Healthy Summer Desserts

22. September 2010

San Diego’s summer nights can be hot and dry all the way into October. So it’s time to “think cool!” If it’s your turn to bring dessert to the next family gathering, whatever you do, don’t fire up the oven! I’ve got a few healthy, no-bake recipes that are so easy you won’t even break a sweat!

I LOVE anything lemon… so first up? A totally cool, lemonade pie SO easy there are only 3 ingredients!

I’m also including 2 fruit dessert recipes. One for you, and one for the kids.

And then, something for you chocolate lovers. (Ok, it does require an oven, and it’s not even overly healthy.) But summer or not, sometimes ya just gotta have chocolate! But the portions are so small in this recipe there’s no need to worry.

Here we go:

Lemonade Pie: (try substituting different fruit juice concentrates in this fun recipe. For my couple’s group, I put the lemony ice cream mixture into a chocolate cookie crust for a nice flavor contrast!)

Ingredients:

• 4 cups vanilla ice cream (or lemon ice cream) softened
• 6 oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
• 1 9” graham cracker crust

Preparation:

In medium bowl, mix ice cream and lemonade concentrate until blended. Immediately spoon into graham cracker crust. Freeze at least 4 hours until firm. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting to make serving easier.

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Frozen Yogurt with Fruit (use any fruit combination for this healthy and delicious recipe)

Ingredients:

* 3 cups strawberries, sliced
* 1 quart vanilla frozen yogurt
* 2 cups blueberries
* 1 cup raspberries

Preparation:

In blender or food processor, process strawberries until smooth. (You can also mash them with a potato masher.” Stir puree into the frozen yogurt and top with blueberries and raspberries. 8 servings.

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Cantaloupe Popsicles (Cantaloupe is loaded with Vitamins A and C, and it’s so sweet and juicy!)

Ingredients:

• 6 oz. can frozen fruit juice concentrate (pink lemonade’s my fave!)
• 3 cups cubed cantaloupe or other melon
• ¾ cup water
• 10 paper drink cups
• 10 wooden popsicle sticks

Preparation:

In blender or food processor, combine fruit juice concentrate and cantaloupe and process until smooth. Fill each drink cup with about 1/3 cup of this mixture, then freeze until firm. To serve, peel away the paper cup. 10 pops!

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Ok… now a little something for you chocolate lovers.

Chocolate-Covered Brownie Bites (dip bite-size pieces of brownie into melted chocolate for an easy treat to satisfy your chocolate craving!)

Ingredients:

• 1 8-inch square pan chilled brownies, cut into 1-inch squares
• 1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, melted (see tip)

Preparation:

Dip half of each brownie square in melted chocolate, then place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. (re-heat chocolate, as needed, to keep it melted.) Refrigerate until the chocolate is set, about 30 minutes. (Store airtight in the refrigerator up to 1 week.)

Tip: To melt chocolate, microwave on medium for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving on medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted. (You can always use a double-boiler, but I think it’s too much of a hassle!)

Have a “cool” and tasty summer!

(Thanks to EatingWell)

Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.