Diet-friendly desserts for the warmer seasons

By: Health Local Staff May 23, 2012
Diet-friendly desserts

We’ve pulled together some spring/summer inspired desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth without adding more inches to your waist.

Now that spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner, you may start thinking more about getting your body bathing suit ready. But anyone who’s ever been on a really restrictive diet knows that you just can’t get rid of a sweet tooth completely. So what can you do? Can you have your “cake and eat it, too?” figuratively speaking, of course!

The good news is that you don’t have to ignore that sweet tooth! You can indulge it and still look slamming! We’ve pulled together some spring/summer inspired diet-friendly desserts that will satisfy that sweet tooth without adding more inches to that waistline.

Frozen Yogurt
If you find yourself browsing the freezer for ice cream, you should try substituting in frozen yogurt instead. At around 60-100 calories per serving, it is a healthier alternative to typical ice cream, which is laden with full-fat milk and copious amounts of sugar. Topping your fro-yo with fresh, seasonal fruit will make it twice as delectable! Berries, peaches and mangos make great toppings—it will look and taste more like a tropical resort’s dessert than something you tossed together in a few minutes!

Honey Almond Cake
If cake is your weakness, you’ll be absolutely amazed at how delicious this honey almond cake is—and it doesn’t contain ANY flour, butter or granulated sugar. Quite a rarity in the cake department! This recipe is enough for you and two or three friends.

• 1 ½ cups almonds – whole and toasted
• ½ cup additional that you slice and use for topping
• 4 eggs
• ½ cup honey
• 2 extra tablespoons honey for your topping
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• ½ teaspoon of baking soda
• ¼ teaspoon salt

Grind up the whole almonds in a blender until they are fine. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks, then blend with ½ cup honey, baking soda, vanilla and salt. Once mixed, add in your ground almonds. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they double the volume but aren't stiff enough to stay in peaks, then fold them into the other bowl's almond mixture. Put it all in a pan lined with parchment paper and non-stick spray, and bake at 350 for about 28 minutes. Top with remaining honey and almonds. Yum!

Healthier Chocolate Mousse
If ice cream and cake just don’t call to you like chocolate does, you’ll appreciate this tofu-based mousse. Admittedly when people hear about tofu, sinful doesn’t come to mind, but you will just have to taste it to believe how delightful this one is! It’s delicious and satisfying, and far better for you than mousses laden with heavy cream.

• 5 oz dark chocolate
• 8 oz extra firm silken tofu
• 3 tbsp sugar
• 3 egg whites

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and sugar together. Put this mixture into the blender with the tofu, and puree it thoroughly, then transfer it to a bowl. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until they form semi-stiff peaks. Fold them into the tofu chocolate mixture, about a third at a time. Pop it in the fridge (covered) until firm (8 hours gives it the best texture!). Top with a few summer raspberries for a decadent and gorgeous finish!

See, you can actually have your cake and eat it, too!

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