Dessert can be a dreaded word in the world of nutrition because it usually equals high fat and calorie foods with little to no nutritional value. It also has become synonymous with dinner and eating out. Like really, do you need that 800 calorie dessert on top of your 1200 calorie entrée?
Healthy dessert options do exist. Remember those colourful foods that grow on trees (ahem, fruit!?). Fruit is deliciously and naturally sweet making it a perfect partner for meals. With a little creativity fruit can be turned into a family and party-guest pleasing dessert, like this one.
This homemade applesauce is guaranteed to be better than store bought and paired with the cinnamon crisps, your guests won’t want for cheesecakes or pies. This low fat dessert also packs in nutrients like vitamin C and fibre. Can also be enjoyed as a snack or for breakfast.
LINDSAY’S HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE
4 Ontario apples – cored and chopped (like Empire or Macintosh) – you can either peel or keep skin on. Keeping the skin on adds a fibre boost!
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white or brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
nutmeg and ginger to taste
In a pot combine apples, water sugar and cinnamon. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes until soft. Mask with potato masher or fork.
CINNAMON TOASTED TORTILLA CHIPS
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 whole wheat flour tortillas
3 tbsp. margarine, melted (a bit of water can also be substituted)
In a small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon. Brush tortillas with melted margarine. Then sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar mixture. Cut each tortilla in 8 triangles. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Place tortillas sugar side up on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes or until crisp.
– M (credit goes to Lindsay Z for the deliciousness that is this recipe)