Sweet taste, trim waist

When you’re trying to keep the kilos at bay, chocolate and cakes are a no-no – but sometimes, you need a sweet treat fix that fruit alone just won’t fix! Luckily for you, the following tasty snack recipes are suitably sweet, easy to make and low in kilojoules to boot.

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Banana pudding ice blocks

Ideal to eat as a sweet treat after dinner or between meals during the day, these delicious, low-kilo pudding pops are sure to please. Whisk 1/3 cup of brown sugar with a pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons of cornflour in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add 2 cups of skim milk and bring to the boil, whisking constantly for 1 minute. Remove from heat and combine with 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and 2 large pureed bananas, then spoon the mixture into ice-cream moulds. Once frozen, enjoy your banana pudding ice block knowing that each portion contains a measly 335 kilojoules!

Frozen yoghurt-dipped berries

Strawberries work best for this sweet snack, although you can substitute in blueberries or raspberries for a tart flavour sensation. (Seedless grapes are a fun alternative, too, if you want to mix it up!) These pods of health and yumminess are so easy to make, it’s almost criminal: simply dip a handful of strawberries (halved or whole, whichever you prefer) in vanilla yogurt. Place them on a pan lined with baking paper and freeze! Voila. Tip: Greek yoghurt is thicker and creates a thicker yoghurt covering, but if you want a sweeter taste, consider mixing some low-fat vanilla yoghurt with fat-free Greek.

Fat-free jelly

Unless you have tiny tots, humble jelly may not have been on your radar for some time, but it deserves a front-and-centre spot on your refridgerator shelf! The entire dessert is largely made of water, so it won’t fill you up, but it will deliver that satisfying sweet flavour you’ve been craving – without a high kilojoule content. With around 200 kilojoules per serving – about the same as a small apple, or half a slice of unbuttered wholemeal toast – you can enjoy a bowl of jelly each and every day without worrying about the consequences to your waistline.

Fairy bread

This childhood Aussie favourite has been a staple at kids’ birthday parties for decades, but there’s no reason why you can’t inject a little magic into your next snack break with some sweet fairy bread! Even though this snack includes bread and butter, the kilojoule content isn’t too outrageous: around 490 kilojoules, give or take, depending on your restraint with the butter knife. To make, smear one slice of wholemeal bread with a very thin layer of butter, then sprinkle with hundreds and thousands of sprinkles. Cut into four traditional triangles and enjoy with a glass of skim milk, and fond memories of your childhood!

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