Health & Fitness
Healthy Desserts for your Backyard Barbecue
Satisfy a Sweet Tooth with these Delicious Healthy Desserts
Are you cursed with a sweet tooth? Unable to walk past a bar of chocolate without gazing at it longingly? We all know that too much sugar and fat is bad for us, but it can be hard to keep those cravings for something sweet at bay. When the weather is hot and the sun is shining, it gets so much harder to resist a fat and sugar laden ice cream.
But fear not, there are some delicious and healthy desserts that wont leave you feeling guilty for a week, and are sure to go down a storm at your backyard barbecue with your family and friends. As an added bonus, these healthy desserts are easy to make, so you will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the festivities.
If the barbecue is already out, it is the perfect opportunity for a delicious grilled, but healthy dessert. The simplest, but possibly the tastiest, has to be grilled bananas, and at just 116 calories per serving and one of your five a day, you know you are on to a winner.
- For eight servings, stir together 2 teaspoons of packed brown sugar with a quarter teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
- Cut four ripe, but firm bananas in half leaving the skins on and intact and grill the bananas open side down for 2-3 minutes, or until grill marks are visible. Turn the bananas over (careful of the heat) and sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon mix, cover and grill for around five minutes.
- Pop onto some plates and sprinkle with some finely chopped dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa) and a few toasted pecans. Delicious.
Decadent Chocolate Ice Cream
Yes, you can have chocolate without it being seriously unhealthy, and besides, what dessert segment would be complete without the mention of chocolate? Wonderful, magical, mouth-watering chocolate. Impress your guests and cool off with this delicious homemade chocolate ice cream that has way less fat and sugar than the store-bought varieties. Just be sure to make it in advance, so you aren't serving up a chocolate puddle. This recipe makes eight half-cup servings.
- Mix one and a half teaspoons of unflavoured gelatin with 1 tablespoon of water and leave to one side, stirring occasionally whilst preparing the base of the ice cream.
- Mix 1 and a ½ cups of low-fat milk in a saucepan with ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 ounces of chopped dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa). Heat over a medium heat until the mixture is steaming. Gradually pour the hot milk mixture into 3 beaten egg yolks and a can of non-fat, sweetened condensed milk, whisking until blended together. Return the mixture to the medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, ensuring that it does not boil.
- Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and add the softened gelatin, whisking until it is melted. Mix in an additional cup and a half of milk. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
- Whisk in an ice cream maker, or pop in the freezer to firm up. Serve with a few frozen berries and a sprig of fresh mint.
Mixed Berries with Creamy Custard Sauce
Wimbledon has arrived, which means that people all over the world will be craving strawberries and cream by the bucket load. But there is a healthy alternative, which is just as tasty, has plenty of creaminess, but also lots of freshness for those summer days. This recipe makes six mouth-watering servings of 132 calories each.
- For the custard, mix ¼ cup sugar (or sugar substitute) with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and a pinch of salt. Add to a saucepan and stir in 1 and ¾ of fat free milk over a medium heat until it is thickened and bubbly.
- Remove from the heat and whisk half of the mixture into 3 beaten egg yolks, and pour back into the saucepan. Return to a medium heat just until bubbles form, and quickly cool the custard by placing the saucepan into ice water (don't let any get into the saucepan) for three minutes.
- Once the custard has cooled, add one teaspoon of vanilla extract, cover with plastic wrap and chill for a few hours.
- Serve the custard over a large handful of fresh mixed berries, such as raspberries, strawberries and blackberries.
What healthy desserts would you serve up at your summer barbecue?