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12 Guiltless summer desserts

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Decadent desserts without guilt

Though it isn’t always easy to fight temptation when your sweet tooth entices you with thoughts of high-calorie and fattening desserts, there are ways to cure your cravings without feeling guilty. You can treat yourself without depriving the body of its cravings. The following desserts will leave your sweet tooth satisfied, and more importantly, you can enjoy them with a clear conscious.


    Pie Passions

    If you enjoy the taste of fresh baked pie oozing with fresh fruit, then there are low-calorie recipes available such as the ones below. Round out your dinner entrée with these flavorful dessert treats.

    Decadent desserts without guiltLow-Calorie Strawberry Pie

    1 large container Cool Whip
    2 Weight Watcher's strawberry yogurts
    1 graham cracker crust
    1 quart strawberries


    1. Mix Cool Whip and yogurt. In graham cracker crust, put layer of Cool Whip and yogurt mixture, layer of fruit, and layer until crust is full. Top with fruit. Chill 2 hours. Use yogurt same flavor as fruit.


    French Silk Pie
    10 servings; 172 calories


    30 chocolate wafers, (see Tip)
    2 tablespoons chopped pitted dates
    2 tablespoons water
    1 tablespoon canola oil

      1 tablespoon brewed coffee
      1 tablespoon water
      1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
      1 large egg
      1/2 cup low-fat milk
      8 tablespoons packed light brown sugar, divided
      1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-process
      2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
      1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      2 tablespoons dried egg whites, reconstituted according to package directions
      1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar


        1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan with cooking spray.

        2. To prepare crust: Combine chocolate wafers and dates in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Add water and oil and process until moistened. Press into the bottom and sides of the prepared pan.

        3. Bake until crisp, about 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

        4. To prepare filling & garnish: Combine coffee and water in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin on top and set aside to soften.

        5. Whisk egg, milk, 3 tablespoons brown sugar and cocoa in a small saucepan until smooth. Cook over low heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and an instant-read thermometer registers 160°F, 5 to 7 minutes. Do not let the mixture come to a simmer. Remove from the heat. Add the reserved gelatin mixture; stir until dissolved. Add chocolate and vanilla, stirring until melted. Set aside to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

        6. Beat reconstituted egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until frothy. Increase speed to high and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 5 tablespoons brown sugar, beating until the meringue is smooth and glossy.

        7. Whisk one-fourth of the meringue into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Scrape the chocolate mixture into the remaining meringue and fold in with a whisk. Spoon the filling into the crust and chill, uncovered, until set, about 3 hours.


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