Healthy Fruit Dessert Recipes
Try these recipe makeovers for guilt-free fruit goodies.
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
What's not to like about fruit for dessert? You've got "something sweet" and at the same time you're getting a serving of fruit, complete with fiber and health-promoting vitamins and phytochemicals. But how often do we sit down to just a bowl of fruit for dessert?
Think of our favorite fruit desserts, like strawberry shortcake, fruit crisps and cobblers, fruit pies and tarts, upside down cake -- they're anything but low-calorie. Yes, we do like our fruit, but we love it dipped in chocolate, topped with ice cream or whipped cream, or layered with pastry crust or cake.
The good news is that there are some easy ways to instantly make your favorite fruit dessert recipes healthier. Check out some of these ingredient switches:
To demonstrate these makeover tips, here are four recipes for healthy (or at least healthier) fruit desserts.
Light Berry Dump Cake
To make half of a recipe, use a 9 x 9-inch square baking dish, 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons of cake mix, and half the amount called for of the remaining ingredients. Baking time will be about the same.
Yield: Makes 18 servings
Nutrition Information: Per serving: 169 calories, 2 g protein, 33 g carbohydrate, 3.7 g fat, 0.6 g saturated fat, 1 mg cholesterol, 2.5 g fiber, 208 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 20%.
Quick Lemon Custard With Fresh Fruit Topping
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