Craving Something Sweet? Try Making These Delicious Fruit Desserts
Fruits desserts are a fabulous replacements for high calorie, trans fat and preservatives laden heavy desserts.
Please eat more fruits. They are the best way to ensure multiple antioxidants and essential minerals and vitamins that our body needs, along with the necessary for the gut fibre.
Another brilliant benefit of eating plenty of fruits is that as they are naturally sweet, and so they help cut down sweet cravings naturally.
Just add 2-3 fruits in your daily diet, and you’ll feel the difference within a few days.
One underrated and lesser known use of fruits is that they make perfect desserts with just a little effort. And fabulous replacements for those high calorie, trans fat and preservatives laden heavy desserts.
Let’s remedy that with some smart solutions and recipes!
Easy, Smart Tricks
Fruit is a great sweet treat, but to makes it seem more like dessert and less like something you should be eating, you could try these tricks:
- Drizzle a bit of honey over mixed (watermelon and musk) melon balls
- Blend bananas and strawberries, freeze into cubes, and eat like ice cream
- Sauté half a banana for a minute or so and sprinkle with one tablespoon chopped nuts
- Before you bite into a pear or apple, sprinkle a bit of honey and any roasted seeds over them to make them more filling (and crunchy)
- Pair chopped apples with some feta cheese.
- Grill the grapes or a banana. They get caramelised and taste great.
- Stew fruits (perfect for pears).
Quarter the fruit, sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg powder, add fresh ginger, some jaggery or honey, then place in a pan with just enough water to cover.
Bring to a boil and then simmer covered, for about fifteen minutes.
Turn the fruit occasionally. Eat as is , or mix with some yoghurt or granola.
1. Super Fast Dessert
Wash and freeze any whole soft fruit like mangoes or peaches. Cut into large pieces, top with chocolate or raspberry syrup and a small dollop of ice cream.
2. Fruity Delight
Blend cottage cheese along with sugar, milk, and vanilla essence using a mixer into a paste. Place one bowl of mixed fruits cut into small pieces (banana, kiwi, orange, grape, chickoo, apple, etc.) in a bowl. Add the paste, mix it gently, and dig in.
3. Banana Ice Cream
Chop ripe bananas into small pieces, freeze in a ziplock overnight, add a little sugar or honey (optional), 1 tbsp milk, and any flavour (cocoa, cinnamon, coffee…), and churn in a grinder till smooth.
Freeze the mixture for an hour, top with some chopped walnuts and it’s ready to eat. It’s delicious!
4. Mango Tango
Make a mango mousse in a blender: combine 2 mangoes, 1 banana, 1 cup yoghurt, 2 tsp honey, 6 ice cubes, and 1 tsp vanilla extract until smooth. Refrigerate for 3 hours. Dig in.
5. Apple Crunch
Peel and grate 2 apples. Spread them in a baking dish. Sprinkle 2 tsp sugar, 2 tsp roasted amaranth pops, and a pinch of cinnamon powder over it.
Bake in medium temperature for 5-6 minutes or till apples are done.
6. Grapes Parfait
Place a few grapes in the bottoms of tall, stemmed glasses. Top with two tbsp of sour cream, then half tsp of brown sugar.
Repeat until the glass is filled to the desired level.
Garnish with a single grape on top.
7. Banana Spiced Up
Take a banana and make a slit in the skin to open it up. Drizzle in a mixture of 1 teaspoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon honey and ¼ teaspoon black salt. Eat straight off the peel.
8. Litchi Dessert
Deseed 200 gm litchi, stuff it with lightly sweetened with honey or sugar 100 gm chaina (crumbled cottage cheese), chill and have.
(Kavita is a nutritionist, weight management consultant and health writer based in Delhi. She is the author of Don't Diet! 50 Habits of Thin People (Jaico) and Ultimate Grandmother Hacks: 50 Kickass Traditional Habits for a Fitter You (Rupa))
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