Top 10 Fast And Easy Low Fat Desserts For Entertaining Or Families

For an easy and healthy after-dinner sweet treat, try one of these ten quick dessert recipes.

In an age like this when time is of the essence and families barely have time in their schedule to have dinner together, there is little room to prepare those scrumptious time-consuming desserts like apple pies with a homemade crust or chocolate souffl├ęs. As if

lacking time weren't enough, your family is on a kick to eat healthier, but they still demand something sweet at the end of their meal. Do not panic. There are tons of easy and low-fat desserts your family will love.

Fruit Bowl

Go to the fruit section of your grocery store and grab one of everything that is in season: grapes, apples, bananas, plums, peaches, melons or whatever your heart fancies. Chop it all up and toss it together for a simple and healthy fruit bowl that will satisfy any appetite. For extra flavor, try tossing in some coconut or nuts and honey.

Strawberry Shortcake

Buy a naturally fat-free angel food cake, slice it in half lengthwise and stuff it with fresh strawberries and low-fat whipped cream. Drizzle with a little bit of strawberry sauce or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Poached Pears

Buy enough pears to have one per family member. Cut the pears in half and take out the core. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice over the pears in a microwave-safe dish and then add either a cup of water or a cup of juice to the dish. Microwave the

pears on high for approximately 6 minutes or until they become tender.

Banana Smoothie

Freeze a couple of halved bananas overnight and put these, a cup of skim milk or low-fat milk and some vanilla extract in the blender for a delicious smoothie. For an even creamier smoothie, try adding some low-fat flavored yogurt.

Fruit Meringue

Buy some already prepared meringue cups at the store. Mix some low fat whipped cream and fresh raspberries together and put in the cups. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon or nutmeg.

Pistachio Dessert

Buy a package of pistachio-flavored pudding and mix together with two containers of plain yogurt. Add a can of crushed pineapple and refrigerate. This is one of those desserts that is best to make the night before or the morning of.

Cake O'Sherbet

If you love sherbet ice cream, buy an angel food cake and slice it into three or four layers. In between each layer, spread a semi-thick layer of, say, pineapple sherbet or orange sherbet. Once the entire cake is assembled, use low-fat whipped cream as frosting and frost the entire cake. Freeze the cake overnight or for an hour or two.

Fruit Cobbler

Try saying that ten times fast. In a bowl, combine half a cup each of sugar, skim milk and flour. Combine with a quarter teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking powder. Pour this mixture into a baking dish that has been sprayed with Pam. Sprinkle two cups of fruit, like cherries or peaches on top. Bake for 40 minutes in a 350-degree oven and serve warm with low-fat ice cream.

Pudding Pie

Line a pie tin with low-fat graham cracker crumbs. In a separate bowl, prepare your favorite pudding with milk and pour the pudding mixture into the graham cracker crust. Refrigerate for one hour to achieve desired firmness and serve with fat-free cool whip.

Mango Smoothie

Puree two cups of coarsely cut mangoes with a quarter cup of orange juice in a blender. Pour the puree into small glasses and add strawberry slices or raspberries. Refrigerate for thirty minutes for a delicious treat.

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