Fruits are ideal as main ingredients for heart-healthy desserts because they are naturally sweet and make it easier to eliminate or cut back on additional sweeteners. Here are a couple of ideas from EatingWell to get you going:
This quick and easy baked apple dessert serves two and calls for one teaspoon of honey, which could just as easily be left out. Also, consider preparing several servings in advance without the yogurt and freezing. Thaw and add yogurt when you’re ready to serve:
- 2 apples,cored
- 4 teaspoons dried fruit, chopped, such as cranberries, raisins or dates
- 4 teaspoons toasted nuts, chopped, such as pecans, walnuts or almonds
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine fruit, nuts, honey and cinnamon; spoon into the apples. Place the apples in a small baking dish and pour apple cider around them. Cover with foil. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Serve topped with yogurt.
Nutrition per serving: 165 calories; 4 g fat (0 g sat, 2 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 35 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 4 g fiber; 2 mg sodium; 215 mg potassium
Now, for the chocolate fix, this recipe calls for three simple ingredients and requires no baking. As shown here, it serves four but could be increased easily to serve many more.
- 4 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 4 teaspoons toasted unsweetened coconut
- 2 small bananas, sliced on the bias
- Place cocoa and coconut on separate plates. Roll each banana slice in the cocoa, shake off the excess, then dip in the coconut.
Nutrition per serving: 80 calories; 1 g fat (1 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 5 mg sodium; 274 mg potassium.
Visit EatWell’s website has additional heart-heathy dessert recipes.