Desserts are the highlight of any meal. Or at least they are when you have a sweet tooth! The trouble is, if you are watching the calories or trying to cut back on sweet things, a dessert is often off the menu. But you don’t need to forget about dessert if you try one of these super healthy dessert options. And the best bit? They taste just as good as they look!
Yoghurt and Fruit Sundae
Traditional fruit sundae is not exactly a healthy option. The fruit bit is healthy, but once a load of whipped cream, chocolate chips and other goodies have been layered in there, the calorie count shoots through the roof. But if you take out the cream and chocolate, and use Greek yogurt and granola instead, you end up with a delicious and tasty dessert.
Frozen yoghurt is a lovely alternative to ice cream. It packs a huge punch in the taste department, but is very low in fat – hence the reason why so many celebrities are regularly papped walking around with frozen yoghurt tubs somewhere between hand and mouth. To make this delicious dessert, pour two tablespoons of hot espresso over a scoop of frozen vanilla yoghurt and add a splash of Kahlua liqueur for a naughty twist. Serve immediately.
Spicy Rice Pudding
This one is dead easy to make and is perfect for a dinner party with a Moroccan or North African theme. All you have to do is cook some pudding rice with skimmed milk, cardamom and cinnamon, plus a pinch of salt. Once the rice pudding has cooked and is nice and thick, stir in chopped pistachios and chipped apricots. Leave to chill and then serve in a tall glass and topping with extra apricots and pistachios.
Shop bought fruit mousses are usually full of sugar and artificial additives, so not exactly healthy. This fruit mousse contains no sugar and is less than 80 calories per serving. To make it, blend up fat-free ricotta cheese with sugar-free gelatine, vanilla extract and your choice of frozen berries (any will do). Once the mixture is smooth, place in glass dishes and chill in the fridge until you are ready to eat.
Baked Pears with Amoretti Biscuits
This one is a tasty dessert dish for when pears are in season. To make it all you need are some ripe pears, a tub of fat-free ricotta cheese, a jar of honey, and a packet of amoretti biscuits. Cut your pears in half and using a sharp knife, remove the cores. Place on a baking tray, add a scoop of ricotta cheese in the centre of each pear half, sprinkle with cinnamon and add a drizzle of honey. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for ten minutes. Meanwhile, crush some amoretti biscuits sprinkle them over the pears after the ten minutes is up, before placing the tray back in the oven for another ten minutes – or until the pears are cooked and the amoretti is golden brown. Serve immediately and add extra honey to taste.