Healthy eating can include guilt-free low calorie desserts – so enjoy these low fat desserts that are inspired by delicious classics.
4 Slim-Down Techniques Featuring Low Calorie Desserts
With a few tweaks, you can rework classic desserts into low calorie desserts, while keeping them the delicious and beautiful finales they've always been.
Tips for Healthy Desserts # 1. Glazing a cake with melted jam
If the jam you're using has seeds, first press it through a fine-mesh strainer to remove them. Then warm the jam over low heat in a small nonstick saucepan or skillet, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Lightly spread warmed jam on the cooled cake. This glaze also will work on a pan of brownies, a pound cake, even a fruit tart.
Tips for Healthy Desserts # 2. Shaping tuile cups
Have ready 3 clean inverted small tumblers with smooth, round bottoms; custard cups; or a teacup with a very small handle. Hot from the oven, drape the soft cookie over each. Gently but firmly press on the tuile to shape it to the cup. (Protect your hand while touching the hot cookie with a folded cotton dish towel, cloth napkin or mitt.) As the cookie cools and hardens, it takes on a cup shape. Do not bake more than 3 cookies at a time because, once baked, the cookies must be shaped quickly before hardening. If cookies become too hard to shape, return cookie sheet to oven to soften cookies slightly.
Tips for Healthy Desserts # 3. Quick biscotti
You can eliminate one step by making biscotti into drop cookies. Instead of forming logs, drop the batter by rounded teaspoons onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake 30 minutes; switch position of sheets halfway through. Remove from oven and sprinkle cookies with confectioners' sugar. The result: a crisp, chewy cookie that's still the perfect pairing with a cup of tea or a latte. Makes about 3 dozen.
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Low fat desserts can include no bake desserts. These healthy desserts are quick and easy guiltless treats – and it just doesn’t get better than this!
Make yogurt cheese for a creamy and delicious low calorie dessert.
Pour 1 pint of plain lowfat or nonfat yogurt into a fine-mesh strainer. (You also can use a regular mesh strainer lined with a double layer of cheesecloth that has been dampened and squeezed dry). Set strainer over a bowl to catch the liquid and allow to drain in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours. (The longer the yogurt drains, the thicker the yogurt cheese.) Remember that when draining the liquid, the volume is cut by about half, so 1 pint of yogurt yields about 1 cup (8 ounces) of yogurt cheese.
2 Last-Resort Low Calorie Desserts
No time to bake? There's no oven required with these quick and easy sweets.
Healthy desserts # 1: Berry Angel-Food Cake
Cut store-bought angel food cake into thin slices. Top with 2 tablespoons each nonfat vanilla yogurt and thawed frozen raspberries in syrup. Serves 12. Nutrition facts per serving: 132 calories, 1% fat (0.1 g; .01 g saturated), 89% carbs (28 g), 10% protein (3 g), 1 g fiber.
Healthy desserts #2: Rum Pineapple
Toss 3 cups fresh or canned pineapple chunks in a bowl with a splash of dark rum. Chill and serve topped with toasted sweetened coconut. Serves 6. Nutrition facts per serving: 58 calories, 16% fat (1 g; 0.6 g saturated), 81% carbs (11 g), 3% protein (0.4 g), 1 g fiber.
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Enjoy delicious healthy desserts using these low fat pie crust recipe options, including the nut crust, the cereal crust – and the no crust.
These 3 no-fuss crusts are the foundation of your healthy desserts! Here are some ways to cut the fat and calories in these three popular pie crusts:
Low calorie desserts # 1: nut crust
For chiffon, pudding or low-fat ice cream pies, try a quick nut crust. To prepare:
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Mix 1 cup finely ground pecans, walnuts or almonds with 2 tablespoons sugar until combined.
- Beat 1 egg white to soft peaks; fold in nuts and sugar mixture into egg white.
- Line a greased 9-inch pie plate with a circle of waxed paper cut to fit.
- Press mixture into pan bottom and sides.
- Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden.
- Remove from oven, using a spatula; loosen crust around edges; cool on a rack 10 minutes.
- Gently lift crust and pull out wax paper.
- Return crust to pan and fill. This is a great low fat pie crust recipe!
Low calorie desserts # 2: cereal crust
If you're not looking to re-create Grandma's perfect crust and want to keep your calories in check while still enjoying a homey fresh-baked pie, make a corn or wheat-flake cereal crust. To prepare:
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Place 3 cups finely ground unsweetened cereal (such as Kellogg's Corn Flakes or All-Bran), 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon water in a bowl.
- Using a fork, mix until well combined.
- Press into bottom and sides of 9-inch pie plate.
- Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden.
Low calorie desserts # 3: crustless pies
If pie crust from scratch is too daunting, try a quick crumble crustless pecan pie:
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Place 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans, a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl.
- Stir with a fork until combined.
- Add 3 tablespoons light butter, slightly softened, and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
- Stir until mixture is crumbly.
- Pour pecan mixture into an ungreased 9-inch pie plate.
- Cover tightly with foil; using a knife, cut a 1-inch vent in center.
- Bake 30 minutes.
- Remove foil, pour in your favorite filling and serve.
Low fat pie crusts allow you to continue your healthy eating while enjoying mouthwatering low fat desserts.