Sunday, 18 Nov 2018

Light and Healthy Dessert Recipes

Healthy Dessert Recipes

Need light and healthy dessert recipes? Try these hints and easy ideas for satisfying treats!

  • Sift a couple of tablespoons of baking cocoa with the dry contents of an angel food cake mix before adding the liquid. It makes a light dessert that satisfies your chocolate craving.
    June E., Wisconsin

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

  • Preparing angel food cake from a boxed mix as a light dessert? Dress it up after stirring together the batter by pouring half into the pan. Then put drops of food coloring in different areas and gently swirl into the batter with a toothpick. Add the rest of the batter and repeat with more food coloring. Once you have baked, cooled and cut the cake, you will see the colorful design. It is fun to coordinate the colors for different holidays. Use green and red for Christmas, red and blue for the Fourth of July, etc.
    June B., Alabama

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

  • Try this idea for a quick, lighter dessert. Spritz a flour tortilla with refrigerated butter-flavored spray and sprinkle with a little sugar and a couple of dashes of cinnamon. Broil 2-3 inches from the heat until browned. It is sweet and satisfying.
    Kathy V., Arizona

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

  • Like to enjoy apple pie a la mode for dessert but cannot afford the calories? Try this trick. Heat up some applesauce in the microwave and pour it over a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt. Then sprinkle it with a little cinnamon and granola.
    Martha P., Iowa

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

  • Just because you are trying to eat lighter doesn’t mean you have to swear off those chocolaty desserts you have come to love. Savvy cooks learn to substitute baking cocoa for some or all of the chocolate called for in a recipe and lighten up cakes, cookies, quick breads and frosting in the process! Baking cocoa is the powdery residue produced when cocoa beans are processed. Most of the cocoa butter (the main fat in chocolate) is removed from this powder, making it an ideal ingredient for baking light. You might replace a 1-ounce square of melted unsweetened chocolate with 3 tablespoons of cocoa plus 1 tablespoon of unsweetened apple-sauce and reduce the calories in a recipe by 90 and the total fat by 13 grams. Or try replacing 1/2 cup of melted semisweet chocolate chips (3 ounces) with 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce and 3 tablespoons of sugar to save 222 calories and 26 grams of fat!
    Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

  • Sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding made with fat-free milk makes a good low-calorie fruit dip. A neighbor regularly prepared this as a low-cal treat for her husband and herself.
    Fay H., Oregon

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

  • For a refreshing treat, push a Popsicle stick through the foil cover of a small fat-free yogurt. (Be sure to remove the plastic lid first if there is one.) Pop it in the freezer until it is frozen, then remove the plastic container and enjoy your frosty fruit pop!
    Dianne M., Illinois

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

  • When you need a bite to treat yourself, try biscotti. Usually served alongside mugs of coffee or hot chocolate, most of these crunchy, twice-baked cookies are wonderful low-fat snacks. Consider scones, too. A biscuit-like quick bread, scones offer just enough sugar to satisfy a sweet tooth without being a hindrance to a healthy diet. A lighter choice than most brownies and cookies, scones are an ideal way to end breakfast or brunch and make fine accompaniments to cups of tea. Also, look into phyllo dough desserts. Thin, crispy layers of phyllo dough make this ingredient popular and versatile. Traditionally, phyllo sheets are brushed with butter before baking, but butter-flavored spray works just as well in many recipes. Phyllo dough sheets and appetizer-size tartlets are found in the freezer section of most supermarkets.
    Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

  • To make sure my kids got plenty of calcium, I used to keep a quart jar filled with 2 cups of milk in the refrigerator. When my teens needed a snack, they selected their favorite instant pudding, added it to the jar, covered it and shook it until it turned to pudding. This wholesome treat can also be made with fat-free milk and sugar-free pudding.
    Lynda H., Texas

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

  • My husband and I are watching our weight and trying to cut fat in our diet. For a treat, I make low-sugar cupcakes and muffins. Then I top them with fat-free, sugar-free frosting. To make the frosting, I combine a package of fat-free cream cheese with a little vanilla, cornstarch and sugar substitute. This makes enough frosting to top 24 cupcakes or muffins.
    Diana B., Washington

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

  • To make sugar-free gelatin more appealing, I came up with this fun way to serve it. I found ice cube trays that are shaped like a variety of fruits at a local discount store. I spritz the trays with cooking spray. After mixing the gelatin with water according to package directions, I use a turkey baster to fill the trays. Then I place them in the refrigerator to set. The cute gelatin shapes slip right out of the trays and make a fun snack or dessert.
    Anna Victoria R., New Mexico

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

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