shares her lightened up recipes for creamy corn chowder and crispy banana fritters with a sweet peanut butter-maple drizzle.
/ Source: TODAY

This week, I was challenged to slim down two comfort food favorites: banana fritters and corn chowder.

I worked long and hard in my food lab (aka the messy Bauer kitchen) to create health-ified recipes made with better-for-you ingredients, and taste just as delicious and indulgent as the originals. I think these are two winners — give them a try and let me know if you agree.

Banana Fritters are typically a slice of banana smothered in flour and deep-fried in loads of oil. My cleaned-up version tastes like the real deal, but is worlds better for your waistline and your ticker. Did I mention it’s also topped it with a sweet peanut butter-maple drizzle? Trust me, you’ll go bananas!

Corn Chowder


If you're a corn chowder lover, then you'll go crazy for my slimming version. This recipe is still creamy and dreamy, but with fewer calories than the original because I was able to completely cut out the traditional butter and cream. Give it a shot — my taste testers said it was a-maize-ing (pun intended).

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For more delicious recipes, check out Joy's cookbook From Junk Food to Joy Food. Want Joy to make over your favorite fattening dish? Challenger her via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.