One of the hardest things about dieting is eliminating desserts. Most people have the mistaken idea they are not allowed to eat any kind of sweet treat when following a low calorie diet plan. The truth is, there are many treats people can make without adding a lot of extra calories into their diet. The real trick to finding low calorie dessert ideas is in looking for non-traditional ingredients.
Using Alternative Sweeteners
People have been using applesauce as a natural sweetener in baked goods for years. This item is very versatile and low in calories. It can be added to a cake recipe using a wheat or multi-grain flour instead of a processed white flour. Additional sweetness can be added in the form of raisins, dates or other dried fruits.
Honey is also a low fat substitute for sugar. People looking for a light treat to top off their dinner can mix a tablespoon of honey with five tablespoons of plain yogurt and place in the bottom of a dessert glass with several slices of oranges, peaches or strawberries arranged on top.
Adding Fruits and Nuts
Nuts can be be added to some dessert items if they are used in moderation. Sunflower seeds and soy nuts are very low in fat, but high in protein. They can be used to add flavor to a variety of low fat desserts including cookie bars or granola. Granola is a simple dessert anyone can make by adding their own combination of fruits and nuts with honey used as the sweetener.
Creating Indulgent Treats
Sometimes people want something that provides them with a sense of indulgence. These low calorie desserts can be prepared from scratch to keep the calorie content low.
A Berry Filled Shortcake
This recipe begins with a classic recipe for shortbread cookies. The basic ingredients for shortbread are:
¾ Cup of whole wheat or multi-grain Flour
2 teaspoons of sugar (honey or applesauce can be substituted)
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
dash of salt
2 Tablespoons low fat margarine
¼ cup low fat buttermilk
1 Slightly beaten egg
These ingredients are combined in a bowl and mixed until the consistency is stiff enough to handle. The dough can be rolled or formed to create small squares. Cookies are baked at 425 degrees for about seven minutes.
The shortcake is created by layering two cookies with a mixture of blackberries, raspberries and boysenberries with a topping made of plain yogurt and strawberry preserves.
Many a sweet-tooth can be satisfied with fruit concoctions. Fruit salads, fruit cocktails, fruit smoothies, and just a plain piece of fruit can help curb your cravings for sugar. If you are a chocoholic, then consider eating a piece of dark chocolate candy, but only buy enough for one sitting. If you stock up on an item such as chocolate, you are sure to over-indulge!