During the holidays, desserts are usually the biggest crowd pleasers. Unfortunately, they’re also the biggest reason that your waistline increases.
It’s not difficult to find a recipe for a healthy dessert, but few people bother to look. Why? Because many people believe healthy desserts simply do not exist. We say that’s nonsense – and we’ll prove it with some easy, delicious and healthy dessert recipes you can enjoy this holiday season or at any other time during the year.
Individual Strawberry Surprises
Strawberry surprise is a classic dessert with a pretzel crust, cream cheese and whipped cream filling and strawberry gelatin topping. It usually has pineapple chunks in it, but we’ll stick with the basics here and skimp on the added carbs.
What you’ll need:
- 1-2 boxes sugar free strawberry gelatin
- 1 bag unsalted pretzels
- 1 block (8oz) low-fat cream cheese
- 1 pound strawberries
- 1 cup skim milk
- a muffin pan
- muffin cups
- First, put the pretzels in a bag and crush them up. We’re going to make a crust. Once they’re all crushed, press them into the cups of the muffin pan. We’re going for about ¼ inch of pretzels to make a crust.
Traditionally, you would mix this with butter and bake it. But we’re going for the low-fat version here, so no baking required. It will crumble when served, but that’s perfectly okay.
Once the pretzels are in the pan, you can start making the cream cheese topping.
- Whip 1 cup of skim milk until it becomes like a really light whipped cream, then fold it into the softened block of cream cheese. Once it’s nice and workable, put a dollop of cream mixture into each muffin cup and carefully smooth it out.
- Now, slice your strawberries and put about 4 or 5 slices on each surprise. Then, simply mix up your gelatin and fill the muffin cups to the top.
- Let chill for a few hours until the gelatin sets, carefully remove each dessert, and enjoy!
The cream cheese and the sweetness of the strawberries work well together. And since the cream acts as a barrier, the pretzels stay nice and crunchy. This is a great – and healthy! -individual dessert.
Raspberry Banana Sorbet
There are a few different ways to make sorbets, which are great low-fat fruit desserts. For this one, it really couldn’t be simpler. Because we’re using three fruits to make this, it will involve some carbs. But it has 0 grams of fat and is really tasty.
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 1 pound of fresh raspberries
- 3 bananas
- Peel and freeze the bananas until they’ll chilled (not completely frozen), and freeze the raspberries solid.
- Once everything’s out of the freezer, break the banana into pieces, put in the blender with the raspberries and blend using the orange juice to get things mixing.
- Once thoroughly blended and smooth, put into a container and freeze for 2 to 3 hours.
No added sugar or fat – this dessert really couldn’t be easier or healthier.
Fruit Salad with Low Fat Yogurt
Perhaps the simplest of all healthy desserts is the timeless fruit salad.
- Chop up your choice of fruit into bite-sized chunks and mix together in an attractive dish. You may want to sprinkle some lemon juice over the fruit as some fruits turn brown once chopped, and lemon juice will prevent this.
- To spruce up a plain fruit salad, take some low fat yogurt and give it a short whip with a dash of vanilla essence.
Apart from being completely natural and sugar-free, it’s flexible too, as you can use whatever fruit you have lying around or, for a special occasion, go to town with colorful, tropical varieties.
Baked apples with cinnamon
This one’s a great warmer for winter nights.
- One apple per person
- Some ground cinnamon
- A handful of raisins (optional)
- Honey or agave syrup
- Core the apples and place them in a baking tray.
- Fill the center of each apple, where the core was, with raisins, then sprinkle the apples with cinnamon and honey or agave syrup (agave is a good choice for low-GI lovers).
- Bake at about 350 degrees until the apples are soft and the skins wrinkled.
Enjoy with a dollop of low-fat yogurt for extra pleasure!