Tasty and healthy, feel free to indulge in these desserts…
Caramelized pineapple sundaes with coconut: one 2 pound pineapple, peeled, cored, sliced into 1/2 think rings (you could also use bananas as well). 2 teaspoons vegetable oil. 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut. 2 1/2 pints fat free vanilla frozen yogurt. Light grill. Brush pineapple rings with vegetable oil, grill over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until the pineapple is lightly charred and softened, about 8 minutes. Transfer the rings to a work surface and cut into bite size pieces. In a medium skillet, toast the coconut over moderate heat until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Scoop the yogurt into sundae glasses & top with pineapple, sprinkle with coconut, garnish with mint sprigs and serve.
1 caramel apple (no nuts) 150 calories
Slow cooked Peanut butter caramel apples: Add to the inside of a 3 1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker, 1 12 ounce jar caramel ice cream topping, 1/2 cup peanut butter, and 1/2 cup water; whisk until smooth. Add 2 1/2 pounds cooking peeled, cored, and sliced apples (Granny Smith); stir to coat. Cover. Cook on low heat for 3-4 hours. Serve topped with ice cream if desired. Makes 8 to 10 servings. 297 calories, 4 g protein, 8 g fat, 5 g fiber.
Apple Sundae: Coarsely chop 2 TBS sliced almonds and set aside for topping. In a small mixing bowl, blend 2 TBS almond butter, 1/4 cup maple syrup, and 1 1/2 tsp almond extract until smooth. It should be the consistency of caramel sauce. Core 2 apples, and cut into quarters. Cut the quarters into 3 pieces lengthwise and 1/4-inch pieces crosswise. Place in two serving bowls. Drizzle the sauce over the two bowls of apples and top with almonds and 2 TBS coconut.
Black forest banana split: spoon 2 cups nonfat ricotta cheese into a dessert dish and place a banana half on each side. Put 16 walnut halves on top and dust with 1 teaspoon cocoa powder. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons cherry concentrate.
Banana Split: Top sliced banana with Cool Whip, light chocolate syrup, and sugar free caramel syrup and sprinkle with chocolate chips
Banana with dark chocolate honey sauce: melt 2 tablespoons dark chocolate with 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, and pinch of salt. Serve sauce and 1 teaspoon toasted walnuts in bowls for dipping, accompanied by 1 small banana peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks.
Chocolate banana boats: spread slices of whole grain bread with chocolate-hazelnut spread, like Nutella; top with bananas that have been halved lengthwise; sprinkle with almonds; broil.
Chocolate dipped apricots: 1/3 cup dried apricots dipped in 1/4 ounce melted dark chocolate and 1/2 ounce chopped pistachios (210 calories) This would also be very nice served on a cheese plate
Chocolate drizzled peach slices: 2 peach slices and 1 tablespoon Hershey’s special dark syrup 63 calories
1 slice toasted cinnamon raisin bread with 1/2 ounce melted dark chocolate and 1/2 sliced banana (223 calories)
Crustless pie: put blueberries or sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon and turbinado sugar in a 375 degree oven until tender, about 10-15 minutes. It’s like fruit pie without the crust.
3-minute dessert: Slice your favorite fruit (apricots, peaches, berries) or a combination of them, and sprinkle with a little sugar before dinner and let sit at room temperature. The fruit will get syrupy and make a yummy sauce for frozen yogurt or leftover cake.
Strawberry tart: spread slices of country bread with cream cheese; top with halved strawberries; sprinkle with sugar; broil.
Strawberry dream: top 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries with 1/2 ounce mascarpone and 1 teaspoon brown sugar
Yogurt & Pudding
According to a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, spicing up your food with cinnamon, might help you feel full longer. Cinnamon also appears to reduce levels of insulin, and it may help lower cholesterol levels, and keep blood sugar in check.
Spiced maple yogurt: 6 ounces plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon 150 calories
Creamy snack: scoop vanilla or coffee yogurt into a strainer lined with a coffee filter and place in a bowl. Refrigerate for 8 hours. The liquid will drain, leaving a thick, creamy calcium-rich yogurt cheese. Mix it with fruit, fruit puree, or top it with honey and toasted nuts.
1/2 cup low-fat frozen yogurt with 1/4 cup sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon chocolate sauce
1 chocolate pudding cup with 1 graham cracker crushed and sprinkled on top 150 calories
1 low fat chocolate pudding with 1/4 cup raspberries
1 ounce each dark chocolate chunks and pretzel nuggets
1 1/2 ounces dark chocolate or 8 Hershey’s kisses (about 200 calories)
Messy: Microwave a snack sized bag of 94 percent fat free butter popcorn (110 calories) and, while it is still hot, pour in a small bag of M&Ms (100 calories)
Ice cream w/ fudge (190 calories) 1/2 cup chocolate fudge chunk ice cream with 1 tablespoon dark chocolate sauce
3 chocolate truffles (190 calories)
Nutella treat: Sliced, toasted challah topped with Nutella and white chocolate shavings
Rice cake: 1 chocolate rice cake with 1 tablespoon Nutella
Chocolate fondue: pour 1/3 cup chocolate chips in a microwaveable dish & microwave for 2 minutes until melted. Use as a dip for berries, sliced fruit, or nuts.
Chocolate bruschetta: Lightly coat 10 slices diagonally cut French bread (about 1/4 inch thick) with cooking spray. Place bread on baking sheet; broil 3 minutes each side or until toasted. Remove from oven. Reduce temp to 350 degrees. Sprinkle each bread slice with about 1 1/2 tablespoons chocolate. Bake 5 minutes or until chocolate melts. Sprinkle evenly with coarse sea salt (should be about 1/4 teaspoon total). Garnish with orange rind or mint leaves. Serve warm. 10 servings. 150 calories. 4.3 g fat. 3 g protein.
Trail mix clusters: Melt 2 tablespoons chocolate chips; mix with 15 toasted almonds, and 2 pitted dried plums or dates, chopped.
1/2 cup low-fat ricotta with 1 cup sliced berries and 2 teaspoons honey
“Cheesecake”: combine 2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese with 2 tablespoons of sugar and whip with a hand mixer until smooth. Serve 1/2 cup with fresh berries or berry puree. Less than 200 calories, but tastes like cheesecake!
Hide nuggets of Halloween candy (chocolate, caramel, p-nut butter cups, nuts) in cupcake centers. Fill cupcake liners halfway with batter, and place a small piece of candy in each. Cover with remaining batter, and bake as usual. Serve warm while candy is still slightly melted.