Fruit desserts often get overlooked since a lot of people think they’re not delicious. In fact, most fruits contain natural sugar that helps curb any craving for sweets without consuming unnecessary fats and calories. I like fruit and I’m for getting my daily dose of it any way I can. I use fruits in my smoothies, juices and desserts. Check out 10 easy, low-calorie fruit desserts that you and your family will definitely like.
1. Fresh fruit and pudding
It doesn’t get much easier than this! Cut up two oranges, two apples, two bananas, and one pineapple. Put all the cut up fruit in a bowl. Prepare one package instant lemon pudding according to the directions on the box. (To make this an even lighter dessert, use sugar-free pudding.) Stir the fruit into the pudding. Enjoy!
2. Frozen mixed berry sauce
This is a tasty sauce to use over ice cream, angel food cake, or yogurt. Toss one bag of frozen berries with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch. Microwave on high two minutes; stir. Microwave on high for about two more minutes, or until sauce is thickened.
3. Strawberries dipped in chocolate
It doesn’t get much easier than this! You can choose milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate, depending on your taste. To make, wash the strawberries but leave their tops on. Prepare a sheet pan by covering it with wax paper. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler or zap it for a minute in the microwave. Be sure to stir frequently to avoid burning! Dip the strawberries in the chocolate, then place them on the wax paper. Refrigerate for an hour to cool.
4. Baked apples
Bring out the sweetness of fresh apples by baking them. Choose four tart green apples. Scoop out the core of each apple, leaving a well in the middle of the fruit. Stuff each apple with 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon butter. Place in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, until sugar begins to caramelize and apples are tender.
5. Fresh fruit kebabs
Who doesn’t love food on a stick? Choose your favorite fresh fruits: pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, and grapes all work well. Cube the fruits, then place them on a bamboo skewer. Serve with nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt for dipping.
6. Roasted peaches
Cut four ripe peaches in half. Placing peaches cut side up on a baking sheet, sprinkle each with a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tender. Serve with low-fat frozen vanilla yogurt.
7. Balsamic strawberries
Somehow, balsamic vinegar just works with strawberries by bringing out the sweetness. Prep 1 lb of strawberries by hulling and slicing. Mix with 1 tablespoon sugar and stir. Let stand for 10-15 minutes. Drizzle 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar over strawberries and stir again. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.
8. Banana ice cream
Satisfy your sweet tooth by blending one frozen banana into “ice cream.” Top with chocolate syrup for a delicious treat that’s friendly to your waistline!
9. Fruit salsa and cinnamon chips
This delicious, low-calorie fruit dessert is easy and quickly to make and it’s a wonderful treat for your family and friends. Mix diced strawberry, kiwi, and apples with 2 tablespoons of apple jelly and a tablespoon of orange juice. To make cinnamon chips, start with cutting up flour tortillas into triangles, paint each with a mixture of sugar, melted butter and cinnamon, and bake for 10 minutes.
10. Fruit cups
Heat your oven to 325 degrees and grease 12 muffin cups. Melt butter and lightly brush one side of a wonton wrapper with it. Dip the buttery side into some brown sugar and press it down into each muffin cup. Then, bake until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Add any type of fruit to whipped cream and place it into cooled wonton wrappers.
So, there you have it! Some of the best fruit desserts you can make right now with little effort. Do you have any other easy fruit dessert recipes? Share them with us please.