In the spring and summer, consumers start getting back on the healthy eating bandwagon, and all of a sudden, cravings for heavy, rich desserts drop off. More orders are put in for refreshing treats at the end of meals, and many of these revolve around fruit, especially as the fresh produce comes back into season. Healthy fruit desserts are the way to go if you need to round out your meal with something sweet but still want to stay conservative with your choices. Check out these 7 examples of naturally sweetened treats and pick one to make for the beginning of a warmer season.
1. Raspberry Vanilla Pudding Parfaits
Up first is a dessert from Taste of Home that is less than 160 calories per serving. These raspberry vanilla pudding parfaits are no doubt sweet, but they won’t put you in a sugar coma and they don’t come with a side of guilt. Layers of vanilla pudding and fresh raspberries make up the dessert, and thanks to an easy short-cut, it only requires 4 ingredients to make. No one needs to know you went the instant vanilla pudding route, as they’ll be too busy digging into their parfaits that are both easy on the eyes and the stomach.
- 2 cups cold 2% milk
- 1 package instant vanilla or French vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup whipped topping
- 1 pint fresh raspberries
Directions: In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spoon a third of the pudding into six parfait glasses.
Set aside six raspberries for garnish; divide half of the remaining berries over pudding. Repeat layers. Top with remaining pudding and garnish with the reserved berries.