Category Archives: Dessert

Apple Crisp

This is so low cal on its own that there’s plenty of room to add a nice scoop of light vanilla ice cream 🙂

Apple Crisp
Apple Crisp

9 servings
132 calories per serving

3 medium apples, cored and sliced thin
1 t cinnamon
2 T sugar
2 T flour

1 c quick oats
1 t vanilla
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 c brown sugar
2 T margarine

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix first four ingredients and place into a 9 inch square baking dish. In a small bowl mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over the apples. Bake until apples are soft, about 30 minutes.

Crock Pot Baked Apples with Maple Foam

Baked apples slow cooked not only taste great, but they make the whole house smell wonderful while they cook 🙂 This recipe is simple to do, yet has an elegant presentation. Though the recipe does not call for it, try adding some cinnamon or nutmeg for a different flavor combo.

Crock Pot Baked Apples with Maple Foam
Crock Pot Baked Apples with Maple Foam

4 servings
145 calories per serving

2 large sized apples, cut in half and cored
4 t margarine cut in small pieces
1/2 c orange juice
1 T cider vinegar
1/4 c evaporated milk or half and half
2 T maple syrup

Please apples skin side down in a slow cooker. Place a dot of margarine on each. Pour juice and vinegar mix over the top and cook on high 2-3 hours or until soft. Remove apples to a plate and pour the juice in a pan. Bring juice to a boil and cook on high 5 minutes to reduce to a syrup.

Whip milk and maple syrup in an ice cold bowl for 3 minutes. Top each apple piece with 1/4 of the cream and drizzle with the fruit syrup.

Alternately, skip the milk and just add some maple syrup over the top of the apples for another version of a great dessert for a cold night.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I would not classify these with Gramma’s version – much like when you are eating a bran muffin vs. eating a gooey chocolate muffin, you know this cookie is more nutritious than sweet and buttery. But it does have CHOCOLATE…and butter…and is sweet, so it does satisfy the cookie craving !

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

48 servings
89 calories per serving

1 ½ c whole wheat flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 c quick oats
1 c light butter
½ c Splenda brown sugar blend
1 c Splenda
½ c Egg Beaters
1 ½ t vanilla
1 c chocolate chips

Blend butter and sugars until they are creamy. Add egg and vanilla and blend. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix well. Then by hand, stir in the oats and the chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheets and bake 10-12 minutes. Makes 48 cookies.

Low Fat Lattes (flavors: brown sugar, gingerbread, caramel, vanilla, mocha)

A large latte in the evening is one of my favorite things. And at a fraction of the calories (and cost!) of a Starbucks drink, it’s worth it to get set up with all the equipment and make these at home. Just buy the sugar free syrups since they have ZERO calories. They are available right at your local Starbucks store (so you can get your favorite) or you can try Torani syrups and find a new favorite. I have been using these for months and have a stock of 10 different flavors.

Low Fat Latte
Low Fat Latte

1 serving
100 calories per serving

Heat 6 oz. of skim milk in a large mug in the microwave for 90 seconds. Add 1 serving of espresso or ½ a cup of strong coffee. Add 3 squirts of a sugar free flavored syrup. Top with a good amount of low fat whipped cream (from the can). Sprinkle with cinnamon or cocoa powder or chocolate shavings. I find the best shavings come from chocolate and cinnamon mills – I purchased this chocolate mill from Amazon and have been very happy with the performance:

This is the espresso maker we use – my husband is quite the espresso snob and let me tell you, he RAVES about this machine. We have had much more expensive machines and have had espresso out at some of the finest coffee shops and Italian restaurants, and nothing compares to the espresso that this little machine makes:

And these are the sugar free syrups that I use (local coffee shops also sell versions of these):

Naked Pumpkin Pie

What’s pumpkin pie without the crust? It’s naked pumpkin pie ! And by removing the crust, you also remove oodles of calories. Serve with a slice of low fat graham cracker if you miss the crunch too much. For 400 calories, you can almost eat the whole pie (Did I say that out loud?) 🙂

Naked Pumpkin Pie
Naked Pumpkin Pie

8 servings
66 calories per serving

15 oz. can of pure pumpkin (NOT the prespiced pumpkin pie mix)
12 oz can fat free evaporated milk
½ c Egg Beaters
2 ½ t pumpkin pie spice
½ c Splenda
1 ½ t vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a pie plate with Pam. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and then pour into the plate. Bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 325 degrees and cook for another 40-45 minutes. Cool completely.

Banana Bread

This is a much healthier version than my Grandma’s banana bread recipe. But I tell you, it tastes just a good! And one slice is very satisfying. If you remove the chocolate chips from the recipe, you bring it down to 140 calories per serving !

Banana Bread
Banana Bread

8 servings (one loaf cut into 1/8’s)
175 calories per serving

1 ¼ c whole wheat flour
¼ c flour
¾ c Splenda
1 ½ c mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
½ c egg beaters
½ c no sugar added applesauce
2 t baking powder
1 t vanilla
½ t cinnamon
½ t salt
4 T semi sweet chocolate morsels

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flours, Splenda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix well. Combine banana, Egg Beaters, applesauce and vanilla. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and with a wooden spoon, stir until just blended. Pour into a loaf pan (ungreased) and bake for 50 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and then remove from pan.

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