15
February
2013

Healthy Desserts: Delicious Treats That Are Good for You

How to Make Yummy Desserts that Won't Harm Your Waistline

Healthy Desserts: Delicious Treats That Are Good for You

When you're on a diet or just trying to eat more healthy foods, it seems like the world can turn against you. Eating healthy doesn't mean you can't eat some yummy desserts, too.

If you want to bake your favorite desserts, but without the added calories and fat, there are ways to substitute out the “bad” ingredients. For example, cooking or baking with butter adds a lot of fat to your recipes. You can use mashed bananas, applesauce or even Greek yogurt as a replacement for butter often times. It does change the flavor, but not always in a bad way.

Another unhealthy thing to replace would be white sugar. This you can replace without losing any flavor by using unrefined sugar or natural sugars like agave syrup, honey, or maple syrup. You will need to use less of it since those substitutes are made of more liquid than sugar. In general, your best desserts are going to be those filled with fruit or natural sugars. Fruit will give you more nutrients and fiber so it will be healthier for you in the end.

Categories: Food and Health

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Healthy Desserts: Delicious Treats That Are Good for You

If you don't want to simply substitute out ingredients, here are a few recipes that your family and friends will keep asking for (even though they're super healthy!):


Poached Pears

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart (or 1 liter) water
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar or 1 cup honey
  • 4 pears, peeled, cored and quartered
  • Spice of your choice (e.g., 1 cinnamon stick, 2 teaspoons whole cloves, 1 lemon half, one split vanilla bean, 6-8 fresh ginger slices)
  • Heat the water and sugar/honey together in a pot. Toss in any spice additions you want. Put in the pears and make sure none poke out of the water. Get it to a low boil and keep it there until the pears are cooked. It should be about 15-25 minutes.

    If you would like to make a sauce out of the spiced water to top the pears with, take the pears and the spices out once the pears are cooked through (a knife in should offer no resistance). Let it cook over medium-high heat until the water is reduced by half. It'll become a thick syrup that's perfect for pouring over the pears.



    No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls

    Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • ½ cup peanut butter (other nut butters also will work well)
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
  • ½ cup chocolate chips or dried fruit or nuts
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • Mix all together and chill for ½ hour. Then, roll them into balls. If the mixture is a bit crumbly, add more honey. Toss the mixture back in the fridge to chill more if it becomes warm. This will make rolling the balls easier. You can keep these yummy energy bites in the fridge for up to a week.



    Strawberry Shortcake

    Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla, almond or coconut extract
  • 1 ½ cup sliced, fresh strawberries
  • 6 sponge cakes or angel food cake
  • To make the topping, mix the syrup and the cornstarch in a pan. Add the orange juice and bring to a boil. Stir until the syrup has thickened. Remove from heat and add the extract. Once cool, add to strawberries and put in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill. Pour the strawberries and syrup over the sponge cakes when you're ready to serve them.

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    15
    February
    2013

    Healthy Desserts: Delicious Treats That Are Good for You

    How to Make Yummy Desserts that Won't Harm Your Waistline

    Healthy Desserts: Delicious Treats That Are Good for You

    When you're on a diet or just trying to eat more healthy foods, it seems like the world can turn against you. Eating healthy doesn't mean you can't eat some yummy desserts, too.

    If you want to bake your favorite desserts, but without the added calories and fat, there are ways to substitute out the “bad” ingredients. For example, cooking or baking with butter adds a lot of fat to your recipes. You can use mashed bananas, applesauce or even Greek yogurt as a replacement for butter often times. It does change the flavor, but not always in a bad way.

    Another unhealthy thing to replace would be white sugar. This you can replace without losing any flavor by using unrefined sugar or natural sugars like agave syrup, honey, or maple syrup. You will need to use less of it since those substitutes are made of more liquid than sugar. In general, your best desserts are going to be those filled with fruit or natural sugars. Fruit will give you more nutrients and fiber so it will be healthier for you in the end.

    Categories: Food and Health

    4.0/5 rating (2 votes)

    Recipes

    Healthy Desserts: Delicious Treats That Are Good for You

    If you don't want to simply substitute out ingredients, here are a few recipes that your family and friends will keep asking for (even though they're super healthy!):


    Poached Pears

    Ingredients:

  • 1 quart (or 1 liter) water
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar or 1 cup honey
  • 4 pears, peeled, cored and quartered
  • Spice of your choice (e.g., 1 cinnamon stick, 2 teaspoons whole cloves, 1 lemon half, one split vanilla bean, 6-8 fresh ginger slices)
  • Heat the water and sugar/honey together in a pot. Toss in any spice additions you want. Put in the pears and make sure none poke out of the water. Get it to a low boil and keep it there until the pears are cooked. It should be about 15-25 minutes.

    If you would like to make a sauce out of the spiced water to top the pears with, take the pears and the spices out once the pears are cooked through (a knife in should offer no resistance). Let it cook over medium-high heat until the water is reduced by half. It'll become a thick syrup that's perfect for pouring over the pears.



    No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls

    Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • ½ cup peanut butter (other nut butters also will work well)
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
  • ½ cup chocolate chips or dried fruit or nuts
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • Mix all together and chill for ½ hour. Then, roll them into balls. If the mixture is a bit crumbly, add more honey. Toss the mixture back in the fridge to chill more if it becomes warm. This will make rolling the balls easier. You can keep these yummy energy bites in the fridge for up to a week.



    Strawberry Shortcake

    Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla, almond or coconut extract
  • 1 ½ cup sliced, fresh strawberries
  • 6 sponge cakes or angel food cake
  • To make the topping, mix the syrup and the cornstarch in a pan. Add the orange juice and bring to a boil. Stir until the syrup has thickened. Remove from heat and add the extract. Once cool, add to strawberries and put in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill. Pour the strawberries and syrup over the sponge cakes when you're ready to serve them.

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