Healthy desserts?

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    Sep 18, 2012 5:15 AM GMT
    I admit it; I love dessert; chocolate pies (hell any pies!), cakes covered in strawberries, peanut butter cupcakes, key lime cheese cakes and almost anything else that is cake based. While I never will even touch a frozen dessert, or something made from a box (blargh icon_razz.gif) I sometimes have to indulge a little bit. And while I believe this is ok once in a while I can't help, but feel disappointed when I do for off setting my healthy diet. So, to make myself feel less guilty I am trying to find sweets which I can eat without feeling like I have to fast for the next ten days lol! So, is there such a thing as a healthy dessert? If so, what is it, and most importantly why is it good? I know that dark chocolate can be good, as can fruit, but I'm looking for things that are a bit more like a pie, cake or cookie type of thing...
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    Sep 18, 2012 12:12 PM GMT
    There are some who may stone me for saying this, but...

    Frozen Grapes. Sweet and sorbet-like, but much healthier than alternatives.

    You can also take bananas and half-freeze them - don't let them freeze completely solid... Then toss them in the blender - as is. The texture is like eating banana ice cream. No other ingredients needed. - If you are feeling bad, you can add some honey.

    Edit:

    Sorry, didn't catch the frozen dessert comment.

    Grilled fruit is amazing. It concentrates the sugars, so if you are watching carbohydrates at all - it could be challenging.

    Also, this is also going to sound strange, but you can take most chocolate protein shakes and put them in a bowl. Add just enough water to make it like a thick batter. Microwave it for 30 seconds to a minute (depends on the microwave) The consistency is like a brownie. - I will sometimes buy the PB2 peanut butter powder that is 85% less calories than real peanut butter and sprinkle it on top like it was powdered sugar. It's a fraction of the calories of a real brownie.

    I hope that was somewhat helpful, but it may not be what you were looking for.
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    Sep 18, 2012 12:55 PM GMT
    Frozen yogurt? Or maybe just sweet fruits like strawberries and kiwis.

    OHH and you can blend frozen fruit into like an ice cream consistency, it's pretty good.
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    Sep 18, 2012 1:14 PM GMT
    ConQuest said
    Frozen Grapes. Sweet and sorbet-like, but much healthier than alternatives.


    Couldn't agree more. So yummy.icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 18, 2012 1:37 PM GMT
    I'm thinking a custard tart could be made using stevia and protein powder and a little gelatine.

    Probably a chocolate mousse pie too..

    You're allowed to have cheat days too ya know ;)
  • LJay

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    Sep 18, 2012 1:52 PM GMT
    Look up the Pavlova, a favorite of the Australians. with a little adapting, like lowering the sugar in the meringue base, you can cut some of the richness. Anything that requires whipped cream can usually work well with a little less of it. You can ring changes on meringue cookies all day long.

    Go continental and try fruit and cheese for dessert. Or have a glass of a really good dessert port or sherry. Nuts are satisfying and even nutritionists recommend them.

    A couple of really rich cookies and an expresso is a great way to end a meal.

    Pies and cakes and cookies are just naturally full of starch and calories, so probably the best thing is to limit portions and enjoy less often. Well made pound cake is rich and buttery and good with fruit garnish. At least it avoids the need for icing.

    Fruit with a splash of liquor is really good and relatively light. Fruit in a tart shell and glazed is not low calorie, but can be lower in fat.

    Fresh fruit with a sabayon sauce made like a custard with eggs and madeira is really good. Try this on summer melon balls.

    I detest artifical sweeteners. Learn to cut back on the real sweetness and you will enjoy it more and avoid those nasty chemicals.

    You may be able to find fresh figs during the Jewish holidays right now. Incredibly delicious all on their own.
  • LJay

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    Sep 18, 2012 1:55 PM GMT
    Genre said
    ConQuest said
    Frozen Grapes. Sweet and sorbet-like, but much healthier than alternatives.


    Couldn't agree more. So yummy.icon_wink.gif


    An advantage to frozen grapes is that you can buy grapes on sale and keep them practically forever in a plastic tub in the freezer.
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    Sep 18, 2012 3:20 PM GMT
    Frozen vanilla yogurt with strawberries

    Fruit salad

    Graham Crackers with peanut butter
  • ParkerDLamb

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    Sep 18, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    A small amount of exactly what you want, eaten slowly and enjoyed.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 18, 2012 3:35 PM GMT
    Hot Fudge Sundae with nuts and lots of whipped cream.

    Until it is proven that this dessert causes health problems, I am going to assume that it is a healthy dessert because I feel so damn good while eating it.
  • odietamo

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    Sep 18, 2012 3:38 PM GMT
    I cant handle sweet but...I take one sliced of sprouted grain bread, peanut butter, jam, and a banana...by far my favourite.

    There's also a really kick ass chocolate mousse, it's basically:
    pumpkin puree
    coconut oil
    cocoa
    cinnamon
    vanilla
    maple syrup.

    It's filling, sweet, and has all natural ingredients. Super delicious..and shockingly pretty filling!
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    Sep 18, 2012 3:40 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidHot Fudge Sundae with nuts and lots of whipped cream.

    Until it is proven that this dessert causes health problems, I am going to assume that it is a healthy dessert because I feel so damn good while eating it.


    Didn't you see Woody Allen's "Sleeper"?
    It's actually beneficial to ones' health!
  • Medjai

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    Sep 18, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    Everything is low calorie if your body never gets to it. Just remember: bulimia has twice the taste, but none of the calories!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 18, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC said

    Didn't you see Woody Allen's "Sleeper"?
    It's actually beneficial to ones' health!



    I'm gonna go with that! icon_wink.gif
  • Medjai

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    Sep 18, 2012 3:49 PM GMT
    odietamo saidI cant handle sweet but...I take one sliced of sprouted grain bread, peanut butter, jam, and a banana...by far my favourite.

    There's also a really kick ass chocolate mousse, it's basically:
    pumpkin puree
    coconut oil
    cocoa
    cinnamon
    vanilla
    maple syrup.

    It's filling, sweet, and has all natural ingredients. Super delicious..and shockingly pretty filling!


    Oh... The saturated fats!

    Sounds awesome though!
  • odietamo

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    Sep 18, 2012 3:52 PM GMT
    Medjai said
    odietamo saidI cant handle sweet but...I take one sliced of sprouted grain bread, peanut butter, jam, and a banana...by far my favourite.

    There's also a really kick ass chocolate mousse, it's basically:
    pumpkin puree
    coconut oil
    cocoa
    cinnamon
    vanilla
    maple syrup.

    It's filling, sweet, and has all natural ingredients. Super delicious..and shockingly pretty filling!


    Oh... The saturated fats!

    Sounds awesome though!

    Healthy and delicious as long as it's in...smaaaall portions haha icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 18, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    To quote 'Donkey' from Shrek: "Parfaits are about the best thing on the whole damn planet. Everybody loves parfaits. Parfaits have layers...."
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    Sep 18, 2012 7:11 PM GMT
    I know this sounds absolutely repulsive...but I made them and ate them and I died a little bit they were so delicious. Here's the recipe.

    Black beans, canned, rinsed, drained 1, 15-ounce can 1, 425-gram can

    Egg whites 7 ounces 207 milliliters

    Cocoa powder, unsweetened 5 ounces 142 grams

    Butter 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon

    Sugar, granulated 16 ounces 454 grams

    Flour, cake 5 tablespoons 5 tablespoons

    Flour, all-purpose 5 tablespoons 5 tablespoons

    Espresso powder 3 tablespoons 3 tablespoons

    Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon

    Method of Preparation:
    1. Gather all the ingredients and equipment.
    2. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Coat a 9- x 13-inch (23- x 33-centimeter) pan with pan spray.
    3. In a food processor, blend the beans and 2 ounces (60 milliliters) of egg whites.
    4. In a bowl, place the cocoa powder and butter over a double boiler. Allow the butter to melt
    and mix into the cocoa powder. Remove from heat.
    5. In a mixing bowl, combine the blended beans, sugar, flours, espresso, vanilla extract and
    remaining egg whites and beat until well combined. Blend in the cocoa and butter mixture.
    6. Pour mixture into sprayed pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the brownie pulls
    away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

    The stuff on the right is the metric system. So for instance when it calls for 3 tablespoons...they mean 3 tablespoons.
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    Sep 18, 2012 7:13 PM GMT
    Comes straight from a class I took freshman year called Nutrition. So you know it's healthy. icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 18, 2012 9:24 PM GMT
    ParkerDLamb saidA small amount of exactly what you want, eaten slowly and enjoyed.


    This. The magical secret of losing weight/maintaining weight isn't eliminating certain foods, it's controlling the portions/frequency.
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    Sep 18, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    ParkerDLamb saidA small amount of exactly what you want, eaten slowly and enjoyed.


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    Sep 18, 2012 9:36 PM GMT
    Sugar free jello. If you call that dessert.

    You can mix honey with low fat yogurt. That's really healthy.

    I agree with portion control. That, or excessive running the day after.
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    Sep 18, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    Trollileo saidFruit, fruit, more fruit?


    Endless fried banana for everybody!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 18, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    CityRiver said
    Trollileo saidFruit, fruit, more fruit?
    Endless fried banana for everybody!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
    I prefer raw.
    and bendy?
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    Sep 18, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    Fruit is always a good alternative