Fruit for Dessert

My mom called me today. She heard another story on the radio about the country’s obesity epidemic and is taking matters into her own hands. Meaning no dessert at her house any more. Or, if you want it, you have to make it yourself. From a fine selection of fruit, fresh and frozen, that will be provided.

Despite the fact that my family, in general, is far from being a contributing factor to the national crisis – we are, or are becoming, a family of fairly health conscious marathon runners – I understand the feeling of not wanting to be part of the problem. In any way. Now, or ever. And I especially understand wanting to instill healthful habits in the younger generation – the grandchildren. My children.

We chatted for a couple of minutes about ways to give people the feeling of having dessert without so much of the fat and sugar that are common to traditional desserts. Smoothies, I said. With greek yogurt. It’s almost like a milkshake, only . . . healthier. Or banana ice cream. With cocoa powder or peanut butter if you want to something a little more indulgent (although I certainly wouldn’t be above topping with some homemade hot fudge sauce). Maybe a fruit crumble for special occasions?

But I’m wondering what else there is out there. Do you have any more ideas for my mom? Of course, there are things like black bean brownies, or black bean chocolate cake which, I would argue, contain enough nutritional value to counteract the evils of “dessert.” What do you turn to when you’re trying to cut back on sweets, but you need something . . . sweet?

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  1. I’m a big fan of homemade macaroons-they are pretty simple-shredded coconut, coconut oil, agave…I can’t remember, but if your mom is a fan of coconut me know and I’ll go find the recipe. I also love agave on fresh strawberries (yay for strawberry season!!!) and if you’re feeling like you need a super treat, add some half and half to the strawberries and agave and call it good…cause it is!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Berries and half-and-half sound divine. We used to have that for dessert at my grandma’s house every summer. Fresh raspberries from her bushes, and sprinkled with a bit of sugar. I can imagine strawberries and agave are just as good. And if you can find the recipe for the macaroon, I’d love to have it! Thanks!

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  2. Are pure maple syrup and agave forbidden too? For a while my mom was only eating raw foods. She had some “desserts” that I thought were quite good. They aren’t the type of thing I would serve at a dinner party – but certainly something I’d feed to my family. They are my go-to when I’m trying to avoid white sugar. Look for the “cookie” recipes. (Though I think “cookie dough” would be a better description). Or the chocolate fudge recipe.

    http://mawintheraw.blogspot.com/

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    lizzie Reply:

    Thanks Jamie. I remember mawintheraw. I’ll have to look at those cookie dough recipes — especially since they probably don’t have egg and I miss snitching raw cookie dough when I’m pregnant. 🙂 And of course I’ll pass it on to my mom as well.

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  3. Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey, handful of choco-covered raisins/almonds, or pieces of a frozen chocolate-dipped banana are pretty good to me. Sometimes dessert tea can hit the spot. Fruit crumbles are great and not too unhealthy- just apples or berries, or whatever you want, topped with oatmeal mixed with a LITTLE brown sugar & butter, baked a little while – YUM! I would take grilled pineapple over a lot of other traditional desserts, and that’s as pure as it gets. I guess it’s portion control that really matters when it comes to sugar. Frozen yogurt is great, but I always get WAY too much 🙂

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    lizzie Reply:

    Greek yogurt with fruit and honey is one of my favorites. And grilled pineapple – yum! And great point about portion control. I think that is one thing my family has trouble with. If a little is good, a lot is better, right? Okay, not so much. Not with super rich pieces of cake, at least. 😉

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